Posts Tagged ‘matisyahu’

Yet Another Hip-Hop Artist to Lecture at Stanford? By Now, It’s Common

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Common will "be" at Stanford. Can I make more puns in this post? Don't try me.

Chamillionaire/QD3. Immortal Technique. Matisyahu. Palo Alto has never before been a hotbed of hip-hop–which is probably why they come to lecture, not perform. Or lecture-slash-perform, better known as lectforming, or just lecturing well.

Perhaps Palo Alto’s street cred as a music-lecture scene is going up, because another lecture is scheduled–this time from the rapper Common on Wednesday, May 26. Common is a widely-respected rapper who has more recently ventured into the film world–he can currently be seen in the New Jersey Nets-centered basketball romantic comedy feature Just Wright with Queen Latifah.

More importantly, though, Common does have a history of activism: he is a animal rights-supporting vegetarian (and, according to PETA, a not-to-shabby-looking one). He’s also pledged to stop using anti-gay slurs in his lyrics and censored the N-word after prompting from Oprah.

This event, sponsored by ASSU speakers, promises to be “an evening of music and meaning.” Sound familiar? Last month, Matisyahu was here to talk about the strangely similar topics of “music and meaning.

The details: Wednesday, May 26th, 2010. 8pm. MemAud. FREE with SUID. Doors open at 7:30pm. Get your FREE tickets Monday – Wednesday (5/24 – 5/26) in White Plaza from 12-1PM. 1 ticket per SUID and 2 SUIDs per person.

Stanford: Where Hip Hop Artists Come…to Lecture

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Matisyahu is awesome, and it's not only because of his beard.

First, there was Chamillionaire, who, despite the fact that at Stanford “ridin’ dirty” means biking without a bike light, came to Stanford to talk with Quincy Jones III about innovation (the classic Stanford buzz word).

Then, there was Immortal Technique (same link as above), talking about social justice issues.

Then, there was Afroman, who was not talking about social justice issues. Nor was he talking, but that’s irrelevant.

And now, the Stanford Speakers Bureau, Hillel at Stanford and the Jewish Student Association are bringing Hasidic reggae star and rapper Matisyahu to Memorial Auditorium to talk about “Music and Meaning.” Matisyahu (born Matthew Miller) is the closest real-life anthropomorphized version of the Hebrew Hammer, and he has gained a wide following among listeners of all faiths–his most recent album held the top spot on the Billboard reggae charts for nearly 30 weeks.

This will certainly be an interesting lecture, as it claims to incorporate speech and song. Knowing Stanford students, this lecture will be extraordinarily popular, but Matisyahu might have to take third place in the competition of recent speakers that Stanford students idolize: Bill Gates was on campus two weeks ago, and Steven Chu–who is perhaps the most popular Cabinet member ever for nerds–came on March 8th and both lectures sold out immediately.

Details: Tickets for Matisyahu are available free with SUID, or $22 for non-SUID holders at or at the door. Doors open at 6:30pm. Pick up tickets Sunday – Thursday (5/2 – 5/6) in White Plaza from 12-1PM. 1 ticket per SUID and 2 SUIDs per person.