Making hip-hop into high art | By Dan Taylor of The Press Democrat

When the music, dance and art of the hip-hop culture rose up from the streets of New York City in the 1970s, its creators operated well outside mainstream American pop culture.

Since then, hip-hop has moved steadily, straight to the center of American life. If CD sales in the millions and sold-out concert tours aren’t enough to prove the point, here are a few additional bits of evidence:

Hip-hop has produced a serious dance company of national and international prominence, Rennie Harris Puremovement of Philadelphia, which will perform March 9 at Santa Rosa’s Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.

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