Black Violin describes their musical experience as “2 parts Classical, 2 parts Pop, with a splash of hip-hop, served chilled–” and “a genre-busting collage that pushes the limits of music and dares listeners to think outside the box.”
The two men met in high school while in the orchestra together in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After college, they worked in hip-hop studios with a number of acts before joining forces, and fusing hip-hop with classical music.
“Black Violin works hard, but makes it all look like play… Sometimes they play with the intense seriousness of orchestral soloists; at others they fiddle as if at a hoedown; at still others they strum the violin and viola like guitars,” according to the New York Times.
Ticket prices range from $12 to $20. They can be purchased in advance from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Festival Hall Box Office, 5 5th St., and at the Memorial Hall box office on the night of the show. These tickets have no service fees. They can also be purchased through Ticketmaster by visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com.
After a brief hiatus, the poetic Kevo G is back with a ground breaking mixtape that he says is “as thought provoking as Nas’ Illmatic and Honest as Food and Liquor.” I ask you to hit play, zone out, and give him your honest feedback.
The first thing that comes to mind when one see’s Smokey J is, “who is this guy”? She is undeniably far from the conventional female producer/rapper. From her baggy jeans, to her fitted cap, Smokey is known for her distinctive style. Not only in fashion but also in her music. Hip Hop being her dominant area of expertise, Smokey J loves to paint Picasso like pictures with a hint of Jazz, a stroke of R&B and a shade of Blues.
A native of Kenosha, WI and Eau Claire, WI, this 90’s baby has more than just raps to offer. A self-taught musician, Smokey J began writing songs at the age of 9 and within the next year began producing instrumentals for her self. 5 keyboards, 1 tenor saxophone, 1 trumpet and 1 BOSS drum machine later, she got her first taste of performing live. Since then she has performed at numerous school talent shows, The Boys & Girls Club of Eau Claire, WI, open mic nights all around the EC area, played with local artists from EC, to Chippewa, WI, down to Milwaukee and Kenosha. October of 2010 Smokey J released her debut mix tape ‘Underestimated’ which was released online, and then distributed in hard copies around the West Allis, WI area.
During the summer of 2012 she and her cousins Mr. Greatworks, and Tone B (Blacc Ops) released a mix tape called ‘The Hustle 2.0’. A prequel to an unreleased mix tape created by her and Greatworks back in 2007. Smokey and ex-label Loud Noises Dynasty opened for underground Rap group ‘Potluck’ at Milwaukee, WI’s venue ‘The Rave’ the same summer 2.0 was released and received a tremendous response. This show landed her to sell a beat for the first time to Kenosha, WI Hip Hop group ‘The Prophits 16’ who used the instrumental for their first official single ‘I Know It’ featuring WOKE artist Cynikal 3000. She has continued to dedicate her all into her music, and as of 2013 has released her first beat tape ‘Noises In My Head’ which was heavily influenced by horror films such as ‘Freddy’s Dead’.
Smokey J is here to give the world music that will make them laugh, smile, cry, feel pain and happiness. She wants to give you something you can feel, and relate to so you know it’s real. She is here to continue the legacy of her Chicago blues kin, grandfather ‘Big Smokey’ Smothers and late great uncle ‘Little Smokey’ Smothers. Although Smokey has been around for a while, the best is yet to come and she refuses to settle or stop for any bump in the road to success.
Jacob McReynolds is a special mold. A young artist with depth in his music, a message, presence, word play and confidence. His mixtape covers multiple hits you will recognize with his own twist. A freshman at UW Madison, he’s representing Racine and will be a crucial player in the future of local hip hop for a long time.
Brownsville,Brooklyn: Artist Juxx Diamondz is making noise in a major way. With nods of approval from many industry artists and a lot of love from the Hip Hop aficionados, Juxx continues to build his fan base and establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in Hip Hop. Working with industry Vets like Mic Geronimo, Q Da Kid, Sean Price, 730 Dips, and Black Wall Street.
Juxx Continues to build his name and secure his position as next in line in a sea of talented newcomers. With the overwhelming success of the tracks “I Smell Money” and “None Better” still making waves across the net and in the streets, another project, the hit Mixtape, “Planet of The Apes” was recently released in May of 2012.
Juxx has been affiliated with Fleet DJ’s for a couple years now and you will see him featured on several projects with the Fleet DJs such as DJ Whut It Dew and Grindin Magazine’s “Grind of a Lifetime”. In 2012, Juxx continues to keep his fans, and even the skeptics, in complete awe. Juxx’s most recent features include Dyme Squad Magazine, H.E.M.P. HOP Magazine, he also has been recently featured in numerous online Hip Hop blogs such as, Get It Done Ent. and Goldilocz Promotions Blog. His latest Mixtape “Planet of The Apes” spread, and continues to spread like wildfire through the airwaves, websites, and in the streets.
FLOAT is an acronym for “Forever Levitating Over Adversity & Turmoil.” The Float Pamphlet” includes production from BLKVIITH’s(Black Seventh) Sick Siah , J. Gutda and one feature from Cash Cuevo. Inspiration for this project come the artist who are a part of what Liym Courteous considers to be the “Golden Era” for East Coast rap with the likes of Jay Z, Nas, Jadakiss, Roc Marci, Max B and many more. His devotion to East Coast Rap does not steer Liym Courteous away from welcoming influences outside of New York. He also appreciates the genius of Snoop Dogg, T.I and the Clipse.
Alex Aff is a hip hop artist hailing from Durham North Carolina. He is currently building a local name for himself by releasing quality original music and videos. His lastest released mixtape entitled “Who Knows Who Cares” was well reviewed. It features all original music produced all entirely by Alex Aff himself, and another local Durham producer by the name of Streetlight. Early in his beginning phase of writing music he also started learning how to makes beats because he didn’t have the means to work with other producers. Now, at 19, he prides himself on being a rapper/producer but he also wants to network and expand his contacts. In the future Alex Aff hopes to build his fan-base and earn a living off of his music
Video Description - “More Reasons” entails a deep invitation into the shoes of a local kid with dreams far beyond what the eye can measure. Using a flow and delivery that’s smooth and original, Alex Aff casually breaks down the world in his vision, creating a perspective that not too many emcees mention. Ironically he goes on to explain his purpose and his dreams, but follows that by saying “you wouldn’t get it”. In hopes of connecting with people that share the same feelings, Alex Aff brings you his thoughts in their most naked form. The song is produced by @streetliteNC, and the video is shot and edited by Hood-Crucial. This track is
Off his debut studio project entitled “Who Knows Who Cares” which is available on Datpiff.com.
Brooklyn favorite RRose Rome aka “RRome” spits a ball of flames over The Game’s “All That” track featured on his 2012 Jesus Piece album. This exclusive dart is available on DJ Lazy K’s ‘Dope Mix Vol. 20′ and is just a teaser before RRome drops his debut Take This Serious mixtape hosted by DJ Absolut.