History of Shoals Hip Hop
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Learn about the genre of hip hop and its evolution in the Shoals in this talk and performance by rapper GMANE, known as “The Godfather of Shoals-Area Hip Hop.” GMANE will talk about local pioneers of the genre, share photos from performances and world tours, and perform a selection of songs. GMANE is an underground rapper who owns and operates Alabama Hustle Unlimited. Born Geoffrey Keith Robinson in Florence, Alabama, he has recorded over 30 albums and mixtapes. He was recently included in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame’s first hip hop exhibit. He’s been featured in online publications Forbes.com and SPIN and has toured and recorded internationally. This event is part of the library’s “I Have a Voice” series celebrating African American music. The exhibit “I Have A Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage” is on display on the second floor of the library. The exhibit is from the Tennessee State Museum.