The Yos

So far there haven’t been many successful connections between hip-hop and so-called “new music,” but composer Keith Obadike cites as his heroes both Nam June Paik and James Brown. Check this out: The Sour Thunder, described as an “internet opera” created by Keith and his wife Mendi Lewis Obadike, poet, media artist, and here, rapper. Imagine P.M. Dawn meets Paul Lansky (which relates it to other CDs in the Bridge catalog). Somehow it manages to be a little bit of both without compromising either aesthetic agenda.

—FJO