with Prince Paul, YC The Cynic, Tanya Morgan, Rabbi Darkside (DJ set) & DJ Trumastr
Tue April 29th, 2014
Minimum Age: 18+
Doors Open: 8:00PM
Show Time: 9:00PM
Event Ticket: $10
Day of Show: $15
This is a general admission, standing event. Happy hour from 8-9pm including $3 beer and $5 well drinks.
New York based MC J-Live was born Jean-Jacques Cadet. He is commonly known as Justice Allah since adopting the culture of the 5% Nation in the mid 90s while attending State University of New York at Albany. He first garnered notice with the release of his 1995 single “Bragging Writes”.
Delivering his thoughtful lyrics with confidence and ease, J-Live’s rapping was strong and his soul-inflected grooves immediately appealed to fans of underground hip-hop. A year later he followed up with another hit, “Hush the Crowd”, and started to generate a palpable buzz. With tracks produced by luminaries such as Prince Paul, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock, the release of J-Live’s full-length debut, “The Best Part”, was hotly anticipated and the future looked promising for the ascendant MC.
At this point, though, J-Live was beset by a host of troubles. Amidst constant label shuffling and plagued by a series of illegal bootlegs, the release of “The Best Part” was delayed for four years. There was some talk that J-Live was behind some of the bootlegs — a few of which were of extremely high quality — and the ongoing saga became something of an underground legend.
In the interim, J-Live worked as an eighth-grade teacher in Brooklyn, NY, and continued to embellish and refine his debut. He kept good company, making cameo appearances on strong albums like Handsome Boy Modeling School’s “So…How’s Your Girl?” and J. Rawls’ “The Essence of J. Rawls”. The Best Part finally enjoyed its official release in the fall of 2001. All of the Above followed one year later, and 2003 brought a two-part mini-LP tribute to his early days, Always Has Been and Always Will Be. J-Live released his third LP, “The Hear After”, in 2005 on the Penalty (Ryko) label and followed up with the “Reveal the Secret” EP in 2007. “Then What Happened?” debuted on BBE Records the following year.
He then began to put out his own records and released the “Undivided Attention EP” in 2010 as a prelude to 2011’s full length release “S.P.T.A. Said Person of that Ability”. He has since changed his longtime corporate identity of Triple Threat Productions Inc to Mortier Music LLC. As an emcee, dee jay, producer, J-Live’s music, old and new, continues to be a staple of inspiration for listeners of underground hip hop.
J-Live official site
J-Live on Facebook
J-Live on Twitter
YC The Cynic
Born in the poorest congressional district in the country, Matthew Jefferson (aka YC The Cynic) has become a torchbearer for progressive hip-hop music. Known for his quick-witted lyricism, YC has been on a mission to revitalize the birthplace of hip-hop culture. As a founding member of RDACBX, a hip-hop community center in the South Bronx, YC has begun teaching the “Art of Rap,” with the hopes that the youth will be able to further change the climate in mainstream music. He has been featured on MTV, BET, The Source, and Complex Magazine; was named one of the “Top 5 Underground Hip-Hop Artists in NYC” by The Deli Magazine; and has toured the country doing what he loves. So, as YC would say it, “life is good.”
YC The Cynic on Facebook
YC The Cynic on Twitter
YC The Cynic on Bandcamp
YC The Cynic on Soundcloud
YC The Cynic on Tumblr
Tanya Morgan is a rap group. More than that, they’re a great rap group as evidenced by the acclaim they’ve received from the likes of Billboard, Vibe, SPIN, XXL Magazine, XLR8R, Los Angeles Times, The Onion, NY Magazine and a bevy of other press outlets who have praised the group throughout the duration of their career. “Tanya Morgan are like the sons of De La Soul — soulful, stressed, effortlessly smart flows, intricate production, the whole package,” says SPIN Music Editor Charles Aaron.
Hailing from both Brooklyn and Cincinnati, Tanya Morgan formed on the message boards of Okayplayer.com in 2003 when Donwill, Ilyas Nashid and Von Pea were all solo artists trading demos and beat tapes. The three MCs decided to collaborate for a one-off project and settled on the name Tanya Morgan – an inside joke to trick hip-hop crate-diggers and sample-searchers into thinking the record was an old-school soul singer. After their debut album, Moonlighting, was endorsed by the likes of ?uestlove in 2006 and was received enthusiastically by fans, Tanya Morgan decided to keep working together and keep the name. In the wake of Moonlighting’s critical success, the group released its follow-up, 2009’s Brooklynati which saw the group reach more fans and beguile more journalists as it was widely regarded as one of the year’s best hip hop releases.
Since Brooklynati, the group has reformed with Ilyas moving on to focus on his solo material and video production while Von Pea and Donwill continue to tour as Tanya Morgan, supporting the group’s classic material as well as their solo releases.
Tanya Morgan official site
Tanya Morgan on Facebook
Tanya Morgan on Twitter
Tanya Morgan on Bandcamp
Rabbi Darkside (DJ set)
RABBI DARKSIDE is a Buffalo-born Brooklyn-based Hip Hop Artist/Educator, rocking the world as MC, DJ and Beatboxer. His new album, “Prospect Avenue,” reached #4 on CMJ Hip Hop Charts, where it remained in the Top 20 for 16 weeks and finished #20 Overall for 2013, and #1 on College Radio Charts Hip Hop. “Propsect Avenue” was featured on HipHopDx, 2DopeBoyz, MTVHive, URB Magazine, DJBooth and RapReviews while receiving heavy international radio and video play. With a discography spanning a decade and fresh completion of his 12th international tour, Rabbi D continues to grow his global reputation and fan-base. Recent performance highlights include the 2013 CMJ Festival, the 2012 WNYC Battle of the Boroughs and headlining the 2012 Atlantic Antic. The 2008 release of his internationally acclaimed debut LP, “Building the Better Bomb,” and starring role as Head Coach on MTVs “Made” bolstered his rep, while touring consistently has allowed him to connect with the Global Hip Hop community. He has performed at major venues and festivals around the world, and is responsible for bringing the Hip Hop Subway Series to Europe.
A renowned freestyle artist, Rabbi Darkside has won a number of prestigious MC battles and been repeatedly called upon as host for high-profile events (18-time Freestyle Mondays Off The Head Gameshow Champ; End Of The Week 2010 Challange of Champs Co-Winner; 2004 NYC Kool Mixx Finalist; 2-time Whose Rhyme Is It Anyway Champ; 2-time A to Z Emcee Champ). As DJ, he has spun from New York’s most esteemed clubs to multi-million dollar lofts to middle school proms. His beatboxing is featured on MTV.com in instructional tutorials, and in countless live performances online. In addition to his artistry, he has worked for 10+ years in the New York City Public Schools, evolving from History Teacher to Teaching Artist to curriculum specialist, most recently developing the groundbreaking rap-based test prep program “Fresh Prep” (as seen in the New York Times and CBS Early Show), featuring guest vocalists Talib Kweli, Sadat X and Dres performing his lyrics. He was honored this year by being selected as one of the first Hip Hop Education Fellows by the H2ED Center at NYU Steinhardt School.
On his global journey, he has appeared alongside Afrika Bambaataa, Antibalas, the Blue Man Group, Common, DMC, Fishbone, J-Live, Kanye West, The Last Poets, Rahzel, DJ Rob Swift, The Roots, Slick Rick, Talib Kweli, and Weldon Irvine, among many others. He has been featured in publications such as URB Magazine, TV Guide, the Village Voice and the New York Times, while appearing on CBS, MTV, MTV2, BET, NBC and Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” He is an ordained secular officiant and recently performed his first wedding, and is an official brand representative for BluBlocker sunglasses.
DJ Trumastr is an international touring DJ based out of Albany, New York. Infused with a rich knowledge of music, this creative innovator spins infectious blends that transcend both cultural and generational boundaries. Although mostly inspired by the classic sounds of Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, R&B and Soul, DJ Trumastr’s skill on the decks knows no limit. A master of versatility, this DJ/producer can rock any party from small private events to the big stage.