Kool Keith

After single-handedly redefining "warped" as the mind and mouth behind the Bronx-based Ultramagnetic MCs, "Kool" Keith Thornton -- aka Rhythm X, aka Dr. Octagon, aka Dr. Dooom, aka Mr. Gerbik -- headed for the outer reaches of the stratosphere with a variety of solo projects. A one-time psychiatric patient at Bellevue, Keith's lyrical thematics remained as free-flowing here as they ever were with the NY trio, connecting up complex meters with fierce, layers-deep metaphors and veiled criticisms of those who "water down the sound that comes from the ghetto." His own debut single, "Earth People" by Dr. Octagon, was quietly released in late 1995 on the San Francisco-based Bulk Recordings, and the track spread like wildfire through the hip-hop underground, as did the subsequent self-titled full-length released the following year. Featuring internationally renowned DJ Q-Bert (also of the Invisible Skratch Picklz) on turntables, as well as the Automator and DJ Shadow behind the boards, Dr. Octagon's left-field fusion of sound collage, fierce turntable work, and bizarre, impressionistic rapping found audiences in the most unlikely of places, from hardcore hip-hop heads to jaded rock critics. Although a somewhat sophomoric preoccupation with body parts and scatology tended to dominate the album, Keith's complex weave of associations and shifting references is quite often amazing in its intricacy. The record found its way to the UK-based abstract hip-hop imprint Mo'Wax (for whom Shadow also records) in mid-1996, and was licensed by the label for European release (Mo'Wax also released a DJ-friendly instrumental version of the album titled, appropriately, The Instrumentalyst [Octagon Beats]).

The widespread popularity of the album eventually landed Keith at Geffen splinter DreamWorks in 1997; the label gave Dr. Octagon (retitled Dr. Octagonecolygist) its third release mid-year, adding a number of bonus cuts. In early 1999, however, Keith's alter-ego Dr. Dooom unfortunately "killed off" Dr. Octagon on the opening track of First Come, First Served (released on Thornton's own Funky Ass label). Kool Keith signed to Ruffhouse/MCA for his second album under that alias, 1999's Black Elvis/Lost in Space. Records released as Kool Keith followed in 2000 (Matthew) and 2001 (Spankmaster), while the 2002 collaboration Gene appeared as KHM (Kool Keith plus H-Bomb and Marc Live). His next project was a four-rapper group named Thee Undatakerz with Keith taking on a new persona, Reverand Tom. Kool Keith Presents Thee Undatakerz hit the streets in May of 2004. Keeping busy, Keith released Diesel Truckers in August of the same year with old friend/producer Kutmasta Kurt. ~ Sean Cooper, All Music Guide

Sharkula

Outsider hip-hop artist from Chicago. Although he has minimal vinyl releases, Sharkula has hundreds of CD-R mixtape and cassette releases. He can be found any day of the week selling his music on the street in various Chicago neighborhoods.

The Artist Formally Known As Vince Band

Glitter, Rocking, Drinking. Eyeliner, Lipstick. Nail Polish, pretty things, late nights

Paulie Think

Veteran Punk Rapper Paulie Think has been rocking crowds since 1989. Has releases out on DIY Bandits, Fake Four Inc., Vynil Communications and a new full length coming out on No Trend Records. He has shared the stage with De La Soul, Chumbawamba, Grayskul, Ceschi, Pharcyde, Jawbreaker, MDC, Brother Ali, UK Subs, GWAR, Myka 9, Astranautalis, Fastplants and many more. He has etched out his own current style as “Chinatown Hip Hop Punk Folk”. His two alternate ego’s “Mo Memphi$” and “Mo Dunks Khed” will have you laughing your ass off.

SamIAm the MC

The Southeast Side of Chicago native has a long track record of producing top notch Hip-Hop talent, and Samuel Simmons II (aka SamIAm) is the next burgeoning MC to arise from Stony's rich musical heritage.

In his short career to date, SamIAm has garnered more 'stripes' than most MC's earn in a lifetime. Beginning with a win at the 2007 Rhymespitters 4 Chicago All City Freestyle Battle (which had nearly 200 Chicago contestants), and after countless battles at the legendary 606 Open mics and sessions at The Note, SamIAm's talents were finally recognized by the National media & industry. It was only a matter of time before he became the 5-time champ of BET's 106th & Park Freestyle Friday. And after being retired to Freestyle Friday's Hall of Fame, he was a finalist on MTV2's World Rap Championships for 1 Million Dollars.

But despite his formidable skills in the battle rap arena, SamIAm is more a true Hip-Hop artist who's deft at freestyles. His real passions can be found on record. SamIam has 2 full lengths under his belt (Refreshing & The Taste), & one mixtape "I WANNA MC 4 U!".... And on the local scene, his high profile battles haven't changed that fact that he's Chicago to the core.

Fully committed to furthering the city's 'true freestyle' scene, SamIAm has hosted numerous parties all over Chicago in Wicker Park, Wrigleyville, Uptown, and more.

The mixtape "I WANNA MC 4 U!" and long awaited album "COOLER BY THE LAKE" will be available on I-Tunes very soon.

SamIam's current single/music video "SMACK" from the "I WANNA MC 4 U!" (all original production) Mixtape:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NPlYjYRibI

Stay tuned for the upcoming album Cooler By The Lake!

The Flavor Savers

Hey there good lookin. You sure have a nice butt parts. But enough about you, let me tell you about us.

We’re a band, and we make videos. That’s the basic gist. We also do super sweet dance moves, raps about beavers, indoor roller derbies, mustache concerts, regular concerts, calendar making, arts & crafts and some other stuff.

Doin’ it With The Flavor Savers, is the name of our new web series.

Anyway, that’s what we do and who we are. Now, back to those butt parts…

$5.00 - $20.00

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