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Hip Hop Grows Up (Encore)

A trifecta of hip-hop royalty came to the Central Standard studio to talk about changes in the scene, and in themselves. (From left: Scribe, Necia Gamby and Joc Max.)
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

When you picture a break-dancer, or "b-boy," you may envision a skinny kid who drops to the ground and pops back up like it's no big deal. But the hip-hop culture that gave rise to break-dancing isn't getting any younger.

Now, the original hip-hop generation is bringing kids to the club for events featuring crayons. In this encore presentation of Central Standard, we ask, how is the culture of hip-hop growing up with them? Plus, profiles of three icons in Kansas City's hip-hop scene. 


  • Donald "Scribe" Ross, graffiti artist emeritus
  • Thomas McIntosh, DJ Joc Max, Kansas City DJ and parent
  • Necia Gamby, longtime supporter and leader within Kansas City hip-hop community