Peep This: Hip-Hop History Orchestrated By Poland’s JIMEK

Just like any youthful endeavor, when hip-hop was first gaining its bearings in the 1970s and 1980s, higher authorities questioned its staying power. Fast-forward a couple decades and the mere idea is laughable. Expanding beyond its music into a culture, hip-hop has transcended into every bit of our everyday lives both within and outside of its birth boundaries. Back in March, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra performed a 10-minute arrangement of 30 of the most influential hip-hop songs of the past 20 years. Conducted by Radzimir Dębski — better known as JIMEK — the performance covers the whole spectrum, opening with Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools,” and hitting older classics like 2Pac’s “Dear Mama,” A Tribe Called Quests’s “Electric Relaxation,” Mobb Deep’s “Give Up the Goods,” Pharoahe Monch’s “Simon Says,” to more modern ones like Jay-Z’s “Girls, Girls, Girls,” Cam’ron’s “Hey Ma,” and Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights.” The whole performance is epic in itself, but it’s the individual tributes that truly make it.

Nina Tabios

Nina Smoove aka Champagne Ninang. Certified hooligan. $F Bay Area born and bred.

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