A once in a lifetime experience is coming to Austin this September. DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist will celebrate the legacy of hip-hop artist and founder of Universal Zulu Nation, Afrika Bambaataa on their Renegades of Rhythm tour this fall. The duo will be using only vinyl pulled from Afrika Bambaataa’s collection which includes over 40,000 strong and permanently archived at Cornell University. These two artists’ goal is to present Bambaataa’s legacy in all its genre-busting and socially-minded complexity.
Johan Kugelberg is responsible for bringing the idea of this tour to Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow and introducing the pair to Bambaataa. Kugelberg, who in 2007 established the Cornell Hip Hop Archive, believes this tour will bring together hip hop fans from all generations. As DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist sorted through the collection, they focused on the appearance of the records themselves. They said it was pretty obvious which records he played a lot, and those would be the ones they mainly pulled for their tour. While the tour will be rooted in a historic vinyl collection, both DJs pointed out that people should not come expecting an all “old-school” set. The combination they plan to create is going to be epic.