Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Video: KRS-One Live @ Mohawk




Ya boys, Crew 54, do it again with some raw footage from the KRS-One show this past weekend! Check out more videos from the night over at The 54 Reality Show!

Friday, January 23, 2009

De La Soul - Austin Music Hall - January 24, 2009

From the scrrd department... De La Soul @ Austin Music Hall on Jan 24th! Included a lot of artists including Zeale, Dirty Wormz and Pimpin Pen!

Eek, tix are $30, get them here!

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Sorry for the break from my jovial mood. We just had layoffs. Scary times yo. Thing are going to get worse before they get better. Things are not good. Must read: U.S. & UK on brink of debt disaster



More info:

De La Soul is a Grammy Award-winning hip hop group. They are best known for their eclectic sampling and quirky, surreal lyrics, and their contributions to the evolution of the jazz rap and alternative hip hop subgenres. The members are Kelvin Mercer (Posdnuos, Mercenary, Plug Wonder Why, Plug One), David Jude Jolicoeur (Trugoy the Dove, Dave, Plug Two) and Vincent Mason (P.A. Pasemaster Mase, Maseo, Plug Three). The three formed the group in high school and caught the attention of producer Paul Huston (Prince Paul) with a demo tape of the song "Plug Tunin'". Prince Paul was also sometimes referred to as Plug Four. The "Plug" names are alleged to come from the numbers that each bandmate's microphone was labeled on the soundboard. Posdnuos was always plugged into plug one, Trugoy was plugged into plug two, and so forth.

With its playful wordplay, innovative sampling, and witty skits, the band's debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, has been hailed as a hip-hop masterpiece.[1] It is also the band's biggest commercial success to date, with their subsequent albums selling progressively less, despite receiving high praise from critics. A measure of 3 Feet High and Rising's cross-over appeal was the fact that it was voted Album of the Year by NME Magazine, a title better known for its taste in guitar-based music. De La Soul has influenced numerous other hip hop artists such as Camp Lo, Black Eyed Peas, and Digable Planets. They were also instrumental in the early stages of rapper/actor Mos Def's career, and are a core part of the Spitkicker collective. They are the longest standing Native Tongues Posse group, after the Jungle Brothers.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

KRS-One - Mohawk - January 24, 2009

From the fuck up heard around the world department... KRS-One @ Mohawk on Jan 24th! With Zeale, Brooks City, Dubb Sicks, Crew 54, Cali Zack and DJ Tots! Hosted by Bavu Blakes!

Get your tix here!

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Did ya'll see Chief Justice John Roberts fuck up the oath of office?! I'm sayin' even at the finest hour, the white man will try to stick it to the colored man! ;)



More info:

Lawrence Parker (born August 20, 1965), better known by his stage name KRS-One, is an American rapper. Over his career, he has been known by several pseudonyms including "Kris Parker", "The Blastmaster", "The Teacha", and "The Philosopher". KRS-One is a significant figure in the hip hop community and is often credited by critics and other hip hop artists as epitomizing the "essence" of an MC and for being one of the greatest MC's in rap.[2] At the 2008 BET Awards, KRS-One was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, for all his work and effort towards the Stop the Violence Movement as well as the overall pioneering of hip-hop music and culture.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

John Legend - Bass Concert Hall - January 23, 2009

From the just confirm him already department... John Legend & Estelle @ Bass Concert Hall on Jan 23rd!

Get your tix here!

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Will these guys hurry up and confirm Timothy Geitner already! Let the fool get to work! I mean are they really holding this up because of taxes?! All them fools skim on their taxes and they want to front?! I mean if it's taxes they're concerned about, just go hit up some Asian restaurant and watch their operations! ;)



More info:

John Stephens (born December 28, 1978),[2] better known by his stage name John Legend, is an American soul singer, songwriter, and pianist. His debut studio album, the multiplatinum-selling Get Lifted, was released in late 2004, and features collaborations with rapper and producer Kanye West as well as Snoop Dogg. Get Lifted produced two singles: "Used to Love U" (US top 100, UK top 30) and "Ordinary People" (US and UK top 30). Legend has won five Grammy Awards. Prior to the release of his debut album, Legend's career gained momentum through a series of successful collaborations with multiple established artists. Notably, Legend sang the hooks for hits by Slum Village ("Selfish", also featuring Kanye West), Jay-Z ("Encore"), and Dilated Peoples ("This Way", also featuring Kanye West); played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything"; and sang background vocals on Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name" and Fort Minor's "High Road."

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Los Bad Apples - The Parish - January 22, 2009

From the grow up! department... Help see Los Bad Apples off on their Middle East Tour for the Troops @ The Parish on Jan 22nd! With artists Amplified Heat, Yayo and DJ Chicken George!

Get your tickets here!

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Wow! It's done! Obama is now our 44th President! I didn't particularly like Obama's speech today because he basically told me I need to grow up. :P

Go home Bush! Oh wait.

Monday, January 19, 2009

People Will Radio - Red 7 - January 22, 2009

From the I have a Dream! department... KPWR.org presents... People Will Radio @ Red 7 on Thursday, Jan 22nd! Artists include The Breakfast Club, Storm Shadow, CO2, STRO FBH, Grimnasty and DJ Bullet.

Also streaming online at KPWR.org.

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What a time we live in! Today on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are reminded that more than ever that we stand on the shoulder of giants! How will you remember today and where will you be during the Inauguration tomorrow!?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Public Offenders - The Parish - January 18, 2009

From the end the nightmare department... For their Drop Jewels CD Release Party, Public Offenders @ The Parish tonight, Jan 18th! Guest performances include Blacklisted Individuals, DJ Notion and Aspekt!

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8 years of Bush in 8 minutes! Jan 20, the nightmare ends! Are you ready for the new Administration?!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Gathering - Karma Lounge - January 15, 2009

From the going to be a crazy year department... We all know The Gathering gets going @ Karma Lounge every Thursdays! Now put that on your calendars!

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Recession?!? What Recession! This here is a Depression and it's going down hard. Google just left Austin! People comparing this to the Japanese recession which lasted more than a decade. And now Steve Jobs is sick! That's Depression!

Monday, January 12, 2009

DJ Mel & Hip Hop Night - Nasty's - Every Monday

From the incorrectly reading the signs department... With a New Year, you want to start it correct, like going back to an Austin staple. Hip Hop Night @ Nasty's with DJ Mel!

For those that can afford a Tuesday hangover, you have no excuse! I, unfortunately, am too old to party 7 days a week and still hold it down at work. Growing up is a bitch!

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On a side note, I ventured out to Emo's on Saturday to catch some free shows. Started out with the pedicab getting a flat tire. Then annoyingly, continuously catching band as they were in the process of setting up. All ending with an ego hit by miss reading the signs! :)

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Inside The Circle - MTV - January 11-15, 2009

From the Now that is what I call a premiere! department... The documentary, Inside The Circle, with Romeo Navarro and B-Boy City will be premiering on MTV! MTV!

Mark your calendars!

Sun. Jan. 11 8:00 AM Texas time (9 AM PST/EST)
Sun. Jan. 11 6:00 PM Texas time (7 PM PST/EST)
Mon. Jan. 12 12:00 PM Texas time (1 PM PST/EST)
Wed. Jan. 14 9:00 AM Texas time (10 AM PST/EST)
Thur. Jan. 15 7:00 PM Texas time (8 PM PST/EST)

Musical contributions for the movie include Adrian Quesada (Musical Supervisor), Hydroponic Sound System, DJ Baby G and Bavu Blakes!

Ernesto maybe we need to pop some popcorn and throw a party!

More info:

Capturing the raw power of a grassroots hip-hop movement in the heart of Texas, INSIDE THE CIRCLE tells the story of two strikingly talented b-boys, Josh and Omar, former best friends who become rivals when they join competing dance crews. Immersed in the b-boy culture of defiant creativity, Omar rises to international renown while Josh tangles with the Texas criminal justice system. Both of them struggle to keep dance at the center of their lives, and the “B-Boy City” competitive events thrown by visionary street dancer Romeo Navarro serve as emotional milestones in their journey to adulthood. Facing off in intense dance battles that mirror the larger events in their lives, Josh and Omar seekredemption, identity and respect “inside the circle.” As Romeo aptly observes: “If you can hold yourself down in battle, you can hold yourself down in life.”



Monday, January 05, 2009

The Best In Texas Freestyle Contest - Club 311 - January 7 & 14, 2008

From the let's get '09 started department... The Best In Texas Freestyle Contest @ Club 311 on Jan 7th & 14th!

More info:

Freestyle rap is an improvisational form of rapping, performed with few or no previously composed lyrics, which is said to reflect a direct mapping of the mental state and performing situation of the artist. It is non-scripted, non-rehearsed, uncut, and the rawest form of hip-hop. Artists will often refer to places and objects in their immediate setting. Freestyle rapping forces an individual to think on the spot, describe their surroundings, and, to a certain degree, rap uncensored from what is inside. It is similar in this sense to improvisational music or acting and draws comparisons to improvisational jazz in particular.

Freestyles are performed a cappella, over beatboxing and over instrumental versions of recorded hip hop songs. Impromptu, non-narrative raps in this style are often called freestyles even if entirely pre-written and memorized. Note that a degree of improvisation will commonly remain in the latter two cases, since the performer usually must match the syncopation of his or her rhymes to the rhythm provided in real time.[1][2]