Free First Fridays Featuring: Toon & the Real Laww w/ The Band

Toon & the Real Laww

Marine, Singer, Rapper, Song Writer and Producer, “The Real Laww was born to entertain…”. Winner of the 2012 Carolina Music Awards for Video of Year with “International Laww” and 2012 CMA nominee for Best Male Hip Hop Artist The Real Laww has been a force to be reckon with in the NC hip hop scene. He has graced the cover of Tribes Magazine, hosted benefit concerts for The Wounded Warriors Project and for the victims of domestic violence for The Durham Rescue mission. This was as of August 2011 after returning from another successful toward in Afghanistan as a US Marine. No matter the type of show and genre performed, The Real Laww manages to make a heavenly blend and transition, performing alongside punk rock bands, to jazz and spoken word artists. From opening to headlining, The Real Laww cannot be denied and the energy he gives to the fans is shown when everyone is drenched in sweat after one of his performances.

Durham rapper Toon combines intricate detail in lyricism with a sharp delivery. Playing shows anywhere from downtown city bars to Duke University theaters, he’s sidled up alongside several young hip-hop ascendants. In an area and a time where the pickings are slim for inventive new local rap, Toon has risen to the challenge to bring you what you need alongside Kooley High, King Mez, Lazarus and a promising new crop.

Originally born in Baltimore, Md., Toon had a rough start, was the witness to his mother’s abusive relationship and subsequent divorce. He soon moved to North Carolina with her, but the history he has accumulated seems to be the driving forces behind his relentless show schedule and forceful writing.

While attending the Durham School of the Arts, Toon met his current collaborator, The Real Laww. As with 2011’s The King’s Khrysis, which paired Raleigh rapper King Mez with producer Khrysis, the two have created a balance for one another, making them a duo worth beholding. On the single “Hulk Smash,” Toon picks out exactly what is wrong with the rap game today, spitting lines like, “Just because we can’t understand you doesn’t make you creative” and “There’s role models down the street but they’re scared to teach.” Galvanized by the past but driven toward the future, Toon unites a bold performance with a meaningful backstory. —James Hatfield

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Free First Fridays Featuring: Toon & the Real Laww w/ The Band

Friday, July 5 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM at The Pour House Music Hall

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