Southern Influence on Hip Hop feat. Big Rube

Lindsey Kehres

American rapper and hip-hop producer Ruben Bailey, more commonly known by his nickname Big Rube, will be on campus tonight to enlighten students about his experience in the performing arts and give his perspective on the southern influence in Hip Hop.

Born in Atlanta, Bailey is a first generation member of the Dungeon Family & Society of Soul and is known for his spoken word intros and interludes for many of the Dungeon Family’s albums. Bailey has also contributed his spoken word poetry to Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam and the motion picture ATL.

While featured on a Cee-Lo track called Scrap Metal, Big Rube also appeared on the Red Hot Organization’s compilation CD, America is Dying Slowly, among many other prominent hip hop artists to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men.

His presentation will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Russell Union Theater.