Oddisee & Good Compny

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.

Sidewalk Chalk

With the release of its sophomore album, Leaves, Sidewalk Chalk continues to lead the contemporary evolution of hip-hop, soul, and jazz. The band’s roots are firmly planted in Chicago where all eight members bring their respective talents together to update a sound first heralded in the Native Tongues era but never so musically diverse. The group’s unique arrangement allows them to incorporate numerous styles seamlessly: an MC and female vocalist; a trio of keys, bass, and drums; a horn section with trombone and trumpet; and a tap-dancer.

In contrast to the 2012 debut release, Corner Store, this new album finds the group venturing into a grittier space and capitalizing on a subtle approach that is at times hauntingly beautiful. Leaves represents change, both the loss of something dear and the excitement of exploring something new. “The album is about growth, growing pains, and letting go of the past if need be,” states MC Rico Sisney. Vocalist Maggie Vagle adds, “It’s also about unfolding into a new color. Shedding to shine brighter."

Sidewalk Chalk has created a live show that captivates a variety of audiences. The group has already shared stages with ?uestlove, De La Soul, Action Bronson, Jean Grae, Hiatus Kaiyote and other notables. Individually, band members have acted as musical director(s) for Brother Ali, toured with Jazzanova and played behind Buddy Guy and Talib Kweli. Sidewalk Chalk was named "Most Outstanding Group" at the 2012 Chicago Music Awards, and its MC represented Chicago at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China.

Sidewalk Chalk is: Rico Sisney (MC), Maggie Vagle (Vocals), Charlie Coffeen (Keys), Garrett McGinn (Bass), Tyler Berg (Drums), Jumaane Taylor (Taps), Sam Trump (Trumpet), and David Ben-Porat (Trombone).

A focused multi-dimensional "post-genre" based artist from South Chicago. Radius started crafting beats in 2001. After producing numerous tracks for local rappers he began to further hone his skills as a producer/live performance artist by winning in Chicago area beat battles and later performing in various hiphop & electronic showcases with the Moment Sound Crew (Garo, Lokua & Slava). He has rocked alongside notable artists including Blu & Exile, Eliot Lipp, The Opus, Thavius Beck, Mux Mool, Mono/Poly, Maker and Guilty Simpson and more. Showcases include Dublab, B-Real TV, The beat swap meet & The Low End Theory in Los Angeles.

Eddie Franks

Hailing from Skokie, Illinois, Eddie Franks is using his passion for music to build a platform from which he can be heard. He began writing rhymes during his early teenage years and has now developed his own style and personality that will leave its mark in the rap game.
After years of writing raps, Mr. Franks (formerly known as CuFF) finally hit the stage for the first time in 2006 in Athens, Ohio, while attending Ohio University. He did many short performances and several freestyle battles at the Hip Hop Shop to gain respect and generate a buzz within the local community. Through the Hip Hop Shop Eddie met J Mei (Morgantown, WV), Tone Capone (Lexington, KY), and J Pesc (Cleveland, OH) and the four rappers formed the Iron MCs in 2008. They shut the mic down at multiple venues in Athens and performed in front of thousands at 6Fest in 2009. The Iron MCs released a music video for the track, “White Shoes”, back in 2010.
As for his solo career, Eddie released his debut album, "The Brain Storm"(under the alias of CuFF), in February of 2009. Franks’ single, “Slave to the Mic”, earned a spot on a compilation album for the Chicago-based record label, Windy City Records, in 2010. The album was produced by Youngstown, Ohio native, Brent Socie. Socie was also the main producer and engineer on the second album, "The End of the Beginning”, which hit the streets in April of 2011.
Franks graduated from Ohio University in June of 2011. In Athens, OH, he has performed at venues such as The Union, Casa Cantina, The Pigskin, and 19 South. In Chicago, IL, Franks has torn up the mic at The Elbo Room, The Tonic Room, and Subterranean. In February of 2011, Franks opened for Freddie Gibbs at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL. Eddie Franks is currently living in Skokie and working on a mixtape titled, “Life Is…” due at the beginning of the summer of 2012. Along with the mixtape, Franks will be releasing a music video for the track, “Somebody Else”, produced by DJ Coutz. Video produced by Cat Party Productions. Stay tuned for more to come!!!



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