Frolanthropy: Beat Making Lab Series on PBS

posted on March 14th 2013 in Africa & Doc's & Flix & Frolanthropy with 0 Comments



What happens when a professor from UNC (Pierce Freelon) and a hip hop producer (Apple Juice Kid) grab a laptop, midi controller

a portable mic and some software in a pack back then jump on a plane and travel to nations like  Panama, Senegal and Fiji?

You get the “Beat Making Lab” a permanent recording studio set up for people who have the love of music, but may not have access to

the equipment needed to create.

Apple Juice Kid has produced classic joints for Yasiin Bey(Mos Def), Camp Lo, Mc Lyte and more while Pierce Freelon is currently a Political Science and African American Studies professor at UNC, NC State and NCCU and is also an Emcee for the jazz hip hop band “The Beast”

Watch the first episode in Congo now!


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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