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Clas/sick Hip Hop: 1993 Edition

YBCA presents

Clas/sick Hip Hop: 1993 Edition

World Premiere
  • Design: John Mavroudis
  • Clas/sick Hip Hop I, 2012, Photo: Roko Kawai
Design: John Mavroudis
Fri, Nov 7, 8:00 PM
Sat, Nov 8, 8:00 PM

Admission: $25 in Advance / $30 at the Door
Senior, Teacher, Student: $20 in Advance / $25 at the Door
YBCA Member: $20, YBCA:You FREE

Admission: $30 in Advance / $35 at the Door
Senior, Teacher, Student: $25 in Advance / $30 at the Door
YBCA Member: $20, YBCA:You FREE


This is how we chill from '93 til.

Clas/sick Hip Hop: 1993 Edition reimagines the catalog of one of hip hop's most commercially and artistically successful years: 1993. In that year, OutKast, A Tribe Called Quest, Snoop Dogg, Wu Tang Clan, and Tupac Shakur all released seminal music that recalibrated the sonic possibilities of the entire genre. 1993 was also the year that YBCA opened its doors with a mission to celebrate both the Bay Area's local prowess and the globe's contemporary aesthetic vision. Combining these impulses, Clas/sick Hip Hop challenges more than 20 local MCs to recreate the hip-hop catalog of 1993, backed on two different stages by two of the Bay Area's foremost young composers, JooWan Kim performing with his chamber orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj and Oakland's own Kev Choice, Lauryn Hill's former musical director, performing with the 10-piece Kev Choice Ensemble.

Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN) presents the world premiere of a six-piece YBCA commission in which EMN music director, composer/pianist JooWan Kim, re-imagines six classic hip-hop songs from 1993 with his group, including C.R.E.A.M., Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta Fuck Wit, and Shame On A Nigga from the Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) album by Wu-Tang Clan; as well as Gin and Juice, Gz and Hustlas, and Who Am I (What's My Name)? from the Doggystyle album by Snoop Dogg.

Kev Choice Ensemble pays homage and tribute to the incredible catalogue of hip-hop music that came out in the year of 1993. The focus will be on the classic songs, albums, influences and samples that were the foundation in the creation of these songs.

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Thu, Nov 6 to Sun, Nov 9

Two programs of cutting-edge African American cinema.

Dohee Lee. Photo: Pak Han.
Fri, Nov 14, 8:00 PM | Sat, Nov 15, 8:00 PM

A performance installation of dance, music, animation, and ritual that takes you on...

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Sat, Nov 8, 11:00 AM

An afternoon of (almost) free community dance classes taught by artists participating in...

Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Chief of Program and Pedagogy

Ensemble Mik Nawooj is a member of the Intersection Incubator, a program of Intersection for the Arts providing fiscal sponsorship, incubation, and consulting services to artists.

YBCA Performance 14-15 is made possible in part by: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and

Additional Funding for YBCA Performance 14-15: Zellerbach Family Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, Surdna Foundation, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Programs in 14-15 are made possible in part by: Adobe, Gaia Fund, and Grosvenor.

Special Innovation Projects in 14-15 are supported, in part, by generous grants from: The James Irvine Foundation, Knight Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, and Abundance Foundation.