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.

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Nina Tabios

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

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