The artist formerly known as Most Def is bringing his Negus project to the Brooklyn Museum next month. This conceptual piece made its debut at Art Basel in Hong Kong back in March, and features new music from Yasiin Bey.
The latest in a series of international presentations of Negus, the exhibition acknowledges the importance of hip-hop as a fundamental American art form by making the 8-track, 28-minute recording available without the distractions of technology (upon entering the gallery, visitors are given a case in which to lock their mobile devices). In addition to Negus, the exhibition includes artworks by Ala Ebtekar, Julie Mehretu, and José Parlá created in collaboration with bey, as well as original music by celebrated pianist by Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou.
Negus (pronounced neh-goose) takes its name from the word for “king” or “ruler” in Ge` ez, one of the ancient Semitic languages of Ethiopia. Bey associates the term with Prince Alämayyähu Tewodros and others who have led noble lives, including Henrietta Lacks and Nipsey Hussle.
Negus will be playing hourly starting at 11am on November 15, with 75 tickets available for each time slot. The exhibit will run through January 26. Advanced tickets are available here.