On Friday and Saturday, Fab 5 Freddy and MC Yan, two hip hop pioneers from opposite ends of the earth come together for two days of Hip Hop, Kung Fu and Street Art.
On Friday October 19th, Yan and Freddy will co-host a screening of Freddy’s 1983 Hip Hop film WILD STYLE at Hong Kong’s most prolific underground music venue, Hidden Agenda. The doors open at 7 PM with opening remarks from Freddy and Yan. Following the screening there will be a Q&A on the film, it’s relevance, and the connections between Hip Hop, Street Culture, Kung Fu and beyond. RSVP here.
2A, Wing Fu Industrial Bldg,
15-17 Tai Yip Street, Ngau Tau Kok,
Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
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On Saturday the 20th, Freddy and Yan come back together for KUNG FU WILDSTYLE, “an exploration of pop culture through contemporary street art.” Each artist will create 5 pieces of art based on original Bruce Lee film imagery and host a one-of-a-kind Pop Up Art Show starting at 7 PM in Sheung Wan. The event will include refreshments, snacks and music by DJ Wordy. To check out this event on Facebook click here.
66 Po Hing Fong,
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Fred Brathwait, aka Fab 5 Freddy, is a living legend of hip hop and street culture. New York graffiti artist, producer of ‘Wild Style’, original host of Yo! MTV Raps, and having painted with Jean Michael Basquiat, Freddy is a cultural icon responsible for bringing hip hop to a worldwide audience. To learn more about Freddy check out his website fab5freddy.com.
Freddy in front of one of his recent pieces at Gallery 151 in New York.
Chenguang Ren, aka MC Yan, picked up graffiti in 1990 while living in France and transitioned into hip hop after returning to Hong Kong where in 1993 he created the seminal hip hop group LMF. Yan, having tagged the Great Wall of China, founded an underground radio station, started his own street wear label, and collaborated with the Graffiti Reseach Lab to laser tag the buildings of Hong Kong, is a revolutionists and mogul of Hong Kong street culture. To learn more about MC Yan check out his alivenotdead profile here.
A preview of MC Yan’s work for Saturday pop-up show.
To hear Yan speak about his start as a graffiti artist, moving into hip hop and forming LMF watch this clip from “1 vs 99”.