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The Friday Night Jam

A Conversation with Sir the Baptist

Friday, Feb 9   8:30pm
@ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3

“FROM HOMELESSNESS TO A HOUSEHOLD NAME” — CNN

Sir the Baptist, hip hop’s holistic lyricist, is proving himself to be a chaplain in the modern rap culture. He’s an internationally known artist signed to Atlantic RecordsBET award nominated and co-signed by ForbesJay ZBillboardCNNStevie WonderLate Night with Seth MeyersPeople MagazineBBC Radio 1NPRThe GrammysSway and many others for his trailblazing cause of “Healing Hip Hop.” As a second generation cultural minister, growing up in historically rich Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago, Sir uses the power of hip hop’s influence to tell compelling stories to strip away the shame and embarrassment that too often keep people from seeking help. Sir began to take music seriously once he joined Leo Burnett, the largest advertising agency in the world, scoring music and running digital marketing campaigns. Not enough time to focus on his music forced Sir to quit Leo Burnett and sleep out of his car while driving for Lyft. It was in his Lyft car in Chicago that Sir wrote and recorded his first hit single "Saint or Sinner” in May 2017. 

The congregation takes on an emotional rollercoaster as Sir weaves his way through tales of honesty, love, joy, pain, truth and enlightenment; listeners are left with ideas of hope and the possibility of change. Sir isn’t just a recording artist, he’s also the author of The Travelogue of a Visionary and is frequently called upon for his opinion on current events by major national and international news outlets. In his tireless advocacy for humanity, his urban church and charitable organization (Tymple and DeedPin respectively) have brought awareness, funding and care to countless foundations and over 100,000 music festival goers in the summer of 2016 alone at festivals such as Lollapolooza, Made in America and more. Sir was also honored by the Mayor of Chicago for his contribution to HIV/AIDS awareness. After over 5 million streams, 2 major films and 1 album, Sir the Baptist is well aware that there’s so much more work to be done.

8:30 - Friday Ritual
9:00 - Conversation with Sir the Baptist
9:30 - Performance by Sir the Baptist


Each Jam includes: Friday Night Ritual, Conversation about Music and Spirituality, Audience Q & A, and more...

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