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DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist come together again, this time for the daunting task of retelling the history of hip-hop. The medium: six turntables and 650 pieces of vinyl spanning four decades, pulled from the 40,000-plus collection of the godfather of the genre, Afrika Bambaataa. Audiences should not expect an old-school hip-hop set from the evening's knowledgeable curators, nor should they expect strictly hip-hop. The 90-minute experience is not about nostalgia but about educating: showing Bambaataa's — and through him, hip-hop's — influences, discoveries and social activism. Considering Shadow's and Chemist's own formidable impact on music, dexterity on the turntables and erudite approach to the undertaking, it should be a historic night.

Fri., Oct. 3, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 10/03/14)

LA Weekly