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By: Mel Lake

As part of ADE 2019 edition, the work of famous American producer Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus will be discussed. This event is held in the context of the Melkweg’s ending showcase event of ‘Anime Meets Hip-Hop‘, which is a part of the ‘Cool Japan Anime‘ series in partnership with the Tropenmuseum. During the discussion special attention will be paid to how Japanese artists and anime in particular influenced the hip hop genre.

(Source: Amsterdam Dance Event Website)

Anime, the Japanese art form that it is widely know for, has influenced many musical artists. World renowned performers such as Rapper RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Kanye West, and extends as far, as the late and great Tupac. A lot of theories about hip-hop and anime’s convergence are being thrown around, and many of them make perfect sense.

Music video by Kanye West, performing “Stronger”.

Whether it’s the epic themes, mind shattering art of anime worlds, the unlikely heroes of its tales, or the at times, bursting-through-the-screen soundtracks, there’s something about this media that seriously resonates with hip hop rappers and beat-makers alike. Its impact on the genre spans decades and continues to flow further into other sub-genres.

For the ADE festival, De Balie, joins forces with music journalist Job de Wit, who is noted for his intelligent, original and well-researched articles and love for music genres (e.g. hip-hop, dance) and has also stood as a judge for pop music competitions.

Location of FULLSCREEN event, de BALIE
(Source: Roeland Sjoerd Hoefsloot via Amsterdam Dance Event Website)

De Wit will host a special version of his quarterly event, Fullscreen. This version of the event with present a summary of the best music videos that have been combined the influences of anime and hip-hop and discuss in particular the music of Flying Lotus on the big screen.

Official Video for Flying Lotus – ‘More’ (feat. Anderson .Paak)
Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, of Cowboy Bebop & Samurai Champloo

How to join the event?
Fullscreen: The Universe of Flying Lotus occurs this Saturday, October 19 2019, at 16:00 at de Melkweg Cinema. Entry is completely free. All the information you need to reserve your tickets for the event can be found, here.

Take part in the discussion with us
To enter and take part in the discussion, join our Discord channel; Geeks United! Once a member, go to our main channel #hangout-room, introduce yourself and end on “FLYING LOTUS”. Our community and us will handle the rest.

Want more events?
Can’t go? No biggie, you can also follow or join the rest of our community on Meetup.com and view the next upcoming events we have in store. For more info, click here­.

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