THE LOX & Westside Gunn + Conway
Smoke DZA, Statik Selektah, Green Lantern, Benny, Team Kreamate
124 Market Place
Baltimore, Maryland, 21202
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
The legend of The LOX is one of hip-hop's greatest stories. Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch touched down in the rap game in the mid-1990s and have delivered a uncompromised brand of street-inspired hip-hop for nearly 20 years.
Now, with their new album Filthy America… It's Beautiful, which will be released via a new partnership with their label D-Block and Roc Nation, The LOX are continuing that legacy.
"It's a brotherhood over everything. We all recognize that we come from the group," Styles P says of the trio's legacy. if one man is winning then we're all winning. We keep a strong code of ethics."
The Yonkers, New York trio formed in high school and got their first break appearing on Main Source's 1994 track "Set It Off." After fellow Yonkers native Mary J. Blige passed their demo tape to Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, the Bad Boy CEO signed the group. While on Bad Boy, the LOX earned a reputation for street-savvy, gritty, lyric driven hip-hop with their 1998, platinum-selling, debut album Money, Power, Respect. They continued their run when they signed to Ruff Ryders and dropped 2000's gold-selling We Are the Streets.
Tracks like "Money, Power, Respect," "Ryde or Die, Bitch" kept the group on the charts, while collaborations with Diddy ("All About the Benjamins"), Mariah Carey ("Honey"), The Notorious B.I.G. ("Last Day") and DMX ("Niggaz Done Started Something") made them beloved by music fans of all types.
The group's collective success set them up to branch off as soloists, where they released almost two dozen projects between them, including several platinum and gold albums. "There aren't very many groups in hip-hop that have had no break-ups or public altercations or qualms over money," Styles says. "The LOX show that in hip-hop there can be loyalty over money, women, business and things of that nature."
With Filthy America… It's Beautiful, the LOX bring their proven chemistry and golden age hip-hop sensibilities to a millennial landscape. So while producers like DJ Premier, Dame Grease and Pete Rock bring a classic feel to the LP, beatsmiths like V-Don and Jahlil Beats keep things fresh while L.O.X. bring their patented lyrical grit.
"It's not super conscious, it's just the raw truth of what the country is," Styles explains of the album's title and overarching theme.
"People paint America to be beautiful and it is a beautiful place, but it's a lot of shit we don't talk about," he continues. "Racism, food, education, you name it and we duck it. We act like a drug dealer on the corner feeding his family is such a horrible person, but the pharmaceutical industry can be killing half of this nation by prescribing everybody the same shit. And it's fucking disgusting, but it's a lot of things that's happening that's beautiful."
Westside Gunn + Conway
Westside Gunn. Gritty, Grimy with a Mainstream flow. Fly at its best, WSG is an artist from the streets of Buffalo, NY who’s style has been compared to the likes of early Nas, Raekwon & AZ. Recently having been released, and seen in the DONDIVA with Sly Green, Gunn came out the cell running. A founding member of the rap crew SE GANG, he showcases his skillfully selected bars, braggadocios flow mixed with 90's underground boom bap making him a radio ready icon amongst fashion lovers, HipHop heads & dope dealers across the land. Westside Gunn's money talking bravado ironically paints the picture of an artist that still makes music for the respect and looks willing to see where the chips may lay without sacrificing the art. To put it in simpler terms, WSG looks to be someone that you’ll be talking about for a very longtime. A "street backpacker” is what he likes to call himself & once you hear his music you’ll know why these words hold true. Be ready.
Hip Hop is just a hobby for some but for Smoke DZA, it is a way of life Born and raised in Harlem, NY, DZA (real name Sean Pompey) was raised surrounded by music, though it wasn't necessarily hip hop, "My first exposure to music was through my Dad." He reflects, "He played his oldies every weekend and still does up to this day." DZA was introduced to and fell in love with hip hop at a young age and began a journey that would lead him from dropping out of high school to being one of the hottest, most sought after unsigned rappers in the game today. "I was way too popular in high school," DZA states, " I used to battle everyone whether it be in the lunchroom or in front of the school. I was way more interested in that, than attending classes." His early creative processes started where many rappers do, with the lyrical genius of Notorious B.I.G., "I remember learning all of Biggie's verses, writing them down and making my own renditions of the songs. After I got out [of] that phase I started crafting my own songs like "History" where I spoke about destroying any rapper lyrically and I wrote a song called "Music On My Side" which was an ode to any artist that influenced me to do music. Jay-Z, Biggie, Big L etc." As DZA's focus and talent grew, he began to release mixtapes, like the early Respeconize and even formed a group with a childhood friend call "Smoke & Numbers" before striking out for solo success and Cinematic Music Group in 2005. Though his musical journey is not far removed from his early days in Harlem, DZA has recorded with the likes of Asher Roth, Big K.R.I.T., Devin The Dude and Curren$y to name a few. In the past two years he has released a steady stream of mixtapes to critical acclaim, Substance Abuse (2009), Substance Abuse 1.5: The Headstash (2010), and his most recent project, George Kush Da Button which is quickly making it's way around the internet. DZA credits his longevity to creating laidback, honest music that people can vibe to and always staying true to the art of hip hop. With all of the disposable music threatening the culture of an art form he is trying to help preserve, Smoke DZA is a welcomed breath of fresh air that will make you grateful for the contact high.
Hip Hop artist based in Harlem, New York. Smoke Dza often references movies and marijuana with his slow laid back style of rap. His mixtape entitled "Substance Abuse" was released on December 1st 2009, Featuring: Devin the Dude, June Summers, Nipsey Hussle and many more. In the summer of 2010 he released another mixtape 'George Kush Da Button'
On April 11th he released another mixtape T.H.C. (The Hustler's Catalog)
Establishing his own spot amongst the ranks of East Coast hip-hop's seminal figures, DJ/producer Statik Selektah utilized his turntabling skills and ingenuity in PR and promotions to break some of the region's most promising artists, bearing his own influence on the national mixtape circuit. Born January 23, 1982 in Lawrence, MA, Patrick Baril was exposed to production equipment at a very early age, tinkering with his parents' eight-track machine, cassette recorders, and turntable. By middle school, he was already DJing school functions, but he was inspired to be a true wheels-of-steel artiste after hearing DJ Premier scratch and mix records on Funkmaster Flex's Hot 97 radio show. Soon after, at 14 years old, he purchased his first turntables and mixer. Calling himself DJ Statik (the "Selektah" surname came later), he started to work clubs and private parties up and down the New England coast. In 2000, after living in New Hampshire, he moved back down to Massachusetts to enroll in the audio production program at Boston's New England Institute of the Arts. That same year, Selektah started putting out mixtapes, namely his Spell My Name Right series. With his mixtapes and DJ gigs, Selektah never passed up the opportunity to champion local hip-hop from Boston and the surrounding New England area. In particular, Selektah was responsible for introducing fellow Lawrence, MA, native Termanology to the world, helming his Hood Politics mixtapes in the mid- to late 2000s. Managing all of these tasks became much easier when he established in 2003 his own PR/marketing firm ShowOff. In 2006, he turned ShowOff into an official record label, with Termanology & Producer DC's Out the Gate LP as its first release. By this time, though, Selektah's prestige had grown considerably. His radio shows were playing in several places, from London to Mobile, AL; he produced beats for many artists, including Foxy Brown, AZ, and Joell Ortiz; and most importantly, the DJ dished out tons of mixtapes with big name and up-and-coming artists, such as Nas, Q-Tip, John Legend, Royce Da 5'9 (The Bar Exam, co-hosted with DJ Premier), and Saigon. Statik dropped his first LP, Spell My Name Right in 2007, and his follow up Stick 2 the Script album in 2008. Other artists he has produced for following that include Talib Kweli, Bun B, Styles P, Consequence, Freeway, M.O.P. and Jadakiss. Rockstar games reached out for Statik in late 2008 to enlist him as DJ and producer of the Grand Theft Auto IV update "the Lost and Damned", as well as 2 songs for Midnight Club: Los Angeles. In March 2008, Selektah and Saigon recorded All In A Day's Work in a 24 hour period, and was acclaimed by critics. He also DJed for Q-tip on his 2009 Renassaince World Tour. Statik just dropped his 3rd studio album, 100 Proof: The Hangover on Showoff/Brick Records. Catch DJ Statik Selektah every Thursday Night on Eminem's Shade 45 Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Station as well as FM stations across the globe.
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