Savage Party Presents:
Metasota, Transit22, Jahn Rome
2477 18th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Doors 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Doomtree co-founder, punk philosopher and lyrical bomb-thrower Stefon Alexander, aka P.O.S, makes tight, declamatory music that builds on the Minneapolis-bred rapper and producer’s penchant for grinding beats and radical lyrics. Known for welding hip-hop with guitar squalls, screamed vocals, and futuristic beats fit for a Berlin nightclub, P.O.S steps even further into genre-blurring territory with Chill, dummy, his first official release with Doomtree Records since his 2004 debut Ipecac Neat. The album reflects on the past three years since a near-fatal kidney transplant sidelined him from making music and deals with the the difficulties of trying to maintain peace of mind and navigate through a confusing world which is becoming increasingly more alienating. P.O.S’ production fingerprints are all over this one as he maneuvers through a wide range of sprawling beats contributed by himself, usual suspects Lazerbeak and Ryan Olson, and newcomers Cory Grindberg and Makr. Several friends touch down along the way to offer up biting commentary and varying points of view (Allan Kingdom, Astronautalis, Kathleen Hanna, Justin Vernon, Open Mike Eagle, Busdriver, and Lady Midnight to name a few), but the album never suffers from an oversaturation of scattered voices, instead using everyone’s individual ethos and strengths to build a unifying call to arms. The result is P.O.S’ most bold, honest, and daring work to date, so Chill, dummy.
Metasota first made a name for himself as a battle rapper in the Twin Cities. After tasting success on the underground battle scene. Metasota decided to focus his energy on becoming a successful artist in the traditional studio setting. Since then Metasota has become more known for his amazing stage presence, intelligent lyrics, witty punch lines, and his whimsical sense of humor. Metasota is constantly working to perfect his craft as an artist so he can deliver his message through his music. Inspired by such rap legends as Outkast, Common, Jay-z, and Nas, Metasotahas an unrelenting drive, and plans on taking his music to the next level.
Transit22 is an Independent Music Award winner and Western Canadian Music Award nominated rapper, a Calgary poet laureate finalist and a winner of a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award. He has released 6 albums which have sold thousands of copies, and has collaborated with Rhymesayers recording artist Grieves, Sims of Doomtree, Astronautalis, Madchild of Swollen Members, and 8-time Juno Award winner Jann Arden. Transit22 has toured as a headliner several times and has alsosupported tours of Canada, the United States, and Europe with Doomtree, Sage Francis, Swollen Members, Apathy & Celph Titled, Astronautalis, and Zion I, and has shared stages with internationally recognized names like Mac Miller, Tech N9ne, Murs, Hilltop Hoods, Dirty Heads, Down With Webster, Shad, and 54-40. Transit22 has been selected to showcase at prestigious festivals like SXSW, CMW, and Breakout West, and has performed live in front of over 200,000 people with a stint as a featured artist on the Calgary Stampede main stage. He has received national media coverage including features on Global TV, CTV, CBC TV, Shaw TV, CBC Radio One, in Maclean's Magazine, and regular MuchMusic rotation of his music videos, which have also gotten substantial support online with over 1,000,000 views on YouTube. Transit22 has also been awarded several FACTOR, Alberta Music, and SOCAN Foundation grants to further the development of his career.
Hailing from Maryland, Jahn Rome defines himself as an authentic voice with a passionate stage presence. While attending college in Philadelphia, Rome earned his performing experience playing at countless house concerts and school sponsored events. He got a taste for bigger stages after opening for artists such as Steve Aoki and Kirko Bangz. Using his philosophy and gender studies background, Rome engages with topics and problems that many rappers refuse to tackle. This willingness to engage with unknowns and uncertainties is central to his music and performances.
Rome’s performances feature high-energy songs contrasted by heartfelt verses meant to keep audiences both dancing and listening. Instead of an aggressive, hyper masculine personality, he connects with fans through honesty and sincerity. And while Rome is no stranger to the stage, he finds deep purpose in creating songs that connect with audiences off stage. He understands that his privileged position as a white and cisgender man already gives him a platform that many people do not have.
With that understanding, Rome released his powerful song “The Art of Denial” and its music video in November of 2016. The video depicts a somber but intense scene in which Rome delivers painful, personal lyrics covering the horrors of sexual assault. Rome uses this opportunity to clearly and aggressively denounce sexual assault in all forms. The music video amassed over 100 thousand views on Facebook.
After some reflection and work in the studio, Rome began a new phase of releases. In March 2017, he started with first single “Issues” followed by single “So Many Words.” To date, “Issues” and “So Many Words” together have gained over 140,000 total streams. In May, Jahn released the third single and video in this new series, entitled “Rush.” With these releases, Rome has gained the attention and support of dozens of blogs, including notable sites/channels such as EARMILK, ELEVATOR and Promoting Sounds. Going forward, Jahn will release new music consistently on a bi-weekly basis.
By using his voice, he has the greatest potential to assist in causes that help us become more critical of the status quo. This passion for good causes consistently fuels his music and performances; he has played for large-scale fundraising concerts in the DMV and Philly areas to benefit organizations such as the ACLU, umttr, USO and JDRF. With every step on a stage, Jahn Rome seizes another opportunity to connect with people and show them a new perspective.