1k Phew, Byron Juane, Kris Noël
723 Rigsbee Ave
Durham, NC, 27701
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
A lyric-driven hip-hop artist from the outskirts of Nashville, nobigdyl. makes music rooted in melody, movement, and message. It's a sound built not only for dancing, but for thinking, too. A sound that nods to the thrill of Friday nights and the reflection of Sunday mornings. A sound that reaches new heights on his major-label debut, SO-LAR.
Born in Oakland, California, Dylan Phillips spent much of his childhood on the move, relocating from state to state alongside his father's job. Once the family settled in Bell Buckle, TN, he found himself less than an hour's drive from Nashville, a music mecca traditionally celebrated for its country acts. That didn't stop Phillips from develop-ing his own unique sound as a college student at Middle Tennessee State University, where he performed in folk/hip-hop fusion bands and laid the foundation for a solo career that would soon find him performing as nobigdyl. (a stage name that highlighted his humility, even as his music began attracting national attention). Meanwhile, he also formed the local rap collective Indie Tribe. With all four members of Indie Tribe sharing their resources and support, nobigdyl. began climbing his way toward the top of Tennessee's rap scene.
After graduation, he accepted a job with Grammy-winning Christian hip-hop artist Derek Minor. He served as Mi-nor's tour manager, a gig that required nobigdyl. to sideline his own music career. When Minor offered nobigdyl. the use of his personal studio, though, the young rapper gladly accepted, creating songs during his free time.
When Minor walked into the studio one afternoon, he heard the sound of a compelling, eclectic rapper playing over the speakers. He was floored to hear that it was nobigdyl. on the mic. Impressed, he fired nobigdyl. as his tour manager, adamant that he ditch his behind-the-scenes gig and pursue a career onstage. With that, nobigdyl. began making music once again, ignoring the violence and misogyny that was often present in commercial rap music and, instead, focusing on uplifting themes of hope, redemption, trials, and triumphs.
He rebuilt his fanbase the old-school way, releasing a string of free miXtapes and playing high-energy shows across the southeast. From there, nobigdyl. released the independent album Canopy in 2017, climbing to Number 7 on the iTunes hip-hop chart along the way. With encouragement from his grassroots fanbase — not to mention the support of Indie Tribe, whose unofficial membership had grown to include engineers, photographers, design-ers, and other artistic-minded individuals whose work aligned with the Tribe's group mentality — he played more than 50 shows in 2017, eventually earning the attention of Capitol CMG. He signed to Capitol's roster the follow-ing spring, becoming the second member of Indie Tribe to ink a major-label deal.
With "enemies?," his first single for Capitol CMG, nobigdyl. raps about faith, friends, and the freedom to pursue a hip-hop career that promotes honesty rather than homicide. "You don't have to go and hide your faith to be fa-mous," he says during the verse, while pianos clang and drums bang in the background. Released in April 2018, the song was followed that same spring by "twenty eighteen.," a song about remaining grounded as your career takes flight. "Last year was a lot, I'm tryin' to walk it off…Pray that my decisions lead me back to God," he raps in each God-fearing chorus.
Featuring production from 1995 and Grammy-winner Dirty Rice, SOLAR blends poetry, percussion, and poignant lyrics into the same miX, with nobigdyl. writing songs that eXamine the ups, downs, and in-betweens of human relationships. There's plenty of hardship here, but the songs push upward, focusing on hope in the midst of trou-ble.
"Even when I'm talking about hard times and dark subjects, there's a thread of joy shining through sorrow, and bright moments shining through the dark," he says. "It's not one-dimensional. Every relationship has its lighter mo-ments and its darker moments, and that's what ties this album together. The hope shines through."
A driven, dynamic performer, nobigdyl. is ready to make his global introduction. This is SOLAR. The future is bright.
To say that Atlanta is merely having a moment, would be to overlook decades of the region’s impact on hip-hop culture at large. From Outkast and Goodie Mob, Ludacris and T.I., to Migos, Young Thug, and Future, the proof is there. Atlanta has long been an inimitable force.
1K Phew is among a new breed of Atlanta artists taking the trap sensibility and elevating it to great effect. His smooth delivery and evocative vocal tone pair well with the bouncy, energetic production that defines his sound. At just 23 years old, Phew’s rise from local rapper with swagger to compelling artist equipped with a message, has been refreshing to watch. He’s fun and engaging, no doubt, but he’s so much more. As evidenced by his mixtapes Sunday Night (2015) and Life (2016), Phew’s got plenty of swag and wisdom to impart, and people are beginning to connect with his candid approach. There’s a sense of transparency that comes through in his music, a kind of refined rawness that can only be gained through experience and honing your craft. To let him tell it: “I’m not worried about being politically correct. I just want to give people the real. That’s where the 1K comes from, always keeping it 1,000 no matter what.”
This sort of genuine directness is what resonates with his audience; and his growing platform is a clear reflection of his passion to share his story. “The story I’m telling is how I overcame my obstacles,” he says. “You can’t force anybody to follow your way but you can let your light shine and watch them come to you.” The past he speaks of is one that rings true for the many who grew up in similar circumstances. But even though Phew had it better than some of his peers, having grown up with two praying parents who encouraged him in his gifting, he still found himself going down a destructive path as a teen. It wasn’t until he and his friends almost got shot one day that Phew decided to truly surrender his life to God and His plan. “That was a turning point for me. From then on, I was different.”
The recording business is full of artists who don’t have deep music knowledge. So 20-year-old, North Carolina native Byron Juane raises the bar with his schooling on jazz, classical, hip hop and R&B, plus his ability to play drums, guitar, trumpet and keys. The artist who began playing music at 4, shines on his Reflection Music Group debut, Life in the Evening, that travels from orchestral arrangements to moody soul, bluesy guitars to an explosive closer featuring RMG head Derek Minor that serve as the perfect score to the set’s message of transformation. On the intro track, “Death in the Afternoon,” Byron Juane testifies to abandoning his old mentality, and on “Split,” he admits to the struggle to stay on the right path. He celebrates making it through on the title track and final song, dedicating it to the underdogs. “I just want people to know that whatever they experience and if they are going through something that I have a song that they can replay,” he says. Byron Juane emerged in 2015 under the moniker K¥NG, releasing a series of well-received singles and the EP Aura. But he decided to drop the pseudonym and instead use his birth name. “K¥NG was just more about putting out music,” he explains. “Byron Juane is more intentious, has more impactful content and a more focused vision.” Byron Juane is evolving at light speed.
Kris Noël is a Texan-born, hyper-creative, acoustic influenced, lyrically heightened emcee with spoken-word tendencies and bilingual diction. With the goal of always staying outside-the-box, his music is the location where boundless imagination, a reverence for God, ocean-sized flow , and social relevance intersect.