Red Bull Sound Select Presents
Kemba, Greg Grease, DJ Set by Case Bloom
Fri, April 7, 2017
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
This event is 18 and over
Absolutely no refunds - no exceptions. Lineups and times are subject to change.
Valid Gov't issued photo ID required. No Re-Entry
RSVP confirmation does not guarantee you entry, but does qualify you for a $3 ticket. Entry is first come first served up to capacity, regardless of RSVP. RSVP is also only good for each individual guest. No +1s will be included. Without RSVP, tickets are $10 at the door.http://www.exitin.com/event/1448001/
Work with the Wu-Tang and their various members kept Ghostface Killah busy until solo singlesstarted appearing at the end of 1999 followed by his sophomore full-length, Supreme Clientele, in early 2000. Supreme Clientele was a success and it was followed a year later by Bulletproof Wallets. Again it was back to the Wu for a couple years before the rapper would be appearing solo again. Epic issued the compilation Shaolin's Finest in April of 2003, and by the end of the year two new Ghostface tracks had started to appear on mixtapes. The chaotic "Run" with Jadakiss and the more commercial "Tush" with Missy Elliott raised the anticipation for the rapper's first album for Def Jam and his first under the simpler moniker Ghostface. The Pretty Toney Album hit the streets in April of 2004. The Top Ten hit Fishscale, along with More Fish, followed in 2006, but not before 718 -- an album from his Theodore Unit.
Always prolific, the rapper put out The Big Doe Rehab -- whose release date had originally coincided with Wu-Tang's long-awaited fifth full-length, 8 Diagrams, which RZA agreed to push back a week so as to not coincide with Ghost's effort -- in early December 2007. Ghostface returned in 2008 with a pair of compilations: The Wallabee Champ (rarities and B-sides) and GhostDeini the Great (including remixes, alternate versions, and career highlights). Influenced by R&B and focused on the ladies, his 2009 album Ghostdini the Wizard of Poetry was a significant departure. The more traditional effort Apollo Kids landed in 2010 with special guests Redman, Busta Rhymes, and the Game. Another significant departure arrived in early 2013 with the release of Twelve Reasons to Die. The album was a collaborative effort with film composer Adrian Younge and was inspired by the Italian murder mystery/slasher film genre known as giallo. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Kemba’s story starts in the Hunt’s Point section of The Bronx, where he was the middle child of a single mother in an R&B-filled household. His older brother, himself an accomplished rapper, was the one who first brought hip-hop into the house, and started his younger sibling on a new path. By the time he was nine, Kemba was already writing raps, and he never looked back. The ability to rhyme was his one relief from childhood teasing over severe eczema, which lasted well into his teens. At 17, Kemba faced another, even more serious obstacle – a tumor in perhaps the worst spot for an aspiring rapper, his jaw. He faced constant surgeries (“If I wrote a “Through The Wire” for every time my mouth was wired shut, I'd have a concept EP,” he jokes), and doctors told him he’d be lucky to be able to talk at the end of the process, never mind rap. But Kemba made it through and continued working steadily.
As YC the Cynic, he released critically acclaimed projects like Fall FWD and 2013’s powerful GNK, the latter of which earned near-universal critical praise as “one of the best projects of the year” for its “lyrical mastery” and the artist’s “smooth, yet complex, flow.” But Kemba’s new moniker marks a new phase, one that was inspired by the same events that would cause a protest movement that shook the country. The Black Lives Matter movement, and the police violence and political corruption that inspired it, are at the core of Negus. Songs like “Heartbeat” and “Greed” deal smartly and passionately with matters of literal life and death to Kemba and his community. The album also focuses on Kemba’s personal artistic revolution. The single “Already” was written well before the name change became public – as, Kemba says, “my way of setting it in stone.” The track’s accompanying video takes sharp aim at a music industry that keeps its artists in an endless stage-to-prison pipeline.
Over the murky-but-souful beats, Grease is on top of his game with his laser-focused rhymes that shine light on the reality of his day to day life. Feeling vivid yet understated, Grease is a storyteller extraordinaire, and the three songs on this EP show an artist who continues to grow and refine the game. Motif ii melds darkly bombastic, classic-but-futuristic beats with Grease's immense talent to create something that feels less like a random project and more like a defined, powerful statement. Enough of me…listen to this EP - Reviler 2015
Greg Grease, DJ Just Nine, Proper T & Myke Chevy. guest vocalist TBA.
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