B.B. King hosts the Juice Crew reunion

AUTODIDACT 17 | 12/29/2016, 5:31 p.m.
One of the greatest assortment of hip-hop lyricists ever assembled will be reunited this Thursday evening at B.B. King Blues ...
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One of the greatest assortment of hip-hop lyricists ever assembled will be reunited this Thursday evening at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in the heart of Times Square (237 W. 42nd St.). The legendary Juice Crew All Stars featured MC Shan, Bizmarkie, Craig G, Masta Ase, Kool G Rap, Roxanne Shante and Big Daddy Kane. They upped the ante for a fledging generation of MCs during the mid to late 1980s.

Founded by hip-hop pioneer DJ Marley Marl and his MC partner Mr. Magic, aka Sir Juice, the Juice Crew ushered in the new generation that immediately followed the groundbreaking True Skool era that established the Bronx-bred culture during the mid-1970s.

In what eventually became known as hip-hop’s Golden Era, artists strove to be as creative and unique as possible, unlike today’s crop of cookie-cutter rappers with mostly gimmicky rhymes. Consciousness, partying and urban tales were the main themes of their art.

The Juice Crew also inspired the generation that followed, mainly the Boot Camp Click, Dip Set, Terror Squad and Wu Tang Clan.

This era was before commercial radio stations switched formats to play rap music 24 hours a day, and before stations across the country also picked up on the trend.

So for those who want to witness hip-hop royalty live in action, come out Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, to B.B. King. Many anticipate seeing the classic 1988 posse cut, “The Symphony.” Doors open at 7 p.m. and show time is 9 p.m.

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