On this episode of Hip-Hop Can Save America!, aka, ‘the world’s smartest Hip-Hop podcast,” Hip-Hop meets the orchestra. We’ll hear from Thee Phantom, who has been merging the worlds of classical and Hip-Hop music for more than 20 years, delivering his Illharmonic Orchestra’s world-class mashups to stages from the Kennedy Center to Carnegie Hall. Sounds like music to our ears!
Peace and love, happy Halloween weekend, perhaps a perfect time to talk to not just A Phantom, but >Thee Phantom, the maestro behind the magnificent Illharmonic Orchestra melding the worlds of Hip-Hop and classical music. It’s a fascinating discussion and I can’t wait to get into it.
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Now, let’s get into it. Here’s my talk with Thee Phantom.