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AYPmagazine.com – 1 Year Anniversary Tonight!

Tonight marks a special night for the homies over at AYPmagazine.com. It’s their one year anniversary, and as you should expect from those guys, they are throwing a big ass party to celebrate. Reggae favorites, Selha Dubb, team up with hip hop acts like Scottie Flippen, Roddy J, SkyBlew, & Ty Bru, to create a helluva lineup. Dr. Jones will be manning the DJ duties, and it’s hosted by the Original Mr. Neva Dedd. So if you are in the 910, or Port City, there is only one place to be tonight…

Design by me…


Days 3: Old Hearts For New Lungs Benefit Concert Series

Once again, supershoutouts to Adam Rottin for throwing this string of events to help 14 year-old, Corey Gradin, raise money for her double lung transplant. Unfortunately, due to work, I am not going to be able to make it down to Raleigh to participate in the festivities, but I know my brethren will hold it down in my place.

Tonight’s show is at the Brewery and it features COOL KID COLLECTIVE, A TIND JINN, 1100 HUNTAZ, KNOCK OUT ROSES, DJ NONE ONE & 2PERCENT. It’s hosted by Rottin himself, and it’s going to be a marvelous time. So make sure you check it out tonight at the Brewery on Hillsborough St…


Day 2: Old Hearts For New Lungs Benefit Concert Series

Tonight is the second night of the benefit series thrown by Adam Rottin for Corey Gradin. In case you missed it, Corey Gradin is a 14 yr. old girl in Raleigh that’s in dire need of a double lung transplant & a new pancreas. Her family’s tryin’ to raise $120,000 for the operation. Starting yesterday & goin’ all through the weekend, they’re having some of the dopest MCs North Carolina has to offer performing at various spots around Raleigh; with all proceeds going to her family.

So come out and support, tonight’s show at the Black Flower on Peace St. in Raleigh features CHEDDA CHAPP, EMPIRE, WOODRO, MONTEGA, CREME DE LA CREME & DJ AY. It’s hosted by ADAM ROTTIN and doors open at 9pm. Show at 10pm. It only costs $5, so come & SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE…
www.cotaforcoreyg.com


Day 1: Old Hearts For New Lungs Benefit Concert Series

 

Tomorrow night marks the first show of 5 to help benefit Corey Gradin, a strong little girl who needs a double lung transplant and we are here to help. The collective acts of SADIE HAWKINS MUSIC, WISE ENTERTAINMENT, GOOMAH MUSIC, and GET DOWN SON have all come together to make this string of events a success.

Tomorrow night is the first event, and it’s at SIX FORKS PUB with CRUCIAL FIYA, DRIQUE LONDON, LAZURUS, S.GOLD, L1VE, J. CAPPS, & DJ NYCE DANGER. As all of these benefit events, this one is hosted by it’s creator, ADAM ROTTIN. Doors at 9pm show at 10pm & it’s only $5 to get in.

All proceeds go to Corey and her family….
www.cotaforcoreyg.com

 

flyer design by me.


Tonight in Raleigh – Poe Mack Release Party

If you are in the #919 tonight, come through the Poe Mack release party at Ruckus Pizza in Mission Valley, near NC State. It’s a free show and full of dope performers, including I, so be there early, get a drink and a slice, and enjoy tonight’s festivities…


Big Hop & H2OKZ – That’s My Sh*t (Live)

We put this clip out awhile ago, but it had never made the blog, so I decided to post it today. Shouts to Herb Skee for filming this joint. It came from a show we did in Greenville last October. Make sure you check it out, and make sure you download the mixtape, Local Celebrity Status…

 


Sucker Free Sundays in Raleigh

If you have been checking out my blog, then you definitely are familiar with Sucker Free Sundays at Shakedown Street in the heart of Raleigh. If not, it’s a dope weekly event that emcees from across the state come out to and showcase their talents. I went out there in November & it was bonkers. If you are an artist in the Cack, then you need to hit this event up.

With that being said, I was lucky enough to be hit up by A Robb from Eargasm Entertainment about designing some new promo material for them. So I came up with a couple different designs, and will be updating their info every week. So make sure you come back every week to find out which ones of your favorite emcees are performing every week. This week it’s Skip Luciano, Tuscon, Igwe Fogg, Phonetic, Loot Tenant, Rome Jeter, Drique London, Doc Verbz, Stranga the Great & Free Agent Jasun. & As always, the event will be deejayed by the legendary DJ Flash of the Justus League. Be there…


Alternate Designs for the Value Menu Tour

When Dho initially hit me up about doing the flyer, we talked about a couple different ideas. His suggestion, which ended up being used, was the idea to replicate a McDonald’s menu. At first, I wanted to make an old school-looking drive thru menu, but I nixed that idea after not finding the appropriate imagery. But after creating Dho’s idea, I put together the paper bag joints. These were supposed to look like the McDonald’s to-go bags like the ones below…

Even though they didn’t pick either one of these, I thought they turned out dope & I really wanted to share them with the world. Most of the time, I save designs that don’t get picked, because they can easily be used again by changing the text or picture, but for some reason, I don’t see myself doing a lot of McDonalds-inspired flyers in the future. & if I do, I guess it’s back to the drawing board…

If you are on the west coast, make sure you check out one of these shows. They are guaranteed to be bonkers…


AYP 1 Year Anniversary Party

Big shouts to AYPmagazine.com & Andy for their success in their first year of existence. In order to do it up right for the big celebration, they are throwing an event highlighting some of NC’s dopest artists. Not only are Scottie Flippen, Kelsey Lu, Roddy J, Ty Bru, & SkyBlew performing, but Selah Dubb is bringing out the rasta for the evening. Big ups to Dr. Jones for holding down the DJ duties, and you know that the Original Mr. Neva Dedd will be hosting. If you are in the 910, make sure you hit up the festivities on February 3rd.

Graphic design by yours truly…


King Mez at Ruckus Pizza Tonight

To all my 919 heads out there, make sure you hit up Ruckus Pizza in Mission Valley for another dope hip hop event tonight. King Mez & J Capri hit the stage around 10pm tonight & I guarantee this show will be live as hell. If you have never been to Ruckus, just make sure you get their early cuz it’s a not a huge venue & this show is going to fill up fast. As always, support NC Hip Hop…


Hip Hop Events in the 919 Tonight…

If you are in the Raleigh-Durham area this evening, and you feel like you have nothing to do, well then you are utterly wrong. Not only is there one dope local event going on, but there is 2 dope hip hop events going on! Haha, here is the rundown…

First up is the Triangle’s bad guy, L.E.G.A.C.Y., performing alongside Sun Up, Son Down, Sleep Control, Garland Mason Band, and more. This show will actually be more of a mixed genre show with blends of hip hop and rock. Make sure you check out Sun Up, Son Down tho. It is the brainchild of former Plan B artist, Rivera with help from B-Wise formerly of Odd Numbers. They pack a lotta punch in their set.

If it’s not Raleigh tonight, then it’s gotta be Chapel Hill, as some of the hottest acts the Triangle have to offer square off in this hip hop extravanganza. See Tuscon, Lazurus, Drique London, Ease, SkyBlew, Azon Blaze and others tonight at the Library(in case, you couldn’t find it on the flyer/ahem cough cough, holla at me for your graphic design. haha).

Both shows are going to eb a great time with even better music, so make sure you hit one of them up tonight…


Shakedown Street Blog

Shoutouts to ARobb & Eargasm Entertainment for having us out to the their Sucker Free Sunday last November. It’s a dope event, a weekly every Sunday night in the heart of Hillsborough St in Raleigh, NC. I highly suggest any artist to go out there and network, and show your skills.

This video features appearances & performances from Tuscon, S.Gold, AP, Seven, and yours truly. Make sure you check it out…

Filmed by Herb Skee of Tandem Productions. Edited by Giant Leap.


Kelsey Lu Interview/Performance

This video was taken in Winston-Salem at the show we did together at The Garage. “Drunk” doesn’t explain the state we were all in, by this point. Regardless, this interview makes for some good comedy.

 

All jokes aside, Kelsey Lu is one of the hidden gems in NC Hip Hop & music in general. I think that in a few years, we will all be looking up at her. So stay posted, and I will keep you updated on new music from her…


Holiday Hip Hop Show Blog(Greensboro,NC)

The Holiday Hip Hop show took place Thanksgiving Weekend, 2010  in Greensboro, NC. It was an event put on by Kotix aka Don DiGiorgio, featuring his parter-in-crime, Raw English, Lazurus & S.Gold, H2OKZ & yours truly. It was a fun night and the crowd was dope. Shoutouts to the 336 for coming through, as always. Sorry about the quality of this one compared to the last few. This was shot on a FlipCam, and iPhone.

Check it out tho, and see Kotix & Raw English perform “EppyVille,” Lazurus & S.Gold perform “So Raleigh,” & me, H2OKZ, Kotix perform “Dressed to Kill.”

 


Ignite Mindz Interview/Performance

Shoutout to Ignite Mindz. He & I have been circulating the same scenes for years. This impromptu interview & performance came from a show we did together in Raleigh at Shakedown Street. Check him out as he plays keys with his left hand, drum pad with his right, bass guitar with his toes, and raps at the same time. & make sure to pick up the Ignite & Imagery album, “Gimmick Free” available now on iTunes…


Mixed Solution & All I Can See, Is Tonight at 5 Star

If you are in Raleigh tonight and you are looking for something to do, make sure you hit up 5 Star in downtown for a dope, FREE, hip hop show. Mixed Solution is a mixed live band that has been throwing down in the Triangle for a minute, and All I Can See, Is is a side project of the uber-talented, Mic L!VE of the Balance. L!VE is a good friend of mine and he was featured on both Super High & Local Celebrity Status last year. Stop in for a great lineup, and some of the Triangle’s best food and libations tonight at 5 Star…