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Around Crofton: Professional emcee teaches finer points of hip hop at library

Around Crofton: Professional emcee teaches finer points of hip hop at library

It was a little different from a typical story time last week at the Crofton Community Library. To celebrate Black History Month in February, the library hosted Jamaal "Mr. Root" Collier, a professional master of ceremonies and hip-hop artist for a family-friendly introduction into hip hop. Collier explained the five pillars of hip hop, which include serving as the disc jockey, rapping, graffiti art, break dancing, and knowledge. "Hip hop is important for any community where authentic artistic expression is needed…and that's everywhere," he said in an interview before his demonstration. Roughly 20 people turned out for the hourlong tutorial and...

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