From Sohail Daulatzai
Rakim. Public Enemy. A Tribe Called Quest. Gang Starr. Ice Cube. The Wu-Tang Clan. Mos Def. Lupe Fiasco. Jay Electronica. To many, these are some of hip-hop’s most significant artists. But few know that these artists, like many others, identify as Muslim and/or are connected to the larger world of Islam. Return of the Mecca will showcase these histories of hip-hop and Islam through film, video, sound, photography and album cover art.
Exhibit Dates: October 4-November 22
Opening: Saturday October 4, 3-6pm
The 120 page exhibit catalog features an extended interview with Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def ), essays by Chuck D and Sohail Daulatzai, photos by Jamel Shabazz, Ernie Paniccioli Brian Cross Cognito Gregory Barr Katina Parker Eric Coleman and other artwork and ephemera.
This exhibition is part of the Los Angeles / Islam Arts Initiative.
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