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09.20.07 12:58 PM

VH1 Hip-Hop Panels in Brooklyn Oct. 6

vh1_hiphop.gifAs part of "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" weekend on Saturday October 6th Brooklyn Bodega and the Hip Hop Institute will be producing two panels at powerHouse Books in Brooklyn. The first panel will feature Andre Harrell, founder of Uptown Records, and Barry Michael Cooper who coined the term 'New Jack Swing,' and a host of others as they discuss the impact and legacy of the New Jack Swing movement. "The inclusion of New Jack Swing in this year's celebration threw me off. The first thing I thought was 'there are some real cultural historians at VH1 making these decisions.' Immediately we wanted to support their efforts in an intimate way," writes Room Service Group president and founder of the Hip Hop Institute, Wes Jackson. "As we talk about the current subgenres of Hip Hop like crunk, snap, and glitch it is important to document movements like New Jack Swing. What is known as New Jack Swing gave us Pharell, Bobby Brown, and Diddy. Having Andre Harrell and Barry Michael Cooper join us we will be getting the story straight from the horse's mouth."

The second panel will celebrate Q-Tip, Phife, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, the legendary A Tribe Called Quest. The latest addition to the 2007 "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" honoree list, Tribe is universally recognized as one of the greatest to ever do it. The panel will feature critically acclaimed author Brian Coleman, author of Check The Technique, and Jive Records senior A&R, Jeff Sledge who helped create many Tribe classics while they were signed to the New York label. Jackson went on to add, "I think it is every Hip- Hop junkie's dream to sit down with members of Tribe as well as respected peers and colleagues to discuss these great albums. With our esteemed panel we will really speak on how this amazing group grew into such a powerful force while creating some of the best albums Hip-Hop has ever seen or heard."

A Tribe Called Quest, The birth and evolution of a legend

Jeff Sledge, Senior Director, Jive Records
Brian Coleman, author, Check The Technique
Eskay, writer,
Dallas Penn,, Internet celebrities
Lynne d Johnson, Senior Editor, Fast Company

Wes Jackson

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