What could be better during the Christmas season than a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker?”
Why not a reimagined version of the classic? In this new take ballet morphs into breakdance and a former Nyack student, legendary 1980’s rapper Kurtis Blow, stars as the special guest MC in “The Hip Hop Nutcracker.” Known for his hit “The Breaks,” Blow has been on a 28-city tour crossing the nation, with a stop at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ on December 14.
Blow continues to use the hip hop genre as a platform to entertain and to minister the gospel. He is a co-founder of Harlem’s Hip Hop Church with Nyack College (’98) and Alliance Theological Seminary (’05) alumnus, Rev. Dr. Stephen Pogue, pastor of Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church in Mt. Vernon, NY.
The year 2019 will be another breakout one for Kurtis Blow as he records a 40th anniversary edition of his album, “Christmas Rappin.'” Also on his agenda is the creation of the Universal Hip Hop Museum, which will occupy space in a multi-use development located in the Bronx, NY. Construction begins in 2019 and the doors of the museum open in 2022.