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Where They At

2010
Catalogue, website and exhibition for Ogden Museum
925 Camp St. New Orleans, LA

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Text— Alison Fensterstock


32 pages
5.5 x 8.5 inches
Edition of 2000


Offset
Saddle-stitch binding


Printed in New Orleans by Garrity
Typefaces— Chronicle, Didot, and Knockout

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Introduction Excerpt

In the 90's, New Orleans rap thrived. Local talent supported solid record labels like Take Fo and Big Boy, homegrown outfits like Mobo and Tombstone, and national powerhouses like Cash Money and No Limit, and as well as generating the unmistakable homegrown party style of bounce music. The city produced gold and platinum national rappers like Juvenile, Mystikal and Mia X; they introduced the sousaphone to hip-hop.

The "Where They At" exhibition attempts to tell the story, or part of the story, of that music. Over almost two years, we interviewed, photographed and videotaped almost 50 of the pioneering rappers, DJs, producers, journalists, promoters and other participants who shaped the music between the late 80's and the floods of 2005. The people and places that made that music happen are photographed as they are today. With the invaluable help of photographers and journalists Loren K. Phillips Fouroux and Sthaddeus "Polo Silk" Terrell, we also get to see them as they were a decade or 15 years ago. In performance films and excerpts from taped interviews, they show and tell their own story.

 

No music history is really simple to explain, or can be mapped out neatly. In 90's bounce music, the signature beats and samples come from outside Louisiana. The "Triggerman" was taken from the New York-based Showboys' 1986 release "Drag Rap," and the "Brown Beat" from U.K. rapper Derek B.'s "Rock The Beat" and Bay Area DJ Cameron Paul's "Brown Beats." And yet, pretty much unlike rappers anywhere else in America, New Orleans artists have often pulled from the musical traditions of the city's past.

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Identity Set

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Where They At, 2010
Installed Exhibition
Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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Exhibition Panels
Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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