Team VO Presents: The Reservoir Dogs Tour

"Change don't come in a day," sings Natty on his song "Change." The singer from North London has long since swapped his hoodie for dreadlocks, and possesses a thoughtful take on what it is to be young in the inner city today. Using sounds from around the world he sums up modern Britain with soulful accuracy.

His first single from his upcoming EP of the same name, Change, is built on a classic Reggae groove. It paints a positive picture of a young man's reflections faced with a world consumed by individual and global changes. "There's a new breeze, I can feel a change coming in the air," sings Natty, yet he brings perspective and depth to his concerns when he writes that "seasons change, so today I plant my seed away / make it rain, so tomorrow my seed will see a brighter day."

With a mother from Lesotho, the tiny kingdom that sits within the borders of South Africa, and an English father of Italian descent, Natty's intelligent music break the mould: he moves effortlessly
from Reggae on "Change" to West African horns on the hypnotic "JJ (Don't Go)," a devastating and timely account of a young boy killed by gun violence. Other songs on the EP include a beautiful ambient cover of Armand van Helden's "U Don't Know Me" and "SS I Love You," a spacey ballad recorded with The Rebel Ship, Natty's band comprised of a core group of musicians and friends including Bear, his longtime collaborator and guitar player, and Jahmel, a bass and percussion player with Reggae roots. Of course vocal duties are handled by Natty!

Natty's nickname admittedly has a Marley connection. As a 13-year-old, he left a copy of Marley's 1974 album Natty Dread on a sunny windowsill at home, causing the vinyl to warp and him to
sustain much abuse from his mother in front of his delighted friends. His pals kept his embarrassment simmering by calling him Natty, and when he "locksed up" at 16 the moniker stuck still stronger. "Locks aren't just Rastafarian, they're African. They came about for me after a period of being bad, when it was time to start saying no to a few things. It's a spiritual thing and it's about reminding myself where I come from."

Describing his music in a tongue-in-cheek manner as "Damian Marley meets Neil Young," Natty is no newcomer in the music world. Ditching the guitar he learned to play at 10, he spent his
teenage years creating hip hop beats for rapping mates. His bedroom mastery of music production landed him a job at premier recording studio Sphere, in Battersea. "Everyone passed
through that place over four years, from Duran Duran to Mos Def," he says. Natty only picked up his guitar again as he turned 18, beginning to write his own songs "as a hobby." Craig Dodds, a
producer Natty worked with at Sphere, heard his early demos and encouraged him to take things further. The two ended up working together and co-producing Natty's debut album with Jonny
Dollar (Massive Attack). Things quickly picked up for Natty with a recording contract with Atlantic Records, supporting gigs for Hard-Fi, Kate Nash, and Adele, and UK top 20 hits for his singles
"July" and "Bedroom Eyes."

After several years of touring and writing, Natty returns with his new EP Change, scheduled for release on September 20, 2011, the same day that kicks off his first US tour (supporting Ziggy
Marley). A UK and European tour will follow. A new album is in the works (Natty has already recorded half of the album) and will be released in the summer of 2012.

Kae Hock

Today’s Hip-Hop is lacking the poetry and soul of what this culture was built on. Delaware native Kae Hock has been working to perfect that lost art of transforming words into hip hop scriptures. Lyrically his songs read like a biography, showcasing his ability to portray his own reality both past and present. KAE Hock’s life complexities are vividly present in every bar of his lyrics, he bares his true self sharing what made him who he is today. Hock brings his audience into his life, sharing how he emerged from a broken home due to the separation of his parents and the tragic death of his older brother, he becomes easily relatable for anyone who’s been through hard times.

KAE Hock has already become widely known throughout his home state Delaware with his mix tapes (Nothing Fancy, Come See My Vision, Young Hockaday, The Famine,.25 “The Adventures of Inhale and Exhale, .5 “The Album” and Smokers Jacket), as well as the many campus and city newspaper articles.

KAE Hock has performed in talent showcases and many other live shows in Delaware, New Jersey, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington DC. This includes opening for artist such as Keyshia Cole, Juelz Santana, and The Roots. Not to mention the numerous times he has shared the stage with Talib Kweli.

Being a talented rapper and songwriter is not enough for KAE Hock though, the intelligent business minded entrepreneur also has his own production team with coming producers such as Kamekazi, Kevorkian, Flamez Earl Jones, and Easwood, and he is ready to make his mark on hip hop, and the WORLD .

Voss is the most unique, hardworking and versatile rapper you might not have heard of… yet. Hailing from the greater Philadelphia area, he’s often been called a “veteran in a rookie’s body,” and for good reason. With a witty, forward-thinking lyrical style, boundless charisma, an energetic, engaging live show and an unbreakable work ethic, there’s no denying the young emcee’s talent and drive. He has shared the stage with such diverse acts as Mac Miller, ?uestlove, Cam’ron, Pusha T, El-P, Talib Kweli, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Action Bronson, Chris Webby, Dom Kennedy, Astronautalis, Wax, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and many more. In addition, Voss is not afraid to apply his skills on the lyrical battlefield, as he is a BET 106 & Park Freestyle Friday Hall of Famer, racking up 5 wins in a row, as well as the first Philly Rhyme Calisthenics champion. Armed with honesty, raw talent and an unmatched tenacity to spread his words to all who will listen, anyone with an open heart and mind cannot help but support Voss.

Voss will be touring the east coast this summer in support of his latest single, “Tarantino.” The song will be distributed digitally worldwide via Bungalo Records/Universal Music Group distribution through a partnership with his management company BIMMG. The tour, aptly named The Reservoir Dogs Tour, will visit cities from Boston to Virginia, and will feature Mason (Doghouse Records) and Taizu alongside Voss. Plans for a follow up EP are also underway, in conjunction with a music video to support the single.

Reese thrives off of his versatility and his energy. His music is good for any situation; it'll get you thinking, dancing, crying, and throwing up your middle finger... depending on what you hear from him. As he rocks shows around the Tri-State area, his live performance is not to be forgotten. Artists and fans alike have said that his energy is through the roof.

Reese has shared the stage with t...he likes of Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Schoolly D, Iron Solomon, Mad Illz, Black Ice, Mike Jaggerr, E. Ness, Educated Consumers, Has-Lo, Ground Up, as well as hundreds of local acts from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and more.

His music and live performance have ranked highly in criticisms from various sources, such as AllHipHop, KISS 101.7 FM, Crooklyn Dodgers, ThisIsDelaware, TriStateMusik, DelawareHipHop, Two.One.Five Magazine, YaHeard, WatchUrMouth, and a host of other reputable sites and organizations.

Born in Livingston, NJ, Taizu is the first generation South Asian American in his family, the son of two middle class immigrants that escaped their homeland to seek of financial prosperity in the late 70s. Heavily influenced by Asian cultures with the combination of his American upbringing help differentiate Taizu's style and vocal versatility. His spiritual delivery and sage-like presence has become the core of his cult following. Taizu is focused on breaking social barriers through his music and sharing his unique philosophy of collective awareness with the rest of the world.

O'Flame

Charles Moore, A.K.A O'Flame, was raised on the northside of Wilmington, Delaware, in a single parent household with his mother and older sister. At the age of 7, Charles' mother and father parted ways, which left him down and out, being that he was close to his father. Living with a strict mother, and with his father being a no show on a regular basis, Charles began dealing with depression at an early age. His sister introduced him to Hip Hop when she bought him his first cassette tape, "Criminal Minded" by Boogie Down Productions. He quickly fell in love with the many feelings music can take you through, so he began to write. Learning how to write poetry was a way out for Charles, but being a "Rapper" was the furthest thing from his mind, until he attended his first concert featuring the group "Onyx". Seeing their energy and their ability to take control of the crowd, Charles knew the stage was where he belonged.Over the years, Charles became more distant from the world, which strained the relationship between him and his mother, and often times, they would get into heated arguments which would lead to Charles being kicked out of the house. Some nights he would have the luck of sleeping on a friends couch, but some not so lucky nights, he would sleep on the steps of a track at a local elementary school. While there, he would spend majority of the night writing in his notebooks.
At the age of 16, Charles started his own poetry club with the help of his english teacher Ms.Gordon. Ms Gordon also convinced him to attend Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida majoring in Recording Arts. In 2000, he dropped his first group album, "Krunk City", with NLT (Nation of a Lost Tribe) and his first solo album, "Da Inferno", dropped in 2001. After receiving his associates degree, at the age of 19, Charles moved back to Wilmington, where he started his record label Shadow Ent. Still clashing with his mother, he ended up moving to the westside of town with his father. There, he started producing for other local artists which helped brand his name . In 2003, he released the nationwide classic "Best of the Best vol.1", and in 2005 he digitally released "Best of the Best vol.2". O'Flame began working on his solo album, "Smoke in the City", in 2007. After 3 years, he finally released it on December 10, 2010. That year, he also managed to perform at 88 different shows with artists such as "King Gordy", "Bizzy Bone", "Hopsin", and "Esham" (just to name a few), conducted numerous radio interviews, and celebrated the release of his first video, "Do you remember". "Smoke in the City" became one of the biggest albums to be released in the state of Delaware, reaching international status in Sweden and the UK. "O'Flame" is seemingly becoming a household name.
In 2011, O'Flame is set to release his "Lights out ep." (produced by N Gage), along with "Best of the Best vol.3" and "Uncharted Territory", in the last quarter of the year. He recently released videos for his lead singles "High Heels", off of the "Lights out ep", and "So f'd up" off of "Best of the Best vol.3". And he has plans for plenty more to come in the near future. With the relationships with his parents now on good terms, the only pressure on him now is the weight of the world. Can he handle it? I guess we all have to stay tuned to find out!

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Team VO Presents: The Reservoir Dogs Tour

Thursday, October 3 · 8:00 PM at World Cafe Live - Wilmington Upstairs