Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Jeffrey Dante Campbell

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Jeff Campbell in Who Killed Jigaboo Jones.

#65: Jeffrey Dante Campbell

A longtime fixture on the local hip-hop scene as the rapper Apostle and founder of the youth-friendly Colorado Hip-Hop Coalition, Jeff Campbell's been around the block -- and ventured away from it -- over the past two decades, before coming back with a bang: Last fall, the artist and social-justice activist surprised Denver audiences with his multi-character, one-man satire, Who Killed Jigaboo Jones, which makes a strong case for the death of the same hip-hop culture he once embraced. Where does Campbell -- whose intentions remain proactive regardless of his weariness with the commercialization and depoliticization of hip-hop -- go from here? Read on to find out.

See also: Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Matt Barton

Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Jeff Campbell: 
James Brown. His sensibility of funky was at an inordinately high level and he never forgot the important things about performing his music live. His approach to rhythm composition separated him from the pack, and set the bar for everything claiming to be funky afterwards. He was a genius.

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?


My mind as of late has rarely been on music, poetry or art and so on. Instead, I have been preoccupied by the crisis in the Middle East, the dramatic changes within our own country and the general population's apathy about it.

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