8th Annual Yule Prog
85 Avenue A
(between 5th St & 6th St)
New York, NY, 10009
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
For over a decade, B. DOLAN has built a reputation for himself as one of the smartest, most energetic and surprising shows in Hip-Hop and Spoken Word. He keeps his loyal, homegrown fanbase coming back with a continually shapeshifting presentation, outsider perspective, and masterful execution.
B. Dolan began performing in 1999 in the heart of the spoken word scene; New York City's famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe, where he developed his chops quickly. An 18 year old Dolan arrived for the first time as part of HBO's Def Poetry Series in 2002, and the respect earned with numerous performance poetry championships in the two years that followed.
2003 also saw the first release of "The Failure," [at the time] a two-disc, homegrown demo full of Dolan's earliest work.
After this self-release, Dolan disappeared from the poetry scene to pursue more overtly musical projects, as well as his own contribution to the struggle against social injustice.
In the midst of inventing the ragged, breakdown aesthetic of his later work, Dolan also dug in his activist roots by creating and co-founding theKnowmore.org website with former slam teammate and friend Sage Francis.
B. Dolan joined Francis on The Knowmore.org Tour in support of the project, which is when Francis expressed interest in releasing a revised version of "The Failure" on Strange Famous Records.
2008 brought about the official re-release of "The Failure" lp, which was trimmed down by a disc, and was critically acclaimed as a genre-defying, unheralded classic. It also earned a legion of die hard fans for Dolan's spoken word pieces, who've stuck around since to watch this unique artist's continual reinvention.
In 2009 he released House of Bees vol. 1, a full length mixtape that served to build momentum toward his 2010 release. Then, in 2010, "Fallen House, Sunken City" hit. Dolan's decidedly hip-hop sophomore lp was hailed by rap legends, critics and fans as a massive success. Alternative Press called the album "proof that underground hip hop still has bite," and The Onion's A.V. Club named it "One of the best albums of 2010." "Earthmovers," the album's first video, also became an MTVu Freshman of the Week and was entered into rotation on MTV2.
Since his signing to SFR, Dolan has toured exhaustively and internationally, most notably as part of the Paid Dues, SXSW 09, Soundset, and Rock the Bells festivals.
In addition to his partner and frequent collaborator Sage Francis, Dolan has also toured with the likes of Buck 65, Alias, Sole, Solilaquests of Sound, Prolyphic, Dan le sac vs. Scroobius Pip, Grand Buffet and others.
In a University setting, Dolan has performed at Princeton, Montserrat, University of New Hampshire, University of Rhode Island, Providence College, University of Reno, Humboldt State University, University of San Diego, University of Delaware, Utah Valley University, West Valley College, Boise State University, University of Washington, and the University of New Mexico.
billy woods and Elucid are Armand Hammer, the NYC rap duo whose 2013
debut, RACE MUSIC, made waves with its blend of aggressive,
experimental production and uncompromising lyrics. Their new EP,
Furtive Movements, is both a continuation of, and departure from,
their previous work. Fragmented musings of an imagined diaspora.
Brooklyn bullshit in the shadow of construction scaffolding. Summer's
dog days set to the hiss of dusty vinyl. Drums wobbling drunkenly over
ethereal loops. Elucid and woods hold down the lyrics with only one
guest, the effusive Curly Castro, but Furtive Movements features an
array of production from Blockhead (Aesop Rock, Ninja Tune), Von Pea
(Tanya Morgan), Messiah Musik, Steel Tipped Dove and Elucid himself.
This is not an addendum to RACE MUSIC but a fully realized project in
its own right with its own distinct aesthetic, mood and perspective.
The EP will be available digitally and limited-edition colored vinyl
The man at the helm for Uncommon Records is Uncommon Nasa, owner, producer, artist and chief spokesman for the flagship label of progressive hip hop.
As an emcee, Nasa is inspired by the words of the famed screenwriter & playwright, Rod Serling. Serling, in reply to a question about how he'd like to be remembered 100 years from now, replied saying simply as a "writer". Nasa's goal is to create songs that are well-written and expertly structured, usually focusing on defining moments in his life as well as current events around the world. While earlier work was released with his former group, The Presence, and as a solo artist under the name Adam Warlock, all current and future releases will be done so as Uncommon Nasa (the name thousands on social media have come to know him by). Ultimately, Uncommon Nasa's music is a story of self.
"My albums are about me. That's why my face is always on the cover," Nasa said.
As a producer, Nasa throws bricks through windows, weaving intricately layered beats that challenge listeners. His unique methods of chopping samples came after years of development and help give him a sound that can only be associated with a "Nasa beat." Nasa's attention to detail and ear for the unorthodox creates a sound that is indescribably infectious—created by multi-tracked layers of recorded live playing of an MPC. This method will leave individual portions of beats embedded in listeners' brains. The source material: an extensive record collection of crackling vinyl run through the mixing and engineering techniques of a 15-year veteran behind the boards.
Nasa has produced full albums with Short Fuze, Karniege and Duke01 as well as his former group, The Presence, and a number of solo albums (as Adam Warlock). He's currently locked in the lab producing full lengths and large portions of other albums for JunClassic, Gajah, Elucid, Billy Woods, Taiyamo Denku, Pruven, Dump Koch (with Megabusive) and Bloodmoney as well as follow ups for Short Fuze and his own new Uncommon Nasa work.
The hunger for producing full length collaborations and writing strong material of his own has never been stronger within Uncommon Nasa, and his label, Uncommon Records will begin to reflect this even more as the years roll on for them both.
After founding Uncommon Records in 2004, Nasa took a unique approach to producing and promoting the music on his label. Always on the cutting-edge of technology and eager to think outside the box, Nasa's vision by 2006 was the driving force behind progressive moves such as releasing music almost exclusively in a digital format. Over the years he's utilized emerging technology to promote and discuss Uncommon's music and artists. He was an early adopter of Twitter (@UncommonNasa) and other forms of social media. Nasa developed cutting-edge approaches to promoting music, such as the advent of the "pop-up album," the Orange Army Street Team, the brand new Uncommon Mobile App Beta and the production of an annual holiday event —Yule Prog—that consistently attracts the biggest names in progressive hip hop from across the country to the heart of New York City. Nasa also coined the phrase "Progressive Hip-Hop" to describe the vivid and envelope-pushing sound and style that he witnessed emerge from the indie scene in New York City and beyond. He is a pioneer for the sub-genre in every sense of the word.
Through Nasa's vision, Uncommon Records has pushed boundaries so far that it's had a palpable impact on how independent record labels operate. Simply put, Nasa has changed the game for indies through his work with Uncommon. And Nasa's not done by any stretch of the imagination—you literally will not believe what he has planned for your ears next.
Nasa is also an active and accomplished recording and mix engineer, having worked in recording studios for years, culminating with him landing as head engineer at Definitive Jux from 2000-2005. He's also added mastering to his packed repertoire. For more information about Nasa's mixing/mastering studio, Nasa Labs, visit nasalabs.tumblr.com.
We Are Not For Them
NYC indie Trio, We Are Not For Them is made up of Reservoir Sound producer AM Breakups, Famous In Bushwick DJ Jimmy Da Gent and emcee and front man Warren Britt. Warren Britt has always been the type of person to earn what he is after. It makes the experience of actually achieving the goal a lot more meaningful. A.M. Breakups is an electronic/hip-hop producer originally from Utica, NY. Currently based in the Bed-Stuy area of Brooklyn, he has been composing experimental electronic music for over a decade, and has developed into one of the most sought-after producers in Brooklyn’s storied underground rap scene. Jimmy C. commonly known as Jimmy The Gent has been a rising fixture in New York Nightlife sought after for his eclectic musical taste and mixing style. His passion for the mix has gained him the recognition and attention from some of New York Nightlife’s heavy hitters.
PremRock is an independent hip-hop recording artist, performer and writer. Influenced by Tom Waits as much as Kool G rap and equal parts Hemingway and Nina Simone his style and general demeanor channels the greats of all avenues. After successfully booking three European tours and recording two studio albums the young artist is working on multiple follow-up projects both domestically and overseas. His work has been profiled on hip-hop publications like 2 Dope Boyz and Dj Booth as well as magazines with readership as large as Business Insider. Having performed in over 50 cities from Athens, Georgia to Athens, Greece, PremRock has a knack for finding the stage wherever it may be. A connector of dots and rocker of all things microphone, the Pennsylvania native now resides in Lower East Manhattan but can probably be found anywhere on the globe at any given moment.
Duke01 & Furious P
Nottingham, U.K. and Staten Island, N.Y. have never felt so close. With lyrics by Duke01 and production by Uncommon Nasa, Steroid Stereo (Orange Edition) is the epitome of what listeners have come to expect from an Uncommon Records release—raw, complex beats and insightful, incisive lyrical flows. This album will remind you of the way hip hop felt 20 years ago while sounding like hip hop will 20 years in the future. Duke01’s no-nonsense, eardrum-thumping flows are accented by some of the fiercest cuts you will ever hear. Furious P, one of the UK’s most accomplished turntablists, blesses the tracks with scratches that would make Q-Bert proud. The overall sound of Steroid Stereo (Orange Edition) is an in-your-face, auditory assault by the special forces of Uncommon Nasa's Orange Army. And you should expect nothing less from Uncommon Records.
January 10, 1985 marks the birth of one of the most insightful, aggressive, and creative lyricists alive. The power to destroy the highest caliber of MC known to humanity is his natural habitat. From ancient world history to romantic relationships, his songs tell a raw, no holds barred truth that either endears or infuriates the listener. His iron-thorned tongue channels his impeccable intellect through soundscapes ranging from boom bap to jungle with just enough courtesy not to break your speakers beyond repair.
You've seen him hold his own and annihilate your favorite regional and national rappers from Scribble Jam to Grind Time. You've witnessed him energetically move crowds alongside everyone from Typical Cats to Kool Keith. But you've never heard his audio collage. We present 15 songs of destructive elegance by Skech185. In a word, the record disregards everything you hold dear. Hence its title, New Age Middle Finger, produced mostly by ATD. Featuring himself and a few other quality people such as kthei??, you hear the man himself aside from an overdose of guest appearances.
Zilla Rocca, the black cherry plucker, public pool poisoner, Scorsese Cinephile, bottle breaker, corner store crusher, root beer fade fanatic, dime store detective, pulp fiction sage, comic book kingpin, noir-hop creator. A man of many hats who dips in and out of the Philadelphia consciousness since 2006. What would you expect from an emcee/producer influenced equally by Wu-Tang, Tom Waits, and Raymond Chandler?
Whether collaborating closely with Philly bass giant Starkey, Has-Lo of Mello Music Group, or Half Past Never Band straight outta Helsinki, Zilla brings his blend of worn leather zen, deft storytelling, and lucid imagery without pause. Whether solo or as one-half of the noir hop outfit 5 O'Clock Shadowboxers with producer Douglas Martin aka Blurry Drones, Zilla Rocca has quietly stayed prolific but never redundant.
His music has been featured in URB, 2DopeBoyz, LA Weekly, MySpace Featured Music, Philly Weekly, and more. He has performed in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Miami, New York, and almost everywhere in Philadelphia over the years.
As a solo artist and with Curly Castro as 5 O'Clock Shadowboxers live, Zilla has shared the stage with Mount Kimbie, Shlohmo, The Knux, Black Sheep, Nocando, One.Be.Lo, Elucid of Lessondary Crew, Random aka MegaRan, Buff 1, Reef the Lost Cauze, Open Mike Eagle, Kuf Knotz, Has-Lo, and more.