The Source Magazine announced this week that they have partnered with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) for the upcoming SOURCE360 events. The hip-hop-centered weekend is Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept, 20, and includes music performances, films, panels, and more.
BAM is a multi-functional arts center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. They feature the works of both indie and veteran artists on local and global scales, in the areas of dance, film, theater, music, and more. The Source is an iconic hip-hop magazine that is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. With its partnership with BAM, SOURCE360 is sure to be an unforgettable experience highlighting the style, influencers, film, and music that defines hip-hop culture. Best of all, the unforgettable events are coming to you from the heart of Brooklyn’s cultural district.
BAMcafé Live is known for hosting a diverse selection of performers in BAM’s Lepercq Space for free. On Sept. 19, BAMcafé Live and SOURCE360 will present “Pass the Mic: Ladies First – A Night of Women Emcees,” celebrating the talented, and often overlooked, women of the hip-hop industry. The event features performances by Brooklyn emcee Nitty Scott, Queen of Bollyhood Rajé Shwari, and iconic rappers Roxanne Shanté and Sweet Tee. Sept. 20 is “International Hip-Hop Night” at BAMcafé Live, with performances by Malian rapper Amkoullel, Nigerian-born emcee AYoinmotion, Mexican rapper Bocafloja, Senegalese rap group GOKH-BI SYSTEM, Chilean duo Rebel Diaz, and Cape Verde artist Shokanti. It is an absolute treat to be able to see such a talented group of artists of free; these BAMcafé performances are not to be missed.
BAMcinématek frequently features outstanding film festivals, movie premieres, classic films, and conversations with actors, critics, and filmmakers. The SOURCE360 Film Festival at BAMcinématek will present both contemporary and classic films that have significance to hip-hop culture. On Sept. 19, the festival will show “Notorious,” the 2009 film celebrating the life of the best rapper to come out of Brooklyn—the late Christopher Wallace, better known as the Notorious B.I.G. BAMcinématek will also screen “Time is Illmatic,” a documentary about legendary Queens rapper, Nas. Nas’ debut album, Illmatic is one of a handful of projects to receive a perfect, five-star rating from The Source.
On Sept. 20, BAMcinématek and SOURCE360 will present martial arts film “The Man with the Iron Fists” starring RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, hip-hop documentary film “Rhyme & Reason” featuring interviews with KRS-One, Kurtis Blow, and other greats, and “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party,” which includes performances by Kanye West, The Roots, a rare Fugees reunion, and more. There will also be a Q&A with RZA and actress Antonique Smith, who played Faith Evans in “Notorious.”
North Star Media Group Chairman L. Londell McMillan discussed SOURCE360’s synergistic partnership with BAM.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with BAM for this celebration of culture, music, and art,” he said in statement. “BAM has long been the home for some of the world’s most adventurous artists, and has embraced hip-hop over the years through its film, dance, and music programming.
“BAMcinématek has a rich history of presenting films from a wide range of eras, cultures, and movements, and we’re proud to be co-presenting this lineup of classic hip-hop films with them. The stunning BAMcafé is an idyllic venue for the festival’s free live music events, featuring hip-hop artists from Brooklyn and beyond. I can’t imagine hosting such a momentous cultural event in Downtown Brooklyn without BAM!”