Murs | PROF | Fashawn | Curtiss ...
The Road To Paid Dues Tour Featuring:
PROF | Fashawn | Curtiss King | Noa James
8:00 PM | $13.00 ADV | All Ages
A longtime friend of Definitive Jux leader El-P, rapper Murs first appeared as a solo artist in 2003, after nearly a decade of working with various groups in the underground. Based in Los Angeles, his first single was released in 1993, and came from a self-released album by his first group, 3 Melancholy Gypsies. The track barely made a dent, but it did catch the attention of indie hip-hop fans in the area. Over time, the group members became friends with Mystik Journeymen, who asked 3MG (their shortened name) to join them when they started the Living Legends collective in 1996.
Between both 3MG and the Living Legends, Murs rapped on several influential indie rap albums, appearing on…Read More
Forged from a history of hardship and partying, Prof’s music and career reflect the dichotomy that his life has been. His music chronicles everything he has experienced; from adversities as a child, like his father setting fire to their home or sleeping on a bean bag growing up, to his adult diversions, like his love affair with whiskey and women (in that order). Much the same, his career has also seen this duality. After grinding on the Minneapolis hip-hop scene for over ten years with little to show besides a ravenous fan base, Prof has recently begun to make serious national traction on the back of his unique recordings, video content and must see live shows.
What did you do the year you turned 21? Hip-hop prodigy Fashawn earned a spot on the cover of XXL magazine, toured the world and built a rep as one of rap’s new rising stars.
Fashawn’s debut album, “Boys Meets World,” was heralded by critics and fans alike as one of the best albums of 2009 for its gritty, street-wise and intelligent rhymes. Some even compared his introductory opus to Nas’ brilliant “Illmatic.” It was enough for XXL to name Fashawn to its list of hip-hop’s best freshman.
In 2010 he toured domestically with Wiz Khalifa, then followed that up with a Talib Kweli tour. Fashawn is also no stranger to the…Read More
In this microwave era of Hip Hop music where materialism, misogyny, and half baked compositions flood the airwaves, somehow Dwan Howard has emerged on the scene as an irresistible and well prepared home cooked meal. Better known by his stage name Curtiss King, the son of a college professor dad and author/pianist mom has managed to make a respectable name for himself in Southern Cali by consistently going against the grain as a rapper and producer. Growing up a very shy young man particularly when attending Curtiss Middle school, he found ways to combat his insecurities by listening to music and getting lost in 90s sitcoms, hence the name: Curtiss KING. Inspired by the likes of Outkast, Sade,…Read More
Rapping since the age of 13, Noa James began his musical journey as a successful battle rapper who quickly became known for his brutal punch lines and sharp tongue. After 5 years in the battle circuit, Noa realized that he wanted success as an artist and knew he had a big story to tell. As a young man, Noa experienced more struggles than most people experience in their entire lives, ranging from his mother’s incarceration after abandoning him, living in an orphanage, the deportation of his father, to the most prolific moment in his life; the passing of his grandfather. With this story, Noa decided to enroll in a writing class at a local community college to help transfer his thoughts…Read More
Curtiss King: Far too long sub-genres in Hip-Hop have been split apart like cliques in high school at lunchtime. There once was a time in the not so distant 90s where Hip-Hop of all flavors could rock the same venue, spit on the same remix, and the youth was the only demographic. The average rapper nowadays must answer to whether his music is Underground, Mainstream, Ringtone-ish, Auto-Tune-ish, Southern, Gangster, Hipster, etc, when all along they share a common bond. Southern California artist Curtiss King has coined this bond appropriately as Blog-Hop (blŏg-hop) n.
Curtiss King describes Blog-Hop as the up to date approach to a music industry making a transition to an even more digital age. Blog-Hop is identified by it’s viral song circulation through the form of blog-sites, websites, and downloadable links. Considered the middle ground between all sub-genres of Hip Hop, Blog-Hop is also described as music colossal enough to bring Hip Hop fans together and sound dope even on crappy computer speakers. And better believe Curtiss King has the credentials to represent it right.
Hailing out of Carson California, Rapper/Singer/Producer Curtiss King has pioneered a unique sound with Blog-Hop. Sprinkle in the pot a blend of fresh song concepts, a BEASTLY delivery, a flow smoother than suede on ice, and addictive choruses over arpeggio synthesizers, big drums, and samples from just about any genre… and you’ve got a Curtiss King serving of Blog-Hop. But don’t get it twisted, Blog-Hop is not a ploy for Curtiss King to say he pioneered something. This is rather his attempt to bring that 90’s atmosphere of togetherness back to modern day Hip-Hop, and it’s now even broader audience.
And who better than Curtiss to make that happen? From a multicultural background himself, Curtiss King has a reputation of rocking out with just about any and everybody from all walks of life. He’s been blessed to perform at numerous Top 40 playing venues in Hollywood, Cultural Festivals holding 10,000+, House Parties, Birthday Parties, and numerous college campuses…. As well as Keg Parties ;) ….just to name a few.
With a grassroots movement Curtiss King has just about plastered his name everywhere. Through his production company he’s been able to produce for Up and Comers such as Ab-Soul, Young Rook, Kandi Cole, Dana La Rock, Reign Major, & J-Smooth. Through his own negotiations he has also been able to get his music placed on TV with corporate giants such as MTV2, FUSE TV, and VANS inc.
Blog-Hop is officially the movement to get with…. Curtiss King is the ambassador and everyone is invited. And the people say: Listen 2 it, Love it, Blog It.
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