Monday, November 30, 2009

Giveaway: Skullcandy Headphones

From the as promised department... Knuckle Rumbler is giving away a pair of Skullcandy headphones to the first person to email me their Del tha Funkee Homosapien show receipt minus any confidential information by 5pm Tuesday, Dec 1st! Dude that is awesome! Check out the show and sport some new headphones!

Get your tix here! Then send your receipt to me:

More show details here!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Del tha Funkee Homosapien - Aces Lounge - December 1, 2009

From the giveaway coming soon department... Knuckle Rumbler peeped us to the Del tha Funkee Homosapien show @ Aces Lounge on Tuesday, Dec 1st!

In true Knuckle Rumbler fashion, some heavy hitters will be out for this show: Bukue One, Kevin Jack, Zeale, Drastik.Cod, KJ Hines, DJ Digg and Crew54!

Get your tix here!

Check back soon for a special giveaway!

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Teren Delvon Jones (born August 12, 1972 in Oakland, California),[1] better known as Del tha Funkee Homosapien, is a hip hop artist.

Cousin of renowned rapper Ice Cube, Del began his career writing lyrics for Cube's backing band, Da Lench Mob.[2] In 1991, with the help of Ice Cube, Del released his first solo album, I Wish My Brother George Was Here,[2] at the age of 18. The album was a commercial success, largely due to the popularity of the hit single, "Mistadobalina". Ultimately Del, who was not pleased with the limited musical range of the album, took matters into his own hands, and severed his production-artist relationship with Ice Cube for his next album, No Need for Alarm. Del is considered a member of the Native Tongues Posse according to the myspace page.

No Need for Alarm also saw the introduction of the famous Oakland clique Hieroglyphics,[2] whose original members included the widely acclaimed Souls of Mischief (Opio, A-Plus, Phesto and Tajai) Casual, Pep Love, Del, and producer Domino. No Need for Alarm was a bold move on Del's part as it allowed him to develop, display, and solidify his unique style as an MC, and also helped to expose both the regional Oakland sound of hip hop, as well as the freestyle based, "golden era-97" style of hip hop being expanded at the time.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Austin Poetry Slam - The Independent - November 25, 2009

From the visiting the rents in htown department... Tonight's Austin Poetry Slam includes The Cipher @ The Independent!

Open signup tonight, 12 poets on the mic, $100 in cash prizes. Your guest host this evening is BIG POPPA E and DJ Slipp brings the musical madness in between the poems.

Tonight's special guests are THE CIPHER, Austin's hip hop project. This is a crew started right here in ATX - consisting of high school students - that will absolutely put the hurt on anything you hear on hip hop radio today. Amazing lyrics, stellar performances. Don't miss.

500 San Marcos St, 78702
Corner of E. 5th and San Marcos St.
8 pm showtime *****
$5 cover, all ages welcome

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hot 93.3 FM Lets Go Of Staff

From the internet killed the radio department... Deborah Sengupta Stith over at the Statesman is reporting that Hot 93.3 FM is letting go all of their on-air staff. This is definitely a shame for Hot 93.3 FM and the Austin community as a whole. I can't help but think that this is a reflection of the Hip-Hop market here in Austin. Realistically, at the end of the day, a business like Hot 93.3 FM evaluates its products and services and has to decide if they can continue and be profitable or if they need to offer different products and services. I definitely feel there is a market here for Hip-Hop; we just have to work through this and figure out how to tap into it. Here's yet another wake up call to the community, support your local Austin Hip-Hop, whether it's the radio stations, musicians, clothing stores, dancers, graffiti artists, everything...

I hope all at Hot 93.3 FM all the best in their future endeavors.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Busdriver - Red 7 - November 15, 2009

From the HEB needs wider aisles department... Graham Williams wrote to tell us about a last minute FREE show by Busdriver @ Red 7 midnight tonight!

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Busdriver (born Regan John Farquhar February 12, 1978)[1][2] is a rapper from Los Angeles currently signed to Epitaph Records.

Born in Los Angeles, he was introduced to hip hop at an early age, his father Ralph Farquhar being the screenwriter for the film Krush Groove,[3] one of the earliest films focusing on hip hop culture. Farquhar began rapping at age 9, and by 13 he had released his first album, as part of the group 4/29.[4] At the age of 15, he attended open-mic nights at the Good Life Cafe in 1993. A regular at the Project Blowed open mic during the mid-1990s, he would be introduced to fellow underground artists, leading him to being a guest on at least 20 singles.[citation needed] He first recorded in 1995 with Chillin Villain Empire, and was featured on Fat Jack's Cater to the DJ in 1999.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Mickey Avalon - Emo's - November 13, 2009

From the one in the morning department... Mickey Avalon @ Emo's tonight, Nov 13th!

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Mickey Avalon (born Yeshe Perl on December 3, 1975) is an American rapper from Hollywood, California. His debut self-titled solo album was released Nov. 7, 2006 on Interscope/Shoot to Kill Records in association with MySpace Records. Avalon blends dark, lewd, and humorous hooks with heavy beats. Frequent topics of Avalon's songs are his experiences with substance abuse.

Avalon's family upbringing was tumultuous; both he and his parents used drugs. [1] Avalon's paternal grandparents are Holocaust survivors who endured lasting injuries from their imprisonment at Auschwitz. By his early 20s, Avalon had married, had a daughter, and moved to Portland, Oregon.[2]

Upon moving to Los Angeles, he was befriended by ex-MTV VJ Simon Rex (aka Dirt Nasty) who encouraged Avalon to rap and collaborated with him. The two began passing out demos to Hollywood clubs and soon developed a following among fans of the Los Angeles nightclub scene. Mickey also attended college at Webster University in St. Louis, MO for a brief time before he signed with Interscope Records. Mickey has a unique rhyming style and raps mostly about his experiences on the streets, with drugs, and prostitution. He was a member of the Dyslexic Speedreaders, a rap group which also includes rappers Dirt Nasty, Andre Legacy, and Beardo. Dirt Nasty, Beardo, and Andre Legacy all appear in Avalon's recent music video, "Fuckin' 'Em All".

Monday, November 09, 2009

Jay-Z - Frank Erwin Center - November 10, 2009

From the throw your diamonds in the sky department... Jay-Z @ Frank Erwin Center tomorrow night, Nov 10th!

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Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969),[1] better known by his stage name, Jay-Z is an American hip hop artist and businessman. He is one of the most financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in America,[2] having a net worth of over $150 million,[3] selling over 30 million copies of his albums in the United States alone and receiving several Grammy Awards for his musical work.[4]

Jay-Z co-owns The 40/40 Club and the NBA's New Jersey Nets and is also the creator of the clothing line Rocawear. He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings[5], one of the three founders of Roc-A-Fella Records and recently, the founder of his new venture Roc Nation. He is also the current holder for the record of most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200.[6]

Along with his financial and musical success, Jay-Z is known for being involved in the feud between him and fellow New York rapper Nas, which was eventually settled in 2005.[7] He married singer Beyoncé Knowles on April 4, 2008.[8]

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Bavu & Tifani Blake's Austin Farewell - Aces Lounge - November 8, 2009

From the see you soon department... Bavu Blakes has been a been a force in the scene here in Austin and it's a shame that he'll be moving away. Austin Hip-Hop Scene wishes the Blake's family all the best and success in the future. So let's all give Bavu & Tifani Blakes a warm Austin farewell @ Aces Lounge tonight!

Friday, November 06, 2009

Fun Fun Fun Fest - Waterloo Park - November 7-8, 2009

From the ... department... Graham Williams hit us up to tell us that there's hip hop all over Fun Fun Fun Fest @ Waterloo Park this weekend!

Just to name a few...

The Pharcyde
Cool Kids
Buraka Som Sistema (bad ass hip hop from portugal)
Kid Sister
MC Chris
DJ Nu-mark (jurassic 5)
GZA (wu tang) doing liquid swords beginning to end
plus tons more local djs and hip hop acts

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Fun Fun Fun Fest made its first appearance on a cold Austin Friday evening at Waterloo Park in 2006. It was a unique approach to festival booking...filling stages with what is bubbling from the underground, what sounds great, and what is making an impact, regardless of what Pollstar or the mainstream media said was cool. What started out as a show for a few touring acts and local favorites became a movement, and a festival that fans and bands alike realized needed to be experienced year after year.

This is a festival created by people in the music scene, that are in it everyday, and are driven by the DIY attitude and work ethic found in the music they love. Broken out into genres, FFF provides unique experiences in the punk/hardcore, indie rock, hip hop/DJ, and comedy scenes. At FFF, you will see 4 core stages of some of the most progressive music and comedy in the scene today, hosted on Red River in the heart of downtown Austin. At this fest, show goers get more for less. They get to catch artists close up and personal before they explode, they get to see some of their favorite bands of the past reunite, and they get to discover music that they have never even heard that they'll love — all at less than $1 per act.

In it’s fourth year, Fun Fun Fun Fest is the most relaxed, laid back and (yet) progressive festival in the market place today. It is a true urban event in the middle of downtown Austin and most importantly it’s a fest WE in the scene would want to go to, without all of the filler that tends to show up at the corporate music carnivals around the world these days. Fun Fun Fun Fest: the fest before the fest...where you go to see what’s about to happen as opposed to what's already been happenin.

Thanks for all of those that have supported us for so long. We are in this business because we love independent music, we love these bands, we love this scene, and we love connecting all of it with as many fans as possible. We look forward to seeing all of you there. We will be the ones with the Danzig shirts on.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Chamillionaire - La Zona Rosa - November 6, 2009

From the will you play ball with Chamillionaire department... Chamillionaire @ La Zona Rosa tomorrow, Nov 6th!

If you wanna hoop with Chamillionaire tomorrow hit him up on Twitter. He's looking for some players!

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Hakeem Seriki (born November 28, 1979),[1] better known by his stage name Chamillionaire, is a Grammy Award winning American rapper and singer and CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment and a founder and original member of The Color Changin' Click, He began his career independently with local releases in 2003, including collaboration album Get Ya Mind Correct with fellow Houston rapper Paul Wall. He signed to Universal Records in 2005 and released The Sound of Revenge under Universal. It included hit singles "Turn It Up" and the number-one, Grammy-winning hit "Ridin'". Ultimate Victory followed in 2007.

Chamillionaire was born Hakeem Seriki on November 28, 1979 in Washington D.C. and later moved to Houston, Texas[1] when he was 4. His father is a Muslim Nigerian immigrant and his mother is an African American Christian.[2] He attended Eisenhower High School and transferred to Jersey Village High School to play in its basketball program, which he believed to be better than that of the former school.[3] [4]

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Rakim - Emo's - November 4, 2009

From the Google Music department... Rakim @ Emo's tomorrow, Nov 4th! Graced on stage with Rhymefest.

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Rakim (pronounced rah-KIM) (full name Rakim Allah, born William Michael Griffin Jr. on January 28, 1968 in,Queens, New York)[1] is an American rapper and pioneer of the musical genre of hip hop, known as one half of the duo Eric B. & Rakim. He is consistently cited as one of the most influential and skilled MCs of all time due to his exceptional flow and complex lyrical craftsmanship.[1][2][3][4]

He is the nephew of American R&B singer and actress Ruth Brown. He grew up in Queens, New York, and became involved in the New York hip hop scene at a young age. Eric B brought him to Marley Marl’s house to record "Eric B. is President." At the time Griffin was fresh out of high school and on his way to college, but he decided to forgo higher education and instead chose to record with Eric B.[1]. Leshaun and Rakim made a few hits and mix tapes together.

When Griffin turned 16, he joined The Nation of Gods and Earths (also known as the 5 Percent Nation) and changed his name to Rakim Allah.[5]

Tech N9ne - Austin Music Hall - November 4, 2009

From the Where the Wild Things Are department... Tech N9ne @ Austin Music Hall on Nov 4th! And man there's a bunch of artists... Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Big Scoob, Slaughterhouse, Stevie Stone, Glasses Malone, Dirty Wormz, and C.O.D.

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Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri) better known by his stage name Tech N9ne is an American rapper. His musical career has spanned 24 years.

Tech N9ne is known for his wide range of collaborations with other well-known artists. In 1999, Tech N9ne was included on the track (and accompanying video) "The Anthem" from Sway & King Tech, two radio personalities based in California.

Early in his career, Tech N9ne was a member of a group called "NNUTT HOWZE", which he pays tribute to in many of his lyrics by saying "Six, six, triple eight, forty six, ninety nine, three" (6688846993), which spells out NNUTT HOWZE on the touch pad numbers of a telephone. However, the group disbanded when they were dropped from their label, Perspective Records. Additionally, he saw glimpses of success as a member of the 57th Street Rogue Dog Villians - also a Kansas City-based group - with their single "Let's Get Fucked Up".[1]

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Video: Southbound feat. Greezo - That Ain't Right

From the post trick or treat department... Austin's Hip Hop duo, Southbound along with Greezo hit us up with some realness in their latest video, That Ain't Right! The video is directed by OG of Luxury Mindz who's work is always of the highest quality. Check it out and let us know what you think!