Show of hands if hip hop saved your life... Yup, thought so.
Welcome to Thinking Out Loud, a virtual exhibition comprising of a collection of works across various mediums including a home documentary; a short film, an audio presentation, a photography capsule, and an audio presentation - all curated by writer and creator Fred Kayembe. The exhibition will be hosted on the brkfstfordinner blog with new pieces added on the daily up until the 27th of July, from which it will be unavailable thereafter.
Fred kicks off the exhibition with a personal documentary titled Keys Open Doors where he takes us through how his love for hip hop started. Narrating the 19 minute motion picture, Fred details his journey to becoming who he is today by taking us back to his childhood starting with his migration to South Africa the DRC many moons ago. Gradually building his story, he arrives at how he got into hip hop and like many of us, he found true comfort and identity in this brave and rebellious culture. From there on he speaks about how he has grown as a person through his love for hip hop, as well as what hip hop has allowed him to do. Man, this documentary hits home 'cause a lot of us cannot imagine a life without the culture. What would we be doing with our lives? Who would we be? Would life even be worth living?
This is what Fred had to say about his exhibition, “Like everyone else, I process an overwhelming amount of information from every imaginable source I interact with on a daily basis. What tends to happen is, overtime, my brain will start to short circuit from all the incomplete thoughts, much like having too many tabs open on your computer starts to affect its efficiency. This is me attempting to close some of those tabs.”
Close the tabs my g! We're here for all of that knowledge you've got to share. Make sure you keep up with brkfst for dinner to catch the full exhibition as it unfolds. In the words of the great urban poet, L Boogie, "Let them with ears understand."