DJ True Justice

True Justice, aka The Man of Steel, has been a pioneer in the Bay Area Hip Hop scene since 1989. In an era where real deejaying skills have become scare, True Justice holds the torch, and is known for tearing clubs down in every city and every town. No stranger to hustle and showmanship, he comes from the era of constantly packing the vinyl crates and being out on the road!

True's ambition is to showcase the amount of talent that he has amassed in the last 17 years in Northern California, better known as The Yay Area. While still in high school, True Justice was a hip hop dancer for the Oakland, CA super-group A.P.G. (Action Packed Gangstas), and at the age of 16, he found himself doing concerts with the likes of Digital Underground, Capital Tax, Paris and K-Cloud -- while witnessing first hand the birth of the independent hip hop game in the culturally rich Bay Area.

From 1989-91, True studied A.P.G.'s master DJ J-Cutt as he amazed crowds night after night with his show-stealing solo routines with two turntables, a mixer, and two copies of the same record. When he arrived in Berkeley in 1992, True Justice (then known as DJ Skillz), traded his patent leather shoes for two Technic turntables and a Gemini mixer. For years you could see True selling cassette tapes on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, CA alongside favorites of today: Living Legends, Saafir, and the Hobo Junction.

In 1996, True formed the All Purpose DJs with Lord Takim, DJ Styles, and DJ Lex. That same year he began a career of show deejaying, first with Dream Nefra, and then later with Mic T, AceyAlone & Abstract Rude, Aesop and Planet Asia. He is currently Guerrilla Funk's resident DJ, handling tour duties with Paris and T-K.A.S.H. He also works with Enzyme Dynamite of The Bayliens. As a duo True Justice and DJ Lex released Volume 1 in 1997, Aural Sex Volume 2 in 1998, AP2K in 2000, and Pound Fa Pound in 2004. All releases quickly became local classics. The All Purpose DJs have excited crowds with icons such as Slick Rick, Biz Markie, Notorious B.I.G., Xzibit, Phife, Keak Da Sneak, Above The Law, and E-40.

In 2001, True and Lex toured in Osaka, Japan, garnering legions of fans of their dexterity on the wheels of steel. A bonafide student of showmanship, True continued to hone his craft, and in 2007, True Justice dropped his self-titled debut album and joined forces with The Bayliens -- "Aliens from The Bay" -- and dropped the CD Crop Circles in the same year.

From 2007 to 2011, True Justice toured worldwide with The Bayliens, Living Legends, Mistah F.A.B., Zion I, Paris, The Alkaholiks, Jeru The Damaja, Lords Of The Underground, The Beatnuts, Onyx, Redman and EPMD. Now, in 2012, he is poised to release his sophomore effort, The Man of Steel, on Guerrilla Funk, with production assistance by Paris and featuring Planet Asia and The Bayliens.

The Homey Nolte

More than an MC, much more than a promoter and galaxies beyond an event coordinator, Nolte is an impresario. He performs every function in the opera that is Hip Hop. He is what the Hip Hop society needs. Nolte is a consummate professional. He is an abundance of energy. He is a source of amusement. With witty and thought provoking content, Nolte IS Hip Hop.

Performing live with the likes of Devin the Dude, The Beatnuts, Lauryn Hill, Ozomatli, The Family Stone, Guru, Black Sheep, Rappin Forte, Turf Talk, Mistah FAB, and more, Nolte has been a man amongst Gods for 12 summers. During this time, he found his way on to various radio stations and even landed himself on to MTV’s Direct Effect in 2004. He started a nonprofit charity series named “Friends with Benefits”. He also partnered with “Mic Danja” to start a 10 Event Showcase Series entitled “Booze Em Buddiez” and a Talent Contest Series entitled “The Who Does Music? Competition” In addition to that, he assisted in pushing Hip Hop's "fashion agenda" with Spicey Promotions by participating in and coordinating a multitude of fashion shows throughout California.

He left his mark on consumers by releasing 4 albums under Majesty Records, one of which found him and label mate “Gillatine” nominated for “Group of the Year” at the Bay Area Rap Scene Awards in 2006. He also collaborated on various projects with other aspiring entertainers. However; by attacking the "show circuit" over the last 4 years, he has been able to maintain an average of 1 show per week. At the end of August 2012, he successfully completed a 40 day tour encompassing 30 shows and 17 cities.

Through shedding blood, sweat and years, The Homey Nolte has become international. You can find glimpses of his greatness in Russia, Barbados, Sint Marteen, Antigua, Nigeria, Sweden and the Philippines. This artist is a complete entertainment package!

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DJ True Justice, The Homey Nolte, Brendan Powers

Tuesday, July 2 · 11:00 PM at 19 Broadway