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[press:] @RAEKWON (wu-tang) Live – 2.28.13 @TheBlockley Philadelphia

February 22, 2013

So, the Public Axis “kill-some-shit-with-live-shows” department is back open for business, partnering with dd Productions on a series of live hip-hop events at The Blockley, which was voted 2012’s Best Live Music Venue by PHL17 television.

Below the poster is the press release I wrote for the first installment with Chef Raekwon…

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In the ongoing conversation of the current state of hip-hop, to evoke the mid-90’s “golden era” is to recount an initiation of albums whose level of originality, many older fans feel, could never be rivaled by most contemporary fan favorites.  ‘When they reminisce over’ these tales of ultimate hip-hop-ness, it often falls on deaf ears with young crowds, many of whom had barely learned to walk before the seemingly-ancient, 20th Century trendsetters had been overshadowed by the pop culture influence ushered in Jay Z, Swizz Beats and others…

Now, 20 years since the golden era’s utopian existence, very- very- few of its legendary originators still remain tangible to subsequent generations of fans.  Even fewer have managed to evolve with the ever-morphing trends such that their appeal is as widespread as ever… RAEKWON the Chef, founding member of Wu-Tang Clan, is one of them.

Arguably the driving force behind the Wu’s enduring prevalence, everybody loves Rae.  While his subject matter as an emcee isolates thugs and black-market entrepreneurs rather specifically, his vivid lyricism and persona attract listeners from all walks of life.  Raekwon’s storytelling ability is hailed by critics; his poetic technique is admired by intellectuals, and his psychedelic references engage hipsters and coeds everywhere…

With extensive experience touring the world, as Raekwon’s audience continues to expand so does his eccentric kingpin aura…  Manifesting in the physical dimension for one night only in Philly- Thursday February 28th @ The Blockley– don’t miss this chance to ‘witness the God’.

[PRESS] The Symphony Wins 1st @ BOTB w/ !llmind, Rook & S-1

December 25, 2012

Below the video and links to the official competition set on Soundcloud is the press release I drafted to celebrate my friend, Samik’s victory at iStandard Producers’ Beast of the Beats championship competition in NYC… You can also catch plenty of The Symphony’s latest music through The #BOARDROOM Living Compilation Album.

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THE SYMPHONY on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/#bau-symphony

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Saturday, December 1st:  a five-minute contagion of scrunch-face saturated Rebel nightclub during “Beast of the Beats VI” in NYC as Philadelphia-based producer, The Symphony, showcased an epic, 3-track set of music before a Grammy-winning panel of judges including S-1 (Kanye West’s “Power”), !llmind (50 Cent), and Rook from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.  When the smoke cleared, The Symphony won first place out of 70 reputed beatsmiths, each of whose resume, at minimum, boasts a first or second place score in one of the many regional iStandard Producer Showcases across the United States.  Aside from generous supplements to his repertoire of production tools and personal supply of Monster Energy Drinks, he was also awarded the opportunity to spend a couple days in the studio with G.O.O.D. Music recording artist, Cyhi the Prynce, in Atlanta.

With the potential of some non-disclosed, A-list collaborations on the horizon, The Symphony anticipates the of release many bigger records in time, trying his hand not only in hip-hop but dub-step and house as well.  Never one to shy from challenging his own musical aesthetic or customs of the industry, he has also been a major contributor to The Boardroom, a “living album” project online that remodels itself in accordance with fan feedback.  Check it out to hear his latest single, “Everywhere”, alongside his Business As Usual Entertainment colleagues PT, DS and 2ew Gunn Ciz, plus plenty of other new music…

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iStandard Showcase @ Club Diesel, Pittsburgh

May 9, 2012

Last week I traveled from Philly back to where I grew up to meet with Nico the BeastPremise, Don (aka DJ Thrill Collins), Ciz, and J Hatch for the Pittsburgh edition of the iStandard Producer Showcase…  Club Diesel is a dope venue; despite all the spots here, there isn’t one quite like it in Philly.  The sound system was thorough, to say the least… I didn’t take much video footage; it’s strange to watch 3-5 minutes of a random producer standing on stage looking awkward.  I did, however, grab excerpts from featured producers JBG/Big C and Premise, plus two tracks from Nico the Beast’s live performance.

Nico the Beast – “Deja Vu” & Acapella:

Premise:

J.B.G. & Big C:

“The House” @ Dobbs 4/24/12 (Live Sets)

May 9, 2012

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in Philadelphia, OnTyme Music packs the 2nd floor of ‘The Legendary Dobbs’ on South Street with a grassroots hip-hop event that provides a spotlight for rising local acts and a humble atmosphere where all types of fans come to enjoy live music and network.  There are also open mic segments that host emcees, singers, spoken word poets and more; sometimes the one-track sets leave more of an impression than the featured slots… Nate Nizzle, in particular, stood out for his punchlines and professional mic control, though I think he might have aggravated a few of the ladies in the audience…

Nate Nizzle:

Mel Alston Jr:

Jay Griffy w/ Dakota Black:

Heather’s Birthday Party @ Eagle Tavern – 4/13/2012

April 24, 2012

This past Friday the 13th, we made the hike up to Quakertown, PA for Heather Slagel’s birthday party, where her brother Joe booked performances from Reef the Lost Cauze, Adlib, Nightwalker, Burke the Jurke and Vas Illi.  The performances closed out with an overwhelming cypher featuring Nico the Beast, Slim DSM, Petey Green, Capo, Rich Quick and a handful of others.  The wheels were handled masterfully by DJ Thoroughbred, who played more hardcore hip-hop than I’ve heard in my last 10 trips to a show combined; dude definitely knew his crowd.

Most importantly, it was nice to see so many city-dwellers make the long ride out to ‘the sticks’ for Heather and Joe.  For as long as I’ve been involved with the local event circuit, the Slagel siblings are as much of celebrities as any MC, persistently traveling 1hr+ to endorse nearly every underground show worth seeing.  If only once every year or so, we all can return the favor- a point acknowledged by everyone that picked up the mic that night.

Burke the Jurke & Vas – “That Bullshit”

Rich Quick in the Cypher


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