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“.

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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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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 – 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.”

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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 – 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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Rap Reborn

When you think of a battle of the bands competition you may think rock, you may think alternative you may even think folk but you probably won’t think of hip hop. Clifton Del Bane is hoping to change your perception of hip hop by participating in this year’s ‘Burgstock.

The three man group doesn’t fit into the “money and bit****,” derogatory and violent, pervasive rape culture rap scene that artists like Rick Ross and Too $hort have embraced. No, Clifton Del Bane is part of the hip hop scene that is changing and bringing a different message to the world. It’s not about a beat, it’s about the lyrics, it’s not about demeaning others it’s about telling a story.

Like Jason Clifton Says: “Hip Hop is becoming conscious of itself,” and Clifton Del Bane is part of this movement.

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CDB is made of three members, Jason Clifton, Tom Dell and Kyle Bane. The group formed in Ellensburg about three years ago but all three have very different backgrounds and experiences in music and life in general.

Jason Clifton was born in California but moved to Ellensburg when he was in elementary school. It wasn’t until Clifton moved back to Cali during high school that he fell in love with hip hop. An avid skateboarder (for a brief period he ran a skateboard shop in Ellensburg) and graffiti artist, Clifton was introduced to hip hop through the culture  surrounding those hobbies. Clifton has been in various hip hop groups including Hocus Focus and Log Hog with CDB member Tom Dell. Now a solo dad in between jobs, 33 year old Clifton is reexamining his life, planning on going back to school, and wants to “be the change we [CDB] want to see in hip hop.”

Clifton calls Kyle Bane the “Prince” of the group, referring to Bane’s ability to play multiple instruments, produce and compose music. An Ellensburg native, Bane is the youngest of the trio at 25 years old and became interested in music at a very young age. Bane took up the drums when he was in third grade and started playing guitar and piano around fifth grade. Bane’s musical tastes are wide and varied. Originally inspired by Metallica, Bane then progressed to Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes and indie rock in general. Bane continued to expand his music and learned more and more instruments along the way, becoming particularly favorable to folk. Originally, Bane was the beat-master of the group but after contributing some of his own word, Clifton and Dell encouraged him to rap. Now Bane raps on almost every CDB track.

Tom Dell is the oldest and hence wisest member of CDB. Dell was born in Reno in 1974 and moved to Ellensburg as a teenager. A 2000 graduate from CWU with a philosophy degree, Dell has worked at the CWU library for 16 years. With a quiet nature about him, humble attire and laid back demeanor, it’s hard to believe Dell is a legitimate rapper who just happens to be a librarian. It’s even harder to imagine that Ice Cube is the reason Dell decided he wanted to rap after hearing The Predator album.

Still young, but not inexperienced, Clifton Del Bane is hoping to perform more in the Northwest as their music portfolio grows. They are expected to release an album tentatively called “The Catalyst” this summer and their music is available for your listening pleasure on Soundcloud and YouTube.

Check out ‘Burgstock on April 27th, at Prosody Events for a chance to win Sasquatch tickets and see Clifton Del Bane perform live!

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Hipster Hop

Some folks enjoy rap, some like hip hop but only the biggest music snobs claim “hipster hop” as their go-to genre. All of us here at The ‘Burg are music snobs so naturally we love Aesop Rock.

Born with the name Ian Bavitz, Aesop Rock is the definition of alternative hip hop. Not only is he an artist himself but he also produces.

Known for his abstract lyrics and sophisticated wordplay Aesop Rock’s lyrics have been published in the bestselling book “Hip Hop Speaks to Children” and Yale University’s “Anthology of Rap.”

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A frequent collaborator, Aesop Rock currently is a member of the hip hop group Hail Mary Mallon with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Whiz. He also works with Kimya Dawson of The Moldy Peaches in the group The Uncluded.

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The Uncluded

Aesop Rock’s most recent album Skelethon was released in July of 2012 and it’s unclear when his next solo album will appear. The good news is that his focus has been on The Uncluded and a new album will drop soon. Art and production are done and the album titled Hokey Fright will be released May 7th of this year.

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The hip hop and indie-folk combo might seem a little unexpected but Dawson and Aesop Rock have worked together in the past. Dawson was featured on Aesop Rock’s Skelethon and Aesop Rock was heard numerous times on Dawson’s 2011 album Thunder Thighs.

Hokey Fright was recorded entirely by Aesop Rock and Dawson and will include an impressive 16 tracks.

Although the release of Hokey Fright is just around the corner, Aesop Rock is currently on tour without Dawson and is instead is accompanied by Rob Sonic, DJ Big Whiz and occasionally others on the Rhymesayers label such as Grayskul.

But who knows!? A surprise appearance by Dawson may appear at any of Aesop Rock’s remaining tour stops. Aesop Rock tweeted April 9th:

“Tomorrow is the first official show under the name The Uncluded.  Not a public event, but still a notable day for us.”

Exciting news for fans of either artist.

Aesop Rock will be performing in the northwest on April 23rd at Ashland Armory in Ashland, April 24th at Roseland Theatre in Portland, April 27th at the Domino Room in Bend and April 28th at Neumos in Seattle.

Listen to The Flo this Friday between 1 and 3 p.m. this week for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show. Check out our Facebook and mobile app for details and updates on how you can win.

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Horrorcore, Hip-Hop, Gangsta Rap, Awesome

Aaron Dontez Yates is better known by his stage name Tech N9ne. His stage name originated from the TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun, given to him by rapper Black Walt due to his fast rhyming style. (Tech is short for technique and 9 is the number of completion. That’s why he says the technique’s complete so often.)

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Born in 1971, Yates began rapping at a young age. He used rapping to help him remember things such as the letters of his own name. The road to fame has been a tough one. Yates never met his father and his mother suffered from epilepsy. In 2003, Yates’s best friend Brian Dennis was shot and killed by his girlfriend’s ex-girlfriend. These experiences, although traumatizing, have made Tech N9ne into a powerhouse rapper who spits lyrics that are relate-able and often moving.

Early in his career, Yates was a member of a group called Black Mafia. Yates continued to bounce from group to group and was a member of 57th Street Rogue Dog Villains, Nutthowze, and The Regime until releasing Anghellic as a solo artist on JCOR Records.

Tech N9ne’s horrorcore gangster rap has frightened some but intrigued many. He has a cult like following and over his 12 year career as a solo artist and 24 year career as an established rapper has worked with Lil’ Wayne, Eminem, Linkin Park and other high profile artists.

“They call me devil worshipper because I’m different. I give you music for my core…I raise my middle finger to everybody who judges me because my core audience is there for me,” Tech N9ne said. “They will always love me, but I’m trying to reach others, too. It’s not over. My music is supposed to be for everybody, but some people just don’t get it.”

Tech N9ne will be performing in the northwest on April 4th at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene, April 5th at Roseland Theater in Portland, April 6th and 7th at Showbox SoDo in Seattle and March 9th at The Knitting Factory in Spokane.

Listen to 88.1 The ‘Burg this week for a chance to win tickets to the April 6th show. Check out our Facebook and mobile app for details and updates on how you can win.

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