Give the drummer some….RIP Max Roach

posted on August 16th 2007 in Music & NYC with 1 Comments

Greg "Cognito" Barr first entered the hip hop world as a dancer during the early 1990s in the DC metro area. Later his love for hip hop brought him to Atlanta, GA where he formed the underground group massinfluence. With massinfluence, the relationships within the music industry grew both here in the US and abroad during their many European tours with the likes of the Company Flow, Beat Junkies, Jurassic 5, De La Soul, Blackstar and many others. Also during these years is when Cognito, also known as "Nito", put his mark in hip hop iconography by introducing his line of t-shirts "Nonstop Hip Hop" which was featured in classic video by De La Soul and Jeru the Damaja. Over the past 10 years, Nito has captured classic footage of some of hip hops greatest, including Jay Z, Mos Def, The Gorillaz, Nikka Costa, MF DOOM, De La Soul, Pharoahe Monch and The Roots. Recently, Cognito shot and compiled 4 years of concert and behind the scenes footage of Talib Kweli for a still to be released documentary.

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    commented on August 18, 2007 at 10:49 am

    I remember going to see Max at The Jazzfest in ATL, it had to have been about 1996. He did this amazing solo, all he had was snare, not a really large snare like ?love, a smaller on. With that and a High-hat symbal he beat out the illest drum solo I ever experienced. I was stunned and wish I knew more about the technical side of the drum. Max was 71 at the time I believe, what a great talent to be so co-ordinated still. I can only hope to be able to be so proficient with time. R.I.P

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