It's The Beatbox

from by Christylez Bacon

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This piece was originally written for my students at Birney Elementary School in the Barry Farms neighborhood of Southeast, Washington, DC. It debuted nationally on the Kennedy Center stage with a 12-piece orchestra and classical arrangement, and was later featured on the Hip-Hop/Folk fusion album, Banjo to Beatbox; but this arrangement is very special. I arranged this version when given the humbling opportunity to open for the Godfather of Go-Go music, Chuck Brown, in the Music Center at Strathmore. The version honors my native-Washingtonian Go-Go roots and the amazing musical impact that the late Chuck Brown contributed to my city.


from Hip​-​Hop UnPlugged, released February 22, 2014



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Christylez Bacon Washington

Christylez Bacon (pronounced: chris-styles) is a GRAMMY® Nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist from Southeast, Washington, DC. As a performer, Christylez multi-tasks between various instruments such as the West African djembe drum, acoustic guitar, and the human beat-box (oral percussion), all while continuing the oral tradition of storytelling through his lyrics. ... more


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