Benefit for Philippines Typhoon Relief
Ruby Ibarra, Host: Equipto, Otayo Dubb, Coco Peila, Hosted By Bambu
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Rocky Rivera is coming to the New Parish to celebrate the release of Gangster of Love (October 2013), her second full-length album! Rocky is an accomplished journalist-turned-emcee whose editorials have appeared in XXL, The Source and Rolling Stone Magazine before she decided to finally pursue Hip-Hop as a participant, not only as an observer. Trading her moleskines for microphones, her debut album was released in 2010 and has garnered critical acclaim and press coverage from VIBE, 2DopeBoyz.com, AllHipHop.com and numerous music blogs across the web. A dynamic performer who’s shared the stage with artists such as Macklemore, dead prez, Zion I and Blue Scholars, her all-lady crew consisting of DJ Roza and emcee Irie Eyez display a daringly different side of Hip Hop you see to experience to believe.
Ruby Ibarra is a rapper, spoken word artist, and music producer from the Bay Area, CA. She has been rhyming for over 6 years and her music is often described as raw poetry with an old-school hip hop influence. She released her first mixtape, Lost in Translation, in December 2012, which was hosted by DJ Kay Slay and premiered on Shade 45 Radio. She spent much of 2013 touring across the United States, as well as completing a short summer tour in the Philippines. She has been fortunate enough to be featured on noted web-based publications such as Worldstar Hip Hop, XXL Magazine, and MTV & VH1's blogs. She is currently working on another solo project and plans to continue touring across the U.S. in 2014.
Equipto made it from San Francisco and is the C.E.O of Solidarity Records and has been making music for 15+ years doing collaborations with Mac Dre, Berner, Andre Nickatina, The Jacka, Smoov-E, San Quinn and shag Nasty to name a few. He is highly influenced by San Francisco along with 2Pac, Malcolm X, E-40, Public Enemy, EPMD, and too many more to name.
Otayo Dubb defines his sound as “Blue Collar” hip-hop, which he says everyday people can relate to. He doesn’t dumb down his lyrical content, yet he’s also careful not to go too far over people’s heads by “trying to be condescending or super-wordy.” His aim is to reach “average listeners,” not necessarily hip-hop elitists. Raised in the liberal environs of Santa Cruz, Dubb grew up listening to hip-hop as well as alternative music. He discovered he had a skill for memorizing rap lyrics at an early age—he recalls being able to recite “La-Di-Da-Di” word-for-word after just a few listens—which soon led to him writing and performing his own original material.
Coco Peila is a Feminist/Panther/Hip-hop Heroine from the Bay Area, extending African diasporic experience through the form of hip hop and soul music. In 2007 Oakland's Youth Movement Records and San Francisco's Youth Noise chose her song Any Day Now, to commission a music video for Youth Noise's "Healthy Body Image" campaign. Any Day Now went on to be selected to be a part of the International Museum Of Women and receive over 30K hits on Youtube. She competed in Youth Speak's National Youth Poetry slams throughout her teens, and became a National Slam champion in 2005 while representing the EastBay team in Youth Speak's international youth poetry festival Brave New Voices. She has performed nationally and internationally at venues suchas: The San Francisco Opera House, The Beehive, Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, Teatro Nacional de Guatemala, New Zealand's Hope Brother's, and more. Her freshman album "I Still Love Him: Part 1. Misses Shoot ‘em Down" dropped this December 2013 soon after the release of her single Misses Shoot 'em Down and it's music video. The video places an emotionally and sonically inspiring soundtrack in Oakland’s graffiti-beautified landscape.
Hosted By Bambu
Bambu is a father, MC and community organizer. Raised in the Watts district of Los Angeles, as a young boy he experienced a life that other rappers have glorified, but rarely experienced. As he navigated through a turbulent youth, Bambu turned around the destructive energy that surrounded him and poured it into making music. Bambu has been lauded by his fans and contemporaries for his lyrical storytelling abilities. Whether fictional or autobiographical, his vividly-detailed narratives are characterized by an honesty that is equal parts brutal, thought-provoking and liberating. Bambu music is not for mere performance – he utilizes his music as a tool for a larger goal – to reach and support youth who face similar issues that he did, and move them to question what goes on in the world.