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Where They At collection

 Collection
Identifier: 754

Scope and Contents

The Where They At project was begun in 2008 by photographer Aubrey Edwards and journalist Alison Fensterstock, with the assistance of a grant from the Greater New Orleans Foundation. It collected over 50 photographic portraits and audio interviews with New Orleans rappers, DJs, producers, photographers, label owners, promoters, record store personnel, journalists and other parties involved in the New Orleans hip-hop and bounce scene from the late 1980s through Hurricane Katrina, as well as ephemera including original fliers, posters, vintage photographs and an extensive collection of record, CD and cassette tape scans. In a multimedia exhibition form, Where They At was presented at the Smithsonian-affiliated Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Austin’s Birdhouse Gallery and SXSW festival, Minneapolis’ Soap Factory, New York City’s Abrons Art Center, and the Direktorenhaus in Berlin, Germany. It currently lives in online form at wheretheyatnola.com.

Materials donated to the Amistad Research Center include 19 digital audio interviews and 37 electronic interview transcripts. The transcripts have been printed and are housed in two boxes (.6 linear feet). Interviewees present within the Where They At collection include: 5th Ward Weebie, 10th Ward Buck, BG, Bust Down, DJ Captain Charles, Cheeky Blakk, Devious, DJ Jimi, DJ Mellow Fellow, Dolamite, Don B, EF Cuttin, Gary Holzenthal of Odyssey Records, The Ghetto Twiinz, Gregory D, Ice Mike, Joe Blakk, John & Goldie Roberts, Josephine Johnny, Kilo, KLC, Lil’ Pimp Darrell, Loren K. Phillips Fouroux, Lucky Johnson, Mannie Fresh, Mia X, Henry “Palomino” Alexander, Partners n Crime, Sthaddeus “Polo Silk” Terrell, Leroy “Precise” Edwards, PxMxWx, Raj Smoove, Sess 4-5, Take Fo’ Records, Tim Smooth, Travis Lyons, Tre 8, Vockah Redu, and Wild Wayne. Although the individual interviews are undated, interviews for the project were conducted between 2008-2010.

Dates

  • Created: 2008-2010
  • Other: Date acquired: 08/01/2013

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to these papers has not been assigned to the Amistad Research Center. It is the responsibility of an author to secure permission for publication from the holder of the copyright to any material contained in this collection.

Extent

0.60 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Physical Access Requirements

Original, electronic audio and transcript files housed on Amistad Research Center's digital server. Printouts of transcripts housed in collection boxes. Access copies of audio interviews were transfered to compact discs and placed with transcripts. Interviews with audio access copies are noted in finding aid.

Source of Acquisition

Alison Fensterstock and Aubrey Edwards

Method of Acquisition

Gift

Related Materials

The Amistad Research Center also houses video interviews with New Orleans rappers, producers, and hip hop/bounce artists compiled as part of the NOLA Hip Hop Archive.

Excerpts from audio interviews and additional material compiled as part of the Where They At project can be accessed via the Where They At website.

http://wheretheyatnola.com/

Processing Information

Processed January 2014.

Title
Where They At collection
Author
Christopher Harter
Date
04/11/2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Amistad Research Center Repository

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