Big Paper Promotions presents
DO THE DAM THING feat. Brother Ali
Dallas, Steddy P, DJ Mahf, Blueprint
70 Legion Rd
Lake Ozark, MO
Doors 10:00 AM / Show 12:00 PM
This event is all ages
I've lived and loved the culture of Hip Hop since I was in grade school, 1985. I use to study and memorize the greats like Melle Mell, Slick Rick and Whoodini. When KRS-One, Rakim and Public Enemy came out in the late 80's it blew my mind. I started writing and recording my own songs in Jr. High. By High School I was battling in cyphers everywhere I went and rockin' school dances.
I met the Rhymesayers crew in the late 90's and learned the next level of DIY music. Ant and I started working together in '02. We made Shadows On The Sun and I started touring in support of Atmosphere (my label-mates and big brothers).
We toured constantly for the next few years with comrades like Brand Nubian, Immortal Technique and Rakim. The Champion EP dropped in 04 and we kept it moving.
Our last major release was The Undisputed Truth in Spring of '07. I had a great couple of years because of that record. My crew and I did our first headlining tours in the US, Canada and Australia. I was featured in The Source Magazine's "Hip Hop Quotable" and Rolling Stone's "Artist To Watch" columns. I played on TV a few times including Late Night with Conan O'Brien (Mint Condition backed me up for that one). I did a US tour with Rakim and Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan. I was also blessed to tour Europe and Australia several more times with Atmosphere.
This past March we released the final chapter in the Undisputed Truth movement. "The Truth Is Here EP/DVD is a collection of music that ANT and I made during the few precious breaks we had from our tour schedule. The DVD is my sold-out homecoming show from The Undisputed Truth Tour.
Ant and I just released our latest full-length album "Us". Whereas my last projects have been strictly autobiographical, this album opens the lens to showcase the amazing and sometimes tragic lives of my friends and loved-ones who have shaped me as a man. I hope that by illustrating these stories that are so dear to my heart, I might shed some light on how similar we all really are. Society makes us think we're in different worlds because of our race, religion, class, sex etc. I tried to make something that shows how alike we really are.
Dallas is not your average hip hop artist, and he is proud of that fact. While releasing his sophomore full length last year, he learned valuable lessons about the craft from the diverse group of peers that surround him. Sharing the stage with numerous national touring acts, and touring himself, has forged a solid figure to emerge out of the mid-west Hip Hop scene. With video's and another EP download in the works, 2012 looks to be another strong year for this Missouri native. "You Are Here" out now, and available at www.indyground.com
Steddy P is not your average rapper, and he'll be the first to admit these are not average times, so he writes an array of songs depicting his life as best he can, simply honest. Steddy P has also become involved in video editing and graphic design, so now his platform for expression is much bigger than it's ever been entering a new decade and the most important time, now.
A native to Kansas City, MO, Steddy has an enormous passion for the music he creates. His experiences in this harsh music climate date back to 2004 during his stint in college, assembling Steddy English mixtapes with resources from Streetside Records and Kinkos. Hailing from Kansas City, Steddy was forced to research the art form that caught his attention so much.
With no major labels or legitimate endorsers, Steddy P along with Andy Price and Eddy English started IndyGround Entertainment, a label striving to create an aesthetic separate from popular culture, focusing regionally on the Middle of Map, USA. At first, the label placed emphasis on the Interstate 70 highway stretch from Lawrence to St. Louis and everything in-between; but now thanks to a grassroots approach and five years of hard work, IndyGround continues to expand nationally. Along with business partner Adam Hoffsette (Magic8 Designs), Steddy runs the IndyGround Headquarters out of downtown Kansas City, MO.
Sharing stages with some of the best live hip hop acts in the business has definitely made critics pay attention to Steddy P. Frequently performing as opening support for these acts in the Midwest region, he leaves the usual conventions of stereotypical rappers by the wayside, earning stripes month by month for over the last two years along side DJ Mahf relentlessly touring the Midwest region.
Steddy P has recently opened for Tech N9ne, Talib Kweli, Brother Ali, Murs, P.O.S, Cool Kids, Flobots, Blueprint, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Blackalicious, Qwel of Typical Cats, and the list goes on...
Known for his ability to move crowds, dig deep in the crates, and always keep it funky; DJ MAHF walks a fine line between artistic turntablist and party rocker. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri he began experimenting on the decks when he was in high school. Since, he has played just about every major venue in the region & has been all over the world spreading his signature sound.
In St. Lou...is, MO The Riverfront Times has crowned him "Best Hip Hop DJ" in '06 & '09 and most recently was named St. Louis' 2010 Red Bull Thre3style Champion and then went on to place 4th in U.S. Finals.
He has had the honor of sharing the stage with artists ranging from hip hop heavyweights Tech N9NE, Talib Kweli, & most of the Rhymesayers camp to legendary DJs such as Z-Trip & Cut Chemist. His original group Earthworms has seen it's fair share of success, locking down "Best Hip Hop Group" honors in the RFT multiple times and releasing 3 stand out full-length albums. Today, MAHFis a very active member of Indyground and has put in work on a number of releases & tours with Kansas City's Steddy P. 2011 will be the duo's busiest year to date.
MAHF has always been active in the mixtape game as well. Ongoing series such as Homemade Junk & Press Play At Night keep fans satisfied, but the projects to come will see him exploring even more new territory. When at home, DJ MAHF holds down a number of weekly & monthly gigs in towns around the Midwest.
First trained in his church choir, Print played in R&B bands in high school and later developed a rep as a standout rapper. Here, he experiments with the synths, keyboards, and drum machines that connected the musical dots of those early days.
Print began pursing his career as a musician in 2001, working on several hip hop projects including his collaborative project Soul Position with DJ/Producer RJD2. Releasing The Unlimited EP & 8,000,000 Stories on Rhymesayers Entertainment with RJ, Blueprint began work in 2004 on what would become his first solo album, 1988. The success of that album allowed him to tour extensively throughout North America and Europe, before returning home to focus on writing and recording his next album.
When he sat down to work on this sophomore effort, Print began with the dark, soulful and sample heavy hip hop of the early 90's, but soon found himself hitting a creative wall. What shook him loose was a new mission: to create an album that encompassed every facet of music he knew, blurring genre lines and bringing it back home as one cohesive listening experience. The more he worked to pair new found interest in rock & electronic music with his love of hip hop,the more he was able to break down that creative barrier.
Thus began his Adventures in Counter Culture, a monumental undertaking that would involve reinventing himself as a musician and person. His growing cynicism with the world, his disdain for pop culture, the state of politics, and an apathetic, uninspired society, all worked as fuel to inspire this sophomore album. Moved by the impact that sampling lawsuits were having on the music community, Blueprint also decided return to his roots and began writing and producing his own original content.