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Sunday, April 22 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Hip-Hop as Storytelling: The Four Elements, presented by the Universal Hip Hop Museum, Conversation 2134

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A conversation with West Coast hip hop pioneers, representing each of the four elements of hip hop: MCing, DJing, graffiti and breakdancing. Moderated by Marq “DJ Cli-N-Tel” Hawkins, this panel will introduce the fifth element: Knowledge. Founded by hip hop pioneers, and chartered by the New York State Department of Education Board of Regents, the Universal of Hip Hop Museum aims to preserve, showcase and celebrate the culture’s past, present and future.

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Hector "Hex" Rios

Rios is one of the earliest known and well-respected hip-hop graffiti pioneers of the west coast. His contributions to the international scene have influenced thousands of artists in all disciplines, ranging from graffiti arts, museum exhibits, animators, and more. Hex, the inventor... Read More →
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James "J-Ro" Robinson

Robinson, better known by his stage name J-Ro, is an American rapper from Los Angeles, California. Robinson is the CFO of Antics International Distribution Inc. He is best known for being a member of Tha Alkaholiks, with whom he has released five albums. J-Ro released his debut s... Read More →
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Mone "Medusa" Smith

Smith is the undisputed Queen of West Coast underground hip-hop. She has shared the stage with artists including Stevie Wonder, KRS-ONE, George Clinton, Public Enemy, Erykah Badu, Roy Ayers, Common, Meshell Ndegeocello, and MC Lyte. She was the winner of a 2014 Female Hip-Hop Honor... Read More →
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Chris "The Glove" Taylor

Taylor began his career as a Los Angeles area DJ at the world-renowned Club Radio (RADIOTRON), and appeared in the movies; “Breakin’,” and “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” as himself, alongside Ice-T. Glove produced the hit singles "Reckless" featuring Ice-T, "Phone Tap... Read More →
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OG TicTac

Gilbert “Original TicTac” Albrego began his dance career back in 1972. He was mentored by locking legends Fred Allen "Rerun" Berry, Greg Campbellock Jr., and Slim Robot. In 1974, he started to create his art form of Ticing. Originally a street performer, he became a professional... Read More →
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Ms. Toi

Ms.Toi was born in Cook County Hospital in Chicago (south side), Illinois, and raised in Inglewood California —“two of the coldest places in America.” She says "It's good to be known for what I love; I've had this passion for music all my life." Ms. Toi has released six albums... Read More →
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Alonzo "Grandmaster Lonzo" Williams

Williams, “the undisputed godfather of west coast hip-hop,” speaks to youth and young adults to educate and inspire. In his speaking engagements, he explores the psychological effects of hip-hop, as well as the legal and financial ramifications of music, as he shares the story... Read More →


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