19 Broadway Presents...
Clash of the Titans Tour Feat. The Alkaholiks, Cali Agents, Casual, & Peach Street
The Alkaholiks, Cali Agent, Casual, Peach Street, Planet Asia
17 Broadway Blvd.
Fairfax, CA, 94930
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Clash of the Titans Tour
While many can associate The Alkaholiks
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_ikw8Z7lpI ), CaliAgents(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5aOOZMjCoA ), and Casual( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV74MHNrUpI ) to what many have called the 2nd Golden Era of Hip Hop(1993-2000), Real Hip Hop Heads know that everyone involved has dropped stunning new material, videos and collaborations in 2013.
20 years have passed since the debut of 21 & Over by The Alkaholiks and E-Swift, J-Ro, and Tash are back together in Full Force, recording new material and hitting the road to celebrate not only a stellar recording career but also a resurgence of that fun loving, crowd pleasing, live Hip Hop Show.
The "Liks" are poised to tour the United States with fellow
contemporaries Cali Agents and Casual of Hieroglyphics under the name The Clash Of The Titans. By continuing to keep their ear to the street, The Clash Of The Titans have recruited newcomers Cisum Tomorrow( https://www.youtube.com/watchv=Pv2i2JIfMBI ) ft. Wes Nyle( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9qQNkvdlCw ) to bridge the gap between what was established and what is next to come in the ever changing climate of Hip Hop
Tha Alkaholiks, also known as Tha Liks, was an American hip hop group from Los Angeles, California. Since the early 1990s they have produced funky, upbeat, hedonism-themed party music with a hardcore hip hop edge, powered by the beats of DJ and producer E-Swift (born Eric Brooks in Columbus, Georgia, raised in Toledo, Ohio) and the lively, comedic rhymes of J-Ro (born James Robinson in Los Angeles) and Tash (born Rico Smith in Cincinnati). Though commercial crossover success largely eluded the group, they maintained a dedicated following on their native West Coast, throughout the United States and worldwide.
The Cali Agents are a rap group consisting of California rappers, Rasco and Planet Asia. The group released their debut album, How the West Was One (2000), which featured the single “Good Life” (#36 Hot Rap Singles). The group then released the albums Head of the State (2004), and Fire & Ice (2006), as well as the compilation Hip Hop Classics (2003).
Jon Owens (born December 19, 1975), known by his stage name Casual, is an American rapper from Oakland, California and one of the founding members of the alternative hip hop collective Hieroglyphics. After his debut album Fear Itself garnered both critical and commercial success, Casual went on to become one of the most prominent and recognizable faces on the Hieroglyphics roster, releasing five full-length LPs over the span of his twelve year career. Owens has garnered a following amongst devoted hip hop fans, particularly in the Bay Area hip hop scene, largely due to his specialization in hardcore battle rhymes.
After high-profile appearances on Del tha Funky Homosapien and Souls of Mischief albums, Casual followed suit in 1994 with Fear Itself. The album was the second-highest charting album in Hieroglyphics' history. Casual followed a typical verse-chorus-verse structure but stood out with his ferocious but playful battle lyrics. Casual has been acclaimed for "wielding his metaphors and sinewy delivery with lethal grace"
After the release of Fear Itself, Casual (as well as fellow Hieroglyphics members Souls of Mischief) was dropped from Jive Records. Casaul documents the experience in the book, Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide: Volume 1: East Coast and West Coast:"
It came about from us getting dropped from major labels, and instead of folding and succumbing to defeat, we hit the ground running. We took what we had and ran with it, we landscaped and we built something. We had to be resourceful, creative, and clever to gain our niche but now...it's been 10 years since we've busted out independent."
In 1994, Casual was involved in a high profile battle with rapper Saafir. The beef originally started when Saafir appeared on Casual's debut album, and Casual did not appear on Saafir's. This ignited the infamous "Hiero vs Hobo Junction" battle, which involved some controversy when rumors surfaced that Saafir was using pre-written raps as opposed to Casual and Hieroglyphics expected freestyling. Despite this, it is regarded as an influential battle in underground hip-hop's history.
Casual has expressed, much like the rest of the Hieroglyphics crew the importance of competition in hip hop, stating "I think that MCing should be a competitive thing, almost like a sport. The only way an MC can keep polishing and sharpening his skills is to test them against the competition and the up and coming young bloods."
Casual contributed considerably to both Hieroglyphics albums 3rd Eye Vision (1998) and Full Circle (2003), and is typically found rapping on as well as producing tracks on almost all Hieroglyphics-related releases. While staying mostly on the underground scene and not achieving significant commercial success aside from his debut, Casual is widely respected as an MC, even appearing on the artwork for A Tribe Called Quest's album Midnight Marauders.
Peach Street is a Bay Area Hip Hop crew currently based out of San Rafael CA. Crew members consist of brothers/MC's from Cincinnati, Ohio Nathan Coast & Esque Coast, as well as San Rafael, CA Native MC's: Wordplay, Catalyst Bars, B.A.D. Poetry, and producers Billion Coast & Getm Jaf. Peach Street's name originated from the name of the street where they all lived together as roommates in Novato CA. Because they all lived together, created, rehearsed, and recorded all their music at home, Peach Street has become well known for their family like chemistry, which makes for a fresh energetic show. Their powerful, upbeat songs portray a variety of unique styles. Peach Street captures Hip-Hop's new school's vibe by combining ill lyricism with musical composition which is easily received and relatable. Peach Street not only creates dope music, but is in the process of launching a fresh new clothing Line called "Peach Street Live." Their singles "My City" & "Lit" are quickly spreading on youtube, and their popularity is growing rapidly everyday.
Planet Asia helped jump-start the West Coast independent hip-hop movement, releasing a slew of popular 12-inch singles on upstarts like Stones Throw and ABB Records in the late 90s that established him as one of the leaders of a crop of talent that included the likes of Dilated Peoples, Madlib, Murs, and Jurassic 5. Now a 15-year veteran, the Cali-based MC (born in Fresno, he's spent most of his career living in Los Angeles and San Francisco) shows no signs of slowing down. The first decade of the new millennium saw Asia briefly sign with major label Interscope, go independent again for his debut album The Grand Opening, release full-length collaborative projects with both Evidence of Dilated Peoples (The Medicine) and DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill (Pain Language), form his own label (Gold Chain Music), and work with everyone from Linkin Park to Bun B to Ghostface Killah. Now, Planet Asia is back with his first retail album in four years, the star-studded Black Belt Theatre.
Named after a 1980s Saturday-afternoon TV show and inspired by Planet Asia's favorite films, Black Belt Theatre combines the violent precision of classic kung-fu flicks with the calculated cool of classic blaxploitation movies. "I wanted to make the album like a movie, something you would see in a theater," says Asia. "That's why it has so many features. All the guests feel like different characters in the movie." These guests include veterans like Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Paul Wall, Ras Kass, Camp Lo, and Strong Arm Steady, as well as newcomers like Fashawn, Willie The Kid, Torae, and Nio Tha Gift. "They're basically just all people I thought were dope," says Asia. "Both young cats I'm feeling and veterans I've always admired." Unlike on his albums with Evidence and DJ Muggs, Asia also got to determine the sonic direction on Black Belt Theatre, resulting in a soul-heavy, blaxploitation-influenced sound. "It was fun because I got to reach out to guys like Oh No and Khrysis for beats, find the best tracks and put together a masterpiece," explains Asia. "It's some esoteric gangster shit…a full plate for the listener."
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