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How to Travel in Time
Public Program - NYC
Past the Mic: Time Travelers and MCs

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
291 Church Street, NYC

The Legendary Cyphers, a group of talented MCs who have lead a weekly freestyle rap circle in Union Square, will discuss how time functions in hip hop lyrics, and then drop some bars. Moderated by exhibition curator, SI Rosenbaum.

As a genre, rap is built on allusion. In order to parse hip hop lyrics, the listener has to be master of a huge corpus of historical, personal and cultural narratives that are often combined and juxtaposed within a single bar. The effect is to collapse time: the song exists in a space that has access to all points of the speaker’s personal and generational history. With exhibition curator, SI Rosenbaum, The Legendary Cyphers will discuss how time functions in hip hop lyrics and then drop some bars.

For a few hours every week- 8-12 pm every Friday night from May to November- the southwest platform of Union Square Park is transformed from one of many busy New York city corners, into a creative space that elevates free expression, originality, and raw hip hop in its purest form. Knowledge is shared, cultures are connected and community is born. The cypher is, in its simplest form, a group of artists exchanging ideas in rhyme. Look deeper and you’ll see an environment come to life- one we all build together. In this environment, all voices are appreciated, everyone is accepted and all are welcomed.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.




S.I. Rosenbaum is a journalist and artist born in Boston and living in Queens.

Legendary Cyphers is a movement that started back in 2013 founded by MC/ Activist Daniel "Majesty" Sanchez. Who unfortunately passed away in October of 2016. The rest of the team which consists of Miky, bjorn majestik, Eli black and palladium philoz are keeping his movement and legacy going.

apexart’s program supporters past and present include The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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