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Music Matters: Diving Deeper Into Hip-Hop

March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free - $50

Music Matters is a new series of appreciation lectures given by Asheville FM DJs, volunteers, and affiliates. Topics will vary according to the unique passions of the presenters but will likely focus on the historical, theoretical, or cultural aspects of various genres, artists, bands, labels, and even musical instruments. Every presentation is free to the public, with a suggested donation of $5-$50. Those who donate $50 will automatically become AFM members.

Join us on Monday, March 12, from 6–8 pm, for the next presentation in this series, “Diving Deeper Into Hip-Hop,” presented by Alexis (Leckie) Wardlaw and Elizabeth (Li*La) Garland, hosts of AFM’s Slay the Mic. This event will take place at the AFM Station at 864 Haywood Road in West Asheville.

Rap originated from real life experiences and transforms experience into an art form. In old West Africa, tribesmen would deliver stories rhythmically over drum beats, which had a strong similarity to rap. When slaves were brought over to the Americas, this style of storytelling continued, but it wasn’t really well-known. As early as the 1920s, there were instances of lyrics being rapped over popular beats. By the end of the 1970s, rap had become a full-fledged musical genre, thanks to such artists as the Sugarhill Gang and Kurtis Blow.

In this interactive presentation, Leckie and Li*La will help uncover the meaning underneath the pen. Participants will dissect rap songs, create their own lyrics, learn from local hip-hop and RnB artists, and discuss how hip-hop relates to current events. Local artists Lyric, Siyah, Nex Millen, F.T.O, 828 Trig, Siren XO, and T.Y. will contribute their expertise on how they express themselves through hip-hop and RnB music. Paper, pens, folders, and stickers will be provided.


March 12
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free - $50


Asheville FM
864 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28801 United States


Asheville FM