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16 June 2014

DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Bring Their Renegades of Rhythm Tour to Atlanta, 12 September

Music fans are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience when turntablists supreme DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist celebrate the legacy of Hip-Hop vanguard and Universal Zulu Nation founder, Afrika Bambaataa on their Renegades of Rhythm tour this fall.

“This has never been done before, definitely not on this scale," DJ Shadow said. "They’re HIS records, with his blessings. This isn’t just ANY copy of ‘X’ breakbeat. It’s THE copy; THE copy that started everything. [It's] not just any records. [It's] the MASTER OF RECORDS' records."

Using only vinyl pulled from Afrika Bambaataa’s historic collection –-over 40,000 strong and permanently archived at Cornell University-– DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist aim to present Bambaataa’s legacy in all its genre-busting and socially-minded complexity at Atlanta's Center Stage Theatre, 12 September.

"[Afrika Bambaataa's] collection includes not just Soul and Rap, but also Soca, Calypso, Dub, Salsa," DJ Shadow said. "It’s obvious that this music was important to him, and it’s reflected in his own music.”

Johan Kugelberg, a member of the Zulu Nation who established the Cornell Hip Hop Archive in 2007, brought the idea of this tour to Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow.

It was paramount to the two DJs that the tour have the full blessing of Afrika Bambaataa himself. Kugelberg ultimately brought the three artists together for an in-person meeting, where they received Afrika Bambaataa's enthusiastic support.

"I call on all who love Hip-Hop to come out, see them, hear them," he says. "DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are going to blow your funky mind."

The Renegades of Rhythm tour will use six turntables and a variety of real-time effects.

"It adds another performance level, and real-time sampling from the record that’s being played," says Cut Chemist.

Visuals for the tour will be supplied by acclaimed video director, multimedia producer and regular DJ Shadow collaborator Ben Stokes. The tour is produced by Jamal Chalabi and Backlash Management.

Hailed for his innovative visual performances in both a live and DJ setting, DJ Shadow's 2010 and 2011 tour was cited by Beatport as one of the top 10 DJ shows of all time, and was capped off by two memorable performances at the Coachella Festival.

Cut Chemist first picked up the turntable at age 11. He has been recording and performing for over twenty years. He founded the rap group Jurassic 5 and helped form the Grammy award winning Latin funk outfit, Ozomatli.

Tickets go on sale, Friday, 20 June 2014, at TicketAlternative.com