SOULSTYCE Hip-Hop & Art Festival

Benefiting VH1 Save The Music Foundation!!! Performances by: Redman Evidence of Dialated Peoples Freestyle Fellowship of Project Blowed (Myka 9, Aceyalone, P.E.A.C.E, Self Jupiter) Medusa of Project Blowed. BURNTmd MORE ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON! Hip Hop Reggae Latin Ska Professional BMX dirt jump and flatland competition B-Boy dance competition Carnival live art.

Newark's favorite prodigal son Reggie Noble, aka platinum-selling Def Jam Recordings artist Redman, shows off a different side of his musical persona with the release of his 7th solo album, REGGIE.

Redman exploded on to the hip-hop scene in 1992 when he released his debut album, Whut? Thee Album . That gold album was followed up with the gold-plus, critically acclaimed releases Dare Iz a Darkside .(1994), Muddy Water (1996),Doc's da Name 2000 (1998), El Nino with Def Squad (Keith Murray and Erick Sermon in 1998) , Malpractice (2001) and Red Gone Wild (2007).


One third of the influential L.A. hip-hop group Dilated Peoples, Evidence was born Michael Perretta in Los Angeles, relocating from Santa Monica to Venice Beach with his mother when he was six, after his parents' divorce. Though Evidence was heavily into skating and graffiti growing up, it wasn't until he was 12, and he moved next door to QDIII (Quincy Jones's son), where he was able to see firsthand how beats were made and what it took to be a top-quality producer, that he began to be more interested in seriously pursuing music. Hooking up with MC Rakaa in 1992, the duo released a few singles as Dilated Peoples (their first beats courtesy of QDIII) before adding DJ Babu in 1998. The group issued four albums (The Platform, Expansion Team, Neighborhood Watch, 20/20) on Capitol before splitting from them in 2006 and joining ABB. It was to that same label that Evidence turned for his solo album. Titled The Weatherman (a nickname a fan had given him early in his career), the record, something he had wanted to make since 2001 but had been unable to because of the contract with Capitol, was released in March 2007, and featured production from Evidence himself, Jake One, the Alchemist, and Babu, among others, and was followed by Red Tape Instrumentals, an album of beats, a few months later.

Freestyle Fellowship

Freestyle Fellowship are a rap group from Los Angeles consisting of rappers Aceyalone, Myka 9, P.E.A.C.E., Self Jupiter and producer J Sumbi. Their vocal techniques focusing on the method of the freestyle, as well as a successful infusion of hip hop and jazz, established the group as forerunners in the sub-genre of jazz rap, and also placed them amongst prominent West Coast underground hip hop acts of the early 1990s like Hieroglyphics, Abstract Rude & Tribe Unique, and The Pharcyde[1]. They are part of a hip hop collective known as Project Blowed


"In one of the rooms in the hip-hop culture house engraved on the walls" Is a live account of the 1 Super Soul Sista, who has the blessing to be dubbed "the Angela Davis of hip-hop". Starting off MCing as a 16- year old pop-locker, Medusa continues to cultivate hip-hop seeds across the country in unprecedented numbers. The love of hip-hop encouraged her to follow higher callings than her knowing. Pop-lockin with the Groove-Atrons gave her talents a platform to win the Beset Female Dancer in the 1st Hip Hop Dance Awards at The Paladium. "Medusa has been compared to a medley of amazing artist" Including, Gil-Scott Heron for their ways of expressing the revolutionary state of mind, Chuck D. (imagine a female Chuck D.), Lauren Hill for having the ability to posses an international talent in the voice world and like the Game, who's a versatile heavy hitter on speaking his life's truth's, Medusa gives you the key to real truth and allows you to feel it and even though the comparisons could go on, Medusa is on a Goddess list of her own. You will find no other who will bring it to you like this, someone's music that makes you feel strong, proud, and encourages with the manner of ONE Love. "Coming up in the LA scene, she honed her skills" At the Good Life café and Leimert Park's "Project Blowed" Workshop, around Freestyle Fellowship, Black Eye Peas, Macy Grey, and Xzibit, being the first in the LA hip hop scene with a live band. After blessing her already growing fans with her EP, "Do It The Way You Feel It", Medusa gained an even stronger fan base overseas, in the country, on college campuses across the nation, and has virtually become a guru to the underground hip-hop scene and artistic community. She is respected and adored as a Queen to the word and power of her music and what she stands for, not just the fact that she's the undisputed Queen of West Coast underground hip-hop. "Medusa has shared the stage and opened for lyrical heavyweights" Such as: Stevie Wonder, KRS-ONE, George Clinton, Dead Prez, Dave Hollister, Chali 2Na of Jurassic 5, Super Natural. Public Enemy, Blackalicious, Erykah Badu, Roy Ayers, Dilated Peoples, Speech, Common, Pharoahe Monch, Meshell Ndeegeocello, Fishbone, MC Lyte, Bahamadia, and Blk Thought of the Roots. That's not even including the blow up in Honolulu for the "Girl Fest," a festival that dedicated an entire day honoring Medusa and her accomplishments in music. She performed at Bruce Willis's Annual Christmas Show where she brought in the New Years with Talib Quali, Shante Moore and Kenny Latamor and the 2002 Smoke Out with Cypress Hill.. "She has earned herself a gold album" In Japan with Spiritual People, a project in collaboration with Arrested Development's Speech. She has also received a Grammy with the band Ozomatlu and LA Weekly has voted MEDUSA "BEST HIP-HOP ARTIST" two years in a row. She was part of the hot line up for the Beats for Peace Tour with Slum Village, Pharoahe Monch, Anwar Superstar, The Jazz and Hip-hop Orchestra, Super Natural, and Cee-Lo. The Year before that she was a t the Bumper Shot with De La Soul, Macy Gray, Common, and the Black Eyed Peas in Seattle, Washington. Selling out at every venue and killing the mic on every stage, holding it down independent-indie style hasn't been hard when you're doing it for the love of music, the reason and unity. "If you haven't heard her LIVE band Feline Science then you haven't heard the half of it. " Medusa and Feline Science ( consisting of a DJ, drummer, bassist, keyboard, percussionist, guitar and background singers) rocks the stage like Sly & the Family Stone taking the rap community by storm! If Aretha Franklin is the "Queen of Soul", then Medusa is Defininetly the High Priestess of Hip-Hop, having won the Rap Sheet Emcee World Championship hands down! "MEDUSA's skills are not limited to music." "She has played her behind the scene talent in film scoring, soundtrack production and acting." Such credits include "Life Is A Traffic Jam," featuring the late Tupac Shakur, in Vondi Curtis's film "Gridlock" and in the sitcom "Moesha" where MEDUSA made an impact on the world as Lady Lunatic. She wrote, produced, and performed "My Momma Raised a G" for the HBO film "Stranger Inside" in which she played the role of Leisha, and doing voiceovers in "Sistas N The City" playing as Athena. Giving her light and wisdom in the films "No Body Knows My Name" by Rachel Ramose w/ Asia One, T-Love and DJ Symphony and "Soundz of Spirit" by Joslyn Rose Lyons w/ Andre 3000, Commmon, KRS-1, Cee Lo, Davey D., Talib Kwelli, and Saul Williams. Including the films Freestyle The Art Of Rhyme by DJ Organic winner of HBO Best Documentary, Best Documentary and the film Camjackers that's a blow out independent film that is taking the film circuit by storm! Also a winner of Best Editing by Ann Arbor, Official Selection of Harlem International and a Tour, both starring, Phoenix Orion, Aceyalone, 2Mex & Mykah –9. In 2007 the Independent Film "Love is a 4 Letter Word" produced by Tanji Miller (Felicity /Madeas Family Reunion.) used two hot singles form Medusa's up and coming projects, the infamous Bonnie and Clyde single "Here We Go" featuring Big Meezy of Hussle House and the hot grown single from her solo gangsta goddess album "Dusty Ball Drop" both Produced by Sol Eternity repin Hussle House (in Source Mag. as the next Dr. Dre). "She is also a motivational speaker, being asked to give her knowledge and opinion" At colleges and seminars on the effect of hip-hop on children, women, in relations to culture and life, like the 26th Annual Black Conscious Conference and at UCLA for the African American Music Festival. Currently Medusa has been asked to be on the Board for the Los Angeles Arts Committee and teaming with arts organization Art Share to bring more Hip Hop to their center "Medusa has done major features" With "The Mackin Game" with Teena Marie and Mc Lyte, on Teena Marie's new album "La Dona" which also features Gerald Levert and Rick James. Finishing the hot single "Pimps Down Flo's Up" for the West Coast Legendary Project featuring Snoop Dogg, Lady of Rage, and E-40 and finally collabing with MC Lyte to soon release "Lay Down Low" performing with Jean Grae at the Music Fest NW hip-hop conference and Live @ the OP, her accomplishments go on………… MEDUSA is expected to leave the Rap community speechless, but revolutionize the music industry as a whole! Fans are looking for more and almost demanding that her music reaches for all the world to hear! "With a dedication to claim 2007 her year " Medusa stays Diligently in the Studio killing the vocal booth with some of the hottest Producers to make master pieces from the Queen, bubblin from the Underground, the illest Hip Hop you'll ever hear! The anticipation has the fans itching. Medusa blessed the booth for X-Clans Mixed CD and then blessed the mic at X-clan's "Return From Mecca" cd release party with Cahli 2 Na, Crown City Rockers, Self Scientific. Sliding through Frisco with Abstract Rude and D.J Drez at "Keep The Feel", Medusa continues to keep her performance bar up with other performances in other states like Seattle and at local venues like the Music Box, Zen Sushi and the Temple Bar amongst others. Divine Forces Radio asked Medusa to grace the stage at their Anniversary show "Hip Hop for Education" and another infamous show Project Sweatshop puts together "We The People" for 2007 Loving her flows and energy she got asked to come back to "B-Girl Be", "Girl Fest San Francisco" and Girl Fest Hawaii for 2007! Entering the years first couple of months going to Crime Jazz in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, speaking on a panel at the Urban Network Summit and added to the list for the "Zero Tolerance Tour" & just recently added to the International Soul Music Festival and Billboard R&B Hip HopConference, everyone's listening for Medusa!!

Burnt md

BURNTmd, originally from Brooklyn, NY, now lives in Burlington, Vermont where the media has dubbed him "the hardest working man in local hip hop." Vermont's resident Microphone Doctor continues to gain popularity performing in town with superstars like Ice Cube and Lil Kim, to underground heavyweights Immortal Technique and Murs, as well as traveling the country touring with rap icons such as Keith Murray of Def Squad, Black Thought of The Roots, and even Inspectah Deck of Wu Tang Clan. A very creative, inspiring, and often intense artist, BURNTmd has yet to release an official full length album, and still has received national attention performing hundreds of shows nationwide and media mentions from top hip hop sites including but not limited to 2dopeboyz, hiphopgame,and hiphopdx, with his singles "Lets Get ILL" produced by !llmind ft Reef The Lost Cauze, Copywrite, REKS, & Phil The Agony, and "Stand Back" produced by J.Glaze ft Planet Asia & Strong Arm Steady. Come see for yourself what the buzz is all about!
-=GTD=- 'Kill The Disease...Spread The Cure'


Fat Joe Tribute to Big Pun

Fat Joe doing a tribute to Big Pun! Fat Joe will be doing all of Big Pun's Classics!

Illa J Special Tribute to J Dilla

Illa J Special Tribute to J Dilla

Binary Star

Binary Star is back to change the game once again. The duo of emcees One Be Lo and Senim Silla possess a lethal chemistry greater than the sum of its parts. Trading verses effortlessly, the two can create magic on the mic ranging from intricate storytelling to battle raps. Hailing from Pontiac, Michigan - Lo and Senim originally met in high school and instantly developed a close friendship. However one poor decision that could have easily derailed their career, made the bond between them stronger and more focused. An armed robbery conviction landed them both in prison for a three-year sentence and during this time Binary Star officially came into existence in 1995. Upon their release, Lo and Senim had grown more mature, focused, and immediately began recording what would evolve into M.O.T.U. and the classic song "Reality Check." Binary also had plenty of beats waiting from longtime friend Decompoze who would co-produce a majority of the album. After initially pressing up CD, vinyl, and tape copies - the Binary Star buzz earned the group a distribution deal that would convert music listeners into loyal fans with the release of M.O.T.U. in 2000. It went on to sell over 25,000 units and showed the viability of independent hip-hop during a time when major labels had begun the commercialization of rap music. Shortly after recording the M.O.T.U. album, the two parted ways claiming creative differences. One Be Lo developed his own solo career by rocking shows across the country. In 2005 his solo debut S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M. moved over 22,000 units on Fat Beats. Lo also kept fans happy with several releases on his own Subterraneous Records: Fetus, Stillborn, and Rebirth. This has set the foundation nicely for the highly anticipated B.A.B.Y. with a February 2009 release date on Myx Music Label. Recently reuniting after a 10-year hiatus, Binary Star is back in the studio working on its long awaited follow-up to the classic debut album Masters Of The Universe (M.O.T.U.). Tentatively titled "Light Years Apart," the duo's EP serves as a mere prequel to a full-length LP. ..


The Chicharones

Impossible! Flying pigs fill the sky. Cheap tequila is swilled in bars and discos around the globe in celebration. The Chicharones, composed of Sleep of Oldominion and Josh Martinez, have kept fans, tour action, sales, and respect during a 3 year group hiatus, between solo releases. Since releasing their last album When Pigs Fly (Camobear Records 2006), they have toured the world ten times over, collaborated with the who's who of underground pop, released solo albums and become international celebrities. Back together, after a messy break up, the bromance is on and popping and at long last, the great Chicharones have returned!

Much has happened in the three years since their last release "When Pigs Fly".

Josh Martinez has been on the moustache ride of his life. Never easy to categorize, The People's Champ is one of the most diverse artists in the music game, surpassing the limitations of indie hip hop by pursuing an "innovative and entirely unique hybrid of clever pop melodies and intelligent, layered songwriting that borrows from everywhere and sounds like nothing else." (Spin) Having sold 100,000 copies of his ten album body of work, "Martinez brand of music is instantly identifiable and entirely unique." Ð (Exclaim) Coming off a life and death battle with life and death, Martinez has produced a musical masterpiece called The World Famous Sex Buffet (Camobear Records 2008), starring Devin The Dude, Classified, Mother Mother, Moka Only and Pigeon John. With 5 videos, a radio and press campaign, and chart topping successes in Canada, France and Japan, finally, the world is spreading its legs for the People's Champ.

Sleep, bottomless coffee mug in hand, has not slept in months to produce his Sage Francis-infused, return-to-darkness opus, Hesitation Wounds. With Sleep's Christopher (Up Above Records 2007) selling in excess of 25,000 copies, Sleep has carved himself a special place in the minds of hip hoppers who want their music with heart. After a breakout project with reggae legend Zelly Rock, Combination Locked (Camobear Records 2008), Sleep has gone all out and produced a masterful opus, written with his characteristically brilliant cadences, sweetheart rhymes and every man observations over blazing future music soundscapes. His new album Hesitation Wounds will be released by Strange Famous Records in spring 2009 and will bring Sleep a whole new level of exposure.

The Chicharones have toured the world together, solo and with live bands, and learned countless new tricks along the road. From Sleep's magic tricks and quick change routines, to Martinez's beer balancing and hi kicking Elvis dance moves, they are taking over the world with their insanely energetic live shows. A bash your brains, get drunk, cheer, scream and throw your self against the wall fun, a Chicharones show is a need-to-be-seen-to-be-believed extravaganza. Never asking the audience to make noise, nor demand a crowd's hands in the air, these fake-mustachioed amigos use comedy, high kicks, pitch-perfect harmonies and costume changes to leave audiences in an ecstatic Beatles-esque furor. These banditos have become hip hop legends by converting every crowd from awkward rangy newbies, into diehard fans.

Swine Country, a brand new EP of legendary songs, is a definitive statement of explosive growth for a duo at the absolute peak of their creative powers. These are songs inspired by James Dean, heist movies, broken hearts and sweet, sweet revenge. They are also part of the larger, genre-bending hip hop musical Sow Side Story, a hip hop musical, more greasy than Grease, more graceful than your grandmother, slated for summer 09 release. Swine Country is host to doo wop harmonies, adult-rated Dr. Seuss rhymes and the incredible interplay between two of rap's finest, most accomplished artists. Swine Country is Pharcyde meets Dick Dale, Kurt Kobain meets Frankie Lymon. It's fedora wearing hip hop music with the swagger of rebellion, and all the tenderness of a mother's touch. Get down and dirty. You'll thanks us for it later.


"With their first recorded effort, Boss Hogs, The Chicharones deliver a completely original masterpiece." - Urb

'Josh's insightful, socially-aware lyrics and evocative voice, paired with Sleep's mastery of complex rhyme schemes and rapid fire delivery, brings a forward thinking album, ready to break through musical barriers' - Exclaim

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FOR CHEAPER TICKETS BUY ON WILL CALL OR GET YOUR TICKETS AT THE DOOR FOR $50 *will call closes 12am Sat Sept 17th " Soulstyce" is an annual Music and Art Festival that creates an intimate experience that incorporates all the elements of Hip-Hop culture: Free Style Rap Battles, BBoy and Break Dance Competitions, Live graffiti art, along with live Reggae and latin ska Bands , Vendors with unique street apparel and some of the largest and most elite talent. It’s important for “Soulstyce” to represent the spirit of Hip-Hop through the combination of music, art and a live BMX element, “Soulstyce” creates a positive atmosphere that unifies the community and promotes peace.

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