Speakeasy and Terminal West present
Sheek Louch, Saigon, Clan Destined, Hosted by Fort Knox w/ Dj Dug Boogie
887 West Marietta St. Studio C
Atlanta, GA, 30318
Doors 9:00PM / Show 10:00PM
This event is 18 and over
The most prolific and productive record-maker in the Wu-Tang Clan pantheon, Def Jam core artist Ghostface Killah has completed his 16th career album – and his 6th solo album for Def Jam – APOLLO KIDS, set to arrive in stores on December 21st. In addition to guest appearances by Wu-Tang Clansmen Raekwon, GZA, Method Man, and Cappadonna, APOLLO KIDS also boasts star turns by Redman, Busta Rhymes, Sheek Louch, The Game, Jim Jones, and many more.
APOLLO KIDS is – amazingly – Ghost's third original studio project in just over one year. It follows up his previous solo album, The Wizard Of Poetry (released September 2009), in which he attracted an A-list of duet partners including fellow Def Jam artists Kanye West & Ne-Yo (on the closing track, "Back Like That"), John Legend, Raheem 'Radio' DeVaughn, Fabolous & Shareefa, Lloyd, Vaughn Anthony & Estelle, and others.
Prior to The Wizard's release, Ghost spent July-August 2009 on the road with Method Man and Redman, keeping the Wu-Tang Clan spirit alive and well on the month-long, 21-city Foot Print in Hip-Hop Tour. The tour was attended by Ghost's legions of fans, who have been tuning in to The World According to Pretty Toney long enough to know that "he doesn't so much deliver rhymes as narrate graphically detailed scenes, rife with violence, passion and a little humor," as USA Today once wrote.
More recently, Wu Massacre (March 2010), a collaboration with Method Man and Raekwon, was as close to a W-TC reunion on record as history has seen in the three years since the group's last album, 8 Diagrams. Wu Massacre was a collectors' dream, with three separate album covers – one for Ghost, one for Meth, one for Raekwon – created by famed DC and Marvel graphic master Chris Bachalo. 300 randomly distributed copies of Wu Massacre contained Bachalo's original un-inked pencil sketch of one of the three explosive color covers. Those ultra-rare inserts now rank among the Maltese Falcons of hip-hop limited editions.
Very few rappers embody the true essence of hardcore hip-hop the way Sheek Louch does so effortlessly. "I'm in the best shape of my life," he says confidently. "Stronger, faster, like, 'Bionic Man'!" Having earned his stripes as 1/3 of the LOX, as well as a proven solo artist, the Yonkers-native is respected as one of the best to ever do it when it comes to consistently making quality, street-approved music. Whether spitting alongside the Notorious B.I.G. on classics like "The Benjamins," ripping infinite mixtape instrumentals with Kiss and Styles, or breaking into radio with hit records like "Good Love," Sheek always sounds as confident as a veteran, and as hungry as the underdog.
Growing up an only child in Yonkers, NY, a young Sheek learned to grind watching his mother work hard to earn a masters degree, while still making time to help him with his math homework. He was inspired to rhyme around the age of 12, by his man Jada. "Me and Kiss used to always stay at our grandmothers' houses in Yonkers, and Kiss was always rappin, and I just tried it and we became like a group. Then Styles came… and that's how it started." Thanks to a powerful plug from up-n-coming queen of R&B soul Mary J. Blige, the trio would soon find themselves a part of a then burgeoning Bad Boy Records. The group became instant hood favorites with the release of the album Money, Power, Respect.
After that, they parted ways [less than amicably] with Puff, and joined fellow Y-O family member DMX with the Ruff Ryders camp. Causing a frenzy with their next album, We Are the Streets, the group solidified their hardcore image and both Jada and Styles broke out as critically-respected soloists. Meanwhile, Sheek, an aspiring entrepreneur, began working on their D-Block brand, building a studio, and looking for fresh, hungry young talent. "I've always been had artist slash entrepeneur role," he explains proudly. "I built a studio. I done opened a D-Block car wash, a D-Block Fitteds…all in Yonkers."
All that hard work eventually paid off, and Sheek finally released his own solo debut Walk Witt Me independently through their newly founded D-Block Records. Showing off a good head for business, and an even better ear for beats, Sheek surprised fans and critics alike with his solid effort. The dedicated lyricist would continue to go hard on mixtapes, on the internet, and even the radio, slowly and steadily building his up his brand.
Then, while rumors of the Lox resigning with Diddy circulated the internet, Sheek announced via Twitter, that he would be ending his impressive indie run and signing with Def Jam. Now that he's got the hip-hop powerhouse label behind him, the D-Block representer is excited as a kid at Christmas, to see what he can do with a little push for his as of yet untitled new album. "I'm like a new artist right now," he says proudly. "I'm still an indie type grind nigga. I just knew it could be bigger if I just had the tools and the machine to take it there."
Set for a late November release, Sheek's new album promises fans more of the gritty music they've come to expect from him, just on a higher level. The buzz is already heating up thanks to a mixtape with Green Lantern, "Donny Def Jam - Gorilla Warfare Vol. 1", led by records like the Jungle Brother's inspired "Gorilla Music" and the Green-produced "Cocaine Trafficking." "From back then, all you heard was Styles and Kiss," Sheek explains. "And now its like, 'That dude Sheek, Donny G… Who the fuck?! What the fuck?!' So, I feel great! Def Jam really feeling the energy, so I'm ecstatic, man, I'm excited! Everything I got out on the radio they goin' crazy off of... And that's strictly off of mixtape shit! They aint even hear the stuff I got for the album…the big, BIG records!"
Saigon is currently signed to Suburban Noize Records and Just Blaze's Fort Knocks Entertainment record label. After years of delay due to former record label interference, his album The Greatest Story Never Told is available now on Suburban Noize Records. He is also known for his street album Warning Shots and Moral of the Story along with appearances in the HBO television series Entourage.
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