Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

LACMA's Hip Hop Series: Through the Mic

Last month was the second installment of LACMA's (Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art) Hip Hop Series: "Through the Mic" and another great evening for all the hip hop fans in the house.

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M.C. host, Murs, introduced the Hip Hop Series to the heavy Asian crowd in attendance. He then jokes - speaking in numbers so the Asians will understand..."the next event is happening on the THIRD Friday. If you're not Asian, that means next Friday 20th July!" ;)

"For too long, Los Angeles hip hop has been seen as one dimensional 'gangsta rap.' With this new series, we're giving our city's hip hop artists an amazing platform to show not only our community, but the world, that we have so much more to offer." Murs

Los Angeles in June is perfect for an outdoor stage and LACMA's Urban Light installation was a mesmerizing backdrop for the night's rappers. First up on stage was underground tomboy rapper, Dizzle. She stepped on stage and kicked off the night with a humorous, but expletive set. When Dumbfounded came to the stage the heat was on. Already listed as one of the top Asian M.C.s he took control of the stage with his band: keyboards, bass and most importantly, the drummer!


Dumbfounded with band

The headline act was Medusa. A veteran in the California rap game and she came with serious presence and lyrics. If you like Tribe Called Quest's "Check the Rhyme", then check out Medusa's diss to shady music industry people!  Here are my favorite pictures from the night and a video of Medusa on fire from 2010.

Medusa live on stage @ LACMA

Check back for the photos and video of the night. But if you can, check out July 20th!

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