An Intimate Evening with Rakim w/ Special Guests Stay Tuned (Mane Rok & DeeJay Tense), Sophistafunk, Eddie Knolls & Cavem
2637 Welton St.,
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 16 and over
Rakim (pronounced rah-KIM) (Born William Michael Griffin Jr. on January 28, 1968 in Long Island, New York) is an American rapper and pioneer of the musical genre of hip hop. He is consistently cited as one of the most skilled (and top amongst the most influential) MCs of all time due to his exceptional flow and complex lyrical craftsmanship, he revolutionized hip-hop lyricism with his complex flow, elaborate metaphors and rapid delivery. Together with Eric B, he released a number of classic albums between 1987 and 1992. To date his most successful album is 'The 18th Letter,' released in 1997 as his solo debut album.
Griffin is the nephew of American R&B singer and actress Ruth Brown. He grew up in Wyandanch, New York, and became involved in the New York hip hop scene at a young age. Eric B brought him to Marley Marl's house to record "Eric B. is President." At the time Griffin was fresh out of high school and on his way to college, but he decided to forgo higher education and instead chose to record with Eric B. Leshaun
When Griffin turned 16, he joined The Nation of Gods and Earths (also known as the 5 Percent Nation) and changed his name to Rakim Allah.
In 1986, Rakim started to work with New York-based producer-DJ Eric B. The duo — known as Eric B & Rakim — is widely regarded as among the most influential and groundbreaking of hip-hop groups. The duo's first single, "Eric B. Is President" (#48, 1986) b/w "My Melody," was a success and got the duo a contract with the fledgling Island Records sub-label 4th & B'way. The duo's next single, the smash "I Know You Got Soul," sparked early debate on the legality of unauthorized, uncredited sampling when James Brown sued to prevent the duo's use of a fragment of his music. Their first full length album, Paid in Full, was released in 1987, and has since been hailed as one of hip-hop's seminal albums. Their follow-up LP; Follow the Leader was released a year later, and was also well received by fans and critics. The duo recorded two more albums; Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em and Don't Sweat The Technique before they parted ways in late 1992. Due to legal wrangling over royalties and his contracts with both his record label, and with Eric B., Rakim would not release a solo album until five years later.
In an internet age where information is coming to us at light speed, how does one bridge the gap between real life and our pixelated version? Stay Tuned to find out.
One of the few live acts to successfully marry the concept of Audio and Visual -
and quite possibly the only live Hip-Hop act to do so - Stay Tuned was the most
fitting name for the outfit, based initially on their love for all
"sub-genres" of Hip-Hop and music as a whole, and the influence those
styles have had on them. This was first reflected in the recorded music made,
taking Boom-Bap, Dubstep/Electro, Hardcore, Downtempo...righteously, whatever moved them at the moment, and crafting live sets as such. Boston MC, Akrobatik pointed out to the duo that he admired how they'd bounce around sonically in their live sets, which was also metaphoric for the ups and downs that were faced in the industry itself. The light bulb flashed. MC Mane Rok figured
"Stay Tuned" would perfectly describe the musical path taken-of which
grew when the live set coupled itself with the visual portion, leaving the
group's then DJ-DeeJay Tense- as the program director controlling a live video
feed with his turntables. This continued to grow and began to come full circle,
influencing how overall ideas and themes for albums came to fruition. The first
being the fictional story of a serial killer (with an underlying theme
questioning media practices) in the form of "Murder He Wrote: A Love
The Stay Tuned moniker would allow the group to have interchangeable parts. Akin to the idea of channel surfing, letting them invite special guest performers,
making each show unique. The channel surfing idea has now come to full bloom in their self titled EP released 1/24/15 (simply take a listen to understand),
which was also the official introduction of the groups new DJ, DJ AWHAT!!
(formerly of The Pirate Signal,) and the change itself begs the listener
Nominated for Urb Magazines Next 1000 (Group-ManeLine)2009
Chosen as Village Voice Medias Best Crew 2009-LIFECrew-Our conglomerate
When choosing a pseudonym to scribe on walls and other prohibited surfaces throughout the country, Mane Rok never once considered its reflection on his life.
Mane Rok. The first,a double entendre referring to hair, in particular that of the King of The Jungle and a throw to 'main,' as in "most important-principal." Rok, however unorthodox the spelling, the word embodies what he does, and what he represents, stability, and a solid nature, even in the face of mistakes.
Mane Rok learned the business from the ground up by working with his revolutionary group ManeLine, which also helped him receive the honor of sharing the stage with major acts such as Gnarls Barkley, Gza & Ghostface Killah of The WuTang Clan, Tha Pharcyde, De La Soul and many more. While being a part of the "best crew" (Westword Best of 2009 Edition-LIFE Crew) in Colorado, circumstance finds Mane Rok moving forward on his own, finally cultivating the solo career he promised himself
Mane Rok takes on the foundation of his music literally, "With this solo effort, the difference is the foundation lies solely with me. Song production is something I'm doing all on my own."
With the EP, the aim is to portray specific transitions in Mane Rok's life. When creating pieces of the song, more personal messages are translated through his writing. A sneak peak video of the lead single "Troubles" Dir By Eric Heights (Credits include music videos with Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, Aceyalone, Prince Po of Organized Konfusion and more,) has found its way on line at youtube.com/manerok and a second video which was created for Fox Sports Network entitled "A-Game" from the 3rd quarter EP release "En Stereo" with 3 The Hardway producer Es Nine is also available at vimeo.com/manerok
Fans across America are talking about Syracuse-based Sophistafunk, the product of three multi-talented musicians — Adam Gold, Jack Brown, & Emanuel Washington — who combine spoken-word artistry, old-school hip hop, & funky rhythms to create a unique live band experience.
The band met in 2007 and rapidly evolved into a national-touring live act. Known for their HUGE sound (created by only three members), the band has won over crowds with a captivating stage presence and tight musicianship. Rooted by old school funk / hip hop, the trio explores electronic dance grooves while infusing each tune with soul and positively charged lyrics. Sophistafunk is a multi-genre tour de force, jam packed with vintage tones and live instruments.
For six years, this road warrior band has been hitting the pavement and blowing minds across the United States. They’ve collaborated live with greats spanning Bernie Worrell (Parliament/Talking Heads) to Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce/Dumpstaphunk) and were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives when Gold’s restaurant and music venue, Funk n’ Waffles, was featured on the show on December 25, 2012. Host, Guy Fieri, dug the band so hard, they’ve since played his birthday party in Santa Rosa, CA and became the first band ever to play the International Home and Housewares Convention in Chicago, IL on March 3, 2013, by Fieri’s personal request.
Sophistafunk has played high-profile venues including The Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC), The Boom Boom Room (San Francisco), The Belly Up (Aspen), Brooklyn Bowl (NYC) and more and supported acts including Soulive, G. Love, Foreigner, Trombone Shorty, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, EOTO, Marco Benevento and more. They’ve also gained attention from publications including New York City’s Village Voice and Beyond Race Magazine.
DJ Cavem Moetavation is more than a deejay, this Denver, Colorado native, and has been a long time community activist due to an early awareness of inequity in his neighborhood. At age 27, Ietef Hotep Vita is DJ C.A.V.E.M. (Communicating Awareness Victoriously Educating the Masses) Moetavation, an internationally known HipHop artist, writer/producer, deejay, HipHop Yogi, Afro-Latin percussionist, father, midwife, and environmental youth advocate. He is an Eco-Cultivator/Educator, sharing his knowledge with various age groups in organic gardening, veganism, wholistic health, sustainability, conscious consumption, and HipHop culture. Straight out the garden, representing the Historic Five Points, DJ Cavem is an O.G.: Organic Gardener, “teachin’ HIP HOP history and how to grow greens” and not the ones you roll. He is HIP HOP: Higher Inner Peace, Helping Other People, an award winning activist, founder of"GOING GREEN LIVING BLING" a HIPHOP & FOOD JUSTICE Curriculum a Green For All Fellow, B-Boy and Midwife. This Vegan chef is producing more than just beets, harvesting three albums; “Deep Rokc”, “The Teacher’s Lounge” and his last release is "THE PRODUCE SECTION - THE HARVEST" Dropped in 2012 working with FARMERS and ARTIST. SEE HIM IN THE OCTOBER ISSUE OF OPRAH MAGAZINE and look out for his new album coming out “ECO TWERK”, coming soon! He has played with artists such as Talib Kweli, Les Nubians, Digable Planets, KRS One, K'naan and Gil Scott-Heron just to name a few, and has performed ECO Music internationally in Uganda, Burkina Faso, Paris, London, Mexico, and Amsterdam. check the BROWN RICE AND BROCCOLI VIDEO " FOR MORE INFO EMAIL -BOOKCAVEM@GMAIL.COM.
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