The Cornel West Theory

The Cornel West Theory

 Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., USA
BandHip HopSpoken Word

the Cornel West theory is a Washington, D.C.-based ensemble, proudly born from the hip-hop aesthetic, but courageously refusing to be bound by the limitations of any genre. the Cornel theory is a different kind of “band,” more aptly described as an evolving experimental ensemble summoned together to address the challenges of the world with its “musical theory.”
It’s an eclectic amalgam of spoken word, lyricism, instruments, electronics and vocals, which draw from genres ranging from home-grown

Biography

the Cornel West theory is a Washington, D.C.-based ensemble, proudly born from the hip-hop aesthetic, but not bound by limitations of any genre. It’s an eclectic amalgam of spoken word, lyricism, instruments, electronics and vocals, which draw from genres ranging from home-grown go-go to jazz to rock to hip-hop. This “musical theory” is best understood as an artistic wavelength that hits you aesthetically, emotionally and intellectually.
With the blessing of Dr. Cornel West, the Princeton University
professor and renowned author, the band takes its name from his prolific writings and philosophies, which have shaped contemporary thought throughout the world.
Inspired by D.C.’s rich musical history and the struggles of poor people worldwide, the ensemble formed in 2004 in response to social oppression everywhere. Winners of the 2008 Washington Area Music Association’s Wammie for Best Hip-Hop Duo or Group, the Cornel West theory released its debut
album “Second Rome” in 2009.
They are here to deliver music that holds a mirror to the world, with a core focus on political, cultural and spiritual commentary. They combine the essence of hip-hop with the original purpose of its movement: to speak truth to the masses.
the Cornel West theory presents a unique live music experience that entertains and informs listeners. The ensemble’s style, sound and show challenges audiences to confront some of the most important issues of our time. At its core, their sound is driven by the hard, edgy funk from the bass kick and stinging snare shots of drummer Sam Lavine. It’s purpose is
defined in the poignant message and peculiar delivery of its lyricists (Tim Hicks and Rashad Dobbins). These elements congeal through the addition of a live electronic sound manipulation musician (John Wesley Moon) who employs samples, pads, clips, beat breaks and vocals like a high-
tech, futuristic DJ. The bass and keys add rich, soulful layers of
harmonic and rhythmic texture, which is beautifully complemented by the thought-provoking voice of spoken word artists (Katrina Lorraine Starr and Yvonne Gilmore). Djembe and conga drums lend a dynamic and traditional
accompaniment to the group.
The ultimate griot, Dr. Cornel West, has recorded and appeared live with the band, sharing his unifying philosophy and highlighting the talents of this extraordinary ensemble.

Discography

Second Rome

In Her Hands: Embryo Capital Vol. 1
http://thecornelwesttheory.bandcamp.com/

Set List

Intro
Radio Free
Wake Up
Iron Emptiness / G.R.E.E.D.
Cointelpronomics
Paper Tigers
Oil as Slick
Durito’s Revenge
Captives
Gentrifried Chicken
Patriotic Me
Hustlers Boogie
Prophetic Suicide
Katrina’s Nostalgia

Our sets tend to run 45 minutes, but we have material for an hour and half show.