On Tuesday, Kurtis Blow Sr, Kurtis Blow Jr. and Common gave nuggets of wisdom and insight that would have made each audience member feel as though they were at a taping of “Inside the Actor’s Studio” at the historic Lincoln Theater on U Street NW. The free one night event exposed DC to the release of Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois’ new book titled ‘The Anthlogy of Rap,’ including brief conversations with Kurtis Blow and Common. Granted neither Adam Bradley nor Andew DuBois were as fascinating or probing as James Lipton, but the authors of the ‘The Anthology of Rap’ definitely knew the history of each artist in their interviews. Georgetown professor, R. Scott Heath moderated the panel discussion with the artists and authors. The three most memorable moments of the evening were:
1) Common (with no hesitation) borrowed Adam Bradley’s mic and gave a brief performance of “I Used To Love H.E.R.”
2) Kurtis Blow Sr. donated the jacket worn on his Duece album cover to The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The jacket will be on display at the 2015 opening under the ‘Music Crossroads’ exhibit.
3) Kurtis Blow Sr. and Kurtis Blow Jr. gave a rocking performance of golden hip hop oldie’s with a spectacular show of athleticism from Kurtis Blow Sr. The 51 year old MC proved that he can easily break dance and hold a kick flip.