DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist Take Afrika Bambaataa's Record Collection on Tour

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist Take Afrika Bambaataa's Record Collection on Tour
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are iconic beatsmiths in their own right, but the pair will be partnering up to promote the granddaddy of them all, Afrika Bambaataa. A five-week North American tour will have them spinning wax culled exclusively from the hip-hop pioneer's 40,000-record-deep collection.

The "Renegades of Rhythm" tour starts up September 1 at Toronto's Guvernment and heads down into the U.S. before the trip bookends itself with a Canadian closer at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom on October 9. The project had initially been conceived by art curator Johan Kugelberg, who had brokered the sale of Bambaataa's collection to Cornell University, as a mix from the two contemporary DJs, but the idea snowballed into a full-blown tour toasting the legendary "Planet Rock" producer.

"This has never been done before, definitely not on this scale," said DJ Shadow in a statement. "They're HIS records, with his blessings. This isn't just ANY copy of 'X' breakbeat, it's THE copy, THE copy that started everything. Not just any records, the MASTER OF RECORDS' records."

The live show will have Shadow and Cut Chemist working with six turntables, two mixers, a drum machine manned by Shadow, and various pieces of vintage gear. "It adds another performance level, real-time sampling from the record that's being played," said Cut Chemist of the setup.

Shadow also explained that the tour is more than just about the records, but a celebration of Bambaataa himself, saying, "The program will be multifaceted. Bambaataa as artist, exploring the influence of his classics like 'Planet Rock'; Bambaataa as collector, and the genre-defining breaks he discovered; and Bambaataa as peacemaker and force for social change. He influenced an entire generation worldwide, so we feel a great obligation to get it right."

The tour also comes with the blessing of Bambaataa, who said, "I call on all who love hip-hop to come out, see them, hear them. My story is our history in DJing."

You'll find the details of the "Renegades of Rhythm" tour down below.

 Tour dates:

09/01 Toronto, ON - Guvernment

09/03 Boston, MA - House of Blues 

09/04 New York, NY - Irving Plaza

09/06 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts

09/08 Washington, DC - The Fillmore Silver Spring

09/09 Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage
09/11 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte

09/12 Atlanta, GA - The Loft At Center Stage
09/14 Orlando, FL - House of Blues

09/16 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues

09/18 Austin, TX - ACL Live 

09/19 Dallas, TX - House of Blues 

09/20 Houston, TX - House of Blues 

09/22 Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom

09/23 Chicago, IL - House of Blues

09/24 Minneapolis, MN - Skyway Theater

09/26 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre

09/27 Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen

09/29 Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

10/01 San Diego, CA - House of Blues 

10/02 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues  

10/03 Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium

10/07 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater

10/08 Seattle, WA - Neptune

10/09 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom