Sadistik

Sadistik is not just another rapper, he is an artist in the deepest sense of the word. Hailing all the way from the scenic gloom of Seattle, Washington, Sadistik has quickly gained the hearts and ears of listeners by opting for a more personal and heartfelt brand of music by carefully circumventing the limiting cliches of rap music --- all before the age of 25. By combining caustic honesty, lyrical wit and technical innovation, Sadistik has crafted a sound that he can truly call his own. His lyrical endeavors are not without the help of some of the most talented producers in the underground scene, however, as he has worked predominantly with Portland-based instrumentalist Emancipator. In addition to their work together, Sadistik has meshed his sounds with the likes of the prolific duo Blue Sky Black Death as well as Chicago native Kid Called Computer. From his work with such talented multi-instrumentalist producers, Sadistik has created a signature of unpredictable and complex song structures draped with densely layered combinations of intricate sample work and live instruments. Sadistik's collaborations are not limited only to the powerhouses of the instrumental scene, however, but also some of underground rap's most revered wordsmiths such as Eyedea, Cage, Mac Lethal and Sage Francis, to name a few.

In 2008 Sadistik made his name with the provocatively fearless debut album "The Balancing Act." This record has been heralded by many critics as "hip hop's answer for winter albums" (SputnikMusic.com) for its fearlessly emotional potency because "after you are done listening to [it] you feel as though you have the world's strongest drug in your veins." When this sound was combined with the collaborations with Rhymesayers recording artist Mac Lethal and Vast Aire from Cannibal Ox fame, it becomes clear why so many have considered this to be an underground classic. Following the release of "The Balancing Act" was the release of the music video for the single titled "Searching for Some Beautiful" which was accepted by MTVu and well-received by fans and new listeners alike.

Following the success of "The Balancing Act" was 2010's operatic opus "The Art of Dying" with Chicago-bred producer Kid Called Computer. Again displaying his relentless knack to stray from rap music's norms, Sadistik and Kid Called Computer opted to create a conceptually unique album more akin to progressive rock than what is accepted as hip-hop with "beautifully married gloomy progressions with [...] gorgeous chaos in the music" (RapReviews.com). Whether it be the grandiose live rock crescendo of "Save Yourself" or the nearly 8 minute epic tale of school violence in "Bed of Flowers," Sadistik showed that he was not aiming to meet expectations but to shatter them into as many pieces as possible with a sound that "goes inside of you and eats it's way out from the inside [...] by being beautiful and painful at the same time" (GutsandGrog.com).

Sadistik's efforts are not limited to recordings, however, as he can be found performing his intimate yet intensely energetic shows around his home of Seattle and around various cities in the United States as well as internationally. In 2011 alone, Sadistik has independently toured in nearly every region of The United States as well as nine countries in Europe including: Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, France, and Austria. Sadistik has also shared the stage with hip hop icons such as: Tech N9ne, Slaughterhouse, Bone Thugs N Harmony, D12, Cage, Eyedea & Abilities, The Grouch, Zion I, etc.

Currently, Sadistik is as busy as ever juggling multiple projects that are slated to be released within the next yea, including a full album with Emancipator, a solo album, an EP with Minnesota's Kristoff Krane and penning his first poetry book.

Maulskull

SINCE 2002, MAULSKULL AKA JONATHAN MESSINGER HAS BEEN PRODUCING SOUNDSCAPES, SKRATCHING RECORDS AND LIVING THROUGH POETRY AS THE FOUNDER/GENERAL PRODUCER/FRONTMAN OF NATIONAL TOURING HIP HOP ACT, "BLACK MASK". OVER THE YEARS, MAULSKULL HAS POLISHED HIS SKILLS THROUGH NUMEROUS SHOWS (100'S), THREE FULL LENGTH RELEASES FROM BLACK MASK, SHORT AND LONG TOURS WITH NAMES LIKE "THE FLOBOTS", "LOUIS LOGIC"," THA ALKAHOLIKS" AND MANY MORE. FEATURES ON HIS PRODUCTIONS INCLUDE THE LIKES OF "THA ALKAHOLIKS" "JOSH MARTINEZ" "MOKA ONLY" "VERBAL KENT" "ETERNIA" "LOUIS LOGIC" "CELPH TITLED" AND OTHERS AS MAULSKULL CONTINUES TO EXPAND HIS HORIZONS INTO FILM SOUNDSCAPES AND OTHER ENDEAVOURS. CURRENTLY FINISHING HIS FRESHMAN RELEASE TITLED, "WRECK-COLLECTIONS", MAULSKULL WILL RELEASE HIS FIRST ALBUM IN 2010 FOR ABSOLUTELY FREE. "I PRODUCED ALL BUT ONE TRACK ON THE 20 PLUS TRACK LIST AND ENLISTED HELP FROM THE BLACK MASK AND OTHER FRIENDS FOR SUPPORT, ITS MY OFFERING AS A SOLO MC AND SHITS GONNA BE HOT!" ALL IN ALL YOU CAN EXPECT A LASTING IMPRESSION FROM MAULSKULL IN THE YEARS TO COME. JUST LISTEN TO ANY ONE OF HIS MULTI LAYERED SOUND PIECES AND IT AINT HARD TO TELL THAT HES HUNGRY WITH HIS EYES ON THE FUTURE OF HIP HOP PRODUCTION. -NORM-(MAULSKULL'S INVISIBLE FRIEND)

An Hobbes

Tyler Kreigler works a day job as a super hero in the city of Cubicle Hell. Armed with a degree in Philosophy he spends his day doing absolutely nothing related to his field of study. However, by night (and some evenings) he becomes An Hobbes- emcee extraordinaire, cosmonaut, philosopher and all around nerdy everyman who makes love to your ears with his quick lipped rhymes. Hobbes cracked the music matrix over 10 years ago as part of the Lincoln, NE group The Awkwords with fellow emcee Toad the Newsense, DJ Trinidad and Andrew Eckerson. With The Awkwords, Hobbes was fortunate enough to perform with artists such as Del the Funky Homosapien, Aceyalone, Josh Martines, Awol One, 2Mex, MC Frontalot, Eyedea and Abilities, Blueprint and more. Hobbes has also toured with Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox and Sadistik, both inside and outside of the United States. In 2007 The Awkwords released their debut album "Left Speaker... Right Speaker...". The Awkwords are happy to announce their follow up album "Colorful Language" will be released fall of 2012. Somewhere along the way Hobbes met the love of his life, his wife, Anastasia. They enjoy spending their time reenacting scenes from the book, "50 Shades of Grey", because after one child they prefer her eggs to be scrambled and not fertilized. Their daughter, Nova Rhyme, is being raised as a geek prodigy. She can already identify more comic book characters, rappers and constellations at the tender age of two than the average seven year old. Hobbes moved from Lincoln, NE to Denver, CO in April of 2011 to level up his powers in the city of Cubicle Hell and to expand his music career. "Diaries of a Space Cadet" is his first solo release which chronicles the adventures and romance of an Earthing who unexpectedly finds himself in the far reaches of space and, by no real action of his own, becomes captain of a space vessel. The album features production by K. Murdock, Count Bass D, Sassoon, Whatshisface, Sam Morris, Merchant of Death, and Andrew Eckerson. Guest emcees include Toad the Newsense (of the Awkwords), Barlow, and Robin Samples.

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Sadistik with Maulskull, An Hobbes

Friday, August 2 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM at South Moe's - Englewood