Blackalicious

In a hip-hop career that has stretched past a decade, Blackalicious has earned respect the old-fashioned way–rising through honesty, commitment, and artistry. Blackalicious is an American hip hop duo from Sacramento, California made up of rapper Gift of Gab (born Tim Parker) and DJ/producer Chief Xcel (born Xavier Mosley). They are noted for Gift of Gab’s often “tongue-twisting”, multisyllabic, complex rhymes and Chief Xcel’s “classic” beats.

Blending hip hop culture with a revolutionary state of mind, Raw G is notorious for passionate flow and deep poetry. Born and raised in GDL City, Mexico, Raw G was dealt a great deal of struggle at a young age. After losing her father, she began expressing her feelings of pain through writing, and began identifying to such artists like KRS-One, 2Pac and the Fugees, relating to the harsh reality depicted in their music.
In 1999 she moved to Oakland, California to start a new life as a mother. She began learning English by translating rap songs. In the last few years, Raw G has stepped her music career up to the top of the list of up and coming artists from the bay area. She has performed with artists such as KRS-One,Ghostface Killah, Dead Prez,Immortal Technique, Killah Priest, Mala Rodrigues and many more.

Kev Choice

Very few rappers play instruments. Most musicians couldn't rhyme a sixteen-bar verse if their lives depended on it. Yet Kev Choice is equally adept at both rapping and music theory, making him an anomaly whose talent traverses several genres. A classically trained pianist raised in Oakland, Choice studied jazz at New Orleans' Xavier University before earning a master's degree in m...usic at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. But instead of entering the staid world of academia, he returned to his hometown and became an in-demand sideman for numerous local artists, from Goapele to Too $hort. After a stint as the bandleader for Lauryn Hill, Choice currently leads a twelve-piece jazz outfit, the Kev Choice Ensemble, and holds down keyboard duties as a member of Oakland R&B/funk/soul supergroup Town Business (also featuring singer Sylk-E, rapper Too $hort, and RebelSoul artist Martin Luther). But musical chops are only one aspect of his repertoire. In addition to his jazz and classical background, he's a card-carrying member of the hip-hop generation. He not only plays jazz with a hip-hop attitude, but is a skilled rapper himself. Though streetwise, his lyrics put a positive spin on the rap genre, whether celebrating the Bay Area's wealth of local talent ("Bay Diamonds") or paying tribute to Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama ("Obama Song").

DJ Davey D

Davey D is a nationally recognized journalist, adjunct professor, Hip Hop historian, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, producer, deejay, media and community activist. Originally from the Bronx, NY, Davey D’s been down with Hip Hop since since 1977 where he started out as an emcee for two crews TDK [Total Def Krew] out of Co-op City and the Avengers out of the Marble Hill Section of the Bronx. He moved to California and graduated from UC Berkeley.

Davey D is the co-founder and host of several of the most cited Hip Hop radio and online news journalism projects of all time. Hard Knock Radio (HKR) is an award-winning daily syndicated prime time afternoon show focusing on Hip Hop culture and politics. One of the first of its kind, the show originated in 1999 on KPFA 94.1 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now can be heard in Seattle, Atlanta, Portland, Fresno and is streamed live on KPFA.org, reaching close to a million listeners daily. In 2003, HKR was cited as best on air show by the East-Bay Express and Davey D voted Best On Air Personality. He was awarded The Profiles in Excellence Award by ABC 7 in the Bay Area (2005). He was recently awarded 'Thank You Award' in 2009 for Independent Artist Week.

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Blackalicious with Raw-G, Kev Choice, DJ Davey D

Friday, January 25 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The New Parish