When: Fri., Nov. 7, 8 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 8, 8 p.m. 2014
The term “golden age of hip-hop,” which roughly encompasses the late 1980s and early 1990s, is somewhat obnoxious, because putting a premium on the past always devalues the present. It’s refreshing that Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission St., San Francisco) avoids the expression in its description of Clas/sick Hip-Hop: 1993 Edition, in which Ensemble Mik Nawooj and the Kev Choice Ensemble recreate tracks from crucial hip-hop albums by artists such as Wu-Tang Clan and Snoop Dogg, while twenty local emcees handle the rapping. This year, as Souls of Mischief’s ’93 Til Infinity turns twenty-one years old, looking backwards is a natural impulse. Yet it’s telling that the very beginning of hip-hop was more recent to the Hieroglyphics crew in 1993 than ’93 Til Infinity is to upstart rappers today. And after all, that album title insists on hurtling towards the future.