Friday, December 31, 2010

End of A Decade NYE 2010 - Beauty Bar - December 31, 2010

From the poppin bottles department... Just got back from H-town into the good ol AT of X. So haven't kept up with the latest on New Years Eve parties but here's one... Check out Zeale and DJ Mel @ Beauty Bar tonight!

Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe night!



Saturday, December 25, 2010

Music: Chop Steak - The Christmas Mixtape 2010

From the Happy Happy department... Hope everyone's having a great Christmas and enjoying time with family and friends. And also enjoying some good music! Talking about music... ChopSteak.com and BigBadMedium.com brings us The Christmas Mixtape 2010! Check it out and as always... please leave comments! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Austin-Hip-Hop-Scene/269205370092



Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Cipher World Music Night - Momo's - December 21, 2010

From the vacation time department... Check out The Cipher tonight @ Momo's for the World Music Night!

KUT90.5/KUT.org and Bemba Entertainment present World Music Night every Tuesday night at Momo’s, giving Austin a chance to connect with cultures from all over the world through music. Each week there are multiple artists that allow for a more diverse music experience. All of the artists are local musicians that have backgrounds in other cultures.





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In 1999, formerly homeless teen Chris 'Kazi' Rolle created The Hip Hop Project through New York City's Art Start program. Despite common struggles faced by youth artists, the participants produced their own collective hip hop album, and in the process, gained confidence in their abilities, higher knowledge, and life skills towards a positive future.

A documentary of The Hip Hop Project (produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah) released in spring 2007 has inspired other cities to create similar programs.

Complementary to the original, The Cipher - Austin's Hip Hop Project is on a mission to build a community of young leaders and engaged hip hop artists and to strengthen the East Austin community in multiple ways.

The creative expression and public performances encouraged through "The Cipher" create a group of confident and engaged young people. They leave our program empowered, authentic and connected to the Austin music and poetry community. The program provides these young people with positive learning experiences through which they gain new skills and competencies, build self-esteem, improve academic performance and expand possibilities for their futures.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Spitfest 20 - Ruta Maya - December 18, 2010

From the make it rain department... Make It Wet Spitfest 20 @ Ruta Maya tomorrow, Dec 18th! Say farewell to Zell Miller III.



Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Austin Poetry Slam - ND @ 501 Studios - December 15, 2010

From the getting things done department... After 15 years in the game, the current Slammaster, Mike Henry, of the Austin Poetry Slam is stepping down tonight with one last slam. Check out the Austin Poetry Slam tonight @ ND @ 501 Studios!

A great line of poets will be representing...

Ernie Cline, Da'Shade, Big Poppa E, Brian Francis, Faylita Hicks, Christopher Lee, Christopher Michael, Zell Miller III, Krissi Reeves, Lacey Roop, Minister Sin, Danny Strack, Hilary Thomas, Genevieve Van Cleve, Wammo, Phil West and Funky Mike Whalen.



Monday, December 13, 2010

Music: Gerald G - I Can PIMP


From the what's the right thing department... Check out the latest song by Gerald G, "I Can PIMP".

As always, leave feedback on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Austin-Hip-Hop-Scene/269205370092

Gerald G - I Can PIMP

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Destiny by Design Performance - George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center - December 8, 2010


From the tis the season department... The Destiny by Design students from Kealing Middle School will be performing their semester's work on Wednesday, December 8th at 6:30 @ the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, located at 1165 Angelina Street in Austin.

Please come through to support the kids in their efforts.

Below are 2 songs that the Kealing students wrote, produced, and recorded in their after school classroom over the course of the Fall semester.

Destiny By Design Song 1


Destiny By Design Song 2





Sunday, December 05, 2010

Day After: Knuckle Rumbler Big Boi Show


From the contractions department... After having been to enough concerts, you can quickly tell from the moment you walk up to the venue gates whether the night will be another check mark in the list of concerts seen or one of those really memorable shows you'll be talking about for years to come. Last night started off with a phone call from "D", a coworker, who was to join me at the Big Boi show, "My wife's having contractions so I think I'm going to play it safe tonight and make sure she's ok." My coworker's wife is just a couple weeks away from her due date and we would joke about him having to miss the Big Boi show because of it. So it really didn't come as a shock but you're always amused at the timing.
         As my girl and I drive down East 6th, you can see the energy and the vibrancy of the hoppin' Austin night life. Party goers were running in front of cars holding hands to get across the street either driven by the excitement of getting to their destination or just that needed relief of a port-o-potty. After parking the car, we walk up to the front gates of the Eastside Drive Inn and you could just feel the energy in the air. Peeps where excitedly getting their tickets and wrist bands. The Unspoken Levels team was promoting their upcoming show. I'll unabashedly use the old cliche here, there was definitely a buzz in the air.
         We walk through the gates and nicely nestled to the right is an assortment of food trailers. I'm always amazed at how large the food trailer phenomenon has become, it's great! As a seasoned partier, you know it's time to get your drink on! Before that, I need to take a detour to the port-o-potty, then I get my drink on. As we stroll through the venue, I'm hit with a familiar thought and feeling, I'm always in awe at the planning and coordination that has to take place to pull a show like this off. Props to the Knuckle Rumbler team!
         At the Eastside Drive Inn the patrons work a little for the ultimate pleasure of seeing The Son of Chico Dusty. You have to walk down a windy path to arrive at the concert stage where the boys from the Table Manners Crew and the Peligrosa All Stars are getting the crowd hyped. By this time, which was still early, the venue is about half filled and quickly people are filling up behind us. The night air is crisp and chilly so the extra body heat is welcomed. Next, Vonnegutt, Big Boi's own new group, comes on stage and not having heard them before, I quickly dismiss them but then just as quickly, I'm caught by the sound and find myself groovin' to the band. I'm interrupted by a txt from my coworker, "D", saying "Good thing I stayed. At the hospital right now." Wow.
         But alas, this night is about Sir Lucious Left Foot himself and at this time the air to weed smoke ratio is just about right for Big Boi to make his appearance. Before the show, I was reading reviews of Big Boi's tour and it was given high praise and so I kinda new what to expect going into the show. However, there's nothing like standing in front of the stage with that sweet smell of haze and seeing one of the best live. We are immediately taken down a roller coaster of memories and feelings with old memorable Outcast tracks like "Player's Ball" and coming up for some breaths of air with newer works like "Shutterbugg".
         I could go on and on but I'll just leave with... After having been to enough concerts, you can quickly tell from the moment you walk up to the venue gates...

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Share your Big Boi experience from last night on Facebook!
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Saturday, December 04, 2010

Unspoken Levels CD Release Party! - Carousel Lounge - December 10th, 2010

From the bleet department... Unspoken Levels is a local, Austin hip hop crew focused on true lyricism, positive energy, turntablism, and universal spirituality. Their brand new album, Welcome To Where You Are, is chock-full of guest appearances by some of hip hop's dopest, conscious emcees including; Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), Zumbi (Zion-I), Raashan Ahmad (Crown City Rockers), Braille, and Manchild (Mars Ill).

To celebrate the release of the new album, Unspoken Levels is throwing a big party at Carousel Lounge on December 10th, 2010. Mark your calendars, invite all your peeps, and help spread the good vibes all over ATX. Here's the details:

DATE:
Friday, December 10th, 2010

TIME:
9pm-12pm

THE MUSIC:
Unspoken Levels
About Blank

PLACE:
Carousel Lounge
1110 E. 52nd Street Austin, TX 78723

Cost:
$5 Suggested Donation

More info at: unspokenlevels.com/party


Welcome To Where You Are (Sampler) by UnspokenLevels

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Free Big Boi Ticket Giveaway


From the Sgt. Slaughter department... The kind folks at Knuckle Rumbler are giving away a pair of free tickets to Austin Hip-Hop Scene readers for the Big Boi show @ Eastside Drive Inn on Dec 4th! So how do you get these free tickets?! Go to the AHHS Facebook Page and "like" this post and we'll be selecting a lucky winner Friday morning!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Austin-Hip-Hop-Scene/269205370092

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There really isn’t much to say except that Daddy Fat Sax, General Patton, Sir Lucious L. Leftfoot, The Son of Chico Dusty, Sgt. Slaughter, Chief, Billy Ocean, Hot Tub Tony, Francis the Savannah Chitlin’ Pimp aka BIG BOI will be hitting Austin on Dec 4th at the East Side Drive Inn (1001 E Sixth Street) . Knuckle Rumbler is teaming up with the lovely folks at Transmission Entertainment to bring you one of the biggest hip hop shows Austin has seen so far this year.

Tickets are $20 ADV / $25 DOS. Catch them online here: http://transmission.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?a=1&lid=47208&eid=54511

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Knuckle Rumbler Presents... Official Big Boi After Party - The Scoot Inn - December


From the check back tomorrow department... Knuckle Rumbler Presents... Official Big Boi After Party @ The Scoot Inn, Dec 4th!

Also check back tomorrow morning on the AHHS Facebook Page for your chance to win a pair of Big Boi tickets!

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DEC. 4 @ THE SCOOT INN - SUPA DUPA PURPLE HAZE: MISSY ELLIOT VS. JIMI HENDRIX | Doors at 9pm | Official Knuckle Rumbler Big Boi After Party

No more gossipin folks we know its been too long since our last versus event. And with the Big Boi show December 4, the wind’s just right for a dance party with two artists that have influenced us more than many others, Jimi Hendrix and Missy Elliot.

Planet rockas Orion and Prince Klassen have saddled up the blue madina (alwayz beamin) and are taking you on the electric highway around the 3rd stone from the sun to the land of the Supa Dupa Purple Haze where the clouds stay low and the people stay high. Come lose control to the head bangas with the heartbreakas and lovemakas December 4 at the Scoot Inn with us and hope you can find your way back to reality.

Annie Ray will be passing the dutch in the photo booth.

You won’t have to fight crosstown traffic to find the hottest Big Boi after party – walk over to the Scoot Inn for some Supa Dupa Purple Haze – $3 with Big Boi wristband / stub. Get ready to lick shots, no platinum visas needed. Free entry with afro (real or wig)!

Oh ya and we are going to have a special guest performance at midnight...

RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/supadupapurple



Monday, November 29, 2010

ATX Tuesday Cypher - Texas State Capitol - December 1, 2010

From the damn batteries department... Been meaning to head out to the ATX Tuesday Cypher @ Texas State Capitol steps one of these Tuesdays! Go support these guys!

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http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=143810775669352

Freestyle cypher at the Capitol-witness those ascending to hip hop greatness thru flowin'.This is an open cypher for MCs to freestyle at demonstrating word play, cadence, alliteration, assonance or lyricism, You rap? Be here.

There are some incredible moments of skill that happen, and before others who are experienced to give props where props are due, because we come together for the soul purpose of Hip Hop.



Sunday, November 28, 2010

Music: DJ Protege - Remix Pack 14

From the oldie but goodie department... Check out DJ Protege's Remix Pack 14!

Download it here: http://www.mediafire.com/?cyzfq68a9tam7

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Knuckle Rumbler Presents... Biz Markie - Scoot Inn - Decmber 11, 2010

From the tryptophan department... Knuckle Rumbler Presents... Biz Markie @ Scoot Inn on Dec 11th!

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The legendary Biz Markie brings more than 15 years of solid hip-hop acumen and an overwhelming fan-base that stretches from New York City to Japan to Europe. Saturday, December 11 we are proud to say he’s bringin it to Austin.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 11, 2010

KNUCKLE RUMBLER PRESENTS: BIZ MARKIE (DJ SET)

WITH DRASTIK, KAIZEN AND KID SLYCE

AT THE SCOOT INN, DOORS AT 9PM, 21 AND UP WELCOME
ADV. DISCOUNT TICKETS
AVAILABLE AT KNUCKLERUMBLER.EVENTBRITE.COM





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Marcel Theo Hall (born April 8, 1964,[1] Savage, Maryland) better known by his stage name Biz Markie, is an American rapper, DJ, comedian, actor, reality television personality and commercial spokesperson, best known for the single "Just a Friend", an American Top 10 hit in 1989.

Biz Markie's career began in Long Island, New York in the early 1980s, where he established his reputation for beat-boxing and rapping. MC Shan and Roxanne Shante were part of Marley Marl's Cold Chillin' Records, and Biz beatboxed on Shante's underground hit "Def Fresh Crew" (1986). This lent credibility to his recording career and put Cold Chillin' on the map. In the same year, Biz Markie's debut single, "Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz", was released on Prism Records. He released his debut album, Goin' Off, which attracted a fair amount of attention, largely due to the lead single, "Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz". The album also featured the underground hit singles "Nobody Beats The Biz", "The Vapors" and "Pickin' Boogers".[2]

I Need a Haircut sales were already low when Markie was served a lawsuit by Gilbert O'Sullivan, who claimed that the album's Alone Again featured an unauthorized sample from his hit "Alone Again (Naturally)". O'Sullivan's claim was upheld in a landmark ruling, Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records, Inc.,[3] that altered the landscape of hip-hop, finding that all samples must be cleared with the original artist before being used. In accordance with the ruling, Warner Bros., the parent company of Cold Chillin', had to pull I Need a Haircut from circulation, and all companies had to clear samples with the samples' creators before releasing the records. This development reflected the increasing popularity of hip-hop and the financial stakes over which releases were set. Biz responded in 1993 with the mischievously titled All Samples Cleared!, but his career had been hurt by the publicity emanating from the lawsuit, and the record suffered accordingly. For the remainder of the decade, he occasionally made television appearances, including a guest role on the recurring In Living Color sketch "The Dirty Dozens" and a 1996 freestyle rap commercial on MTV2. He also made numerous guest appearances with the Beastie Boys, "Check Your Head" (1992), "Ill Communication" (1994), "Hello Nasty" (1998), and their anthology The Sounds of Science (1999). He also rapped on the song "Schizo Jam", on Don Byron's 1998 release, "Nu Blaxploitation" (Blue Note/Capitol) and worked with Canibus on the first track on the Office Space soundtrack (1999). He also rapped on the track "So Fresh" alongside Slick Rick on Will Smith's 1999 album "Willenium"

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Austin Hip Hop 101 - Klub Krucial - November 23, 2010

From the 'tis the season department... Check out Austin Hip Hop 101 @ Klub Krucial tonight, Nov 23rd!

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Tonight and every Tuesday experience Austin Hip Hop culture to the fullest at Klub Krucial. All elements are welcome to represent as music and videos from our local scene are played and projected on the wall above the dance floor. Lounge in comfort upstairs, get some fresh air out back, network with artists and entrepreneurs, and enjoy what Hip Hop is all about. For more details about the happenings, read the note at the following link: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=167763683248975



Monday, November 22, 2010

Texas Battle League - Phranchyze vs Gutta




From the highland mall whut whut department... The boys over at Texas Battle League really got something special going on... that or my dead cable box is really getting to me. Check out the most recent battle between a couple of Austin's best, Phranchyze and Gutta! Who do you think won the battle?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Mickey Avalon - Emo's - November 19, 2010

From the "servicing" department... Mickey Avalon @ Emo's tonight, Nov 19th.





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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. Frequent topics of Avalon's songs are his experiences with substance abuse and prostitution.

Avalon's family upbringing was tumultuous; his mother sold marijuana for a living, which Avalon began doing as well, and his father was a heroin addict.[1] In his late teens, he converted to Orthodox Judaism.[2] By his early 20s, Avalon had married, had a daughter, and moved to Portland, Oregon.[3]

Upon moving to Los Angeles, he was befriended by ex-MTV VJ Simon Rex 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 Santa Cruz nightclub scene. Mickey also attended college at Webster University in St. Louis, MO for a brief time before he signed with Interscope Records. Avalon is a member of the legendary Los Angeles-based graffiti crew CBS (Can't Be Stopped / City Bomb Squad)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Video: 20/20 AND Poise - Capital City




From the dead iphone department... Check out the latest from 20/20 and Poise called Capital City! Rep your city! 2010 Cap City Anthem!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fun Fun Fun Fest Recap by Martin Kawa

From the Fun x 3 department... Martin Kawa of the blog The Only Hip Hop Blog That Matters sent us a Hip Hop recap of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010! Check it out....


Fun Fun Fun fest invaded Waterloo park here in the great city of Austin this past weekend. I have to say that beyond a shadow of a doubt, this festival lived up to its' name. I'm pretty sure I remember telling someone, at some point over the weekend that it may have warranted 5 or 6 "funs" instead of 3. I was fortunate enough to claim a media pass for the fest so I was able to report from the front lines, as well as backstage. I got insanely close to Slick Rick and got to see some other fantastic MC's deliver and move the great crowd that graced the grass all weekend.

Sitting in the middle of the park/festival grounds, I could hear an amalgamation of everything and anything punk, metal, hip hop, rock and roll and more.....It was truly a sight to see (or hear) for an avid lover all of types/forms of music such as myself. The line-up (Hip-Hop notwithstanding) wrote like a who's who in all things independent music. This is the perfect environment for someone such as myself.

With a 3-stage set up, the Blue stage was reserved for MC's and DJ's as they say...and unlike the Beastie Boys, there were way more than 3. The first set I caught on Saturday was that of Houston MC Devin the Dude....this cat totally had a screwball, laid back feel, but I dug it. Definitely a southern MC, It's no wonder he cut his teeth on the Rap-A-Lot label alongside Scarface. The crowd was super in to Devin's flows, and oddly enough I think I caught a punk rock cat with a mohawk rocking to Devin's set!! That's one of the many aspects I loved about FFF Fest-A diverse crowd that didn't discriminate.

The next MC to grace the Blue Stage needed no introduction....the one and only SLICK RICK the ruler came on and performed The Adventures of.. in it's entirety. Yes, that's right; I got to see the man perform "Hey Young World", "Children's Story", "Teacher Teacher", and more prime Rick cuts all from the side of the stage. Amazing. I never, in my wildest dreams, thought I'd get to see Slick Rick play, let alone see him play as up-close and personal as I did.

As the weekend progressed, I caught sets from Jean Grae, Pharoae Monch, and P.O.S. , who all delivered . Jean Grae was especially good, and made me want to get into female MC's a lot more..it also made me realize that there's a slew of females who are making noise in the underground that I had no idea about. I knew of Jean on an uber-casual level, from Mr Lif's "Post Mordem" track, after checking her set, I'm definitely going to familiarize myself with her catalog in the near future, Jean is a cunning lyricist with an impeccable, straight-forward, no-nonsense rhyme style. I also got to catch Pharoae Monch's set, snuck over to the blue stage just in time to catch "Simon Says", this cat can still bring it too!! Makes me wish Rawkus Records kept on trucking and continued to make those great Soundbombing comps, that put MC's such as PM on the map.

As the sun set on Saturday night, P.O.S came through and brought his huuuuge sound to the stage and rocked the crowd hard-He played much of his set over the barricade and in the crowd-I knew he'd be great but I was super impressed with his showmanship. I talked to him for a minute after he got off stage, he said the show was a blast and loved to play festivals, but expressed how unique he thought FFF was in comparison to others. Very hard not to agree with him.

All things considered, FFF was an absolute blast-filled with beats, rhymes, old friends, new friends, and fantastic performances by some great independent musicians, sweeping many, many different genres. Given all the good things that came out of Fun Fun Fun, I'm looking forward to covering more festivals/shows: SXSW would be the next egg I'm teeming to crack, and with the hip hop acts featured for SX growing exponentially every year, the possibilities for content seem extremely fruitful.


Pics top to bottom: FFF Fest media lounge, Slick Rick, Jean Grae, P.O.S.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Knuckle Rumbler Presents... Big Boi - East Side Drive Inn - December 4, 2010

From the Pacman Pacquiao department... Knuckle Rumbler Presents... Big Boi @ East Side Drive Inn on Dec 4th! Could this show be anymore dope?!?

Check out the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153239094700740

Get your tickets here! http://transmission.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?a=1&lid=47208&eid=54511

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There really isn’t much to say except that Daddy Fat Sax, General Patton, Sir Lucious L. Leftfoot, The Son of Chico Dusty, Sgt. Slaughter, Chief, Billy Ocean, Hot Tub Tony, Francis the Savannah Chitlin’ Pimp aka BIG BOI will be hitting Austin on Dec 4th at the East Side Drive Inn (1001 E Sixth Street) . Knuckle Rumbler is teaming up with the lovely folks at Transmission Entertainment to bring you one of the biggest hip hop shows Austin has seen so far this year.

Tickets are $20 ADV / $25 DOS. Catch them online here: http://transmission.frontgatetickets.com/choose.php?a=1&lid=47208&eid=54511






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Antwan André Patton (born February 1, 1975), better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an American rapper, song-writer, record producer and actor, best known for being a member of American hip hop duo OutKast alongside André 3000. His work in the duo has produced six studio albums. During the duo's hiatus, he and André 3000 each announced plans to release a solo album. Big Boi's solo debut Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty was released in July 2010 to respectable sales and critical acclaim.

Patton was born and spent the first half of his childhood in Savannah, Georgia, attending school before moving to Atlanta with his Aunt Janice. Eventually he decided to pursue his interest in music at Tri-Cities High School, a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School. He had a strong interest in hip-hop music, and met André "3000" Benjamin while attending Tri Cities High School in the early-1990s. The two eventually joined forces as OutKast and signed with LaFace Records.[1]

Patton has often used his lyrics to criticize the problems that plague both the African American community and the world. An example is 2003's "War", a scathing attack on the Bush administration and the War on Terror. Another example is 2008's "Sumthin's Gotta Give" with Mary J. Blige talking about the state of America and Barack Obama.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Free Show: Unspoken Levels - "Welcome to Where You Are" Online Release Party - November 15, 2010

From the not to be repeated department... Props to Unspoken Levels for releasing their new album "Welcome to Where You Are"! Join them online tomorrow night, Nov 15th @ 8-8:30pm for a free show on their website! http://unspokenlevels.com/welcome

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On Monday, November 15th 2010, Austin hip hop crew Unspoken Levels is releasing a brand new album called Welcome to Where You Are. It's definitely the group's best sounding record to date and features all sorts of guest appearances like; Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), Zumbi (Zion I), Raashan Ahmad (Crown City Rockers), Braille (Lightheaded), Manchild (Mars Ill), Grace Park (The Blue Hit), and Alesia Lani. The new album will be available only at: unspokenlevels.com.

To celebrate the release of the new album on 11.15.2010, Unspoken Levels is going to throw a free live show online. Unspoken Levels will be performing via live stream all new songs from the upcoming album, throw in a freestyle session, and also have a chat service up where you can say what's up. Help spread the word and invite some peeps!

Online Live Show Details:

TUNE IN TO: http://unspokenlevels.com/welcome

DATE: Monday, November 15th, 2010

TIME: 8:00pm-8:30pm (CST)





Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bun B - Nice Kicks - November 12, 2010

From the hot cross bun department... Bun B @ Nice Kicks tomorrow, Nov 12th!

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This Friday, November 12th, come out to Nice Kicks for the official launch of NBA JAM for Playstation 3 and XBOX 360, presented by Complex, EA Sports and Bun B. From 7 to 9 PM, all attendees will have an opportunity to check out the revamped classic game, enjoy free food and drinks and hang out with the Trill OG himself. There will also be plenty of giveaways and DJ Protege will be working the turntables. RSVP at NBAJAMRSVP@KnuckleRumbler.com and make sure to wear your favorite retro kicks.





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Bernard Freeman (born March 19, 1973 [1][2]) better known by his stage name Bun B is an American rapper and was one half of the southern hip hop duo UGK. He is also a guest lecturer at Rice University located in Houston, Texas. He recently released his third official solo album Trill OG on August 3, 2010, which received a 5 Mic "Classic" rating in The Source Magazine - the first album in over five years to receive the honor.[3] Bun B is married with two step-children.[4]

When Bun B's UGK partner, the late Chad "Pimp C" Butler entered a jail sentence on an aggravated gun assault charge in 2003, Bun B made guest appearances on numerous albums by other Southern rappers and released a 2005 mixtape titled Legends.[5] Singles featuring a Bun B guest appearance included "They Don't Know" by Paul Wall, "Gimme That" by Webbie and "I'm A G" by Yung Joc. Bun B also appeared in a documentary titled Screwed In Houston produced by VBS/Vice Magazine that details the history of the Houston rap scene.

Free Tix: Score More Presents... Chiddy Bang - Republic Live - December 3, 2010

From the Like department... Score More and Austin Hip-Hop Scene is giving away a pair of free tickets to the Chiddy Bang show @ Republic Live on Dec 3rd! Go to the Austin Hip-Hop Scene Facebook page and "Like" this post and next Wednesday we'll choose the winner!

You can also buy your tickets here! http://chiddybangatx-scott.eventbrite.com/





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Chiddy Bang is an American alternative hip hop band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The group consists of Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege and Noah "Xaphoon Jones" Beresin.[2] Both are 20 and met at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, PA. Their sound is based on the fusion of hip hop and unique sample choices from alternative leaning artists such as Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, Passion Pit, and MGMT .

In late February 2009, the popular music blog Pretty Much Amazing showcased five songs by Chiddy Bang that were on their MySpace account. Because of this, the group gained some following in the underground among music blogs and local colleges, playing a notably packed show at Swarthmore College in April 2009. Pretty Much Amazing continued to occasionally release new Chiddy Bang songs, and in November 2009 debuted the group's first free mixtape, entitled "The Swelly Express." It presented the story of the group's experiences trying to break into the music industry. The mixtape quickly gained popularity online[3] and in January 2010 the group signed a record deal with EMI.[1]

Their first commercial single, "Opposite of Adults", which samples the Brooklyn group MGMT's 'Kids' was released on February 21, 2010 in the UK. (It had previously been released online under the name "Kids" in April 2009).[4] It reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart. "Opposite of Adults" was released on April 20, 2010 in the US.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Free Music: Feddi Man - On My Way to Success

From the Google appengine hell department... Check out Feddi Man's On My Way to Success Mixtape here! http://www.mediafire.com/?huv6ar2op7f66r9

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Video: Score More presents... Wiz Khalifa-Waken Baken Tour




From the why now department... Score More presents... Wiz Khalifa came to Austin and SOLD OUT Emo's on October 30th 2010. Yelawolf and Killa Kyleon opened up for The Wiz. Relive the memories and see what the night was like!

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Cameron Jibril Thomaz (born September 8, 1987), better known by the stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007. His techno-influenced single, "Say Yeah", received urban radio airplay, charting on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot Rap Tracks charts in 2008.[1] Khalifa parted with Warner Bros. and released his second album, Deal or No Deal, in November 2009. He released the mixtape Kush and Orange Juice as a free download in April 2010, which became a top trending item on Twitter and Google; he then signed with Atlantic Records.[2]

Khalifa was born on September 8, 1987 in Minot, North Dakota to a mother and a father serving in the military.[1][3] His parents divorced when Khalifa was about three years old. His parents' military service caused him to move on a regular basis.[3] Khalifa lived in Germany, England, and Japan before settling in Pittsburgh where he attended Taylor Allderdice High School.[1]

His stage name is derived from khalifa, an Arabic word meaning "successor", and wisdom, which was shortened to Wiz when Khalifa was fifteen.[4] Khalifa stated to spinner.com that the name also came from being called "young Wiz 'cause I was good at everything I did".[5] He includes Camp Lo, The Notorious B.I.G. and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony among his influences.[6]

Friday, November 05, 2010

Devin the Dude - The ND at 501 Studios - November 6, 2010

From the Fun Fun Fun department... Devin the Dude @ The ND at 501 Studios on Nov 6th!





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Devin Copeland (born June 4, 1970), better known by his stage name, Devin the Dude, is a Houston hip hop artist. He is best known for his unique rapping style, his long career signed to Rap-A-Lot Records, and his 2002 song, "Lacville '79". His relationship with the fans has made him a huge underground hit.

Devin Copeland started out as a member of the Odd Squad, later known as the Coughee Brothaz, a group of rappers signed to Rap-A-Lot Records. The label is notable for being the home of hip-hop artists such as Geto Boys, Scarface, and Too Much Trouble. Devin Copeland moved on to become part of Scarface'sFacemob, who is also a member of the Coughee Brothaz, before going solo in 1998.[1] Copeland has released six solo albums: The Dude (1998), Just Tryin' ta Live (2002), To tha X-Treme (2004), Waitin' to Inhale (2007), Landing Gear (2008), and Suite 420 (2010). He also made a number of guest appearances, including on Dr. Dre's "Fuck You" in 1999, and De La Soul's "Baby Phat" in 2001, and on Tech N9ne's "After Party" 2010 off of The Gates Mixed Plate..[1]

In 2008, he ended his 15 year relationship with Houston based Rap-A-Lot Records after he decided not to renew his contract.[2] Later that year, he signed with indie label Razor & Tie.[3] Devin is currently being distributed by E1 Entertainment, formerly Koch.



Thursday, November 04, 2010

Table Dance - Scoot Inn - November 4, 2010

From the perfect 10 department... Table Dance with Michael "500" Watts @ Scoot Inn tonight, Nov 4th!





More info:

Swishahouse is a Houston, Texas-based independent southern rap record label.

Swishahouse was founded in North Houston in the late 1990s by Michael '5000' Watts and OG Ron C as a response to the popularity of chopped and screwed music from Houston's south side. The label began by distributing mixtape series such as Before da Kappa, After da Kappa, Choppin Em Up and Fuck Action (which featured chopped and screwed versions of R&B songs). Acres Homes/Northside/Homestead are where many of the current/former artists hail.

A song that originally appeared on the compilation album The Day Hell Broke Loose 2, Mike Jones' "Still Tippin'", achieved mainstream success in 2004, leading to Swishahouse signing a national distribution deal with Asylum Records. Jones released his major label debut, Who Is Mike Jones?, on Swishahouse/Warner Bros. in April 2005; the album was certified platinum that June.[1]

Aftermath A&R Angelo Sanders said that the great advantage to independents like Swishahouse is that, "They're able to get their product out on the streets to specific regions at a greater speed than a major ... They're able to flood that whole Texas market with a product before the majors are able to notice what is going on out there."[2]

Paul Wall's major label debut, The People's Champ, on Swishahouse/Atlantic, was released in September 2005, eventually topping the Billboard 200.[3] Before embarking on his rap career and while still at school, Wall had worked in the Swishahouse office.[4]

In 2006 Dope House Records and Swishahouse teamed up to release South Park Mexican's ninth album, When Devils Strike.[5] A chopped and screwed version was also released.

Lil' Keke's new album, Loved by Few, Hated by Many was released under TF/Universal Motown label in November 2008.

Mike Jones has started his own record label Ice Age Entertainment, which is now distributed by Swishahouse.




Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Mac Lethal - Aces Lounge - November 3, 2010

From the seeing red department... Mac Lethal @ Aces Lounge on Nov 3rd!





More info:

Mac Lethal (born David McCleary Sheldon) is an American rapper and hip hop producer from the metropolitan area of Kansas City, Missouri. He is a co-founder of Black Clover Records.[1].

Mac Lethal was born David McCleary Taylor on July 25th 1981. In 1998 he would go on to win several rap battles against local emcees from rival Kansas City high schools,[citation needed] and began to generate a buzz amongst the very small, tightly knit Kansas City underground hip-hop community.[citation needed] Mac entered the emcee battle at Scribble Jam hip-hop festival in August of 2001 and took second place in the finals.[citation needed] Sage would later take Mac on the F*ck Clear Channel Tour in 2004.[citation needed]

In 2006, Mac Lethal founded Black Clover Records with longtime friend Jeremy Willis.[citation needed] Mac Lethal hosts Black Clover Radio Hour on the Kansas City alternative station 96.5 The Buzz. It has aired every Sunday night since the end of 2005.[citation needed]

Monday, November 01, 2010

Free Music: Crew 54 - Slap Rapz

From the smack department... Crew 54 and CientifiQ bring it hard with their latest project, Slap Rapz. Support these cats... Go get it!



Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Cipher - Red 7 - October 29, 2010

From the tears for fear department... The Cipher @ Red 7 tomorrow night, Oct 29th!

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The Power of Hip Hop Continues Changing Lives With The Cipher’s Second Album Release

Austin, TX- The non-profit organization The Cipher: Austin’s Hip Hop Project, is set to release their new album, Lyrical Lessons, on Friday, October 29, 2010, at Red 7 at 7:00. All proceeds from the event support the program’s mission to empower and inspire East Austin youth through music, poetry and community involvement.

A 2007 documentary of the original Hip Hop Project (produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah) sparked the creation of The Cipher. The participants, ages 16-21, meet twice weekly, complete writing exercises, partake in sociopolitical discussions, attend workshops lead by community leaders, and perform live all over Austin. From community events to festivals, The Cipher has appeared in over 85 live performances.

Overcoming many challenges, The Cipher members were responsible for and followed through with every aspect of the album: writing lyrics, creating songs and beats, album concept, and marketing and promotions. Through the process, the youth gain confidence in their abilities, higher knowledge, community connections, and many life skills essential for a positive future.

The album was produced by Cipher member Micah for RKive Productions and Tmo of Trak Majors. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Ter'ell Shahid for Urbanian Entertainment with additional assistance from g. LeDaris for Weighted Keyz. The 19 tracks on the album focus on the experiences of the youth. The Artistic Director of The Cipher is renowned interdisciplinary theater artist Zell Miller III.

The organization and production of the album is made possible through continuous community support from Space 12, Southwest Key Programs, Start Strong Austin, mindPop, A Glimmer of Hope Foundation, The Charles and Betti Sanders Foundation, Give Realty, Charity Bash, Swinging Fore A Cause, The Cipher board members and numerous volunteers.

Performing along with The Cipher is Gidon, The Outta Kontrol Dance Crew, and DJ S.T.A.T.I.K, with Zell Miller III hosting. Red 7 is located at 611 E. 7th St. and festivities begin at 7:00pm; $5 cover. The venue is all ages. The album sells for $10 and will be available at the release party, Music Mania, and Waterloo Records. For more information, visit www.thecipheratx.org or contact Shannon Sandrea at 512-917-2714.





Tuesday, October 26, 2010

illscene.com Presents... RHYMEFEST - Beauty Bar - November 13, 2010

From the augmented breasts department... illscene.com Presents... RHYMEFEST w/ CREW54, 20/20 & POISE
STORMSHADOW, & DJ SIMIYU @ Beauty Bar on Nov 13th!

Get your tickets here! http://rhymefest.eventbrite.com





More info:

Che Smith (born July 6, 1977), known by the stage name of Rhymefest, is an American hip hop artist from Chicago, Illinois whose first official album, Blue Collar, was released on July 11, 2006. He co-wrote Kanye West's "Jesus Walks", which won a Grammy at the 47th Grammy Awards. In October, 2010, Rhymefest announced his candidacy for Chicago's 20th ward alderman.[1]

Fest was seen on the MTV show Punk'd when Kanye West was the subject of a practical joke on the set of his second music video for "Jesus Walks." Rhymefest was the first to greet West as he stepped out of a van after it had been revealed to him that he had just been "Punk'd." Rhymefest was on the set of the video to give his input as he was writing the track. Also appeared on TRL along with Kanye West and other stars introducing new artists to the game such as Pharrell Williams introducing Robin Thicke.

Rhymefest was also featured heavily on the episode of the VH1 show Driven that dealt with the life story of Kanye West as told by his family, friends and colleagues. They met as 15 year-olds in Chicago and have been close friends ever since.

Rhymefest guest starred in an episode of the second season of Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out on MTV, originally aired on Thursday, February 23, 2006. During the "Wildstyle" segment of the show, Fest freestyled to Nick Cannon, "The black team, a real hard team to deal with, what the hell is this? A little baby Will Smith? I don't understand, by all accounts, Nick Cannon, get out of here, you need to Roll... Bounce!" After that, in response to a rap about his lisp, he rapped, "Yeah I got a lisp, I understand this, but why you look like a piece of big Suge Knight's shit? I don't understand, wait a minute, don't buzz me, Celie from The Color Purple, 'You sho is ugly!'" He also performed "Brand New" with Kanye West on the episode.

Monday, October 25, 2010

DJ Protege - It's My Birthday - A Fundraiser for the Humane Society - Lucky Lounge - October 26, 2010

From the Good Cause department... Join DJ Protege for his birthday tomorrow night @ Lucky Lounge and 100% proceeds go to The Austin Humane Society! And by the way, it's a free event!



Sunday, October 24, 2010

ScoreMore Presents... Chiddy Bang - Republic Live - December 3, 2010

From the back from Cali department... Score More Presents... Chiddy Bang @ Republic Live on Dec 3rd!

Get your tix here!





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Chiddy Bang is an American alternative hip hop band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The group consists of Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege and Noah "Xaphoon Jones" Beresin.[2] Both are 20 and met at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, PA. Their sound is based on the fusion of hip hop and unique sample choices from alternative leaning artists such as Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, Passion Pit, and MGMT .

In late February 2009, the popular music blog Pretty Much Amazing showcased five songs by Chiddy Bang that were on their MySpace account. Because of this, the group gained some following in the underground among music blogs and local colleges, playing a notably packed show at Swarthmore College in April 2009. Pretty Much Amazing continued to occasionally release new Chiddy Bang songs, and in November 2009 debuted the group's first free mixtape, entitled "The Swelly Express." It presented the story of the group's experiences trying to break into the music industry. The mixtape quickly gained popularity online[3] and in January 2010 the group signed a record deal with EMI.[1]

Their first commercial single, "Opposite of Adults", which samples the Brooklyn group MGMT's 'Kids' was released on February 21, 2010 in the UK. (It had previously been released online under the name "Kids" in April 2009).[4] It reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart. "Opposite of Adults" was released on April 20, 2010 in the US.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Free Tix: Heroes of Hip Hop with Prince Paul & Aceyalone - Club Deville - October 21, 2010

From the all together now department... For those looking to score some tickets for the Heroes of Hip Hop show with Prince Paul & Aceyalone on Thursday, Oct 21st @ Club Deville, go to the Austin Hip-Hop Scene Facebook page and "like" this post and PlanetRTH will give away a pair of free tix to one lucky winner.

Also, use code DOGSAREAWESOME for $5 off ticket(s) if purchased online

AND... there are six handbills out there with a signature. Show a valid one at the door and you can roll in with TEN friends. They're about to be all over town - record stores, music stores, bars, clubs, bookstores, etc. etc.

Props to PlanetRTH for setting all this up!

Remember all proceeds benefit the amazing Pawsitive Approach Program at Guide Dogs of Texas. Check them out: Guide Dogs of TX Pawsitive Approach. http://www.guidedogsoftexas.org/pawsitive-approach.htm

Monday, October 18, 2010

Terp2It: "Half Man Half Beard" - 4 days left

From the goin' back to Cali department... You've got 4 more days left to be a part of bringing Terp2It aka Chris Trew's project "Half Man Half Beard" to life. Support the project by going to the "Half Man Half Beard" Kick Starter Project!





Terp2it is a nationally touring comedian, rapper and improv teacher as well as the host of the wildly popular Air Sex World Championships. He's a regular performer at SXSW and comedy festivals across the country. His sketch comedy group Studio8.net has a pilot airing on Comedy Central this October and he is part owner of The Megaphone which operates comedy venues in Dallas, Austin and (soon) New Orleans.

terp2it.com
studio8.net
newmovementtheater.com


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Rakim - Aces Lounge - October 17, 2010

From the goin' back to Cali department... Rakim @ Aces Lounge tonight, Oct 17th!





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William Michael Griffin, Jr. (later changed his name to Rakim Allah,[1] born January 28, 1968),[2] better known by the stage name Rakim , is an American rapper and one of the pioneers of the musical genre of hip hop. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential and most skilled MCs of all time due to his exceptional flow and complex lyrical craftsmanship.[2][3][4][5]

Rakim is the nephew of American R&B singer and actress Ruth Brown. He grew up in Wyandanch, 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.[2]

When Griffin turned 16, he joined The Nation of Gods and Earths (also known as the 5 Percent Nation) and legally changed his name to Rakim Allah.[6]

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

PlanetRTH Presents... Heroes of Hip Hop with Prince Paul & Aceyalone - Club Deville - October 21, 2010

From the for the good of it department... PlanetRTH Presents Heroes of Hip Hop with Prince Paul and Aceyalone @ Club Deville on Thursday, Oct 21st!

Get your tix here!

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Come out for a GREAT show for an even better cause! (Don't tell the performers, but the real heroes are the brand new puppies at Guide Dogs of Texas - they'll be 15 days old on the 21st!*) Let's welcome them with the kind of celebration only Texas can do right!

Producer/dj extraordinaire PRINCE PAUL,
legendary lyricist ACEYALONE,
Project Blowed's RIDDLORE,
Seattle's own V1RUS,
Yonkers underground king OMEGA JACKSON,
and a special late-night freestyle session with the crew from SOUND OF SYLLABLES Hip Hop Open Mic Night!

Local royalty DJ DIGG (Table Manners Crew) and HOBO D (Peligrosa All-Stars) are going to play turntable tag team to keep those ears delighted.

But wait, there's more! The lovely ladies of BLACK WIDOW BURLESQUE will be putting on an exclusive show and brightening up the crowd all night!

Tickets $25 at the door so get 'em here for only $20.

*Proceeds benefit the amazing Pawsitive Approach Program at Guide Dogs of Texas. Check them out: Guide Dogs of TX Pawsitive Approach. Those dogs are changing the world.

21+ only, please. Happy dogs on leashes welcome!









More info:

Paul Huston, better known by the stage name Prince Paul, is an American disc jockey and hip-hop record producer. He was also a founding member of the Gravediggaz where he used the name The Undertaker.

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 first three albums. After which he put together two solo albums: Psychoanalysis: What is It? and the hip hop opera A Prince Among Thieves, which featured Big Daddy Kane, Xzibit, Kool Keith and Everlast. He, along with Frukwan of Stetsasonic, Too Poetic of Brothers Grimm, and The RZA of Wu-Tang Clan, made up the Gravediggaz.

In 1990, Russell Simmons gave Paul an imprint under his Def Jam label. The imprint's only album, It Takes a Nation of Suckers to Let Us In by Resident Alien, was never officially released. In the liner notes of De La Soul's 1993 album Buhloone Mindstate, Paul hinted at his future projects with the Gravediggaz: "I would like to thank all my friends and business cohorts who dissed me, played me, and jerked me when times were hard. For you made me wiser, stronger, crazier, and, most of all, a Gravedigga!"

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Phranchyze - Klub Krucial - October 12, 2010

From the Herman Miller Aeron score department... Check out Phranchyze @ Klub Krucial tonight!

Event details here! http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=156001827768011

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He's coming out for dolo and he's 'bout to change the game. Austin's own Phranchyze will debut his new video for "Dolo" from his album 'The Black Larry Bird' (http://phranchyze.bandcamp.com/album/the-black-larry-bird) at Klub Krucial.

Joining him for the party and performing will be:
DJ Rockwell (http://soundcloud.com/djrockwell)
Zeale (http://www.zealerapz.com/)
Crew 54 (http://crew54.bandcamp.com/album/the-54-reality-show-tape)
Dubb Sicks (http://www.dubbsicks.com/)
Hour Band (http://www.hourband.com/)
Doc Deuce (http://www.reverbnation.com/DocDeuce).

This is gonna be one hell of a night for Austin Hip Hop so RSVP, invite your friends, share the link on your wall, and be at Klub Krucial on the 12th ready to hold it down for the ATX!



Monday, October 11, 2010

Terp2It: "Half Man Half Beard" - 11 days left

From the dope department... How awesome is this?! With 11 days to go, Terp2It aka Chris Trew's project "Half Man Half Beard" has reached the amount needed to produce the new album. You can still support the project by going to the "Half Man Half Beard" Kick Starter Project! There's 11 days left!





Terp2it is a nationally touring comedian, rapper and improv teacher as well as the host of the wildly popular Air Sex World Championships. He's a regular performer at SXSW and comedy festivals across the country. His sketch comedy group Studio8.net has a pilot airing on Comedy Central this October and he is part owner of The Megaphone which operates comedy venues in Dallas, Austin and (soon) New Orleans.

terp2it.com
studio8.net
newmovementtheater.com



Friday, October 08, 2010

Luckyiam - District - October 8, 2010

From the Wussup ACL department... Luckyiam @ The District tonight, Oct 8th!





More info:

Living Legends is a rap group composed of eight hip hop artists from California. Beginning in the early 1990s, the crew garnered a following by recording, promoting, and performing their music independently. The crew is considered by some to be "one of the biggest success stories of the indie-rap movement, [having] sold close to 300,000 units of their various solo and group efforts — all by them-damn-selves."[1]

The Living Legends Crew originally grew out of, Mystik Journeymen, composed of BFAP-Brother From Another Plant(now known as Sunspot Jonz) and PSC-Pushin Suckas Conscious(who is now known as LuckyIAM). Beginning in 1994, the Mystik Journeymen began cultivating a fan base by selling their own tapes on the streets and hosting "Underground Survivors" shows in East Oakland. In 1995 the duo met The Grouch, and soon embarked on the first of several of self-funded tours throughout Europe. In 1996 Mystik Journeymen and The Grouch joined with the trio, *Three Melancholy Gypsys of Los Angeles,and to form the Living Legends. The crew has since grown to include Bicasso,Aesop, and Arata. The group and its members have founded and operated several imprints, including Outhouse Records, Revenge Entertainment and their current label, Legendary Music. In 1999, Living Legends moved their base of operations to Los Angeles.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Ninjasonik - Beauty Bar - October 8, 2010

From the ... department... Welp... you all know what time of year it is... ACL Fest is once again upon us... get ready for the craziness... Ninjasonik @ Beauty Bar on Oct. 8th!





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Ninjasonik’s music speaks for itself and while not defined to one genre it has the ability to perhaps be just punk, just hip-hop and just pop. Derived from the not-so subtle title “hipstersonic”, a comic reference to the lifestyle of Brooklyn’s innovative DIY musicians, the name Ninjasonik reveals more of the group’s vision and musical taste’s than they suspect. ‘Ninja’, a covert agent skilled in infiltration and speedy assassination refers to the group’s ability to skillfully override your initial perception of all things pop, punk and hip-hop. “Sonik” the exoticbooming sound created by supersonic flight refers to the musical magnitude of Ninajasonik’s stylistic approach to the punk and hip-hop inspirations of Slick Rick and the Sex Pistols.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Talib Kweli - Scoot Inn - October 7, 2010

From the extraterrestrial department... Talib Kweli @ Scoot Inn tomorrow night, Oct 7th!





More info:

Talib Kweli Greene (born October 3, 1974)[1], better known as Talib Kweli, is an American emcee from Brooklyn, New York. His first name in Arabic means "student" or "seeker"; his middle name in Swahili means "truth". Kweli first gained recognition through Black Star, a collaboration with fellow MC Mos Def.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Kweli grew up in a highly educated household in Park Slope. His mother, Brenda Greene, is an English professor at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York[2] and his father a sociology professor. His younger brother, Jamal Greene, is a professor of Constitutional Law at Columbia Law School, and former clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. As a youth, he was drawn to Afrocentric rappers, such as De La Soul and other members of the Native Tongues Posse whom he had met in high school. Talib Kweli was a student at Cheshire Academy, a boarding school in Connecticut. He was also a student at Brooklyn Technical High School, before he was kicked out. He later studied experimental theater at New York University (NYU).[3] When he was 14, his family moved to Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The Smokers Club Tour - Aces Lounge - October 10, 2010

From the ACL Fest department... Score More presents The Smoker's Club Tour with Curren$y, Big Krit, Smoke Dza @ Aces Lounge on Oct 10th! Like all Score More shows, this'll be another dope one... pardon the pun!

Get your tickets now! smokersclubaustin-scott.eventbrite.com





More info:

Shante Anthony Franklin better known by his stage name Curren$y, is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Becoming a teenager, he was signed to Master P's No Limit Records until 2005.[2] He then signed with Cash Money Records and Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment, where he remained there until late 2007. While still at Young Money, Curren$y created Fly Society with skateboarder Terry Kennedy, first as a clothing company, then expanding to release music. He released the song, "Where Da Cash At" as the lead single for his Young Money debut, Music to Fly to, in 2006 but due to several push backs and lack of promotion, Curren$y decided to leave the label and venture off to do business on his own.[3]
For several months, Curren$y released a series of mixtapes to gain notoriety. His work was impressive enough to land him on the cover of the XXL Magazine Freshmen 10 of 2009.[4] Though he now had the cosign of one of the top hip-hop magazines, Curren$y was still overlooked by major labels. He then chose to sign with Amalgam Digital to release his debut album, This Ain't No Mixtape , in 2009.[5]