The Art of Rap: DMX, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Mobb Deep
Date(s): June 30, 2017 at 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: NJ Performing Arts Center (NJ PAC)
The ART of RAP at NJPAC follows in the footsteps of Ice-T’s critically acclaimed documentary film “The Art Of Rap.” True to the theme The ART of RAP lineup features a who’s who of the history of Rap & Hip Hop – DMX, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, and Mobb Deep Hosted by the legendary DJ Chuck Chillout. “Hip Hop is the most powerful and influential cultural movement since Rock and Roll. A TRUE art form that deserves RESPECT.” – Ice T
DMX –is a pioneer of the 90’s rap scene and one of the most popular artists of that era. DMX is an established songwriter, producer, and actor. In 1999, DMX released his best-selling album ...And Then There Was X, which included the hit single "Party Up (Up in Here)". He has been featured in films such as Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave and Last Hour. In 2006, he starred in the reality television series DMX: Soul of a Man, which was primarily aired on the BET cable television network. In 2003, DMX published a book of his memoirs entitled, E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX.
Raekwon is a member of the multi-platinum Wu-Tang Clan. He released his solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... in 1995, and has since recorded numerous solo albums, as well as continuing to work with Wu-Tang and providing an extensive number of guest contributions to other hip hop artists' works. He is the founder of his own label ICEH20 Records. Raekwon has been cited as a pioneer of Mafioso rap. In 2007, the editors of About.com placed him on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007).
Ghostface Killah, is a prominent member of the multi-platinum hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. After the group achieved breakthrough success in the aftermath of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the members went on to pursue solo careers to varying levels of success. Ghostface Killah debuted his solo-career with Ironman in 1996, which was well received by music critics. He has continued his success over the following years with critically acclaimed albums such as Supreme Clientele (2000) and Fishscale (2006). His stage name was taken from one of the characters in the 1979 kung fu film Mystery of Chessboxing. He is the founder of his own label Starks Enterprises.
Mobb Deep is a hip-hop duo hailing from Queensbridge Houses in New York City. Members Havoc and Prodigy are "one of the most critically acclaimed hardcore East Coast Hip-Hop groups." They are known for their dark, hardcore delivery as exemplified in "Shook Ones (Part II)." Mobb Deep has become one of the most successful rap duos in hip hop, having sold over three million records. Two of their albums have been critical successes; The Infamous (1995) and Hell on Earth (1996).