Just a kid from Highlandtown hits the Creative Alliance


This Friday, October 13th, join the Creative Alliance as they celebrate Highlandtown’s native son, Aaron LaCrate. His mid-career retrospective, illuminates his evolution from basement-based entrepreneur to cohort of stars such as Jay Z, Lily Allen, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem, and producer of rising stars from Baltimore’s own music scene like DJ Equalizer and Spank Rock.

The opening reception is free from 6-8PM and the Pandemic BMore Hip Hop Party begins at 8:30. You can purchase your ticket here.

Just A Kid From Highlandtown features an immersive recreation of LaCrate’s initial basement shop, complete with a participatory DJ and mix tape station. Visitors will travel through a historical photo montage documenting Highlandtown’s 1980’s skate, graffiti, and punk scene as seen through LaCrate’s eyes. The exhibit also features rare ephemera, such as vintage flyers, skate decks, grip tape, and clothing from LaCrate’s now famous brand of Milkcrate Athletics, all of which place viewers in the cultural moment of the late 1980’s.

The exhibition also highlights LaCrate’s musical career, the embrace of his efforts by the music and fashion world alike, and importantly focuses on his desire to see Baltimore embraced as a site for creative expression and skate culture through his newest brand Bodymore and continuing efforts as a producer in the music industry.

Born and raised around the corner from the Creative Alliance, LaCrate started Highlandtown’s first skate shop in his parents’ basement at age 8. He became a widely respected DJ and producer in Baltimore, and became integral to the development of Baltimore Club music, notably producing the Lily Allen remix of “Smile,” which brought him global attention. His fashion brand and record label “Milkcrate” has since grown to a New York-based music and fashion conglomerate recognized worldwide.

The exhibit runs through November 25th. 


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