Hip Hop History- First cousin to the We Promote Knowledge & Love series, the Boogie Down MC Knowledge & Love Exchange pays homage to The Bronx, a.k.a. The Boogie Down, a.k.a. the birthplace of Hip Hop Culture. Created specifically for the Bronx Museum of Art the series consists of 2 large screen prints, 2 editions of We Promote Knowledge & Love flyers (borrowing knowledge and love from Bronx born Hip Hop legends Africa Bambaata, and KRS-One), an informal installation, a performance, and a Bronx MC Mixtape created by Bronx DJ's Cool Clyde and Lightin' Lance.

The Boogie Down MC Knowledge & Love Exchange honors the history of Hip Hop as a critical cultural development of the Black American experience. It highlights the role of Hip Hop in the socialization of post Civil Rights era generations as a movement in which to locate social messengers and thought leaders. In it’s underlying reference to commerce and monetary exchange it also comments on the development of Hip Hop away from an internal, community-based art from, towards a world-wide, multi-billion dollar business.

Boogie Down MC K&L Exchange, 2011  Photo by Marcie Revens

Boogie Down MC K&L Exhange, 2011 26"x34" Photo by Marcie Revens

promoting in The Bronx, NY 2011 Photo by John Thurman

promoting in The Bronx, NY 2011 Photo by John Thurman