Locally Grown After-Party featuring
The Real Laww, Skyblew
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM
This event is all ages
Thomas was born on Fort Belvoir, and grew up in nearby Dale City VA. After spending many summers in NC, he eventually moved to Richlands, North Carolina with his family in 1991 when he was in his early teens. He studied at the University of North Carolina, initially majoring in criminal justice, but switching to English, and then radio, television and motion pictures. Kaze's first claim to fame was as founder of the Hip-Hop Nation on-campus organization, aimed at promoting local MCs, DJs, poets, and graffiti artists. He followed this with the nationally syndicated television show Hip-Hop Nation in 2001, which he co-created and produced. He then started his own Soul Dojo record label, the first release on which was his 2003 debut album, Spirit of '94. The album was picked up by BCD Global Distribution later that year. He followed this with the Enemy of the State mixtape, featuring contributions from DJ Forge, L.E.G.A.C.Y., 9th Wonder and Nature, and a single "Move Over with Nature", featuring production from fellow North Carolina resident 9th Wonder. 9th Wonder remixed the beats from Kaze's debut, and it was re-issued as Spirit of '94 Version 9.0, with re-recorded vocals, released by Brick Records in the United States and Handcuts Records in Japan. Combined sales of Spirit of '94 and Enemy of the State totalled over 10,000 copies. In 2006, he signed to Rawkus Records, with his second album proper, Block 2the Basement released in 2008. He performed as part of the SXSW festival in 2007. In February 2009, he went on to become co-winner of the LOUD.COM Ultimate Rap Star contest, earning him a record deal with hip-hop business legend Steve Rifkind's SRC Records, distributed by Universal Motown. He joined forces with G-Unit/Shady's DJ Whoo Kid to release the "First in Flight" mixtape in September 2009.
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.
Born in Trenton NJ, The Real Laww 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.
Mario "SkyBlew" Farrow grew up in Alabama. Most of his neighborhoods were polluted with drugs, gangs, and violence. Surrounded by negativity and transitioning into various foster homes, he could have easily chosen the wrong path. Rather than succumbing to his environment and dire circumstances, Mario chose to rise above them and use music to soothe his soul and escape. He would freestyle and rhyme to himself, eventually penning his lyrics under the name, "Young Millionaire," in 2004.
In 2008 Mario relocated and acclimated to Chapel Hill, NC. During this transitional period, he delved deeply into his craft, linking up with local emcees and producers like ACee, Shoton, and KdotMills. Taking his lyricism to the next level, Mario decided to change his handle to "SkyBlew." His music is proving to be unique with an uplifting, powerful, and positive message in Hip-Hop. SkyBlew uses his sincere, substantive lyrics & soulful sound to breathe life into a genre saturated with lies, darkness and gimmicks. Most say, SkyBlew is a breath of fresh air! He pushes the boundaries with his music and brings a new/unique flavor to the music world. In addition to his solo career, SkyBlew is also half of the dynamic duo known as Blaze the Sky, with fellow emcee, Azon Blaze.
SkyBlew, doesn't want to put himself in a box, so he strays away from putting certain labels on his style. He simply titles it - Painting The Sky,Blew!!! The young artist, also creatively incorporates video game and anime references/themes into his repertoire in a very unique way. It's all about having fun, spreading LOVE, being yourself & enjoying life! SkyBlew, accompanied by his live band - The Digi Destined, made headlines after their memorable performance at the MAJOR, Hopscotch Music Festival 2015, opening for Pusha T! He has performed at countless anime and video game conventions including: XCON, The Carolina Gaming Summit, Hoshicon, The Triad Anime Con, T-Mode & more! He also got the chance to tour with his musical mentor, Random aka Mega Ran!! His distinctive sound is attributed to the diversity of his idols. His musical influences include: Common, Lupe Fiasco, Nujabes, 2Pac, Scapegoat Wax, Blue Scholars, Common Market, Amy Winehouse and a host of other artists from all genres. His studies have taken him full circle in the history of Hip-Hop.
SkyBlew is featured on some of the most notable websites in cyberspace such as: 2DopeBoyz, Afropunk, MTV, Earmilk, HotNewHipHop, DJ Booth, Rapzilla, HYPEFRESH Magazine, and countless others! He also, received MAJOR recognition from ReverbNation as a "Break Out Artist" in their "ReverbNation Artists Shine in 2013" video! Sky has shared the stage with some of the finest artists in the business, including: Kendrick Lamar, Slick Rick, Lupe Fiasco, Curren$y, Flobots, Del The Funky Homosapien, Slum Village, The Cool Kids, Jedi Mind Tricks, Watsky, Chris Webby, Kirko Bangz, Grieves, Jean Grae, J-Live, Aer, Wax, Yonas, Camp Lo, David Dallas and the list goes on! He has also worked with clothing companies through sponsorship such as: Tilteed (www.tilteed.com), Acropolis (www.acropolisapparel.com) and Team Thesis (www.theteamthesis.com). He is currently working with: Bitmap'd Video Game Tees (http://bitmapd.com/) and Fresh Toast Clothing (http://www.freshtoastclothing.com/).
SkyBlew is destined for great things. His exposure is growing exponentially on the regional, national, and international levels. With over 1M (million) views on MySpace and a rapidly growing Facebook page, he is painting the sky an elevated shade of BLEW! His albums: 'SkyBlew's UNmodern Life & Race For Your Life, SkyBlew!' which were released under Mega Ran's imprint - RandomBeats Music, both debuted on the Bandcamp front page as the second best sellers in the Hip-Hop category! SkyBlew was also nominated for the NCUMAS (North Carolina Underground Music Awards) 2012 Lyricist Award! His powerful music video/short film "Running in Place" won Best Music Video at the Rumschpringe International Short Film Festival and 3rd Best Video at the Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival! SkyBlew also released 2 exclusive Jazz Hop albums in South Korea, that made major headlines and also their top 10 charts!! The nominations continue to soar! Legendary performances are in the making... Appointed times appear, and with the state of Hip-Hop today, we need more from SkyBlew. This ColorfulDreamer lives by the slogan, "I DON'T Rap, I Paint The Sky,Blew!!!"