Sound X Entertainment & SXD Present
Sounds of the State 2012 featuring 2 Of Diamond , MaxSoul, Rahk Le Czar, Astonish, Seel Fresh, Tim Million, Rec Center & Oklahoma's Own
MaxSoul, Rahk Le Czar, Astonish, Seel Fresh, Tim Million, Rec Center, Oklahoma's Own
3420 W. Grace St
Chicago, IL, 60618
Doors 7:30PM / Show 8:30PM
This event is 21 and over
2 of Diamond
Catapulting their way into the music scene, The 2 of Diamonds exude a combination of professionalism and talent that touches fans like a breath of fresh air. Childhood friends, "Dee Rush" and "Myke Boogie," branded themselves as The 2 of Diamonds nearly a decade ago as inspired by an old card trick. Realizing there are no "tricks" to this trade, the dynamic duo began their musical journey writing and recording rhymes on a classic tape recorder. Motivated by the musical influences of legendary emcees Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eminem, Outkast, Common, Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Ludacris, and The Notorious B.I.G., during their college years the twosome took what was once a hobby and honed it into a special craft. Establishing themselves under the Gang Green Music Label, The 2 of Diamonds soon found themselves building a buzz in Chicago. The duo's music spread to the ear's of the city through the support of major radio stations Power 92.3 and 107.5 WGCI. The 2 of Diamonds strives to create music that possesses a lyrical flow which captures the attention of listeners and guides them through real life situations and struggles. The duo released their debut music video for "Better Dayz," which is a featured track off of their forthcoming mixtape, "Jackin for Fans" hosted by DJ Ill Will, which is expected to drop during the Summer of 2011. The inspiration for the project's title comes from the duo's commitment to producing engaging and quality hits that will draw the attention of new fans. The 2 of Diamonds have a self-described style of "genuine hip-hop" which shows promising signs to continue to break through the stereotypical barriers of the genre and one day transform Hip-Hop altogether.
MaxSoul was born Max Arciniega in the great city of Chicago, home to some of the most creative and marketable Hip Hop artists including Kanye West, Common, and Lupe Fiasco. MaxSoul follows in their steps with his thought provoking lyrics, his concept driven songs and his eye catching stage shows. A spoken word artist, MaxSoul opened for Russell Simmons Def Poets at the Metro in Chicago after winning first place in a poetry slam. He brings the detail of words into all his songs creating a fresh, new, marketable sound to the Hip Hop community.
A veteran of the stage, MaxSoul is also an accomplished actor being featured on some of the biggest prime time shows including his recurring role on the Emmy Nominated show "Breaking Bad" on AMC, Guest Star roles on "Blue Bloods" on CBS "Lie to Me" on FOX "ER" on NBC "The Unit" on CBS, "Private Practice" on ABC, "Without a Trace" on CBS and "Lincoln Heights" on ABC Family to name a few. Max just wrapped his run of the Pulitzer Prize nominated play "Lydia" at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. " MaxSoul also just wrapped a small role in Steven Soderbergh's new film "Haywire" starring Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, and Gina Carano due out in early 2011.
He is currently filming a Guest Star role on the new ABC show "Off the Map" in Hawaii.
Astonish joins the veteran hip-hop collective, the Molemen, as their youngest burgeoning emcee. Originally from Humboldt Park but now residing in Old Irving/Jefferson Park, Astonish embodies Chicago's capacity to produce a street-smart lyricist with enough intelligent swagger to hold his own in the midst of both the thugs and the backpackers.
Having been reared in a diverse musical environment, Astonish gained a unique eclectic auditory experience that has helped him develop his balanced approach to music. Between the old-school soul records of his grandparents' era, his father's penchant for NWA, and his own musical delving with everything from Usher to Nas to Red Hot Chilli Peppers: Astonish's rhymes convey a multitude of topics that reflects this musical heritage.
After gaining a street buzz as a younger teen, Astonish felt that he needed to restrain himself from putting out tracks without a proper network behind him to ensure that his first album wasn't lost in a flood of underground releases and never heard. By biding his time, he was able to cultivate his craft and eventually gain the ear of the Moles, quickly earning their acceptance with his sincerity and the quality of his delivery.
With nearly six years of devoted rhyming under his belt, Astonish is in a solid position to quickly establish himself as one of Chicago hip-hop's newly tiered breakthrough artists. One of his songs, "Broken Dreams", focuses on his strong impulse to take advantage of the opportunities presented to him while they are still available, and not to let time pass him by. Having joined up with the legendary Molemen collective at the young age of 21, it is clear that he is wasting no time in taking advantage of a very strong opportunity to allow his dream of becoming an internationally respected emcee to be realized.
A staple in the Chicago music and art scene for over 10 years, graffiti artist turned rapper Seel Fresh emerges from the sub culture to bless the stage.
There's not everyday you find a 22 year old rapper who studies Aerospace Engineering at one of the top engineering universities in the nation; As a student at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign Timothy "TimBuckTu" Sanders childhood dream was to become an astronaut. He's on track to complete his bachelors degree next year and receive his private pilot's license. To say that he is a hard worker would be an understatement.
TimBuckTu was born in Chicago and moved around a lot as a child. This allowed him to see things from different perspectives and it gave him a strong sense of self and community. He say his love for music was the only thing that he could always depend on.
He describes his style of music as a melting pot when asked he says "my style is diverse". Influenced by artist such as Nas, Jay-Z, Common, Talib Kweli & Andre 3000. TimBuckTu knows he has what it takes to be successful in the music business.
After releasing his latest project "TimMillion" the supporters helped reassure him of his goals. The single "D-Rose For The MVP" took off and gained world-wide attention. The song received over 100,000 downloads in a few weeks.
TimBuckTu has come along way since 2005 after creating his rap group Talk Of Chicago but there's a lot more grounds to be gain. "I haven't accomplished my goal, I have a ways to go".
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