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Hip-Hop Artist Casey Veggies Gets Personal

Tuesday, February 2: 12:18 p.m.
Posted by Carl Harp

Casey Veggies 2016 tour concert in Cleveland, Ohio

As a 14-year-old Inglewood high school basketball star and original member of the Cali super group Odd Future (OFWGKTA), Casey Veggies released his first mixtape, Customized Greatly, spawning a trilogy series. Benching his hoop dreams for a rap career, Veggies continued building off of his early groundwork, landing tour spots with Mac Miller, show dates with west side champs like Kendrick Lamar and Nipsey Hussle, and strategic partnerships with brands like Puma. The autobiography of Casey Veggies consumed the rap globe in the form of his 2015 major label debut LIVE & GROW, a nutritious listen of a young man’s navigation through new adulthood and stardom. 

The Rock Hall caught up with Casey Veggies ahead of his Sonic Sessions concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on February 19.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Your concert comes during the Rock Hall’s Black History Month Celebration. One of our other events is a discussion on “Black Music Matters,” kind of a take on the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Your track, “RIP,” is dedicated to people who have lost their lives to police brutality, gang violence and other senseless violence. Like Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” do you see ...


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Rock Hall kicks off Black History Month with Double Exposure: African-American Music on Film

Friday, February 11: 12:54 p.m.

As I was finalizing our films for this year’s Black History Month celebration, Double Exposure: African-American Music on Film, I got an email from Mick Csaky, the producer and director of a new film documentary about legendary gospel start Sister Rosetta Tharpe that was broadcast on BBC television in January. But Mick wasn’t checking to see if we could screen the film---he didn’t even know we were doing a film series. He was writing to make his case that Sister Rosetta should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His film, The Godmother of Rock & Roll: Sister Rosetta Tharpe is a powerful summary of her career, featuring blistering live performances where she displays her guitar prowess and mastery of the stage. He graciously gave us permission to screen the film, which we did this week to kick off our film series.

Gayle Wald, author of a fantastic biography of Sister Rosetta, Shout, Sister, Shout! The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, joined us for the evening. Gayle is chair of the Department of English at George Washington University, where she teaches courses on African American literature, popular music, and U.S. culture ...


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