Posts Tagged ‘The Cornel West Theory’

Listen: The Cornel West Theory, Coming From The Bottom

Experimental hip-hop group The Cornel West Theory put out their first new album in four years.

Listen: The Cornel West Theory, “Water Over Troubled Bridges”

The Cornel West Theory is refreshingly black, a welcome change in a rap genre that's become increasingly standardized and cookie-cutter. The crew says things plainly and addresses social topics others are scared to touch: "Land of the free, home of the slaves," went a lyric from the Theory's incredible "Radio FREE DC (45th St. Version)."
Last month, [...]

ToDo ToDay: Trojan Barbie! Filmfest DC Begins! Le Diplomate!

According to the Greek tragedians, women are, for the most part, hysterical nutjobs. This insanity is particularly resonant in Euripedes’ The Trojan Women, which features the women of Troy in agony after watching their city burn. With Trojan Barbie, playwright and new Georgetown faculty member Christine Evans has adapted the play for the 21st century. Her [...]

DMV Beats: Mullyman’s Ravens Anthem, Ace the Artist, Beat Tape Projects

Purple Reign

The Baltimore Ravens have some issues. They were the Cleveland Browns until 1996, so the Midwest grapples with their very existence. Catch them live, and you’ll see a franchise that revels in its bad-guy persona: only the bruising defensive players get player intros; you’ll hear three straight Rick Ross tracks and then Metallica during [...]

DMV Beats: Humane, Young Sir, and the Return of the Cornel West Theory

Humane’s Society
Between tuition checks at Hampton University and later Delaware State, 24 year-old Triangle, Va., transplant Sterling Fitzpatrick decided to focus the entirety of his brain power on hip-hop. Mom and dad disapproved. “It’s hard because your parents believe music is worthless,” says Fitzpatrick, known on scattered and promising mp3s as Humane, “It doesn’t help [...]

Watch: Occupy D.C. Goes Indie Rock

I reported last week that the Occupy D.C. encampment seems to have become something of a DIY space. It turns out it's a pretty good DIY space. Local acts Priests, Lenorable, and The Cornel West Theory some other groups gathered for a generator-powered show in McPherson Square, and attracted a pretty solid crowd [...]

Fort Reno’s Oral History: (Dis)integration

For this week's issue, I reported a lengthy oral history of the annual concert series at Fort Reno in Tenleytown. But we couldn't fit in everything! Keep checking Arts Desk for more.
Though not always monochromatic, the crowds at Fort Reno skew white. The bands—with a few exceptions—have usually been white, too. In a city that [...]

Why Gods’Illa’s Blend Tape is Important for DMV Hip-Hop

It's lunch time at Suitland High School and someone's pounding a makeshift beat on the wooden cafeteria tables. Truth Hall and I have just finished our semi-regular routine: debating about some off-brand hip-hop album, then finding a place to rap within the vast Prince George's County school.
I'm on my usual bullshit—rhyming about nothing in particular [...]

Patriarch Games: The Cornel West Theory’s High-Stakes New Album

It’s Monday night at the Kennedy Center, and the cocktail crowd is confused. On many evenings, programming on the arts center’s free Millennium Stage skews toward background music for patrons killing time before Wicked. But at this particular moment, there’s no exchanging of pleasantries.
A front line of poets performs sharp-elbowed verse while prickly guitars, percussion, [...]

Head-Roc’s Mouth: “We Gotta Do Better than This!”

An occasional feature in which esteemed D.C. rapper Head-Roc shares what’s on his mind.
[A conversation I had yesterday about the cancellation of yesterday's Cornel West Theory show at Bohemian Caverns. All me talking.]
“Really? The show is cancelled? Why?”
“They were shut down? Since Saturday?”
[My “Mouth”]
Well, why the fuck didn’t the venue tell The Cornel West Theory that [...]