Tuesday, September 28, 2021

From Compton to Cornell: West Coast Pioneers Explore the Origins of Hip Hop

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Compton’s NWA

*The Cornell University Library’s Hip Hop Collection in association with The GRAMMY® Museum, will present during Black History Month a special panel exploring the origins of West Coast Hip-Hop. From Compton To Cornell : Preserving The History of Hip Hop In The Hub City.

The panel is designed to educate students on the roots and rise of a generation of music makers in Compton, a city that is responsible for over 100 million records sold worldwide.

Compton is home to such Hip Hop icons as DJ Quik, Dr. Dre, Y.G. The Game, Kendrick Lamar, Eazy-E, N.W.A, Compton’s Most Wanted and The World Class Wreckin Cru to name a few of the trailblazers hailing from this small city southeast of Los Angeles.

Atron Gregory, Tupak Shakur
Atron Gregory

From Compton to Cornell: Preserving The History of Hip Hop In the Hub City will be moderated by Alonzo “Lonzo” Williams (Author) and will include as panelists King Tee (MC), Toddy Tee (artist), Scotty Dee (Promoter and Historian), Medusa (MC)), Clientele (artist), Atron Gregory (former manager of Tupac) and Arabian Prince (Producer/Artist). The panel will explore the Compton music scene from 1982-1988 which created the climate for the later multi-platinum success of

N.W.A. which is now well-documented history.

Cornell University

Archivists from Cornell University Library’s Hip Hop Collection will join the event to share information about archiving Hip Hop’s history. Ben Ortiz, Assistant Curator of the Hip Hop Collection, will kick off the panel with a presentation on Cornell’s mission to collect and make accessible the historical artifacts of Hip Hop culture and to ensure their preservation for future generations.

The panel was conceived by Eric Robinson, former Editor In Chief of Grooveline Magazine. Robinson shares, “When I saw ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ there was a scene in front of the Compton courthouse where Dr. Dre exclaims to Eazy-E how this “reality rap” was taking off. Dr. Dre wasn’t yet a part of it, therefore he was referencing the underground tapes by Mix Master Spade, Toddy Tee, Mix Master Ken, King Tee and DJ Pooh that had flooded the streets becoming hugely popular via word-of-mouth without the benefit of airplay.”

This panel is an attempt to ensure these pioneers are not treated like footnotes to history. The panel will be captured on video, and added to Cornell’s archive so information on the origins of Hip Hop in Compton will be preserved for future students of music history around the world.

About the Grammy Museum

Established in 2008 as a partnership between the Recording Academy and AEG, the GRAMMY Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who’ve made lasting marks on our cultural identity.

In 2017, the Museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization, today, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming.

For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org, “like” the GRAMMY Museum on Facebook, and follow

@GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.

The educational program will be hosted on February 8, 2018 at the GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater from 11:00AM – 12:30PM. Attendance is by invitation only. Media and Artists can RSVP by Tuesday February 6th at [email protected]







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