The Roots Frontman Black Thought to Give Free Master Classes for MCs at Carnegie Hall

Mike Lawson • News • November 14, 2019

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Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute has announced that hip-hop artist Black Thought will lead a free workshop for rising and professional MCs, ages 18-35, from February 3-5, 2020 as part of the Hall’s ongoing series of artist training workshops and master classes for young professional musicians.

During the multi-day master class, The Roots frontman will mentor up to 10 MCs in sessions focusing on lyricism, flow, style, and delivery while also exploring the history of hip-hop. Black Thought will offer private coaching to equip participants with tangible exercises to improve their overall artistry, enabling them to hone their technical abilities and continue to craft their individual sounds.

The workshop will also provide participants with insight into his career of more than two decades, providing opportunities to reflect on how the musicians can also achieve and sustain excellence as an artist.

Applications for the master class—Carnegie Hall’s first-ever professional training workshop focused on hip-hop—are now available online and must submitted by December 6, 2019.

“School of Thought: A Hip-Hop Master Class Featuring Black Thought” will culminate with a final showcase, open to the public, hosted by Black Thought and featuring the up-and-coming MCs who have trained with him during the workshop. The performance will take place on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weill Music Room in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing. Tickets for the public showcase, priced at $20, will go on sale December 11.

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