Shows of Note – Age is a State of Mind

Danny Brown

 

Danny Brown

Danny Brown

Danny Brown, formally known as Daniel Dewan Sewell, is straight out of Detroit, Michigan. Making the leap from an internet cult-favorite mixtape rapper to mainstream success, MTV called him “one of rap’s most unique figures in recent memory.”

Even though the rapper is just now hitting his stride at 32 in an industry where rap years are equal to dog years, Brown claimed in an interview with NPR that age is a state of mind. Brown’s 2013 release of his third full-length studio, Old features A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX, ScHoolboy Q and a handful of other artists. Sputnik Music had this to say about the album:

“Even though the emphasis of the record is on its expansive production, the lyrics are more telling than they’ve ever been. While each song has a solid musical backbone, it’s Brown’s narratives that make the most profound impact, and move the album forward.”

If you want the chance to see Danny Brown perform, he’ll be in the northwest May 9 at Wow Hall in Eugene, May 10 at The Showbox in Seattle and May 11 at the Roseland Theater in Portland. We’ll be giving away tickets to the Seattle show tomorrow (4/17) between 1 and 3 p.m. so be sure to tune-in for your chance to win!

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Shows of Note – Dope its Dom

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Dom Kennedy reps the west coast with his simple yet narrative style of lyrics and delivery. The rapper originally born Dominc Hunn has released 5 independent mixed tapes, and his first commercial studio album From the Westside With Love II dropped in 2011. Along with Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q, Dom Kennedy is helping redefine the West Coast hip-hop scene.

Dom Kennedy

Dom Kennedy

Kennedy’s most recent works, Get Home Safely, was released in October of last year. The album includes tracks featuring Skeme, Nipsey Hussle, Teeflii and Krondon. The top single from the album is probably “Still Callin,” but we also recommend checking out “All Girl Crazy” and “A Intermission for Watts.” “Most underrated rapper ever,” “great storyteller” and “California’s best kept secret” are all phrases being used to describe Dom Kennedy. XXL Magazine said this about Kennedy’s most recent work:

What makes Dom a master of words is his ability to take you through the common man struggle and not have it wear you down…The Left Coast natives ability to transition from light hearted stuff to serious content with ease gives this album great replay value and surprising depth.”

Dome Kennedy will be performing in the northwest March 2 at The Showbox in Seattle and the WOW Hall in Eugene. Tune-in today (2./) for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show!

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Shows of Note – TWO CCCCHHHHAAAIIINNNZZZZ

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The rapper from College Park, Georgia known simply as “2 Chainz was first known for being one-half of the southern duo “Playaz Circle“, with his longtime friend, Dolla Boy. They are best known for being signed to Disturbing The Peace label owned by Ludacris, which was responsible for their popular debut single “Duffel Bag Boy“.

2 Chainz

2 Chainz

2 Chainz signed a solo record deal with Def Jam Records in 2012 and that August, he released his debut studio album Based on a T.R.U. Story. The album featured three successful singles: “No Lie“, “Birthday Song“, and “I’m Different“. All three charted in the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 and all three are certified gold or higher by the RIAA. The album was also certified gold and nominated for the 2013 Best Rap Album Grammy. His second studio albumB.O.A.T.S.II : Me Time” was released on September 11, 2013 and  the singles “Feds Watching“, “Where U Been” and “Used 2” have all become radio hits.

2 Chainz will be performing in the northwest on February 13th and The Showbox SoDo in Seattle. We have tickets to the show and will be giving them away today (01/31) between 1 and 4 p.m. Tune-in to win!

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Throw Back Thursday – January 1994

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This month marks the 20 year anniversary of when Nas‘s debut full-length LP Illmatic, entered the charts. Released in 1994, the groundbreaking album changed the face of hip-hop, especially in East Coast.

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Nas

What impresses us the most, is that Nas was only 20 years old when he released this classic record. Packed with references to the Queensbridge projects in which he grew up, Nas displayed an ability to express himself with a maturity beyond his years. Even more impressive, is that Nas was only 19 when he recorded the album, or even younger if you include “Halftime” which was recorded and released in 1992 for the Zebrahead soundtrack when he was still known as Nasty Nas.

While Illmatic may not have been the highest selling rap album of the ’90s, it was the most universally critically acclaimed record with The Source Magazine awarding its prestigious, highest rating of five mics. Beyond critical or commercial acclaim, Illmatic as a record has truly stood the test of time.

The album is held up as the blueprint for a truly classic hip-hop release. “But is this the new Illmatic?” has become the common question asked of new records when artists drop highly anticipated albums.  Illmatic is regarded as the the Queensbridge rapper’s finest work, but it is also considered by most as one of the quintessential 1990′s hip-hop releases. When Illmatic was released  it was unlike anything else up to that point. We are forever grateful to Nas for creating Illmatic and being responsible for shaping the New York hip-hop sound from that point forward.

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Throwback Thursday – January 1987

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On January 16th, 1987 The Beastie Boys became the first act ever to be censored on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. Although this story starts before The Beastie Boys even hit the stage. The Beastie Boys were given four $800-a-night Villas at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angles, seeing as how the show was paying for the rooms and all expenses the Beastie Boys decided to have a little fun. They went from room to room without using the doors, they climbed out windows and went through side doors. they also racked up hefty T.V. and phone bill. The boys pestered room service numerous times, asking for pointless favors such as “Hey man can I get a glass of water?”. On the second night in L.A. they rented the hotel’s Rolls Royce and refilled the car’s minibar multiple times.

The Beastie Boys

The Beastie Boys

In the words of their manager at the time, Russel Simmons “By the end of their stat the rooms looked like they had been hit by a tornado or something”.  Simmons explains that once they “dragged” the band down to American Bandstand the band was “in bad shape” due to the nights of partying prior to the performance. The Beastie Boys made it a point not to edit them selves and would even insulted the make-up of a woman who they would later learn was Dick Clark’s wife at the time. Simmons later stated that “the Guys (Beastie Boys) sent Mrs.Clark a bundle of flowers with an apology card”. Up until this point, no artist had ever be censored on American Bandstand and most artists performed edited versions of their songs, with the exception of The Doors, who had the infamous performance of “Light my Fire” when Jim Morison “accidentally” sang the lyric “Girl we couldn’t get much higher”. That Doors incident along with the story of The Beastie Boys go down in rock folk lore as classic acts of disobedience and rebellion. The whole experience and story can be summed up in the words of Dick Clark himself “Oh, the Beastie Boys were pretty memorable”

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Shows of Note – The Heartbreak Kids of Hip-Hop

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Bay area rapper Sage the Gemini is so fresh, it’s hard to find out much about him. With no website, no real bio on his Facebook page and nothing but a few pictures on Lastfm.com he may be hip-hop’s mystery man.  You probably know him from the singles “Gas Pedal” and “Red Nose” but for now it’s unclear if Sage the Gemini is a one-hit wonder type or if he is a rising hip-hop star who will continue to rise in the ranks of music.

Sage the Gemini

Sage the Gemini

Like so many artists, Sage’s journey wasn’t an easy one. With little support from family and friends he had self-taught himself how to create, mix and master beats. 2008 was the first anyone heard of him when he dropped his first online track “You Should Know” on MySpace which generated over 3 million views.

IAMSU!

IAMSU!

Sage is a member of The HBK Gang also known as The Heartbreak Gang. The HBK is a collective American Hip-hop and music production group out of Richmond, Calif. and the San Francisco Bay Area. Iamsu! Is also a member of the group and is the featured artist on Sage’s single “Gas Pedal.”

IAMSU! Born Sudan Ameer Williams, also found success on MySpace with titles such as “The Go-Gettaz.” IAMSU!’s legitimacy has been increased with his 2012 release of Suzy 6 Speed which featured artists like Juvenille, Wiz Khalifa and others.

Sage the Gemini and IAMSU! Are touring together and will perform at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle on December 1. Listen to the ‘Burg today between 3 and 6 p.m. for a chance to win tickets!

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Shows of Note – Hip-Hop for Your So(u)l

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Influenced by 90’s hip-hop as well as Prince and Marvin Gaye, Seattle hip-hop artist Sol has successfully married hip-hop vocals with a pop friendly sound. He first started getting attention with the three editions of his Dear Friends mixtapes and his most recent full length album Yours Truly dropped in 2012. Yours Truly spent time at #1 on iTunes US Hip-Hop chart and was #4 worldwide at its peak. September of this year, Sol followed Yours Truly’s Success with his EP titled Eyes Open. The ten track EP includes tracks such as hopeful, stay tough anthem “Tomorrow” and other beat strong songs such as bonus track “Dope.”

Sol

Sol

Also known as Solzilla, Sol & the Zillas got a “Maine Stage” slot at the Sasquatch Festival at the Gorge in 2012. The rapper also had spot on the 2013 Bumbershoot bill. Now returned from a ten month worldwide tour, big things can be expected from Sol. With new influences, experiences and humbling moments, we can only continue to expect big things from this rapper on the rise.

In an interview with Corvallis Gazette Times Sol said this:

“I rap and I make hip-hop, but I try not to limit my influences. Since I was young I’ve always listened to all sorts of types of music…When I’m creating I try not to be confined by some preconception of what hip-hop should be about or what it should sound like. In doing that, I hope to create something that’s unique.”

It’s fair to say Sol is accomplishing his goals and is a huge part of the growing northwest hip-hop scene along with Grynch, Dyme Deaf, Common Market and others.

Sol will be playing at Showbox at the Market on Nov. 27 and The ‘Burg is hooking it up today (11/15) between 1 and 3 p.m. Listen-in for a chance to see him live in Seattle!

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Shows of Note – Fresh Beats

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Gathering influence from American funk, jazz, soul and blues, Gramatik has used his varied tastes in music to create the sort of down-tempo instrumental hip hop you can’t help but nod your head to.

Gramatik

Gramatik

Signed to the Pretty Lights Music label, most of Gramatik’s music is available for free following his philosophy of “freeing music by making music free.”

A quick glance over Gramatik’s online presence will make it pretty clear that Gramatik is a guy who just wants to have fun. While he makes a lot of good music, Gramatik admits most of the time he just wants to smoke weed and is a self-proclaimed comedian.

Gramatik’s full length album Beatz & Pieces, Vol. 1 wasn’t released on iTunes until April 9, 2012 but was available through other means in 2011. With an average 5-star rating on iTunes the album is being well received by Hip Hop and EDM fans alike. Whether you want to sit down and listen or just have the album playing in the background Beatz and Pieces Vol. 1 fits your needs.

We will be giving away two pairs of tickets to Gramatik’s Seattle show at Showbox at the Market on November 15. Gramatik will also be performing in the Pacific Northwest November 14 at Roseland Theatre in Portland and at the Knitting Factory in Spokane on November 17. Listen tonight (11/01) between 6 and 8 p.m. and again between 10 and midnight for a chance to win!

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Shows of Note – Hoodie Mob of America

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If Hoodie Allen proves one thing, it’s that you can be successful in the rap game as a clean cut, Caucasian with a quick tongue. Based out of New York, Hoodie has impressed critics with his witty lyrics and hustle. It doesn’t hurt that Hoodie could teach a class on how to properly sample songs. The wordsmith has made a name for himself sampling music from unconventional sources. Allen is one of the ideals in alternative hip-hop and chances are, we’ll remember the name.

A self-described college educated music nerd, Hoodie released his first EP, All American in 2012 and released his most recent mix tape Crew Cuts in February of this year. Word is the rapper is hoping to release his first full length album this fall.

Hoodie Allen

Hoodie Allen

Comparable to Macklemore, Hoodie has cited the Seattle based rapper as an inspiration in his own career. In an interview with Fuse, Hoodie said this:

Really he’s one of the reasons why I like, continue to champion my indie effort–he’s broken through that ceiling of, like, there’s a limit to it-there’s no limit”

Hoodie also noted that he and Macklmore have “always planned to do a song together,” and hinted that his next album or EP would include Macklemore, exciting news for those who have a love for the alternative-rap scene.

Already a Hoodie fan? Become a Hoodie mob member and receive exclusive benefits such as meet and greets with Hoodie himself by signing up on his website.

As part of his “Party With Your Friends Tour,” Hoodie Allen will be performing in the northwest on October 31 at Showbox SoDo in Seattle and November 1 at Wow Hall in Eugene, Oregon.

The ‘Burg is giving away tickets tonight (10/17) between 8 and 10 p.m. and Friday (10/18) between 1 and 3 p.m so tune-in and win!

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Shows of Note – Hip Wub Pop

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Still a very young group in the music industry, Timeflies formed in 2010 and is a smorgasbord of different genres including electronic, pop and hip-hop. The duo is made of Producer Rob “Rez” Resnick (formerly known as DJ Rob Resnick) and vocalist Cal. The duo is performing live with hip-hop team Chiddy Bang at Showbox SoDo in Seattle on Friday, October 18 as part of their “The Warning Signs Tour” and The ‘Burg is fortunate to have tickets.

Chiddy Bang

Chiddy Bang

Timeflies’ released several singles until 2011, when its debut album Scotch Tape was released. A mixtape titled Under the Influence followed in 2012. In November of the same year, Timeflies’ released an EP titled One Night which debuted #1 on the iTunes overall charts. Timeflies’ next album titled Warning Signs will be available Monday, October 14.

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Timeflies

The duo’s varied backgrounds contribute to their ability to create catchy pop tunes blending genres. Rez (the producer) has studied jazz piano, guitar, and has played in multiple bands with genres ranging from ska to metal to funk. Cal majored in music and sang in a hip-hop/funk band before forming Timeflies.

The ‘Burg will be giving away tickets today (10/10) between 6 and 8 p.m. as well as tomorrow (10/11) between 6 and 8 p.m. Tune-in and win!

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