Chicago - GRAMMY U Breaking Into The Business With Sir The Baptist

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  • Photo: Elizabeth Johnson/Recording Academy
  • Photo: Elizabeth Johnson/Recording Academy

By: Ashley Nosike / GRAMMY U Student

On Thursday, March 29th, Chicago welcomed home Recording Academy Chicago Chapter Board Member and Atlantic Records recording artist Sir the Baptist for a special installment of GRAMMY U Breaking Into the Business. Moderating the discussion alongside Sir was none other than Columbia College Chicago professor and singer, arranger, and vocal producer for the hit TV show Empire, Jeff Morrow.

As identity became an essential topic for Sir the Baptist during the program, so did the idea of timelessness. According to the ‘Hip Hop Chaplin’, as an artist digs deeper, their work begins to last forever. However it is also important to recognize the difference between work of the “trendy” and the “timeless”. According to Sir, developing this takes studying the greats of the past within your craft and a willingness to be a sponge of your culture.

A big take away from this event was when Sir the Baptist premiered his latest short film, “God Is On Her Way”. Through his parabolic style of short films, we discover a hidden message within the story of his music. This message becomes more noticeable to those who are willing to look beyond the standards of the music and media industry to understand the ‘Hip Hop Chaplin’s’ reality, which is far more unique, diverse, and complex.

Smiles of students lit up the room as they networked with each other following the program. Throughout the room, members of GRAMMY U engaged with each other, also expanding their networks. It was evident that in attending GRAMMY U Breaking Into the Business with Sir the Baptist, students learned how the success of Sir the Baptist came to be, received insight into his cultural wealth, and how his cultural wealth cultivated the creative business man we know as the ‘Hip Hop Chaplin’.  

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