Wednesday, April 30, 2008

DJ Craze - Beauty Bar - April 30, 2008

From the addicted to Twitter department... After the Glow, it's the after party with Kanye West's tour DJ... DJ Craze @ Beauty Bar tonight, April 30th!

Print out the flyer and say Austin Hip-Hop Scene sent ya and get in for $10!


Clutch City is back again! Rockets are ripping a new asshole in the Jazz!

More info:

DJ Craze (November 19, 1977-), born Aristh Delgado, is a Nicaraguan American DJ who plays hip hop, breaks, drum n bass, and practices turntablism.[1] He is the only solo DJ in history to claim the World DMC Champion trophy 3 times consecutively.[2]

DJ Craze was born in Managua, Nicaragua. At the age of 3, in 1980,[1] he fled the country with his family during the war which lasted throughout the 1980s.[2] Craze and his family moved to San Francisco, California, where they lived for a short while, before moving to Miami, Florida, where he currently resides.[3]

The style of his music carries many of his past musical influences. Initially influenced by the Miami Bass movement when he was younger, Craze has gone on to incorporate elements of hip-hop, drum n bass, and breaks in his turntable routines. Recently, Craze has shifted his emphasis to DJ'ing and producing drum n bass with his own record label "Cartel".

Craze released his first album in 1999, Crazee Musick, and a second in 2002, Scratch nerds. He also released an album called D-Day in 2002 with his turntable crew, The Allies.[4]

Craze has released two of the most popular battle records ever, "Bully Breaks" and "Bully Breaks 2".

Monday, April 28, 2008

Atmosphere - Emo's - May 2 - 3, 2008

From the clowns are scary department... Atmosphere @ Emo's this Friday and Saturday, May 2nd and 3rd!

Also it looks like there will be an autograph signing at Waterloo Records for the new CD, "When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold".

More info:

Atmosphere is an American hip hop duo from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The members are rapper Slug (born Sean Daley, September 7, 1972) and DJ/producer Ant (born Anthony Davis). Active in various forms since 1993, they are one of the most commercially successful and long-lived independent hip hop acts.

Slug (Sean Daley)

Slug was a member of a loose group known as The Rhymesayers Collective prior to the formation of Atmosphere. Its other members were Stress (Siddiq Ali) and Spawn (Derek Turner). Slug DJed behind the scenes and let Stress and Spawn handle lyrics. Later calling themselves Urban Atmosphere and garnering some underground notoriety, the group eventually formed a strong relationship with Ant (Anthony Davis) and began collaborating on music. Along with MC Musab (then Beyond), rapper Mr. Gene Poole, and the Abstract Pack they formed the mid-Nineties crew Headshots, with Slug appearing on the underground tape series HeadShots (1-7) (see Discography below). Every HeadShots volume allowed a member of the clique to showcase their talent, and HeadShots Vol. Seven was Slug's tour de force.

[edit] Ant (Anthony Davis)

Ant produced his first CD,Comparison, for Musab (formerly known as Beyond). He has contributed to every Atmosphere album and has also produced albums for several members of the Rhymesayers Entertainment label. The only Atmosphere album featuring guest producers, including Jel, Moodswing 9, and El-P was Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EPs. More recently, Ant released a two-part mixtape series titled Melodies and Memories featuring remixes of songs made in the late '70s and throughout the '80s.

[edit] Other members

* Spawn (Derek Turner) left the group following the release of Overcast!. He is now known as Rek The Heavyweight.

* Mr. Dibbs (never officially a part of Atmosphere) was the off-and-on touring DJ for Atmosphere. He is now the DJ for hip hop artist El-P.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

M.I.A. - La Zona Rosa - May 1, 2008

From the post Dragon Boat Fest hurt department... Well it looks like I've waited too long for this post since the show is now unfortunately sold out... M.I.A. @ La Zona Rosa on May 1st! Maybe you can sneak in somehow... :)


Well congratulations to my team, Mooshu, who won 3rd place at this years Dragon Boat Fest!

More info:

Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam (born July 17, 1978)[citation needed] is a British vocalist, record producer, songwriter/composer and visual artist. She is a Tamilian of Sri Lankan origin. Best known by her stage name, M.I.A., her work in music often features a range of elements of genres.

An accomplished visual artist by 2002, M.I.A. came to prominence in early 2004 through file-sharing of her singles "Galang" and "Sunshowers" on the Internet.[1] In 2005, her debut album, Arular, was nominated for the Mercury Prize.[2] Her second album, Kala, was released in 2007.

Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, the daughter of a Tamil activist-turned militant, Arul Pragasam,[3] was born in Hounslow, London. When she was six months of age, her family moved back to their native Sri Lanka. Motivated by his wish to support the Tamil militancy in Sri Lanka, her father became politically known as Arular and was a founding member of The Eelam Revolutionary Organisation of Students (EROS), a militant Tamil group.[4][5] Her alias, M.I.A., stands for both Missing in Acton and Missing in Action.[6]

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Fat Tony - Victory Grill - April 24, 2008

From the Chinese eating up all the rice in the world department... Fat Tony, Focus Group, Soundfounder, Dred Skott, and Southbound @ Victory Grill tonight, April 24th!


Long days and long nights, but the pain is almost over. Work has been crazy!

So I've been getting buff by practicing for the Dragon Boat race which is this weekend at the Dragon Boat Fest. The festival is from 10am-3pm this Saturday, 4/26. If you get a chance, come on out and watch me act a fool. I'll be rowing for the Mooshu team. More info: here, here, and here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Guest Spot: Austin Reggae Fest by Beronica Regalado

For those of you, like me, who have no life and gotta live through others. We thankfully have people like Beronica to keep us informed on the Austin Hip-Hop Scene, live and direct and from the streets...

4/20 was pretty dope for those of us that attended this years festivities @ The Reggae Fest. Whether you attended Saturday or Sunday, I'm sure you enjoyed yourself despite the price increase at the door. There was a good turnout of patrons even without our four legged friends that were not invited to attend this year. It was definitely crowded, so not for the paranoid or claustrophobic type. The main stage kept the crowd entertained during breaks with a DJ, but for me, the main attraction was a guy on the mic at the west end of the festival. Vendors were in full bloom, my favorite item was the yard for just $10 bucks you could have your thirst filled with some party flavors. Met out from Georgia, hope to be hearing alot more of their southern hospitality. The ladies were plentiful for the taking, sporting alot of cultured designs from silver peace earrings, to marijuana plant belts. For me the highlight of event was standing next to the main stage dancing when out of nowhere comes this older gentlemen dancing like no one was watching,.. my thoughts... i want whatever he's All in all the adventure of my 4/20 were reminding me that in no other place would I have more fun, than Austin, TX. Started out at Taco Cabana on Lamar with a few Ritas, then onto Auditorium Shores, walked to Whole Foods for some dinner, then made my way home..Hope to see you next 4/20. - Beronica

Interview: Anthony Gill

We recently got a chance to pick the brain of Anthony Gill and get this up and coming Austin Hip Hop artist on his perspective about the scene... Read on to find out how you can get you some free chicken!

AHHS: Can you give your fans a quick bio of yourself?

Anthony Gill: I was born on 12/18/1983 in Birmingham Alabama; I have two sisters and one brother. I’ve been on my own since the age of 12. My mom had trouble keeping me my brother and my 2 sisters so we were in shelters, a foster home then I moved in with my step mom. This is when I began writing music I was at this time 16 years old. I have always loved hip hop music, so with all of the hardships in life my mom writing hot checks, going to jail and fleeing state to state, I collected all of this negativity around me and started putting it into words, and writing it down on paper. Ranging from the scary street that we used to live on, the taxis that my mom has had to hop out of for not having enough money, To my mom having me walk out of a grocery store with stolen chicken from the bakery. All of the most unbelievable times in my life is what I write about in the most detailed way possible, because I strongly believe if my youth was never taken and ripped into pieces then I probably would not be rapping.

AHHS: Which is your latest CD? and how do you think it differs from your previous works?

Anthony Gill: The latest cd I’ve produced is for my long time friend J wisdom. This mix tape of his was very different from my normal raw, venomous style. My last official album was back when I was with J-bizar and we formed the group DentedMindz it was the Deep Underground Mixtape witch is very raw. This recent album with j wisdom is 100% hip hop I of course stay true to myself as always, but the style of this album is very inspirational, very motivating its real hip hop to the fullest.

AHHS: What gives you inspiration and how does that transpire into your music?

Anthony Gill: Bad situations and the humor in those bad situations. Some times things can go so bad for me I just have to sit back and laugh, because it’s so predictable. It’s the hard times in my life that keeps me writing. I represent a certain way of life that most artists can only feel, but not create themselves.

AHHS: Which artists inspire you the most? and why?

Anthony Gill: Eminem. I say Eminem because not only is he extremely talented, but out of all the opportunity’s he has alone, just being white blond hair blue eyed. You know, Americas standards, he decided to take one of the most difficult paths to take in this country, and that’s making it in the rap game. That’s kinda inspiring to me. He’s to white people, what Charlie pride is to black people. It’s like saying I love this so much im going to do this no matter what anyone says, nothing can stop me and they both has stood their ground.

AHHS: What has kept you from moving to cities with larger markets? Especially since it's only been recently that Houston has blown up.

Anthony Gill: I feel I am talented enough that once I drop this album of mine along with this demo im working on I won’t need to go to a bigger city for nothing, I will be going with a back up plan. People do shows every night on 6th street here in Austin, and I love it, but unless you’re in this music game for fun, I think there should be a purpose for you throwing a show. Have an agent come, film it to use as part of your music video, do it to sale cds, you know, do what you have to do where you’re at and you wont have to necessarily have to go to a bigger city.

AHHS: How do you see the scene locally? and where do you see it going?

Anthony Gill: There are a lot of talented hip/hop artist/rappers in this town, but I see a lot of Austin’s hip/hop talent going to san Antonio, or Huston, due to the fact that those type of artist who do love to throw shows, and events every where they can are not being shown enough love, surprisingly, since Austin, Texas is the music capitol of the world we should have more talent leaving this town due to their success oppose to them leaving because of failure.

AHHS: What is your favorite venue to perform at? and why?

Anthony Gill: Emos. It’s a very well known diverse, just out right raw kinda joint. It’s funny, I know some people who have heard of emos and not the frank ewring center. I used to do open mic night at emos every Thursday until it was terminated, but it’s cool to play on the same stage that other well known artist has played on as well, like flavor flav, lupe fiasco, slick rick.

AHHS: Can you give us 3 of your most favorite local artists?

Anthony Gill: J wisdom, the gutta gang, crew 54

AHHS: What is the best piece of advice that someone in the industry has given you?

Anthony Gill: No matter what you do just make sure you do you.

AHHS: And a more light-hearted question: Have you seen a correlation between your level of success and quality of hoes?

Anthony Gill: Lol! No,, actually not at all.

AHHS: Any parting words?

Anthony Gill: I just wanna say we hip/hop and rap artist are sensitive with our work, we get prejudge for it and critized to hell for it, and we get hated on a lot. A whole lot, so look, the day everyone becomes the perfect angel, and this becomes a perfect world where racism, poverty, and violence does not exists, that would be the day I would have nothing to rap about. -Rotton

Friday, April 18, 2008

Collie Buddz - Mohawk - April 20, 2008

From the silly season at work department... Thanks to Richard Henry for the tip! Collie Buddz @ Mohawk on April 20th with Grimy Styles and Zeale 32! Just in time for the Austin Reggae Fest!


You know that time of year when work becomes silly season?!? For us, it usually happens at the end of our product release where people are scrambling to close things down and the end date is approaching, that's when people start running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Step back for a second and you just laugh at the whole situation. Obama was right it's silly season!

More info:

Collie Buddz (born Colin Harper August 21, 1981 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a reggae and dancehall artist from Bermuda, best known for his single "Come Around".

In 2006, Collie Buddz signed with Sony BMG. He was also a part of Harper Digital. He declined a contract from Interscope due to the relationship already built with Sony. His first album, simply titled Collie Buddz, was released on July 3, 2007. His first single was "Come Around", released with an accompanying video.

His single "Come Around" became the #1 Reggae song in Canada, and often appeared on BET and MTV, while "Blind to You" reached #3 on the BBC 1Xtra Dancehall charts in the UK. The single "Mamacita" had been recorded over a year before its release, and had two videos. His third single was "Tomorrow's Another Day". Collie Buddz has also been featured on various other songs, such as "Tell Me", from Lil' Flip's 2007 album I Need Mine. On July 7, 2007, he performed at one of the largest reggae festivals in Europe, called "Summerjam". This festival is in Cologne, Germany and he performed there along with big names like Sizzla, Tanya Stephens, Gentleman, Turbulence and Sean Paul. He was featured on BET Rap City on May 1, 2007 He is also on Shaggy's newest album Intoxication alongside Sizzla.

Collie Buddz performs "S.O.S.", the entrance theme for WWE wrestler Kofi Kingston, which was released on WWE The Music, Vol. 8 on March 25, 2008.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

DAM - Scoot Inn - May 8, 2008

From the getting on a government watchlist department... Thanks to Shereen for the heads up! DAM @ Scoot Inn on May 8th! A Palestinian hip hop group, DAM, expresses their frustrations living in incredible oppression through their music. I can't even begin to think what it is like in that part of the world. Must be insane. Shows from 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. on the outside stage with DAM, Southbound, and DJ Rhythm! Then from 11 p.m. - 2 a.m., after the After Party Meet and Greet with DAM, DJ Rapid Ric and DJ Rhythm on the tables.

More info:

DAM (Hebrew: دام ;דם in Arabic) is the first Arab Israeli hip hop group. The group, based in Israel, was founded in 1998, and is made up of three Palestinian men: Tamer Nafar, his brother Suhell, and their friend Mahmoud Jr. The group's name is the Arabic verb for "eternity",(دام) and the Hebrew word for "blood" (דם), but can also be an acronym for "Da Arabic MCs." The Arabic word for "blood" (دم) is spelled similarly (without an alif).

DAM sings primarily in Arabic, but also in English and Hebrew to widen their audience appeal.

The group's lyrics often deal with the frustration at the feeling of being second class citizens in Israel, as well as other issues familiar to hip-hop fans around the world, including drug-related violence.

"Our city, Lod, is considered the biggest drug market in the Middle East. You can get everything here - including weed and cocaine," says Tamer Nafer, lead rapper of the group.

Despite not having a formal recording contract, DAM's 2001 single "Meen Erhabe? - Who's the Terrorist? - was downloaded more than a million times from their website. The group has also delivered their message outside Israel and the Palestinian territories on four European tours.

Their live performances feature images of Israeli soldiers clashing with stone-throwing Palestinians.

Despite this, DAM's latest single "Born Here" is in Hebrew and they are hoping they can bring the Palestinian message to an Israeli audience. "Arabs already know how they live - we have to educate Israelis on what's going on.

On the 17th of November 2006 they released their first album: "Dedication".

They appeared on Al Jazeera's program From Washington on June 4, 2007, during a report on Arabic hip hop.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

BBoy City 15 - The Parish - April 24 - 27, 2008

From the I'd rather see BGirls on all fours... nekkid department... You knew it was coming and now it's here... my boi Romeo Navarro celebrates A Decade In Action with BBoy City 15 (hmm... 10 == 15) @ The Parish from April 24th - 27th! Congrats Romeo! and we better pull Ernesto out this time!

BBoy City is the biggest and baddest Hip Hop festival in the Capital City. You better not miss it!


So I was thinking... like the OG Photographer... can I be called the OG Coder, OG Programmer, or OG Developer?!? Haha... j/k... but imagine the possibilities... Austin Hip-Hop Mobile! Detail to come...

Monday, April 14, 2008

AndroidEMR - April 14, 2008

From the shameless self promotion department... I almost forgot to tell you... my new project is finally out! Today is the birth of AndroidEMR v0.1! Well the birth was actually Saturday night while I was at home in Houston, but today is the final day of Google's Android Developer Challenge... so I'll say today is when I berthed my creation. It represents a couple months of work finding free time between Austin Hip-Hop Scene and work-work. While I know it's not industry ready, I am pretty proud I was able to stick with it and I hope it will catch some attention to help me continue developing it. Check out the demo and let me know what you think!

Clemits - Whisky Bar - April 16, 2008

From the are you bitter? department.. Thanks to Dubb Sicks for the heads up! Join Clemits and Booze Brothers for their combined CD release party @ Whisky Bar on April 16th also featuring Zeale, S.T.A.T.I.K. and Dubb Sicks!


Haha... Stephen Colbert is on Larry King and he has no clue. This is hilarious, if you get a chance you should catch it.

Stephen Colbert: Obama is passing his "Hope" bong and all the young people are taking a toke.

Larry King: Huh?!? "Hope" bong?!?

More info:

Hi, I’m Clemits. Underground Rapper, Beat Maker, MSG Crew Member, La Casa Clothing Owner, Student, Writer, Texan, Visionary, and Hustler. My music is a an extension of my personality and I work hard to make this music shit happen. I’ve been in MSG since I was 14 years old. I live in Austin. I’m from Midland. My newest Album is "Tomorrows Friend and my discography includes: "Last Laugh Rising Sun" (2006) and MSG Crew:"Jobs Are For the Birds" (2005), and MSG Crew: Breezewood (2004). I love Hip Hop, Sampling records, graffiti art, clothes and shoes, movies, indy rock, beautiful women, traveling, doing shows, crate digging, reefer, making money, new experiences, t.v., my friends, my crew, my family, counter culture, libralisim, pop culture, b-boys and girls, dj’s, jazz, soul music, Austin, MSG, and my Family.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Prince Paul - Mohawk - April 19, 2008

From the getting the taxes done late department.. Thanks to Richard for the show details! Prince Paul @ Mohawk on April 19th with Crew54, P-Nyce, Stretch, and richardhenry! Tickets are $10 and you can get them here!


I just learned something goofy from my brother this weekend. Ever been Rick Rolled?!? Whoever came up with that had one sick sense of humor!

More info:

Prince Paul is the stage name of Paul Huston, a DJ and hip hop producer.

Originally a member of Stetsasonic, he produced tracks on hip-hop albums such as 3rd Bass' 1989 debut album The Cactus Album and De La Soul's 1989 debut album 3 Feet High and Rising. After two more albums, he left them, putting together two solo projects: Psychoanalysis: What is It? and the hip hop opera A Prince Among Thieves featuring Big Daddy Kane, Xzibit and Everlast. He, along with Frukwan of Stetsasonic, Too Poetic of Brothers Grimm and the RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, made up the Gravediggaz.

Alongside Teo Macero, Prince Paul co-produced guitarist Vernon Reid's solo debut in 1995.

Paul teamed up with Dan the Automator to form Handsome Boy Modeling School; their album So... How's Your Girl? featured diverse names from Sean Lennon and Del tha Funkee Homosapien to Alec Empire and Don Novello. In the year 2000, Paul produced I Hope I Sell A Lot Of Records At Christmastime by Princess Superstar as well as MC Paul Barman's début EP It's Very Stimulating. White People continued Handsome Boy's tradition of strange skits and an odd mix of guests over Paul- and Automator-produced beats, including RZA, Linkin Park, Tim Meadows, and John Oates.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The Beat Meet - Flamingo Cantina - April 10, 2008

From the Buddhist monks going crazy department... Thanks to Adrian Croom for The Beat Meet @ Flamingo Cantina on Thursday, April 10th with DJ Projectdead.


So how do we start this Austin Hip-Hop Scene polygamist society?!? We will need a leader, I guess that will be me. :) We'll also need a "compound", which can be my place. And finally, we'll need to get some of those hideous outfits. Hmm, is it worth it to wear those unsightly things?

Vote for this post if you are interested in helping me start this society.

The Cipher - Linebarger's Pad - April 12, 2008

From the cut and paste department... Thanks Gynae for the post! The Cipher’s kickoff fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 12, 2008 at the home of Dale and Libby Linebarger, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Live performances include teen poets, rappers, and singers of The Cipher along with local hip hop artists SaulPaul, Public Offenders, and S.T.A.T.I.K. Proceeds from the event will help sustain the new non-profit program geared towards East Austin young adults, 15-21, through the next year. Please RSVP or donate online


More info:

The Cipher: Austin's Hip Hop Project was inspired by the documentary The Hip Hop Project produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah. Through weekly writing exercises, workshops led by community leaders and mentors, sociopolitical discussions, and exposure to Austin’s music industry, The Cipher participants gain valuable life skills and the opportunity to create an original hip hop CD compilation.

Why this is important to Austin's hip hop scene: Youths are influenced enough by mainstream hip hop's images of materialism and misogyny. The Cipher program teaches participants to use their voices for positive social change despite an environment of poverty, high levels of school dropout, and teen pregnancy. These are the future artists of Austin's hip hop scene who will be responsible for keeping its spirit alive for generations to come.

Why you should RSVP for the event or donate: This organization got off the ground because of 2 determined people and a team of supporters who saw the benefits and need for a program like this. Hip hop is a way of life for many of us, including teens and young adults that are a huge part of our community. The culture itself came to life because an entire community brought it to life - you know the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child"? The Cipher is that child: inspire it, be motivated by it, support it, and be in awe of how these young adults have grown and accomplished by being a part of it.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

CD Giveaway: DJ Protege's Through The Years

From the I'm starting a polygamist cult department... DJ Protege and Austin Hip-Hop Scene are giving away 3 Free CDs of DJ Protege's new mixtape Through The Years Vol. 1. The first 3 to email me at gets hooked up!

You can also download the mixtape for free here!


DJ Protege is the resident DJ @ Six Lounge, Prague, Firehouse Lounge and Union Park. Yeah he's a busy man. Check out his latest work!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Lil Keke - Travis County Expo Center - April 12, 2008

From the excuse me, may I lube your umm humm department... Lil Keke @ Travis County Expo Center on April 12th with Rob G and Lloyd.

I wonder what kind of jeans she's wearing? ;)


Memphis or Kansas?!? Who's your pick?

More info:

Lil' Keke (born Marcus Lakee Edwards on March 31, 1976) is a rapper from Houston, Texas who is an emcee and member of the Screwed Up Click. He also became one of Houston's most visible rappers, releasing solo albums for Jam Down Entertainment. Lil' Keke has become a well known rapper in Houston and continues to record albums annually. His song Southside was a success in 1998. In 2006, he came out with his single "Chunk Up Tha Deuce" which features Paul Wall and UGK. In 2007 he released the single Im a G ft. Baby. He currently is signed to TF Records but represents Swishahouse Records.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

?uestlove - Whisky Bar - April 5, 2008

From the Tower to Whisky department... Thank to Bavu for details! The Roots' ?uestlove @ Whisky Bar tonight, April 5th! Bavu Blakes and Pikahsso also in the house and they're traveling from the Urban Music Fest!

Alright, I'm out, back to work...

More info:

Ahmir Khalib Thompson (born on January 20, 1971), known professionally as ?uestlove or Questlove, a.k.a. BROther ?uestion or Brother Question, is an American drummer, DJ, music journalist and record producer. He is best known as the drummer for hip hop band The Roots and has produced for artists such as Common, D'Angelo, and more recently, Al Green. He is a member of the production teams the Soulquarians, the Grand Negaz, and The Grand Wizzards. He is also known for having a large afro which is usually accentuated with an afro pick sticking out.

Thompson was born in Philadelphia on January 20, 1971. His father was Lee Andrews of Lee Andrews & the Hearts, one of the great 50s doo-wop groups. His parents did not want to leave him with babysitters, so they took him on tour with them. He grew up in backstages of doo-wop shows, and began drumming at the age of two. By the age of seven, Thompson began drumming on stage at shows, and by 13, had become a musical director.

?uestlove's parents then enrolled him at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. By the time he graduated, he had founded a band called The Square Roots (later dropping the word "square") with his friend Tariq Trotter (Black Thought). ?uestlove's classmates at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts included Boyz II Men, jazz bassist Christian McBride, and jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco.

?uestlove began performing on South Street (akin to Greenwich Village and Haight Ashbury) in Philadelphia using drums, while Tariq rhymed over his beats and rhythms.

Foog Gatsby - Flamingo Cantina - April 5, 2008

From the low on sleep department... Thanks to Crew54 for the show details! Foog Gatsby @ Flamingo Cantina tonight, April 5th!

6th will definitely be poppin' off with the Texas Relays and everything. There are shows all over!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Big Pun - Austin Hip-Hop Scene - April 1, 2008

From the Four One Two oh-oh eight department... WTF?!? It has just been announced that there will be a Big Pun Weight Watchers Tour coming through Austin! Show times are yet to be announced so stay tuned, I will be updating as soon as I get more info. However, I am for certain that the show will be today, April 1st, so keep your night open and check back regularly for the latest!

More info:

Christopher Lee Rios (November 9, 1971 - February 7, 2000), better known as Big Punisher or Big Pun, was an American rapper who emerged from the underground rap scene in The Bronx in the late 1990s. He first appeared on albums from The Beatnuts on the track "Off the Books" and on Fat Joe's second album Jealous One's Envy, on the track "Watch Out", prior to signing to Loud Records as a solo artist. Big Pun's career was cut short in 2000 at age 28 by a fatal heart attack due to his obesity. He is survived by a wife, Liza Rios, and three children. Big Pun was the first solo Latino rapper to sell over one million LPs. His first stage name was Big Moon Dawg. His name comes from the Marvel comic book anti-hero The Punisher.

Born in the South Bronx of Puerto Rican descent during the early years of hip-hop, Christopher Rios grew up enjoying basketball, boxing, and other sports. He met his wife Liza in the eighth grade. At the age of five, he broke his leg in a Manhattan municipal park, resulting in a lawsuit against the City of New York, later settled out of court. He received a lot of money in compensation. By all accounts from Pun's family, his early years were very difficult, including witnessing his mother's drug abuse, his father leaving the family, and a stepfather who was very hard on Pun. According to his grandmother, Pun would become angry and self-destructive, punching holes in the walls of his family's apartment and eating the chunks of drywall rocks . At the age of 17, Rios dropped out of Stevenson High School and for some time was homeless, staying in abandoned buildings or at friends' homes.[1]