Scion presents Heard Entertainment CMJ showcase: Capital Steez, Brandun Deshay, Kyle Rapps and Diwon, Aaron Cohen and The Inner City Kids, Tek (of Smif N Wessun) and El Gant, Danse Daimons of Bkyln Stickup, Black Dave, Ceazar, Rilgood, Maffew Ragazino
Aaron Cohen and The Inner City Kids, Tek (of Smif N Wessun) and El Gant, Danse Daimons of Bkyln Stickup, Black Dave, Ceazar, Rilgood, Maffew Ragazino
17 Meadow St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11206
Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:30PM (event ends at 1:00 am)
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Rapper from the Brooklyn-based group Progressive Era. Aesop Rock meets Swing Jazz and Gym Class.
Kyle Rapps and Diwon
For Princeton, New Jersey Native Kyle Rapps recording a song with one his top influences and heroes in Hip Hop, the Teacher himself Blast Master KRS ONE was easily a full circle move for him. “I used to study his song structures, rhyme patterns and live shows,” remembers Kyle. After featuring KRS ONE on the Buzz worthy “RENT” single and video, under the name Black Skeptik, Kyle began to gain the attention of press, TV and radio nationwide. Kyle describes his own music as witty and youthful yet insightful and catchy. “Hip Hop is about stories and connecting the dots, some of the stories can be meaningful and still be fun and appealing. I rarely ever write a song that I can’t relate to in some way, shape, or form. My music will always reflect who I am.”
By age 20 Kyle started winning poetry slams in NYC with a concept-strong, socially-sharp raw hip hop delivery. Kyle attended Rutgers University in NJ and formed the acclaimed underground hip hop group, Thought Breakers under the Psuedonym Skeptik. By the time he graduated Rutgers with a B.A. in Spanish, Thought Breakers were local legends, having opened up for Wyclef Jean, Fat Joe, Talib Kweli, and Dead Prez, Independently selling 10,000 copies of their Album, Episode One.
After his poetry career has taken off with The Mayhem Poets playing children’s theatres and schools all around the country, Kyle has returned to his roots with concept driven hip hop music. Under the name Black Skeptik, he followed the “Rent” single (featuring rap legend KRS ONE), with “Frankenstein Saves Hip Hop” (featuring production by Blockhead and a video with Crazy Legs of Rocksteady crew). Solidifying a more positive out look on things, he changed his name to Kyle Rapps and release a 3rd single, “Love, Love” (Featuring KRS-One and Homeboy Sandman), which reached #1 on the college radio charts for Hip-hop.
Eager to show people the benefits of combining Hip- hop with education, Kyle is gearing up to release his debut EP, RE-Edutainment. This “revisit” of Boogie Down Productions classic album is produced by Kev Brown, and features songs with KRS-One, Joell Ortiz and U-N-I. Kyle is also finishing up his debut album, which was recorded in LA, NY, and on a Liberian refugee camp in Ghana, Africa. So stay tuned Kyle Rapps is definitely taking the steps to gradually become a household name amongst Hip Hop fans worldwide.
Brandun DeShay (born May 10, 1989), stylized as brandUn DeShay, is an American hip hop rapper and record producer. Born in Chicago, he has produced for former Young Money artist Curren$y, independent rapper Dom Kennedy, and Billboard_(magazine) cover holder, Mac Miller. His first official music video, Why You Gotta Zodiac Like That has been in rotation on MTVU. He has produced for all four of his releases. He is also a former member of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. DeShay was nominated for the XXL 2012 Freshman 10.
Aaron Cohen and The Inner City Kids
Seattle-born rapper now located in Brooklyn, NY.
Tek (of Smif N Wessun) and El Gant
BUCKTOWN! The group that forever changed the name of Brooklyn, New York to Bucktown, Smif N Wessun is one of Hip Hop's most storied rap duos. Taking the game by storm in 1995, with their first full-length release, 'Da Shinin,' Tek N Steele have gone on to release four more full-length albums in their career: 'Rude Awakening,' (1998), 'Reloaded,' (2005) and 'THE ALBUM' (2007). Smif N Wessun are also part of the mighty Boot Camp Clik, currently prepping an early 2012 release. Smif N Wessun recently released their fifth studio album, 'Monumental,' (2011) with legendary producer Pete Rock. The collaborative album features from Bun B, Raekwon, Styles P, Sean Price, Freeway, Buckshot, Memphis Bleek, Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Black Rob, Hurricane G, and Jahdan Blakkamore. Smif N Wessun have worked with some of Hip Hop's greats: Tupac, Talib Kweli, Tony Touch, Aaliyah, Mary J. Blige, M.O.P., Mobb Deep, Bun B, Raekwon, Pete Rock, Joell Ortiz, and more.
Danse Daimons of Bkyln Stickup
What started off as a simple mixtape and 24 promo t-shirts has evolved into a fully self sufficient record label and clothing line. Since its conception, we at BKLYN STICKUP have been dedicated to doing what we want on OUR terms and making what WE WANT to make. With the state of the culture we decided it was time we took things in our own hands. We are all about seizing opportunity and taking what you think belongs to you. Whether you are trying to get a promotion at work or trying to make the varsity basketball team, you gotta treat life like a stickup- GIMMIE THAT!
Black Dave is an upcoming rapper and skater from New York.
Real hip-hop is something people have been denied for far too long. But Staten Island’s latest musical export, reared on heavy dosages of Wu-Tang, Notorious B.I.G., and early G-Unit, has every intention of reacquainting folks. The job rests on the shoulders of not a man who grew up during rap’s golden era, but a young upcoming 21-year old named Ceazar, whose sole purpose is to bring some much-need
ed realness back to the game.
“My music isn’t like what you hear on the radio today,” says the young rapper, who hails from Staten Island, New York. “There’s no Autotune. It’s not down south music. It’s real east coast rap. It’s got the rawness that the game’s been missing.”
Ceazar’s style is best described as underground punchline rap. He weaves real-life stories with authentic lyrics and a solid delivery that is reminiscent of the golden era of rap. In an era of copycat hip hop, Ceazar takes a stand to deliver a pure message with a punch.
If Ceazar is an advocate of a grittier period in rap, it has less to do with his distaste for the current crop of MCs burning up the charts than it does his upbringing. Raised in a working class family (his father works for New York’s MTA and his mother works at a college), the only silver spoons he ever put in his mouth were the ones his parents grinded for day in and day out. Ceazar’s music is a reflection of his daily struggle to inch one step closer to the American Dream.
Living in New York, rap music and hip-hop culture is inescapable. Being around it so much, Ceazar began rapping as a youngster. But it wasn’t until he in 8th grade, after performing at a black history month event in front of all his junior high school classmates, that he was encouraged to take his craft seriously. Though by his own admission he was always a popular kid, the crowd’s embrace made him feel as if he’d found his true calling.
At Curtis High School, he spent some time in freestyle battles, but he realized quickly that there wasn’t much of a future in it, so he opted to focus his energy on crafting songs.
“In high school, everybody knew I rapped,” he explains. “But I just made music in my house. Then I got involved with Wu-Tang. I started talking to Raekwon when I was 15. I got more involved with them, just talking to Rae. He liked my music a lot. He told me to keep doing it until I got older.”
The connection with legendary Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon The Chef came at the hands of Ceazar’s manager, Greg Magras, who has a longstanding relationship with the Wu lyricist, having served as the CFO of Rae’s company, Ice Water Inc., since the early 2000s.
In the summer of 2009, Ceazar did his debut opening act for Raekown at Mahoney Park in Staten Island. The crowd responded very well, opening everyone’s eyes that Ceazar was for real. With Raekwon’s co-sign, Ceazar was invited on the road with the Wu, and joined them in Las Vegas on one of their tour dates. In the past few years, Ceazar has been a staple at all of Wu’s tri-state gigs.
When Raekwon went to L.A. to work on “Only Built for Cuban Linx… Part II,” Ceazar came along to gain exposure and experience in the music industry. For 6 months, Ceazar worked with Raekwon, Alchemist, and Doey Rock in L.A. Raekwon included Ceazar in his video “Walk Wit Me,” which was filmed in Hawaii. Ceazar also has a cameo role in Raekwon’s “New Wu” video. These videos showcase Ceazar as an artist who is affiliated with one of the top rappers in the game. While Ceazar’s grateful for Rae’s mentoring and advice, he’s not looking to fall in line like just another soldier. He’s well on his way to establishing himself as his own unique voice in hip-hop. He’s built his own recording studio and in November 2009 Ice H2O records signed a recording deal with Ceazar. He was then featured on the soundtrack of the motion picture Ninja Assassin in a song titled "Legacy" which features Ceazar, Raekwon, Xzibit, and Murs there has also been a video released with this record to promote the film.
On December 7th, 2010 Ceazar released a mixtape titled, “Dead Or Alive,” the mixtape displays a steady balance of raw hip-hop between Ceazar and fellow Brooklyn MC Reason. “Dead Or Alive” has 18 tracks plus 3 bonus songs the mixtape consists of original music along with remixes. "Dead Or Alive" is hosted by Raekwon's official DJ the world famous "Dj Symphony". The mixtape was premiered on the front page of www.datpiff.com for the first week of its release and received very high reviews. This mixtape is presented by the clothing company DOA Apparel & Young Cartel Ent.
For the past 2 years Ceazar has been touring with car company Dub Magazine on their "Dub Show Tour" car show and concert circuit. In 2010 he appeared in Ocean City, MD and San Diego, CA and took the stage with the likes of Three 6 Mafia, Nick Cannon, The Compton Menace, and Travie McCoy. In 2011 Ceazar once again returned to Ocean City, MD to a crowd of about 2500 and rocked the stage once again this time along with the likes of The Rejectz, and Waka Floka. Ceazar plans to continue to tour with Dub in the near future to come.
Ceazar has since gone on to release numerous songs and shoot multiple music video's which have been featured on many hip-hop blog sites and are posted on youtube. He has also collaborated with the likes of fellow Staten Island MC JoJo Pellegrino on multiple tracks along with fellow ICEH2O recording artist JD Era and artist Reina who had the chart topping single in 2005 "If I Close My Eyes" among many other projects Ceazar has been featured on.
"The next move for me right now is this mixtape "Render The Throne" I've kept this project real close to the chest it almost feels like a child to me "laughing". You gonna get a lot of action on this one unmatched punchlines along with top quality high power east coast production. This record sounds like an album! for real"
"Render The Throne" is set to be hosted by the world famous DJ Whoo Kid and will see appearances by legendary wordsmith Raekwon Da Chef, JoJo Pellegrino, JD Era, Reina, Tommy Nova, and of course fellow Brooklyn MC Reason. The Mixtape is set to be released in late December of 2011 or early January of 2012.
Traveling the 50 states and having a mixtape out and a second one on the way is quite an achievement, but Ceazar is just warming up. He know s he has a long road ahead of him, but he’s prepared and ready to make his mark in the music business.
“I just been doing my homework,” he says. “All I listen to is real rap. That’s what inspires me, and that’s what I’m bringing to the table. I feel like I’m the best up and coming artist from Staten Island, I’m not just talking about it, I’m showing and proving.”
Rilgood is a new Nigerian Hip-Hop artist Based in NY, raised in Brooklyn, His music is a reflection of his city and his aim for his future. His vocals can be compared to Jay-Z, while his eclectic style in production is very parallel to kanye West. he is on the cusp of super-stardom with his first major mix-tape release “The Good Times”.
Armed with pure lyrical prowess and with the hunger and talent that comes along with a Brooklyn emcee pedigree, Maffew enters Hip-Hop as an Artist on a mission.
Growing up in the Brownsville Section of Brooklyn, New York, Maffew began rhyming at the age of 7, during a time in Hip-Hop when rappers and rap groups were as different from one another, as one day is to the next. Influenced by his youngest uncle who kept the likes of Big Daddy Kane, Notorious B.I.G., Brand Nubian, A Tribe Called Quest, Snoop and Dre, Slick Rick, KRS-One, and so on, in heavy rotation Maffew was both nurtured and forced to "push his pen" at an early age. Having spent a number of years in Virginia, he was able to fully focus and hone every aspect of his repertoire. His presence in the booth similar to that of a confident quarterback in the pocket, Maffew makes and arranges songs of various contents, flows, pace and purpose, that both summarize the environment as well as capture the moment.
Maffew eventually would return to BK- and with the team coming together- bubbling quietly- like the thunderous roar from the 3 train leaving Brooklyn, his talent would not go unrecognized. The young, up and coming emcee was quickly enlisted by Shakedown's very own, Bad Boy/Konvict recording artist Red Café, for his album with DJ Envy called "The Co-Op" in which Maffew featured on two tracks (Invincible, Section 8). Then under his moniker St. Maffew, he also appeared on the Boot Camp Clik General, Sean Price's mixtape "Kimbo Price"(Weed & Hoes). Since then Maffew has ventured out and collaborated with artist such as Das Racist, Roc Marciano, Action Bronson, Mr. MFN eXquire, Skyzoo, Torae, and a host of others.
“I originally met Maffew when he was 15, in a store where everyone was battling. I thought he was the best out of all of them lyrically but thought he needed to grow up because his voice wasn't there. Flash-forward, a few years later I met him again when he grew up and his voice was right, his rhymes, and his swag. He is an artist. So right from there, I started fucking with him.”- DJ Clark Kent (abcdrduson.com interview excerpt)
After gaining the respect from some of hip-hops heavyweights, Maffew and his Independent record label Cash In Cash Out Records L.L.C. are ready to make their own path. Presently Maffew has 3 critically acclaimed releases under the belt (Where I'm From The Experience E.P., Rare Gems The Collection Hosted by DJ Delz and DJ Dub Floyd and Rhyme Pays presented by Boundless and Peter Rosenberg). Those critically acclaimed projects gained Maffew national media exposure with 4 video’s in rotation on MTV Jams/MTVU, two interviews with DJ Envy on MTV2 Sucker Free and his first appearance on BET 106 and park follow Friday. Ragazino or Sr. as some may call him is a pure talent with the ability to be honest while crafting his music and will be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.
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Scion presents Heard Entertainment CMJ showcase: Capital Steez, Brandun Deshay, Kyle Rapps and Diwon, Aaron Cohen and The Inner City Kids, Tek (of Smif N Wessun) and El Gant, Danse Daimons of Bkyln Stickup, Black Dave, Ceazar, Rilgood, Maffew Ragazino with Aaron Cohen and The Inner City Kids, Tek (of Smif N Wessun) and El Gant, Danse Daimons of Bkyln Stickup, Black Dave, Ceazar, Rilgood, Maffew Ragazino
Wednesday, October 17 · Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:30PM at The Paper Box