Black Sheep + Grand Puba
DJ Akalepse, Closed for Private Event until 7:00pm
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Lyricist, artist, MC, there are so many words that can be used to define the creative force that is known as Andres "Dres" Titus. A talented hip hop artist, Dres is known to many as one half of the iconic Hip hop group Black Sheep, a group that created one of the most notable songs of the hip hop genre, "The Choice is Yours" a song that has shaped the mold of the culture in more ways than one. The track also recently lent its recognizable sound to Kia Motors, being featured in a popular commercial for the auto company which resulted in a remarkable 24% sales increase for the brand.
Dres's story is an inspiring one, although it was a journey that was not always quite easy. Born to a teenage mother, Dres moved frequently, resulting in his leaving his birthplace of Astoria, Queens as a young man. Not many people can gracefully rebound from the culture shock of relocating as a teen from the hip streets of Queens, NY to the grassy fields of Fayetteville, NC; but Dres did, all while making it look pretty much effortless. He managed to adapt to his surroundings using the same skills he has lived his whole life with, style, candor, and creativity. Dres was always an artistic young man, who has been drawn to the power of words from a young age, "I gravitated to Stevie Wonder's music at around age 10," recalls Dres, "This was my introduction to the power of words." Intrigued by the power of learning, Dres excelled academically and participated in several extra curricular activities that contributed to his understanding of music, including playing the trumpet and singing in his high school's choir.
During his high school years in North Carolina, Dres linked up with another New York native William "Mista Lawnge" McLean, to form the group Black Sheep. The group found much success and went on to become the first hip hop group to perform on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, collaborated with top acts like Vanessa Williams, and in 2008 had their signature song "The Choice is Yours" ranked on VH1's 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs. Black Sheep was also an integral part of The Native Tongues, a group of artists and talent that shared similar views and a dynamic love of music. The Native Tongues included hip hop icons like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, and Queen Latifah.
During later years Black Sheep disbanded, and Dres went on to continue to make his mark in the music industry. Dres describes his style as limitless within the genre, and he strives to always push himself to achieve new heights of creativity and meaning when he writes his rhymes, "I think I have an exceptional ear for knowing what compliments me as an artist," Dres says of his talent. His latest project exemplifies that creative intuition, and has brought him to collaborate with Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest, in a new group called evitaN. evitaN looks to reenergize the current state of hip hop, bringing the culture back to a level of authenticity. "Through our music I hope to show the world that belief in yourself is paramount," says Dres, "and that caring for yourself, family, and people never goes out of style." evitaN is ready to change the face of Hip Hop music--- the world is waiting.
New York rapper. Solo artist and member of Brand Nubian.
To get a sense of who Danny Akalepse is you have to look at his track record. DJing since 1993, he came up as a Battle / Party DJ in Hip Hop?s Golden Era where it truly was your skill set that your reputation was based on. With more than two decades of djing under his belt he has become highly respected in Soul, Funk, and Hip Hop circles the world over. Dividing his time in the early days of his career between radio, battles, DJing for Parrish Smith of EPMD, and collecting records he developed both his ear and rounded out his skill set as a DJ.
Moving from LI to Brooklyn in 2000 Lepse started really pushing his mixtapes, selling more copies than a lot of indy labels sell albums. These mixes landed him a ton of residencies, most notably an 8 year 2 night a week gig at the now legendary APT in NYC. Sharing the bill with the likes of Bobbito, Jazzy Jeff, DJ Premier, and his now partner in crime Rich Medina, Lepse?s fan base went through the roof. When APT closed it?s doors in 2009 Rich & Danny brought their Wednesday night to a new venue renaming the party PROPS, which they have since taken all over the U.S. and Europe. When you hear Lepse DJ it?s a mix of new, unknown, and classic tunes spanning nearly all genres taking the party on a dynamic journey. An avid record collector, he has a library of easily over 20,000 pieces, so playing just typical tunes is out of the question. His ability to ignite dance floors while pushing the listeners has put him on stage with the likes of KRS-ONE, Cypress Hill, Kenny Dope, DJ Spinna, Lord Finesse, J-Rocc, DJ Scratch, and Just Blaze to name a few. DJing on the road all over the states and Europe for the past ten years heavily, he continues to grow his brand and make his mark.
Danny is also the Co-owner and label manager of the world reknown Brooklyn imprint Big Crown Records, home of Lee Fields, Lady Wray, EL Michels Affair, Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, The Shacks, Paul & The Tall Trees, 79.5, and many more.
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