Slaughterhouse, Freeway, Pharoahe Monch, DJ Soul
Hosted By: Rahim The Dream, Also Performing: LAD & Willie The Kid, J The S, Da Circle, Paul Marz
260 Meserole Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11206
Doors 5:00PM / Show 6:00PM (event ends at 10:00 pm)
This event is 18 and over
When Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, and Royce Da 5'9" joined Joe Budden on his 2008 mixtape Halfway House, the chemistry on their collaborative track meant "Slaughterhouse" the song would quickly become Slaughterhouse the hip-hop supergroup. Seeing as howBudden, Crooked I, and Ortiz all had issues with their former labels -- Def Jam, Death Row, and Aftermath respectively -- other tracks recorded at their initial meeting bypassed the usual music distribution channels and were leaked to the net, including "Move On" which gave the music press the group's backstory in song. They recorded their debut album in a mere six days, signed to the E1 label, and released their self-titled, debut in 2009. Due to sample clearance issues, the final product did not include the promised single "Woodstock," but in keeping with the group's alternative marketing plan, it was released via Budden's Twitter account.
Rappers have been rhyming about hustling, living in the ghetto and the perils of street life since the dawn of Hip Hop. But what distinguishes Freeway, is his unique approach to tackling these subjects. Freeway neither boastfully brags about his days hustling on the crime-ridden street corners of North Philly, nor does he dogmatically preach at his listeners while lecturing them to live righteously. Instead, his lyrics are laced with ghetto-weary "been there, done that" sentiment that implies there is life beyond the block.
After a pact made with fellow Philly native Beanie Sigel,Freeway was brought to Roc-A-Fella records where he made his recording debut on "1-900-Hustler" from Jay-Z's multi-platinum The Dynasty: Roc La Familia CD. Shortly after its release, Freeway's North Philly ways caught up with him and he found himself serving a six-month jail sentence for possession of illegal narcotics with intent to deliver. Faced with the realities of street life,Freeway thankfully opted to put all his efforts into his music.
In 2003 Freeway released his debut album Philadelphia Freeway, solidifying him as a force to be reckoned with amongst the other stars of the Roc. After achieving gold status (selling over 500,000 units),Freeway played an instrumental role in establishing he and Beans' Philly crew State Property. It seemed as though Freeway was on an unstoppable roll. But as life teaches us all good things must come to an end...and the next four years found State Property head Beanie Sigel convicted of federal weapons charges, group turmoil and most importantly the historic breakup of the Roc-A-Fella dynasty of Jay-Z and Dame Dash.
With all the chaos, Freeway, a devout Muslim, accepted an opportunity to travel to the holy city of Mecca on Hajj (a journey required by every Muslim at least once in his or her lifetime if he or she is able to). Upon his return,Freeway recorded his long-awaited sophomore release, Free at Last. Uncertain about his standing amongst all the label drama, Freeway found a new ally with Hip Hop heavyweight 50 Cent and a deal was brokered to have Jay-Z and 50 Cent co-executive produce the album. While both were featured on the record, the project ended up solely a Roc-A-Fella release, with 50 giving up his co-executive producer's role. Released in 2007, Free at Last was a moderate success but unfortunately lacked the label focus and attention of his debut release.
In 2008, Freeway would reconnect with producer Jake One (who produced on his sophomore outing, Free at Last) to record two tracks for his Rhymesayers debut, White Van Music. The sessions not only resulted in two of the album’s highlights, including the classic collaboration with Brother Ali called "The Truth", but numerous additional songs that showed a real connection between the G-Unit beatsmith and Freeway. This chemistry between Freeway and Jake One would birth Freeway latest sonic release,The Stimulus Package which released February, 2010 on Rhymesayers Entertainment. Freeway's latest project Freedom of Speech is on the way.
Pharoahe Monch's name is derived from the monkey doll Monchhichi. After receiving a bad haircut, which left Monch looking like a "chimpanzee", girls in Monch's class at the High School of Art and Design began calling him "Monchhichi", which was later shortened to "Monch". Monch adopted the "Pharoahe" prefix after meeting future Organized Konfusion partner Prince Po.
Monch released three albums as part of the rap duo Organized Konfusion with partner Prince Poetry: The self-titled Organized Konfusion, Stress: The Extinction Agenda and The Equinox. The duo handled a large amount of production on these albums themselves. All albums received positive critical reviews, but moderate sales. As a result, the duo split up after recording their final album The Equinox in 1997. Prince Poetry has since denied the possibility of an Organized Konfusion reunion.
Pharoahe Monch then signed to Rawkus Records, an indie label. After making several guest appearances on albums like the best-selling Rawkus compilation Soundbombing II, Monch's much-hyped debut, Internal Affairs was released in 1999. The first single of the album, "Simon Says", became a hit single, peaking at #97 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also featured in the 2000 cinematic releases Charlie's Angels and Boiler Room. Despite its success, the song caused controversy when Monch was later sued for the song's use of a sample from Akira Ifukube's Gojira Tai Mosura for the hook. The uncleared sample use caused a halting in his album's distribution.
After Internal Affairs and the controversy from his hit song Pharoahe would not release another solo project for several years. He did still make some songs and guest appearances however. In 2000 he featured with Mos Def and Nate Dogg on the hit song "Oh No" from the Rawkus compilation record Lyricist Lounge 2. He contributed the song "F**k You" to the Training Day soundtrack in 2001, and rapped the theme song to Madden NFL 2002. In 2003 Pharoahe released his final single through Rawkus Records, "Agent Orange", a war inspired song which revisited the 1991 Organized Konfusion track "Releasing Hypnotical Gases".
Pharoahe is also affiliated with the rap group The HRSMN. Although not a member of the group (there are only four real members), he is constantly linked to someday join the group when/if they ever expand.
There were rumors his next album, at first tentatively titled Innervisions, was to be released under Denaun Porter's new Shady Records imprint Runyon Ave., but apparently the deal fell through; Monch later announced a deal with Street Records Corporation, home of Wu-Tang Clan, David Banner and Terror Squad. In June 2007 Monch released his second solo album Desire to critical acclaim. Monch said about the album; "...it's very soulful, very gospel, a fresh, new sound for me." The album's lead single was the self-produced track "Push", with "Let's Go" as its B-Side. The song's music video and single were released in late September 2006. Pharoahe Monch released a second music video entitled "When the Gun Draws" at a Brooklyn music festival in February, 2007. The track was inspired by a song he did with Prince Po entitled "Stray Bullet" which was featured on the Stress: The Extinction Agenda album. A final video was made for the title track "Desire" in late 2007. It was directed by New Zealand director Andy Morton and shot on the Rock the Bells tour with full band. The video features both MeLa Machinko and of course, a huge performance from Showtyme.
Monch also produced and ghost-wrote the track "The Future" and ghost-wrote the track "Hold Up" with Mobb Deep member Havoc on rap mogul Diddy's latest album Press Play. Critics contest that Monch's writing is evident in both the content and the delivery of Diddy's rhymes.
On July 9, 2010, Pharoahe Monch allowed hip hop website hiphopdx.com to leak a song from his forthcoming album W.A.R. (We Are Renegades). The song was called "Shine" and featured vocals by MeLa Machinko and was also produced by Diamond D. On February 14, 2010, another song from Monch was leaked, which is called "Clap (One Day)", produced by M-Phazes.
Pharoahe Monch released his third solo album W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) in March of 2011. It featured guest appearances from Jill Scott, Styles P, Citizen Cope, Jean Grae, Royce da 5'9", Immortal Technique, Vernon Reid, Phonte, Mr. Porter, Mela Machinko, Showtyme & DJ Boogie Blind. Pharoahe revealed that the album is a "throwback to 1993, '94 hip-hop" and featured production by Exile, Marco Polo, M-Phazes, Fatin, Diamond D, Mike Loe, Samiyam, Adam Deitch, Eric Krasno and Pharoahe Monch himself. Four singles have been released from the album: "Shine", "Clap (One Day)", "Black Hand Side", and "Assassins". A ten year anniversary re-issue of Internal Affairs will also be released featuring a documentary about the making of the album.
J The S
J The S (short for Jake the Snake) has a lot to get off his chest. And with his new album, The Last Days, he’s sure to be heard. Presented by DJbooth.net The Last Days marries Jake’s hard hitting narratives and philosophical content with creative instrumentation while still retaining its Hip Hop core. Featuring appearances & production from Styles P, Pill, Emilio Rojas, The Kickdrums, M-Phazes, J Cardim, Nelly ProToolz, and his crew Greater Good, The Last Days is the next step in J The S’ musical journey.
Refusing to confine himself as an artist, J The S brings the entire spectrum of his life experiences to the table in his music. Born in Massachusetts, J the S split his time between Montserrat and Nevis in the West Indies until age five. Upon returning to the States, his formative years were spent staying for periods in different cities in Massachusetts and Vermont. By the time he arrived in Boston as a teenager, time spent in a boarding school, a volatile domestic situation and flawed role models had already inspired a notebook full of rhymes and a dedication rarely seen in young artists.
In Boston, J began his rap career by establishing a feared reputation on the local battle circuit. Soon he became a fixture on the New England Hip Hop scene opening shows for an array of artists from KRS ONE , Immortal Technique and Slaughterhouse to Talib Kweli and Wu-Tang Clan, allowing him to be known for his trademark intense performances as well as illustrated gallery of tattoos that cover his body.
One of the keys to J The S standing out in the crowded Hip Hop landscape is his ability to take the multiple facets of his life, good & bad, and translate them into songs that are relatable to the people. Although he was exposed to the criminal elements from a young age, first as a child in his household and later on his own as an adult, his music embodies something else. His work as a teacher, in which he facilitated youth-oriented programs focusing on social issues and politics, reflects an intelligence and depth that defies his young age. With a revolutionary but gangsta vibe, J’s bring music with a message that’s right on time for today’s climate. And that vision is the foundation on which his growing buzz is built.
Hip Hop fans searching for a fresh voice have increasingly embraced J The S’ music, pushing four of his singles to the #1 spot on the national college radio charts and making him a constant presence on respected web sites such as Nah Right, 2dopeboyz, HipHopDX, AllHipHop, XXLmag, & the like. His series of high caliber mix tapes and original releases have found him on collabs with Joell Ortiz, B.o.B., Saigon, Devin the Dude, Sean Price, and on stages around the country as well as music festivals SXSW, CMJ, & A3C. His most successful mix tape, Wish You Were Here featured his two biggest singles to date, “The Last Party” featuring Jadakiss & “Put My Cape On” featuring Franco Anthony garnering 1,000+ BDS spins on commercial radio thus far. In an effort to further push the creative envelope, he followed up with the visual-EP The Sky Is Falling. Produced in conjunction with Restless Films, the 5 part story based on Snza’s music received critical acclaim for the eye catching visuals.
The Last Days is an album that his range of experiences and influences culminate in one explosive package. Incorporating Jake’s skills as both a song writer and a musician, “Last Days” seeks to bridge the gap between raw rhyme skills and sharp writing, intelligence and wit and even between musical styles, from hip-hop to reggae to soul to indie rock and more. In typical fashion, its progressive hip-hop that defies easy categorization; J The S wouldn’t have it any other way.
Da Circle, Fatz D' Assassin and Goodtime Slim. Hailing from the streets of NYC, The Bronx and Brooklyn. The creators and takers of hip hop! Life long PNC's, slim and fatz have been representatives of hip hop since childhood. Starting out as teens in New York's notorious Graphic Arts High School in Hell's Kitchen, slim and fatz learned fast how to survive against all odds. Graphics was a hotbed for violence, drugs and gangs, being a headquarters for NY's most uncontrollable force, the Decepts. Graphics had one other thing in abundance, MC's!!! Some of NY's most legendary rappers have roots there and slim and fatz would soon join that list. Starting out as The Usual Suspects and consisting of six members, the potential was apparent, but the results were varied. After doing showcases all over NY to mixed reviews and dealing with internal turmoil, the crew was trimmed down to 2, Slim and Fatz! Da Circle was born. With the extra baggage thrown overboard, DC (Da Circle) started making a name for themselves on the unsigned hype scene. One of the more notable moments was tearing down the house at NY's legendary hip hop spot Club Speed with DJ Kay Slay hosting the event. Along this time, NY's mayor of underground hip hop, Poison Pen, became an early mentor for DC and now all of a sudden DC had the backing of New York's number one underground crew, Stronghold! This lead to DC linking up with Immortal Technique and becoming a vital cog in his new revolutionary movement, The Rebel Army. Armed with the lyrics and concepts of vintage MC's and the swag of the here and now, Da Circle is destined to take up residence in hip hop's rafters as legends! Da Circle... 360 degrees of HIP HOP!