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Common, Kurtis Blow to discuss rap in D.C.

By Jacqueline Trescott

Rappers Common and Kurtis Blow will discuss their music at a Nov. 16 panel sponsored by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as part of its pre-building cultural presentations.

Kurtis Blow, left, and Common. (Getty)

Tickets can be reserved starting Friday at the box office of the Lincoln Theater, where the rap session will be held.

The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 on the Mall but has organized a series of programs.

The museum is inviting the public to the discussion of a new book "The Anthology of Rap" by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois. The editors have gathered 300 rap lyrics from the late 1970s to today and given the selections the academic imprimatur with a forward by Harvard scholar Henry Lewis Gates and the endorsement of one of the style's godfathers Chuck D, who contributes the afterward.

Common, an actor as well as rapper, has won two Grammys, one in a rhythm and blues category, the other in a rap performance category. Blow, one of the pioneers in the field, had the first rap record to achieve gold record status. That would be "The Breaks" in 1980.

The Lincoln on historic U Street NW has 1225 seats. The panel starts at 7 p.m.

As part of its advanced exhibitions, the museum is currently sponsoring an exhibition on documents and art related to African American life in the U.S. at the National Museum of American History. "The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasurers of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey" will be displayed until May 2011.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | November 4, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Pop music  | Tags:  Adam Bradley, Andrew DuBois, Common, Kurtis Blow, The Anthology of Rap  
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