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Hip-hop Recording Stars Discuss Hampton Roads' Music Scene

At the Chrysler March 23

NORFOLK, Va. – (March 2011) – Although the Commonwealth is called the Mother of Presidents, the line up of groundbreaking hip hop stars could very much put this region on the map for music. Why have so many globally successful hip hop artists come out of Hampton Roads? And how has that affected the local music scene? Find the answers to these questions and more on Wed., March 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Chrysler Museum of Art. 

Malice, Chad Hugo and DJ Bee will speak in the Kaufman Theatre, with DJ Cornbread as the evening’s master of ceremonies and moderator.

A book signing by Malice and a meet-and-greet with all of the evening's guests will follow during a reception in the Museum's Huber Court. Music will be provided by DJ Cornbread with refreshments and a cash bar.

This event is free and open to the public. It is part of a lecture series sponsored by in partnership with The Chrysler Museum of Art. 

Malice (born Gene Thornton) is one half of the critically-acclaimed Virginia Beach hip hop duo, The Clipse. Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked, Malice's memoir, was released last month.

Chad Hugo is one half of the music production and writing duo The Neptunes. With his partner Pharrell Williams, Hugo has produced numerous number-one hit tracks for megastars such as Mystikal, Jay-Z, NSYNC, Britney Spears and Nelly. Their work earned Hugo and Williams recognition as Producers of the Year in 2002 at both The Source Awards and the Billboard Awards.

DJ Bee, a Philadelphia native and Virginia transplant, is a self-described turntablist with more than ten years experience. He is best known locally for his work on commercial radio 103 Jamz.

DJ Cornbread is a visual artist and beatmaker. After collecting jazz for more than a decade and making compilations for his friends, Rashidi Barrett took his DJ career to new levels in 2005, and currently works all over Virginia.

The Chrysler Museum of Art is one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art museums with a world-class collection of more than 30,000 objects, including one of the great glass collections in America. The Museum is located at 245 West Olney Road in Norfolk and is open Wednesdays, 10 a.m. -9 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. The Chrysler is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as major holidays. Admission to the Museum’s permanent collection is free. Special exhibition may have an admission fee. For exhibitions, programming and special events, visit or call 757-664-6200. 


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