Leedz Edutainment Presents:
Blackalicious Plus Special Guest MC Kabir
MC Kabir, Viva La Hop, The Lynguistic Civilians, Jammineye, Tri State Titans
69 Kilmarnock Street
Boston, MA, 02215
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
In a hip-hop career that has stretched past a decade, Blackalicious has earned respect the old-fashioned way–rising through honesty, commitment, and artistry. Blackalicious is an American hip hop duo from Sacramento, California made up of rapper Gift of Gab (born Tim Parker) and DJ/producer Chief Xcel (born Xavier Mosley). They are noted for Gift of Gab's often "tongue-twisting", multisyllabic, complex rhymes and Chief Xcel's "classic" beats.
Like a few other West Coast rap acts, including the Pharcyde andJurassic 5, Blackalicious has generally favored what hip-hoppers call the "positive tip"; in other words, its lyrics have often been spiritual and uplifting rather than violent or misogynous. Like a lot of experimental alternative rappers, Blackalicious can be quirky and eccentric; nonetheless, spirituality is a big part of the group's music.
Kabir Sen (also known as “MC Kabir”) is both a professional hip hop artist and a music teacher, who has been a staple of Boston’s music scene over the past decade. Originally from London, he is an independent singer, rapper and producer whose music brews a robust blend of thoughtful lyrics, soulful melodies and funky rhythms from around the world. Fusing his creative interests in hip hop, songwriting and education has long been a passion for Kabir, and his background in music education has enabled him to bring his inclusive message to schools, colleges and clubs all over the country.
In addition to numerous recording projects and features on other artists’ albums, Kabir has five solo albums of his own: “Cultural Confusion” (2001), “Fuel for the Fire” (2003), “Peaceful Solutions” (2006), "The Time is Now" (2009) and the newly released “Olympic Gold” (2012). He has received positive reviews in The New Yorker, Billboard, The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune, SPIN, VIBE, URB, and countless other publications. He was featured on National Public Radio, including a 10-minute feature on PRI’s “The World”. He wrote, arranged and produced a multi-genre children’s music album for IBM, as well as several educational hip hop songs for a number of subjects and school curriculums. Kabir is a writer, producer and consultant for “Rhythm Rhyme Results” (winner of two Parent Choice Awards). He has been a guest host for a Top-10 video countdown on MTV, he appeared on an episode of the PBS children’s cartoon “Fetch”, and he was even commissioned to write and record a song for PBS about "Masterpiece Theater" (in honor of the show’s 50 year anniversary). Kabir was recently invited to showcase his work and musical journey in “Homespun” – an Indian American Heritage exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
Viva La Hop
Got together at the end of the summer of 2011 and been bringin the good vibes ever since. We are a live 10 piece Hip-Hop esemble with roots from Funk, Jazz, and Reggae. Our main objective is to keep your head bobbin and booty movin. From the horns, to the keys, to the strings, to the skins we keep it funky fresh. Steady head bobbin funky hip-hoppin party. Poetry in Rhyme. Viva La Hop brings the Vibe.
The Lynguistic Civilians
Hailing from the green hills of Burlington Vermont, the Lynguistic Civilians have been making music together since 2009 to bring a new electrifying, engaging and authentic sound to the world of Hip-Hop.
Comprised of 4 witty emcee’s (LC, Walshie Steeze, Mike Fulton, Monty Burns) a DJ and a drummer (T-Whip). The Civilians have been hard at work, rocking over 180 shows some with such heavyweights as Killah Priest, Gza, Nappy Roots, People Under The Stairs, DJ Rob Swift, Lyrics Born, Keith Murray, The Pharcyde, Inspectah Deck, Break Science, Masta Ace, Chali 2na and Lil’ Kim.
Tri State Titans
The Tristate Titans consists of 3 mcs from three different states, HiGH Grade aka Evan Buro outta Randolph MA, The Villain aka Ryan Perron outta Stratford NH, and John Blaze aka John Harris outta Portland ME, we represent New England in this hip hop game with fierce lyrical ability, and our uncompromising approach to making music.
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