Sunday October 30th (Cup eve eve) - Laundry Bar
*Limited capacity event*
Featuring guest appearances and production by fellow members Evidence and DJ Babu, Crown of Thorns represents less a departure than a continuation of the group's goals since first joining forces in 1992. As Rakaa puts it, "This is just another piece of the puzzle that makes the picture that much more complete."
For the emcee, graffiti artist, event host, and full-time advertising student, it's a puzzle that's been fomenting since his early days immersed in hip-hop culture; a time when the musically adventurous and daring were embraced, making the outcast the visionary. "In a typical graffiti crew, you'd have gangbangers, rich kids, punk rockers, and social rejects in the same crew and we all had love and respect for each other," recalls the rapper. "That gave me a true appreciation
of diversity and the exploration of different cultures and made a big mark in how I approached Crown of Thorns. It's a hip-hop album, but what does that mean? As I get older, I'm not going to pigeonhole myself into what a rap record is supposed to sound like in 2010 and act like I was not around well before that. I'm pulling from all of the different influences that made me who I am today."
Crown of Thorns, consequently, is the sonic prism that has absorbed the myriad cultures taken in by the peripatetic emcee and reflected them back in the form of groundbreaking music (check the
dj honda-produced "Ambassador Slang," featuring emcees from Korea, New Zealand, The Philippines, and Hawaii among others for proof). With this album, Rakaa creates his most personal and introspective project of his career; a daunting, but liberating feat that allows him to expand his heavily conscious ideas about politics, social issues and the community past the typical 16 bars found on a Dilated song. Consciously stripped down to the essential elements, the album manages to seamlessly blend surprising depth and refreshing minimalism into a unique soundscape.
VIDEO: Rakaa - Delilah: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWdKEVt6_fs
A major force behind the creation of Southern California's first turntable band, the Beat Junkies, is a multi-faceted musician known to the world as DJ Rhettmatic. Born Nazareth Nirza, his artistic contributions to the music industry have placed him, along with his fellow members of the Beat Junkie crew, at the top of the DJ universe. Possessing unstoppable visions of excelling in this art form, Rhettmatic unites music enthusiasts around the world by sharing his unparalleled skills and talent. His personal discography of musical achievements presents a host of successful accomplishments, and by applying his creativity and dedication, his record of ingenious masterworks will continue to grow.
Rhettmatic seized numerous triumphs both as a musical performer and as a creative genius. He claimed the titles of Disco Mixing Club (DMC) West Coast Champion (1996), International Turntablist Federation (ITF) Team USA Champion (1997), Rhettmatic's innovations produce a boundless list of prized accomplishments. He has worked with almost everyone in the Hip Hop community, with the likes of Peanut Butter Wolf, Talib Kweli, Madlib, Dj Premier, and just recently, Aftermath's Bishop Lamont. His musical masterpieces include "E=MC5" by Key Kool and Rhettmatic featuring Ras Kass, LMNO, Voodoo, and Meen Green, "Peace Mic" by The Visionaries, "From The Ground Up" b/w "Ubiquity" by The Associates featuring LMNO & Key Kool of the Visionaries, Rakaa Iriscience & Evidence of Dilated Peoples, and Divine Styler. Just recently of Dec. 05, Rhettmatic had the honor of being the late great J Dilla's tour show DJ in Europe, for his last tour ever, along with fellow Detroiters, Frank N Dank & Phat Kat. Currently, he is working on several projects, which he plans to release this year.which he plans to release this year. Rhettmatic ended up doing half of the production on the new Visionaries album titled "We Are The Ones", on Up Above Records. He did scratches for Talib Kweli's new album, "Eardrum", made mixtapes & podcast mixes for Ghostface Killah, Guilty Simpson, and Stones Throw Records. He has also finished producing some tracks for OhNo & Roc C (Stones Throw), Aloe Blacc (Stones Throw) , Prince Po (Organized Konfusion), Pigeon John (Quanuum), RBX (The Dogg Pound), Noelle Scaggs of The Rebirth & the legendary Percee P. He will be also working on a producers' album with J-Rawls of the Lone Catalysts, which will combine both their talents as producers and will featured guests like Rene Neufville of Zhane, Trek Life, and Supastition, and hopefully, an official Beat Junkie Crew recorded album by 2008.
Samoan artist King Kapisi aka Bill Urale was the first Polynesian hip-hop artist to receive the prestigious Australiasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) Silver Scroll Award for Songwriter of the Year for his single Reverse Resistance in 1999.
King Kapisi has released three albums, Savage Thoughts (2000) and 2nd Round Testament (2003) and Dominant Species (2005) they were released in Australia with local sales hitting the gold status mark.
The award-winning artist was nominated for 13 awards at the 2001 New Zealand B.Net Awards and took home seven of the prizes including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Music Video. His visually striking music videos, some of which have been self-directed, have also won numerous awards including Flying Fish Music Video Awards, Mai Time TVNZ and Juice TV.
VIDEO: King Kapisi - U Can't Resist feat. Che Fu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFMiFL_Rb8U
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