Kendrick Lamar Subject of “Pop & Politics” with Lil C

By Lora Neng
April 3, 2013

Hip Hop is coming under serious study with a focus on Angelenos this month. On April 17, 19 and 20, the Experience Music Project (EMP) Pop Conference is looking at “Locals Only: Pop & Politics in this Town” with two hip hop events on Saturday the 20th.

The “good kid/m.A.A.d Panel” looks at the ballooning career of Kendrick Lamar, who at the age of 25 is hailed as one of the most promising hip-hop artists to come out of Los Angeles’ tumultuous Compton neighborhood. His breakout album by the same title was produced with fellow Comptonite Dr. Dre and is bringing considered scrutiny to the social ills of inner urban conditions.

Immediately after follows “Krumpin’ In North Hollywood,” celebrating the 10th anniversary of street dance originated by black youth in South LA. Since exploding the aggressive style and its multifarious politics into the attention of mainstream audiences through their 2005 “Rize” documentary, Christopher “Lil C” Toler and Miss Prissy have been fierce advocates for krump, organizing the “818 Session” at underutilized public spaces for performance and recreation, and propelling the dance form into a regular presence on the popular So You Think You Can Dance competitive reality TV show.

“good kid/m.A.A.d Panel” and “Krumpin’ In North Hollywood” take place at REDCAT downtown. Die Antwoord’s confrontational music is also dicsussed in a separate EMP L.A. panel held at USC. All events are free, with full schedule viewable at:

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