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The Early Years of Rap

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

Playwright reboots play for free showing

5/29/2019, 10:27 a.m.

Local playwright Kwik Jones (center) revamps “The Price of Fame,” a play he originally wrote 11 years ago about the challenges faced by an upcoming rap group in the early years of the genre. Showing at Kelly’s Olympian, downtown, on Saturday,June 1 at 1 p.m., for free. COURTESY KWIK JONES

Local playwright Kwik Jones is rebooting his play focused on the challenges faced by an up-and-coming rap group in the early years of the genre.

“The Price of Fame” is set in 1979 amid urban sprawl, “Southside of anywhere,” plagued by poverty, delinquency, and decay, the setting of much of rap’s earliest subject matter and the place of its origins.

Jones is known for his plays “The Code,” “Voices,” “Black Like Me,” and “Jupiter is Stormy,” another musically-centered story that premiered one year ago and marked his return to the craft after a years-long hiatus because of health reasons.

“The Price of Fame” was originally written 11 years ago and had a limited run this past fall. The newest iteration stars Eric Island, Armond Frazier, Veronica Brown, Dauvi Tene, Tony Funchess, Zane Thomas, and Tiffany Nins.

You can catch the free showing on Saturday, June 1 at 1 p.m. at Kelly’s Olympian, downtown. Tickets can be reserved online at

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