eCLEctic: Wax Poetics

December 8, 2017 / 8:00pm

$10 advance; $15 general

“No idea’s original, there’s nothing new under the sun. It’s not what you do, it’s how it’s done.” -Nas, Rapper + Hip-Hop Legend

eCLEctic events connect you with global cultural trends through the NEO artists and producers pushing them forward here and beyond. eCLEctic events mix brain and body, providing you-- Cleveland’s cultural adventurers—with the kind of smart/social experiences you prefer.

Wax Poetics centers on sampling in hip hop music—from the cribbing of Incredible Bongo Band’s “Apache” drum break to Jay-Z’s twist on Annie’s “Hard Knock Life.” The event opens with a performative lecture on the history and methods of sampling by DJ Forrest Getemgump (Calhoun Record Shop). Then Mark Mathews, owner of The WhatKnot, will moderate a panel discussion featuring various beatmakers and samplers including RA Washington (Mourning a BLK Star), Amani Cove (producer/beatmaker), Damion Jackson (The Cleveland Break Room Record Shop), and others. Finally, get hands on with two live beat performances and interactive demonstrations by Washington and Cove. Visit the exhibitions, grab a drink, sample beats with your friends: be eCLEctic at MOCA.


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All programs are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Richard and Michelle Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller.

All MOCA Cleveland programs are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.