At the rehearsal for the Al Kapone/Memphis Symphony concert at the New Daisy Theater in Memphis last Wednesday. The concert also featured a group of dancers from the U Dig Dance Academy, displaying a Memphis-based style of dance known as jooking.
More scenes from last Wednesday’s rehearsal for the Al Kapone/Memphis Symphony performance at the New Daisy Theater.
It’s not everyday that a rap artist performs with a symphony orchestra, but that’s exactly what happened here in Memphis this week with the collaboration between the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and legendary Memphis rapper Al Kapone to kick off the Opus One concert series. These pictures were taken at the rehearsal on Wednesday, November 9. The concert the following night was standing room only.
Al Kapone and Tune C on stage at rehearsal (Taken with instagram)
A moment’s rest… (Taken with Instagram at New Daisy Theatre)
Al Kapone practicing with the Memphis Symphony (Taken with instagram)
T-Rock was the first and only Atlanta rapper to be signed to Memphis-based Hypnotized Minds Records, and while he left that camp, he has remained practically a rap institution in his hometown. Now T-Rock comes with possibly his most ambitious project to date, a massive double-album of 30 songs called “I Grind, I Hustle”. The two discs are remarkably dissimilar. Disc 1, entitled “I Grind”, is a heavily-produced, lush studio album with first-rate production. Standout songs are the single “Ewing”, the title track, the pleasant sample-driven “I Blaze” and the crunk, careless anthem “I Just Might” which features The Dayton Family. Other tracks on the disc feature Dirty from Montgomery, Alabama and Memphian Mr. Sche. Disc 2, “I Hustle” has the grittier, grimier atmosphere of an underground mixtape, with rough songs like “100 Goons”, “AK 47” and “Now They Love Me.” The seeming incongruity of the two discs simply shows the extreme versatility of T Rock, and the total album has something for everybody. While some will prefer the second disc, and others will love the first, I Grind I Hustle is a bold statement of arrival for one of the ATL’s most consistent independent rappers.
At a special event on Thursday October 27, legendary Memphis studio/label Ardent Records showed off both their new hip-hop recording artists, Russ P and Pat 24-7, as well as their newly-remodeled Studio C.