Rap Pioneers Launches Concert Series At The Smithsonian

Easy A.D. of the influential Cold Crush Brothers has announced the launch of the Classic Hip-Hop Concert Series, a collection of concert events set to run from November 2008 through September 2009.

A.D., in collaboration with business partner and Hip-Hop historian Anthony “A-tone” Hovington, started Classic Hip-Hop LLC in 2005.

The purpose of the company is “to preserve and promote the positive aspects of Hip-Hop culture.”

So far, the organization has secured a partnership with the Smithsonian Institute, which will be opening the Hip-Hop Won’t Stop exhibit at the Natural Museum of American History in Washington DC.

The tentative date for the exhibit’s opening is early 2009.

The Classic Hip-Hop Concert Series will support this exhibit by holding its first show on November 22 at Constitution Hall.

From the success of the shows, A.D. hopes to generate enough buzz and fundraising revenue for the exhibit to have a strong opening.

“We want people to come out, bring their sons and daughters to experience innovative Hip-Hop music from classic artists such as Doug E. Fresh, Whodini, Kool Moe Dee, Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, and the Cold Crush Brothers, to name a few,” Easy A.D. explain to AllHipHop.com. “Hip-Hop has come a long way and with this concert series and exhibit opening, we will bring the culture full circle.”

The Cold Crush Brothers formed in 1978, and made a lasting impact of Hip-Hop due to their use of melody, elaborate stage routines, varied rhymes schemes, and propensity to battle rival crews.

They are one of the first Hip-Hop acts to tour overseas, and member Grandmaster Caz is credited with writing a verse on Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper Delight.”

The Classic Hip-Hop Concert Series plans to have nine more shows in cities across the country after the November 22 debut.

For more information, visit www.classichiphopllc.com.