Homeboy Sandman, Oddisee
Emcee Jermaine, I Am Many
1131 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 9:30 PM / Show 10:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Homeboy Sandman is New York City's premier talent based hip hop musician. Mainstream. Underground. Period.
His latest release "The Good Sun," reached #1 on CMJ's national music chart, and appeared on countless 2010 year end lists, (including HipHopDX's Top 25, #2 on Real Late's Top 30 on Hot 97.1 FM, and #1 on Billy Jam's Top 50 on Amoeba.com) . He has a video ("The Carpenter") in rotation on MTV and has been prominently featured in internationally recognized hip hop publications such as XXL and The Source, as well by non genre-specific press outlets such as FADER and The LA Times. On the heels of starring in an episode of MTV MADE (which documented him training a San Diego teen in the artform of hip hop), he has been handpicked by celebrated UK tastemaker Gilles Peterson (of BBC1) to perform at 2011's World Wide Awards, and is indeed on the cusp of going global. Prioritizing quality content, live shows, and fan building ahead of hype, he is the blueprint for the self-sustaining, landscape shifting, indie artist in the young millenium.
The son of Sudanese and American parents, Amir Mohamed was born and raised in the United States capital city of Washington DC, spending hot summers in Khartoum learning Arabic and swimming in the Nile. Growing up amidst the sounds of New York hip hop, his father playing Oud, Go-Go, and gospel, Amir took his first steps as an MC producer in the analog basement studio of his legendary neighbor, Garry Shider (Parliament Funkadelic).
Convincing his entrepreneurial father that he too had business acumen, Amir laid the check from his first commercial release on the kitchen table before his 21st birthday and never looked back. Though Oddisee has gone on to perform with The Roots, produce for Freeway, Jazzy Jeff, Little Brother, De La Soul & Nikki Jean, and has MC'd on production from Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Kev Brown, his proudest moment was the birth of his critically acclaimed group Diamond District with fellow Washingtonians X.O. and yU.
Known in the music industry for his independence, Oddisee consistently debunks the scatterbrained artist myth - doing everything from booking international tours to photography to marketing and promoting himself and even other artists. He now works as both artist and consultant with Mello Music Group, one of the foremost emerging independent labels to take advantage of the digital revolution to build a successful business.
I Am Many
I was born an artist, Saw things differently as a child, started rapping at age 11/12, hung out on the streets till i was able to get into clubs. (aways carried a boom box) In 1996 I became a Raver and went out constantly for 2 years.. in 1998 I left the rave scene to become a battle Rapper and part time B Boy. (i won battles and was highly respected by anyone who's anyone in nyc) I repeated that routine for some years until i focused on creating an album. In 2004 with the help of Deep and many others i released "Many Styles" and for this, I did a thousand shows but then disappeared to work on my follow up.. This took way longer than it should have due to 1, writters block,and 2 the producer i was trying to work with, but never the less after YEARS of nonsense we manage to string together a measly 4 song project lol This was stupid for many reasons.. Good music, good lyrics, great artwork.. but simply took too much time to create ( YOU SHOULD STILL BUY IT THOUGH, ITS CALLED "THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE" AND ITS AVAILABLE ON I-TUNES, OR YOU CAN GET IT OFF ME FOR 5 BUCS)
After that whole ordeal, I attempted to create a project with Frank Sasoon and long time crew member Reason Kills under the group name "Dope Heads" it had some joints but in the end i felt it wasn't up to par with my standard so i kept the songs i liked and used it for what was to be my next release, The "Born Again Sinner" mix tape. This was truly a brand new start for me, One that made sense and further more would be a great segue for what would be The true beginning of a movement "Strength In Numbers" With this i could bring forth my ideals, convictions, and desire to assemble.. To be continued