Working to focus the spotlight on the true artistry of hip hop, curator and artist herself, Miz Metro has combined visual works of art with classic rap tracks and remixes in her gallery, The Art of Rap: Remixed and Mastered. Inspired by the Ice-T documentary, The Art of Rap, the New York City gallery features hip hop centric graffiti art and photos by renowned artists Shirt King Phade, Jamel Shabazz and Ryan Keeley. Utilizing HARMAN’s AKG K702 headphones, the gallery comes alive with newly remixed sounds by Keith Shocklee.
The idea: create an abstract visual version of hip hop and combine it with actual music to maximize the feeling and understanding for an all-encompassing experience. Working together with Miz Metro, Shocklee put together four mixes sampled from Public Enemy’s album Fear of a Black Planet. Shocklee’s gallery remixes are titled: The Hard Rhymer, Planet Black, Stolen Sole and Power of the Flight.
“This isn’t your regular gallery elevator music,” said Shocklee, a founding member of The Bomb Squad and Public Enemy. “Using classic, original hip hop and remixing it to fit the theme of the gallery is another way of branding art. We can give it a 3D feel. With the added music, the artists have an entirely new way of showcasing their masterpieces.”
“I want the gallery’s visitors to actually enjoy the full experience and purchase our work, hopefully sampling it in their own pieces,” commented Miz Metro. “Our visitors are continually impressed with the music selection; it’s truly inspiring.”
In fact, in one instance, a music enthusiast actually took it upon herself to lift the iPod and the AKG K702’s to walk around the gallery listening to the tracks. She was completely taken back by the quality of the art and continued to enjoy the exhibits, even though the music portion was supposed to stay at its specific area in the gallery. “How could you get angry at that? She was lost in the sound,” joked Miz Metro.
“All of the pieces are falling into place for the gallery; the sound art is crazy,” continued Shocklee. “I stand by AKG because it’s vital to the music world when recording and listening. AKG was the standard in the studio when I was coming up and I trust their sound. When I was looking for the perfect channel to showcase my sound art, I didn’t even bother looking for anything other than the K702’s.”
“The Art of Rap: Remixed and Mastered is a fantastic project, where visitors experience a completely new level of art,” commented Joseph Wagoner, project manager, wireless-tours-install, AKG. “The precision and quality of the K702’s will ensure the gallery continues to stun. Keith, Miz Metro and the entire team have really outdone themselves and AKG is proud to be a part of the gallery as it continues touring the United States.”