When The Soul Rebels rock the Joy Theater stage on Friday, September 28, they’ll be joined by an MC whose body of work is that of a genius.
The Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA is a progenitor of metaphysical rap with an illustrious career as both a founding member of arguably the most influential hip-hop group of all time and a venerated solo act. His platinum-selling 1995 LP Liquid Swords is considered a standard-bearer for anyone else’s philospoher-as-rapper approach. Despite not having released a solo record in a decade, he remains a pre-eminent guest on stages around the world, touring frequently with Wu-Tang.
Next month, he’ll join OffBeat’s 2018 Brass Band of the Year, The Soul Rebels, for a New Orleans performance. The hip-hop infused group and MC have performed frequently in the past, recently rocking the Blue Note in New York City. Earlier this year, they linked for a prestigious Tiny Desk Concert performance at NPR.
Winter Circle Productions has also enrolled some dynamite local hip-hop to round out the lineup. Curren$y boasts one of the most expansive bodies of work in New Orleans rap and helms Jet Life Recordings, responsible for cultivating emergent local talent. Dee-1 is a former OffBeat cover star who recently took home a Best of the Beat Award. Big Freedia will also be a special guest.
Tickets for the September 28 performance are available here. Doors for the all-ages show open at 9p.m.