Kuf Knotz, MH The Verb, Rabbi Darkside, Swift Technique, DJ Ben Bradley
Friday, January 18
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Soul KhanOfficial Site
Soul Khan is a Brooklyn-based MC and member of the hip hop collective The Brown Bag Allstars. His distinctive baritone voice, lyricism, and personality take you on a journey in every song. Whether it's spitting about pop culture references or topics close to his heart, Soul Khan's dynamic knack for leaving an indelible imprint on your ears goes unchallenged. From 2008 to 2010, Soul Khan quickly became one of the best battle rappers in the Grindtime, Smack URL, and King Of The Dot leagues. His battles have amassed a cumulative total of over 7 million views across YouTube. In 2010, Soul Khan retired from the battle scene to pursue music full time. Since November 2010, Soul Khan has released a free album, Soul Like Khan and four EPs ("Acknowledgement," "Resolution," "Pursuance," & "Wellstone"). He has garnered features & mentions on media outlets such as MTV, MTV2, BET.com, Complex, Fader, AOL, DJ Booth, 2Dopeboyz, Gobal Grind, Allhiphop.com, The Source, XXL, & Okayplayer. To date, Soul Khan has performed on at SXSW, the Warped Tour, CMJ Music Festival, A3C Hip Hop Festival, and Fun Fun Fun Festivals. It used to be that thousands of new fans discovered Soul Khan every day from his entertaining MC battles. Now fans are discovering him by the music he continues to create. During the Fall of 2010, Soul Khan retired from the battle scene to focus on making music. He released a free digital album, Soul Like Khan in November 2010. The album was critically loved by sites such as 2Dopeboyz, Global Grind, Okayplayer and countless others. The album and its accompanying videos have gathered mentions from over 250 music blogs and websites. The album and its title track recently made it on the CMJ Hip Hop Charts where it remained for the month May 2011. The single currently sits in the Top 5 on both Rap Attack and Record Breakers college/DJ charts. His clip on MTV2's Sucker Freestyle has garnered one of the most views on their website.
Kuf KnotzOfficial Site
"Kufie" has been making a name for himself as a member of some of Philly's most cutting-edge alternative rap crews; first as a founding member of the BurnDown All-Stars, and more recently, his own group, hip-hop/soul collective The Hustle. Knotz, a.k.a. Ty Green, is now making his solo career top priority, and with Boombox Logic, he's created a diverse, far-reaching collection that underscores the rapper's eclectic tastes.
MH The VerbOfficial Site
With unique style and sound, the multi-talented MC/ Producer/ Activist, MH the Verb is quickly becoming one of the East Coast's top crossover artists. As a producer, MH has built a following by incorporating electronic production with live instrumentation, bridging the rhythmic foundation of jazz with the new age sounds of electro-pop and Hip Hop to create a fusion of genres known as "New School Soul." As a vocalist and songwriter, MH the Verb brings listeners back to the 90s golden era of conscience Hip Hop while still maintaining pop/R&B appeal, as his lyrics provide both flash and substance - MH utilizes poetic anecdotes, imaginative rhyme schemes, catchy hooks, and crafty wordplay in addressing the social & political issues facing his generation. In 2010, MH combined his music ambition with his passion for activism and founded the social media movement, BuildorDestroy© to empower young people to build a better future by destroying negative behavior. MH the Verb continues to use his art as a catalyst for positive and progressive change.
Rabbi DarksideOfficial Site
RABBI DARKSIDE is a Buffalo-born Brooklyn-based Hip Hop Artist/Educator, rocking the world as MC, DJ and Beatboxer. With a discography spanning a decade and tours across the U.S., Europe and South America, Rabbi D has built a global reputation and fanbase. The 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. As DJ, he has spun from New York's most esteemed clubs to multi-million dollar lofts to middle school proms. His beatboxing is featu¬red 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, Blue Man Group, Common, DMC, Fishbone, J-Live, Kanye West, The Last Poets, Rahzel, Rob Swift, The Roots, Slick Rick, Talib Kweli, and Weldon Irvine, among many others. He has been featured in publications such as URB, TV Guide, Village Voice and 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.
Swift TechniqueOfficial Site
While Swift Technique draws from all world influences, their genre is uniquely Philadelphia. The idea of combining traditional jazz and funk with hip-hop seems almost too obvious, but artists are not pushing the boundaries. The music scene needs sincere, soulful performers that audiences of all age, race and background can enjoy collectively. By combining old influences with young, raw energy, Swift Technique is the collaboration of six souls on a mission to flip the music scene upside down.