The music performers included the Houston Press Music Awards Nominee Jack Freeman, who wooed the ladies with his silky voice and charming confidence. Mr. Freeman provided tunes from his recently released effort called "Lynnie's Juke Joint." Fellow HPMA nominees and Best Rap Group winners The Nice Guys also performed to the appreciative crowd.
The art in question ranged from photography, sculpture and graffiti to traditional paint on canvas. But the topics were far from traditional, including an urban departure from the "wine and cheese" gallery shows, and focusing on the four elements of Hip-Hop (MC-ing, DJ-ing, Graffiti, Break-Dancing). Figures such as the Notorious B.I.G. and local legend Pimp C were immortalized and displayed on the maze of walls erected in the center of the cavernous space.
The main event of the evening was the performance of Phife Dawg of the legendary group A Tribe Called Quest. Phife has been making his rounds around the country lately promoting the Michael Rapaport-directed documentary aptly named Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. He made a stop to drop off a few of his classics to all the true hip-hop heads in attendance, and provided a perfect ending to an inspiring night of art.
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