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The new hip-hop sounds of Kevin Gift are indeed a little irrational, but only in the best way

The Boom Bap SocietyMarch 7 at the Windup Space

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At a Johns Hopkins University-area restaurant on yet another eerily balmy winter night, Kevin Gift explains the difference between classical music and hip-hop. The explanation isn’t very complicated, actually: There is no fundamental difference. In either music, there are people creating sounds out of pitch and rhythm. From there, it is all addition and history, “just the outcome[s],” he says. This explanation will frustrate some: The intervening...