Award Winning Producer/Playwright Patrick Blake Hosts Private Mixer To Announce The Launch Of Rhymes Over Beats, Hip Hop Theater Company


Award Winning Producer/Playwright Patrick Blake Hosts Private Mixer To Announce The Launch of Rhymes Over Beats, Hip Hop Theater Company

(March 24, 2014, New York, NY) Award winning producer/playwright Patrick Blake recently announced the launch of his new Hip-Hop Theater Company, Rhymes Over Beats. The Hip Hop Theater Company which launched this past fall, welcomes Hip-Hop artists, producers, writers, DJ’s and all Hip-Hop enthusiasts who share the company’s mission to help ensure that the dominant music genre becomes a mainstay in the theater through the production of Hip-Hop musicals.

Patrick Blake, Rhymes Over Beats’ founding artistic director came up with the idea to create the Hip-Hop theater company while working on ways to pitch his first Hip-Hop musical, “Freedom” to the theater community, because over the years theater has resisted new musical forms. “Freedom” whose musical lyrics were written by Chicago rapper Chi-Ill and stars New York rapper/actor Maino reveals the truth behind the controversial issue of unjust incarceration. Freedom will be the first project under the new Hip-Hop theater company.

On Monday, March 31, 2014, from 7:00PM-10:00PM, Rhymes Over Beats will host a private mixer at Griffin located at 50 Gansevort Street Manhattan, NY 10014 to officially announce the company and welcome its new members and advisory board. Special invited guest will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres provided by Kitchen Cray Private Chef & Catering Company (, a special surprise by sponsor Koffi’s Jello Bar and music selections from Rhymes Over Beats member and Big Dawg Pitbull, DJ Tedsmooth.

Rhymes Over Beats is pleased to announce and welcome its newest members: Maino, Felecia G., Chi-Ill, Fred The Godson, Uncle Murda, ChinaMac, DJ Tedsmooth, Power, BET writer/producer Samson Styles, R&B singer Robbie Nova, producers Daryl Sledge, Cate Cammarata, playwrights Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Manny Borras, and producer Brent Buell.

When asked about Rhymes Over Beats, Blake explained “Theater began 2000 years ago with the Greeks. The form they used consisted of actors speaking and chanting rhymes that told stories over musical beats. My inspiration for creating “Rhymes Over Beats” was the fact that theater began as Hip-Hop, and it was time to get back to the roots.

We believe that musical theater thrives and grows when the music being written for theater is the popular music of the day. If this is true, Rhymes Over Beats Hip-Hop Theater Company will be the driving force and vehicle that brings Hip-Hop musicals to the forefront of the theater world!

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