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  • Title: Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:20:40
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Date: 11 Aug 1999
  • Location: Performed at Rikers Island, New York City.
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Danny Hoch, Flaco Navaja.
  • Credits: Danny Hoch, creator, producer ; Michael Skolnik, introducer.

Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop At Riker's Island (1999)

A third-generation New Yorker who grew up during the birth of hip-hop culture in a multiracial outer-borough neighborhood, Danny Hoch brings together his inner monologues, layered composites of stories and voices form his personal experiences, stories of his community and his generation, placing traditionally peripheral characters center stage. Characters like prison convicts Bronx and Andy; correction officer with anger management problems Sam; Victor, a young man on permanent steel crutches because of police brutality; young Cuban student Peter; and successful rapper Emcee Enuff, all evidence this outstanding contemporary work, reunited under the title "Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop," here performed at the Rikers Island prison complex in New York City. Hoch shares the stage with guest performer Flaco Navaja, poet, singer, actor, comedian and activist from the Bronx, host of "All That! Hip Hop Poetry & Jazz," the legendary open mic. An urban griot for the communities of urban North America, Hoch combines hip-hop culture's worldview and expressive strategies of resistance along with storytelling riffs, actively exploring language in order to move the audience from passive entertainment to active engagement.