Geto Boys Take Over Shakespeare’s Lower Level For A Night

Kalamazoo, MI– Music fans received a pre-weekend treat via ASAP Promotions bringing legendary artists, Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill known on stage as the Geto Boys. Kalamazoo greeting the Houston, Texas natives with an October midwest welcome.

Shakespeare’s Lower Level has become a hub for indie performing artists locally as well as nationally. Opening acts, Knights of Mayhem(K.O.M), Slim C and Ed Genesis got the crowd hyped and primed with verses of consciousness.  Performing new music as well as their signature songs set the temperature gauge on HOT.

DJ Gami on the 1’s and 2’s kicking out classic jams with new music kept the crowd on the dance floor in between acts. DJ ILLMIXX “chopped it up”Ed Genesis with his scratching skills during Ed Genesis set, that concluded with his latest track, “In My Hood” (With my Skittles and Ice Tea), a tribute to Trayvon Martin.

Phat Joe The Hypeman kept the showing moving and the audience engaged with dance showcases for the ladies in the crowd that wanted to get on the stage and put in some “twerking’. Physically there were definitely more fellas in the audience than women, but when it was time for the women to represent with a unified good time scream prompted by Phat Joe, the audio decibels went off the chart.

Can you imagine what a sardine feels like in a can? Hundreds of screaming fans in anticipation of hip hop artists that have entertained and educated with their music across the country. If you were at the show, you would have felt that exact sentiment. Many independent artists in the audience trying to catch the attention of the legends, to hold their glance for just a few seconds to acknowledge the respect and hustle of a icons that have made such an impact to hip hop.

LIve at Shakespeare's Lower Level. October 3, 2013

Live at Shakespeare’s Lower Level. October 3, 2013

Performing to a practically sold out venue, platinum hip hop artists, The Geto Boys came onto the stage individually, with Scarface entering the stage and the crowd erupting in unison with enthusiasm to his classic single, “Smile”, from his fourth album, The Untouchable  that featured the late Tupac”. Mind Playing Tricks On Me” from the their 1991 album, We Can’t Be Stopped to name a few.

Nearly everyone at the show were singing lyric for lyric to every song the legends dished out. Fans that have followed the Geto Boys from the start of their career to those that are catching up on their music created a life long night of memories to recall.

Some die hard fans brought in classic memorabilia to have signed. If you had a puzzled look on your face as to what that “small case was that was held in the air and waved back and forth by a fan rocking to the jams, well it was a cassette tape. That is how far back the love and music career of the The Geto Boys go.

Days of saying that there isn’t enough to do in Kalamazoo is over. ASAP Promotions continues to bring energy and positivity with the music acts that brings crowds of music fans young and old.

Mark your planners for the next show at Shakespeare’s Lower Level with Rittz, Snow Tha Product & Jarren Benton scheduled for November 22, 2013 at Shakespeare’s Lower Level.

IndiMusic TV, Poised to Become the Worldwide Hub of Independent and Unsigned Music

Just a little over a year since IndiMusic TV launched in September of 2012, the music channel has rapidly imtv-channel-images-logo-largegained worldwide popularity. The online music channel (featuring a 24/7 live stream, music videos and a host of promotional tools) is becoming the go-to site for independent and unsigned artists to broadcast and promote their music and music fans looking for new music.

Founder Chris Pati and his partner Bill Zeh leading the team, the channel is aligned to become the worldwide hub of independent and unsigned music.

IndiMusic TV is currently launching a free worldwide ROKU Channel and a fresh new face to their already successful website with enhanced features and functionality.

Bill Zeh served as Vice President Logistics Group at EMI Music Plc. in London, England, where in addition to managing daily operations in 49 countries, he led the creation and deployment of the company’s divisional business strategy, and aggressive performance targets. Like Zeh, Chris Pati also has a history on the business side of the music world with an extensive background in radio, film and video. His strong entrepreneurial mentality led him to create successful entities such as Guru Project and Modern Voices Distribution, as an alternative to the Major Record Label distribution system.

Bill Zeh and Chris Pati’s passion for the music industry is what will continue to drive IndiMusic TV to success. Already, IndiMusic TV has become the #1 searched site for Indie Music Video Channel on Google.

With the release of their ROKU channel and newly renovated website to provide IndiMusic TV viewers with 24/7 music how they want it, when they want it- there is no doubt that IndiMusic TV will continue to garner an even greater worldwide presence and market share.

ASAP Promotions Presents: Geto Boys In Concert At The Globe

Geto-BoysKALAMAZOO, MI — Hip-hop legends, Geto Boys will perform in Kalamazoo in October.

Members, Scarface, Bushwick Bill and Willie D will perform October 3 at Shakespeare’s Pub’s Lower Level, 241 E. Kalamazoo Ave. Tickets are available now. They are $20 in advance and $35 the day of the event. They are available online at http://www.zvents.com/kalamazoo_mi/events/show/352555903-geto-boys.

Based out of Houston Texas, Geto Boys  released their first single, “Car Freak” in 1986 followed by the groups debut album in 1988, Making Trouble.

The original “Ghetto Boys” consisted first of Raheem, The Slim Jukebox, and Sir Rap-A-Lot. When Raheem and Sir Rap-A-Lot left, the group added DJ Ready Red, Prince Johnny C, and Little Billy (the dancer who later came to be known as Bushwick Bill).

Scarface and Bushwick Bill continued with the Geto Boys as the group had members drop out to pursue solo careers.

Most recently, In 2012, the Geto Boys released a song with the Insane Clown Posse on The Mighty Death Pop!‘s “White Pop” bonus album “Mike E. Clark’s Extra Pop Emporium“.

For more information about the show, call 269-488-7782 or go toshakespearespub.com.

 

Calling All Bboy’s To Enter 2 ON 2 Bboy Battle At Papa Pete’s In Kalamazoo, MI. $$500.00 CASH PRIZE!!

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KalamaCrew a dance group from Kalamazoo will be hosting a 2 ON 2 Bboy Battle.

18+ to enter venue. $3 to watch. $10 per team/$5 per person to enter. You can register at the door day of the competition.

August 10, 2013. Doors 8pm. Register early.

ALL Bboys ARE INVITED!! $$$500.00 CASH PRIZE. BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUT TO MAIME BUTLER from KalamaCrew!!

 

 

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KalamaCrew at Black Arts Festival 2010 in Kalamazoo, MI

Can We Get A Whoop Whoop?

Kalamazoo, MI-   Sunday, fans gathered at CZARS 505 in St. Joseph, MI to check out headliner, Psychopathic Records artist, Anybody Killa.  Anybody KillaWhoop Whoop, calls could be heard throughout the night. Face painted Juggalos and Juggalette  listening to horror-themed rap music. Some fans adorned in traditional Juggalo culture with wearing HatchetGear and hair standing on ends.

Plenty of local acts from ST. Joe area and Kalamazoo, MI opened for legendary, ABK. Konspiracy Rekords artists, Drama AKA Treason and MacMic AKA Flie By Nature and , JCutlassKightsofMayhem of AMBITIOUS RECORDS slammed with lyrics challenging social injustices and having a good time in Kalamazoo, MI.

Long Over Due R&B Museum Headed To Detroit, MI

 R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum founder, entrepreneur and comedy basketball Clown Prince of the Harlem Clowns, LaMont “ShowBoat” Robinson from Cleveland, Ohio and his staff of advisors had narrowed the selection down to two cities (Cleveland and Detroit) to develop theOfficial R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum.

The R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum recently announced its partnership with  Detroit based entertainment company, the Detroit Touring Company, founded by mogul entertainment promoter Quentin Perry.

 The R&B Music Hall of Fame Museum will feature to the world the essence of rhythm & blues music and its components. The R&B Music Hall Inaugural Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan at the legendary Detroit Opera House. Tickets will go on sale June 1, 2013 at the Detroit Opera House box office, (313) 237-7464.

2013 induction includes Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, James Brown, The Temptations, The O’Jays, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Enchantment, The Ohio Players, Little Jimmy Scott, Gerald Levert, Aretha Franklin, and The Dramatics, to name a few of the inductees.

O Records to Livestream More Than 50 bands

50 bands or so will help keep the the music alive for 24 hours during the O Music Awards.

Put on by MTV, VH1 and CMT the show celebrates music and counter culture.  June 19 there will ba a 24-hour livestream event that will celebrate live music.

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson will kick off 24 hours of live music by starting a drum-a-thon and artists will perform around the country. Awards in categories like next big scene, digital genius and best Web-born artist will be given out.

Rapper Chris Kelly From 90’s Duo Kriss Kross Dies at Age 34

Atlanta native, Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decade’s most memorable songs with the frenetic “Jump,” has passed away. Authorities say they are investigating his death as a possible drug overdose.

Officials from the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office said the 34-year-old Kelly was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. Wednesday at the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center.

Cpl. Kay Lester of the Fulton County police said “it appears it may have been a possible drug overdose.”

An official cause of death is pending an autopsy.

Kelly, known as “Mac Daddy,” and Chris Smith, known as “Daddy Mac,” were introduced to the music world in 1992 by music producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri after he discovered the pair in an Atlanta mall. The duo wore their clothes backwards as a gimmick, but they won over fans with their raps.

Their first, and by far most successful song, was “Jump.” The hit, off their multiplatinum 1992 debut album “Totally Krossed Out,” featured the two trading versus and rapping the refrain, the song’s title.

They toured with Michael Jackson, appeared on TV shows, and even had their own video game.

Earlier this year, the group performed together to celebrate the anniversary of Durpri’s label, So So Def.

 

Don Blackman Songwriter, Producer and Jazz Pianist Succumbs To His Battle With Cancer

DON-BLACKMANR&b  jazz-funk pianist, singer, songwriter, and producer Don Blackman passed away Thursday after being hospitalized with stage four cancer.

Blackman’s neighbor as a child was Charles McPherson, and while still a teenager he played in McPherson’s ensemble.

In the early 1970s, he played with Parliament/Funkadelic, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Roy Ayers, before becoming a member of Lenny White’s group Twennynine, for whom he penned songs such as “Peanut Butter” and “Morning Sunrise”. He released his self-titled debut solo album in 1982 on Arista Records, including the songs “Holding You, Loving You”, “Heart’s Desire” and “Since You’ve Been Away So Long” that became minor hits in Europe.

Blackman also worked as a session musician, appearing on many albums including, Kurtis Blow (Kingdom Blow), Bernard Wright, Najee,David Sanborn, Lenny White Roy Ayers, Sting (Brand New Day), World Saxophone Quartet, Janet Jackson’s “That’s the Way Love Goes” (Remix) and Wayman Tisdale. He also composed “Live to Kick It”, which appeared on Tupac Shakur’s album R U Still Down? (Remember Me), “Dear Summer” which appeared on Memphis Bleek’s album “534” featuring artist Jay-Z, and “Holding You, Loving You” which appeared on Master P.’s album “I Got The Hook Up”.

 

 

Don Blackman Songwriter, Producer and Jazz Pianist Succumbs To His Battle With Cancer

The Bronx Recognized as “Places Of Invention”

The Bronx will be recognized by the Smithsonian as a “Place of Invention” for the community’s role in developing innovative sound systems that led to the rise of hip hop. The exhibit is planned for the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center in Washington, D.C. and the Bronx will be recognized alongside Silicon Valley, MIT and Cambridge as well as several other communities in the US.

Grand Wizzard Theodore, who invented scratching, expressed the importance of keeping the history of hip hop alive. “I think it’s really cool that they’re doing something like this. People need to know the history behind it all,” said Theodore.

Eclectic Music Festival Headlining Kameko

Kameko creator of the musical genre he calls Evalt (Evolutionary Alternative Music)is also headlining the Evalt Music Festival at the Villa Marina on May 18. The event will showcase many live layered parts; including hip hop, electro, pop, classical, funk, rock and soul.

The eclectic show will also feature British pop star Sabrina Washington.

The New York-based Baltimore native Kameko is no stranger to the music scene. He has been writing and working with big names including Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Toni Braxton and Grace Jones.

“Tired of Being Broke” from his first debut EP, and this year is scheduled to release a full album titled, ‘Royalty’.

March of last year he was arrested for two days in Liberia, after some confusion, he was eventually charged with stirring political tension between Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and election rival Ambassador George Weah, having been invited to country by the president to perform at the 15,000 seat ATS Stadium.

Rita Marley, widow of the reggae legend, was supposed to make an appearance although she had pulled out due to illness. Her invitation was instead sent to George Weah, and was interpreted as an expression of political support, leading to Kameko’s arrest, just two days prior to the start of his Tired of Being Broke Tour. All charges were eventually dropped the following week.

For more information visit: www.evaltmusicfestival.com

De La Soul With New Singles and Album, ‘You’re Welcome’

De La Soul

De La Soul

 

Me, myself and I and quite a few fans would be interested in new music from legendary hip hop trio, De La Soul. De La Soul have announced plans to release a new monthly series of singles leading up to their new album in nine years.

 “Get Away (feat. the spirit of Wu-Tang),” in the first of the hip-hop group’s planned series of monthly single releases, through YouTube and social media. The group has decided to only release songs building momentum for their new album ’You’re Welcome.’De La Soul will join LL Cool J, Public Enemy and Ice Cube next month to kick off the summer’s national Kings of the Mic Tour. The tour will make a stop at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI, June 26, 2013.

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Kings of the Mic tour dates:

May 23 – Tucson, AZ @ Ava Amphitheater
May 24 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Casino
May 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
May 26 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
May 30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
May 31 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove
June 1 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
June 4 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
June 6 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater
June 7 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
June 12 – Baltimore, MD @ Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric
June 14 – Simpsonville, SC @ Charter Amphitheatre
June 15 – Portsmouth, VA @ Telos Wireless Pavilion
June 16 – Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
June 18 – Newark, NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
June 19 – Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
June 20 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
June 22 – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
June 23 – Mount Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
June 25 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
June 26 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 27 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 1 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
July 2 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater
July 3 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
July 5 – New Orleans, LA @ Essence Music Festival

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