As hip-hop continues to make a greater impact on the scene, Getintothis’ Shaun Ponsonby waxes lyrical over the latest announcement.
The Gang Starr Foundation are a collective of rappers headed by Gang Starr themselves, an influential East Coast group coming straight out of hip hop’s golden age. Perhaps most notably for the uninitiated, the group recorded the song Jazz Thing for the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues, along with a handful of Top 20 albums on the US R&B chart.
Several of the collective’s acts will be convening at Constellations in April, namely Jeru The Damaja, Afu-Ra and Big Shug.
Each of the artists on the bill are critically acclaimed and are guaranteed to bring the goods.
Between them, Big Shug and Afu-Ra have racked up a handful of acclaimed records in the last 10-15 years, but Jeru The Damaja understandably tops the bill. His 1994 debut album The Sun Rises in the East (on which a young Afu-Ra is also featured) is widely considered an essential hip hop record, and helped revive the East Coast scene along with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan and Nas. He has continued to be a defining voice for the collective ever since.
This is a show that hip hop heads will definitely not want to miss.
- The Gang Starr Foundation play Constellations on Thursday, April 14.