Napoleon Maddox

Napoleon Maddox

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Rap - Hip Hop | Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Total Song Plays: 34   
Member Since: 2013
   Last Login: over 30 days ago

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A group that changes in shape, orbiting around core musicians
(founders / players) MC, Napoleon Maddox and saxophonist Jack Walker, Iswhat?! has been around since the mid-1990s. Their first album "You figure it out" (2004) - a sort of a spacio-temporal rendezvous between Charles Mingus and Public Enemy in a graffiti covered basement in Harlem - intrigued jazz fans aficionados as well as the hip-hop community. Two other disks ("The Life We Chose" in 2006 and "Big Appetite" in 2009) and several prestigious collaborations with Archie Shepp, Chuck D (Public Enemy), DJ Spooky, Fat Jon (Five Deez) and DJ Spinna make it clear: Iswhat?! disregards categories to cultivate a polyvalent vision of music, a new blend of music beyond boundaries. The duo inherit the traditions of Great Black Music, like their forebears Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Stetsasonic, John Coltrane, The Last Poets, Doug E Fresh, Nina Simone, Gil Scott-Heron and Boogie Down Productions.

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looking forward to playing Chicago Jazz Fest with Hamid drake and Bindu Reggaeology


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