hype Release Party hosted by Phonte
Pat Junior, DJ Lucho, Ace Henderson, Vacayvacayvacay, ZenSoFly, Alec Lomami
723 Rigsbee Ave
Durham, NC, 27701
Doors 12:00 PM / Show 12:30 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Come celebrate the release of season one of Durham's new web series Hype with a concert and VR experience at Motorco presented by Runaway & Lucid Dream VR!
Join us at 12pm and enjoy performances by Hype collaborators Well$, Pat Junior, Ace Henderson and Zensofly, DJ sets by Lucho, Alec Lomami, and vacayvacayvacay of NC creative collective Immaculate Taste, and a unique VR experience by Lucid Dream VR all hosted by Phonte of Durham's Little Brother.
And then at 8pm be sure to visit hypedurham.com to watch season one of the show as it premieres online! All proceeds from the event go toward funding a second season of Hype."
12:30 - Alec Lomami (DJ)
1:00 - Zensofly
1:30 - Vacayvacayvacay (DJ)
2:00 - Ace Henderson
2:30 - Lucho (DJ)
3 - Pat Junior
3:30 - Well$
Hype season one is a five, twenty-minute episode drama about an exceedingly optimistic young man who, through trying to buy the house back for his adolescent love, gets caught in the rap and startup worlds of Durham, North Carolina.
Written and directed by Holland Randolph Gallagher.
Executive Produced by Phonte Coleman.
Executive Produced by Brendan Bradley & Jigsaw Ensemble.
Shot by Bruce F. Cole.
Co-Produced by Andie Morgenlander and Casey Steinbacher.
Music by vacayvacayvacay & Gold Panda.
Robert Dartez Wright
Leroy 'Well$' Shingu
Melvin Gray Jr.
Joshua Mardrice Henderson
Zen 'Zensofly' Stewart
Kevin 'Kaze' Thomas
A widely respected, down-to-earth rapper and singer -- as well as a producer, arranger, and engineer -- Phonte (aka Percy Miracles, El Tigallo) was a member of Little Brother, a trio that formed during the late ‘90s at North Carolina Central University. Within years of formation, Little Brother became the leading alternative rap group of their time. While LB were still thriving, Phonte established the Foreign Exchange with Dutch producer Nicolay; that act debuted in 2004 with Connected, then made a marked shift toward moody, left-of-center R&B with the Grammy-nominated Leave It All Behind (2008) and Authenticity (2010). Little Brother disbanded in April 2010; within a year and a half, Phonte released his first solo rap album, Charity Starts at Home. Throughout his career, Phonte has been involved with numerous outside projects; he collaborated with DJ Mitsu, Murs, Darien Brockington, DJ Shadow, 4hero, and the Roots, among several others, and recorded a series of side-splitting (but affectionate) covers EPs with multi-instrumentalist Zo!, one of his Foreign Exchange associates.
Like most kids in his native town of Charlotte, North Carolina, Leroy Shingu, had a head filled with Hip-hop dreams growing up, even trying his hand at freestyling when he was all of nine years old.
But a storied background starkly different to the blissful suburban reality of his peers would compel the rapper better known as Well$ to turn that childhood fantasy into his newly launched career as a rapper.
Quietly released in 2012, $ay La V, Well$' debut EP rose steadily on the Bandcamp charts to peak at number 5 and eventually become the most downloaded album in the Charlotte Area. That remarkable ascent as well as the video for the song State of Ecstasy The Interlude Part 1 hauled Well$ out of virtual anonymity, and shoved him onto high profile stage performances with artists such as G Eazy, Chris Webby, Johnny Polygon, and one of his idols Pac Div.
Proud To Be An American, one of Well$' standout tracks off $ay La V, is the assured declaration of a young man who has come to terms with his identity and adopted home, flaws and all. Yet it wasn't always this way. Born in the US to Congolese illegal immigrants, Well$ has encountered the ins and outs of America's legal system for as long as he can remember. What started as a routine police search ended up with his mother serving a six-month jail stint when it emerged that she was in the country undocumented. Left mostly in the care of a grandmother who barely speaks English, Well$' teenage life slowly spiraled downwards into delinquency. Dabbling in car theft, drug dealing and eventually dropping out of high school caused his concerned mother to ship him off to New Orleans to stay with his cousin Alec Lomami in the hope that he could steer him back on to the straight and narrow.
Lomami (nowadays producer and Immaculate Records label owner) averted Well$' focus to music as a means to channel his feelings of angst and isolation. In 2010 the two of them began work in earnest on Well$' debut, marking the turning point for him.
As always, on his forth-coming album Well$' music deftly walks the tricky balance between niche underground and commercial mainstream drawing on styles that range from breast-beating braggadocio through to quiet, moody introspection. "My music is like me, sometimes it's serious, sometimes it's playful, sometimes it's happy, sometimes it's sad, sometimes it's meaningful and sometimes it's meaningless," Well$ describes his swinging pendulum of musical expressions, always true to his realest self.
Fatherhood is one of many subjects that Well$ touches on, himself newly a father to a three-year-old. The lead single Black Swan explores the life choices of a young woman affected by an absent father. Elsewhere, on Major Pain Well$ walks in the shoes if his own imperfect dad.
In Dreams of an Insomniac, Well$ stands on the edge of a cliff and meticulously lays out fears of flying – those pesky "what if" questions that keep him up at night.
That rare and commendable honesty Well$ displays comes from his admiration of now era rap stars. "Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa's tape Kush & Orange Juice, Pac Div, Drake.
pat junior is a music artist, writer and producer who is originally from Brooklyn, NY but currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. His introduction to music, specifically Hip-Hop, was A Tribe Called Quest via his mother. At a young age, he would recite popular poetry by known black authors and write his own poetry, which then evolved into writing rhymes to some of his favorite MC’s instrumentals. He looks to create art that will help inspire, encourage, provoke higher thought and help people get through the ups & downs of life; while also aiming to Be Absxlute in all aspects of his own life.
Ace Henderson, a Brooklyn-born songwriter and recording artist has set his own framework for years to come as he focuses on developing his sound, and expanding his catalog of growth as evidenced by the explosion of his debut singles "28" and "3K15" - the former an ode to the New Jack Swing era, via a thinly-sliced Christopher Williams sample, and the latter an interpolation of "Sorry, Ms. Jackson" by Outkast.
Henderson took no-time to embrace his individuality and in the summer of 2016, record label and media platform Saint Heron released Henderson's melodic journey - "venaqui (Come My Way)" which jump-started his introduction to national coverage as an emerging talent.
After a year-long hiatus from releasing music to prepare his debut album, Henderson emerged from those sessions in the spring of 2017 with the heart-wrenching single, "runaway!" produced by L' Camino. While Ace handled the wheel for the glassy-eyed ballad "getaway driver" and received a sizzling summer anthem from Grammy-nominated producer Made of Oak to round out a galvanizing display of artistic freedom - the majority of the EP is soundtracked at the hands of the enigmatic Michael McKain ("push"/ "on the way"/ "third shift"), but it's the bouquet of vocal layering by Niya Wells and Marc Anthony Figueras' craftsmanship on guitar that captures Henderson's ability to blend color and sound into a moment.
beat & filmmaker :: durham, nc. creator of hype
ZenSoFly is a hypnotic artist hailed by the Indy Week as the "Upstart Raleigh club charmer and image guru.” She is a thunderous performer of playfully buoyant music.
At times she’s a soothing lead singer and at times she’s a cold-blooded MC. Before starting her career as an artist she worked as a dj, producer and engineer while mentoring under the popular electronic group, “Watch The Duck”. ZenSoFly makes music for people to dance to and feel. Her sound is a collaboration of house, rap, and electronic genres. She is the new kid on the block, but is quickly reaching new heights with her electricity and charm. Her first project “Little Miss Perfect” was released in September of 2016. Her motivation behind releasing the EP was mainly to get over her fear of letting others hear her work. Since then, she has performed alongside the likes of Kelela, Kingdom, Sylvan Esso, Junglepu$$y and more. ZenSoFly is gearing up for her second project titled “Sunflowers” and this time she is not taking it lightly. It will be an EP that will be promoted internationally to receive mainstream attention.
Je suis un être humain! ( I'm a humain being)
$5 - $30
$5 General Admission
$10 General Admission + enter into a raffle for a Runaway shirt
$20 General Admission + Hype shirt
$30 General Admission + Hype shirt + Hype poster