Infused with hip-hop, slam poetry and personal recollections, this one-man show charts the ups and downs of muMs’ incredible journey, from growing up in the Bronx to starring on one of HBO’s biggest shows. A life set against the backdrop of the birth of hip-hop, this is the story of a man looking for his spotlight and finding it in the most unlikely of places.
About the Artists
Craig 'muMs' Grant
Writer & Performer
Craig muMs Grant is an American Poet, Actor and Playwright. He has performed on New York City stages for more than 20 years. muMs is best known for playing Arnold Jackson aka Poet on the HBO hit show “OZ.” At the same time, muMs is an internationally known poet performing at over 200 cafes, colleges and universities across the U.S., Europe, and Africa. muMs is a proud member of the Labyrinth Theater Company, debuting in such productions as the critically acclaimed Last Days Of Judas Iscariot and A View From 151st. Both performed Off-Broadway at the NYC’s Public Theater. With Labyrinth, muMs has also workshopped his own plays, Paradox of The Urban Cliche and Loveness: I will only love you once, and A Sucker Emcee. Some of muMs’ acting credits include: Side Effects, “Law and Order SVU,” “Law and Order,” “Cold Case,” “Chappelle’s Show,” “Boston Legal,” “Law and Order Criminal Intent,” “The Sopranos,” “Dark Water,” “Everyday People,” Bamboozled, amongst others.
Photo by Monique Carboni
Rich Medina is an elite DJ with a global following. He is an Ivy League lecturer, platinum-selling record producer, renowned spoken word artist, clothing and accessories designer, and published journalist. Medina cemented his reputation as the consummate dance floor DJ in NYC at the legendary Meatpacking District venue APT. In 2005, he and legend Q-Tip established Open at Santos Party House (NYC), which ran for five years. Medina was the first major DJ in North America to bring afrobeat to the dance floor, establishing JUMP N FUNK, an audio-visual experience that has toured worldwide. Medina honed his lyrical skills in the spoken word scene of Philadelphia alongside Jill Scott who tapped him as one of her key producers/co-writers for her legendary platinum debut album. He is on the advisory board for Cornell University’s Hip Hop Collection and is a member of Zulu Nation and Rock Steady Crew. As a journalist, his columns have been featured in Wax Poetics and Complex Magazine. An avid vinyl collector, he designed the Rich Medina 45 Bag in collaboration with Tucker & Bloom, viewed as the ultimate accessory for the vinyl-playing DJ. Medina was music director for Brett Cook’s art exhibits and scored a soundtrack for artist Kehinde Wiley. Learn more and listen to music here.
Photo by Dan Raff
Her work has been seen in diverse venues, including the Diamond Horseshoe Nightclub, Labyrinth Theater Company, Dixon Place, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Verkstedhallen (Trondheim, Norway), Dramatikkens Hus (Oslo, Norway), and The Invisible Dog Art Center. Most recently, she was the associate and resident director of Queen Of The Night at the Diamond Horseshoe (named by New York Magazine as the city’s “hottest nightclub event”). In 2012, her twelve-part site-specific piece, The Odyssey Project received residency at The Invisible Dog Art Center and explored spaces across five boroughs, from Brighton Beach to secret Chinatown tunnels, from the Staten Island Ferry to Marcus Garvey Park.