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Hip-Hop in Focus

In response to COVID- 19, the Peabody Institute is canceling all public concerts, recitals, and performances through the end of the spring 2020 semester.

Join Peabody Conservatory faculty artist Wendel Patrick and BET Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Rakim as they listen to some of Rakim's innovative tracks and discuss the creative process behind them.

Rakim, guest artist

In the history of Hip-Hop, few artists have had as great an impact on the development and progression of the art form's lyrical style as Rakim Allah. Universally referenced as one of the Masters of the Microphone and an influence and inspiration to his peers and followers alike, Rakim first exploded onto the scene with the release of iconic Eric B. is President in 1986 with long time collaborator Eric B. The single marked a turning point in the Rap world – raising the bar for future emcees and revolutionizing the way rhymes are delivered to this day. No serious discussion of the music’s greatest performers is held without a deferential accounting of his achievements, and no serious rap artist grips a microphone without channeling some of his legend.

Wendel Patrick, assistant professor

Wendel Patrick has been referred to as “David Foster Wallace reincarnated as a sound engineer” by Urbanite Magazine, and as “wildly talented” by the Baltimore Sun. He has been referred to by XLR8R magazine as “a hip-hop producer that could easily make any fan of Squarepusher, Boards of Canada, or Madlib flip out.” The alter-ego of classical and jazz pianist Kevin Gift, Wendel Patrick is rapidly making a name for himself as a producer to be recognized. His five albums, Sound:, Forthcoming, JDWP, Passage, and Travel were all produced without the use of sampling, with Patrick playing every note of every instrument. What is perhaps most astounding and perplexing to listeners is that there are actually no instruments…he crafts all of the instruments, and every note, electronically.

Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall 1 E. Mount Vernon Pl., Baltimore, MD 21202
7:30 pm Tuesday, March 31 FREE

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