Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
How Beethoven Continues to Inspire Rapper Drumma Boy
Christopher James Gholson, aka Drumma Boy, has made a name for himself as one of today’s most popular hip-hop artists. In a recent story in the Huffington Post, he told the world that his own musical style remains influenced equally powerfully by classical music and by the African-American culture of his native Memphis, Tenn.
From a family of professional classical musicians, Drumma Boy grew up experiencing the music of Beethoven – “I find my true, kindred spirit,” he says, “lives within the music of Ludwig van Beethoven” – and other European classical composers and playing the clarinet in his youth orchestra, while also drinking in soul, funk, rap and hip-hop. The result, as Drumma Boy suggests, is an aesthetic that assimilates the best qualities of multiple traditions:
If people were a little more like Beethoven, closed their ears and actually listened, the relationship between two genres that, on the surface, seem polar opposites, wouldn’t be such a far-fetched idea.
Read more: From Classical to Hip-Hop: Why Beethoven Still Inspires Me (HP)