Music Hall of Williamsburg
Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price

Duck Down Music & Javotti Media Holiday Show

Talib Kweli

Pharoahe Monch

Sean Price

Buckshot, Smif N Wessun Backed by the Judah Tribe Reggae Band w/ Jahdan Blakkamore, Flatbush Zombies, Skyzoo, DyMe-A-DuZiN of Phony Ppl

Tue, December 18, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$20 advance / $25 day of show

This event is 18 and over

Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli
The Brooklyn-based rapper earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Talib Kweli stands as one of the world's most talented and most accomplished rappers.

The new album Gravitas reflects a continued determination and drive in Talib Kweli, impressive because of the fact that Prisoner of Conscious was released less than six months ago. Considered one of the top tier lyricist of all time and name dropped in songs by everyone from Jay-Z to 2 Chainz, Talib Kweli has defied the odds and remained relevant while never compromising his art, quite a feat in today's music business. The respect he is given is evident when Raekwon from the Wu Tang Clan drops by to spit on Violations. Talib Kweli has also showcased new artists throughout his storied career, giving breaks to people like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole long before they were embraced by the mainstream. This streak continues with Brooklyn's own UnderAchievers, who pop up on the Statik Selektah produced New Leaders. The OhNo produced Art Imitates Life features classic lyricism from Kweli, Rah Digga and Black Thought from the legendary Roots, and Austin's guitar prodigy Gary Clark Jr. shows up for Demonology. All of this leads up to Gravitas' final track, Colors of You, featuring Mike Posner and produced by the late, great J Dilla of Slum Village fame.
Pharoahe Monch
Pharoahe Monch
Queens NYC native Pharoahe Monch first bursted into the scene part of the legendary group Organized Konfusion with Prince Poetry in 1991. Shortly after the duo disbanded, Monch stunned critics and fans with his debut solo album, 'Internal Affairs,' in 1999 spawning the breakout hit "Simon Says." Decades before Drake, Monch sang his choruses with soul driven melody on songs like “Queens” which chronicled the tragic life of an aspiring athlete taken under by the mean streets. “Simon Says”, the crowd moving hit powered by a Godzilla movie sample, itself became a monster single, propelling Monch to commercial success. The song appeared in the block-buster movie Charlie's Angels, and well as Boiler Room, which also featured “Right Here.” Monch took a break from album crafting following the dissolution of Rawkus, but he wasn't totally gone. In 2001 he appeared on the soundtrack to the Denzel Washington Oscar winning vehicle Training Day with the unapologetic “F**k You”. He also played the role of ghostwriter for Sean “Diddy” Combs on his 2006 well-received album, 'Press Play.' Monch's hand is evident on tracks, “The Future” and Havoc of Mobb Deep-featured track “The Holdup.” After a label bidding war, he resurfaced 8 years later with another universally lauded album, 'Desire,' (2007) garnering attention from mainstream media and song placement on the highly popular Madden NFL 08 video game. This time, Monch spread the production out and focused on his delivery, again crafting verses of variable speeds, deliveries, rhythms and concepts like very few have ever done. Now in 2011, Pharoahe Monch stands with his recently released 'W.A.R. (We Are Renegades),' taking a stand for higher thought and for the love of the art in Hip-Hop culture; standing firm against the commoditization of the music and so many lowbrow approaches to the art form. “This is a science and it filters into our being. This is what W.A.R. is about. This record is my truth as it was written when I made it,” says Monch. “I would like this album to be on a frequency to let you open the doors to your God-self. I want this harmony to give you goose bumps and raise the hairs on your arms. W.A.R. is a coat of arms against the destruction of art” Armed with an enormous array of skill, talent, and most important, love and soul, Pharoahe Monch sets out to wage war under the flag of his newly created company W.A.R. Media in a partnership with Duck Down Music.
Sean Price
Sean Price
Along with his partner Rock, Sean Price (aka Ruck) dropped two impressive LP's as the duo Heltah Skeltah; their 1996 debut 'Nocturnal' (which included the indelible "Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka") and their 1998 follow-up 'Magnum Force.' Sean is also a core member of the legendary Boot Camp Clik collective and has been a key and stand out contributor to all three of their collaborative releases; 1997's 'For the People', 2002's 'The Chosen Few' and 2006's 'The Last Stand.'

Not to be outdone, Sean proved he was more then up to the task as a solo-artist as well, as he contributed one of 2005's most critically acclaimed and talked about LP's with his solo-debut 'Monkey Barz', which garnished multiple accolades for Sean, including; being named Source Magazine's Indie LP of the year, being placed on Urb Magazine's "Hot 100 list" inclusion in the Village Voice's yearly "Pazz And Jop" poll, 2005 Indie LP of the year from Allhiphop.com and Indie LP of the year nods from Hiphopsite.com, Hiphopdx.com, Soundslam.com, MVremix.com and Sixshot.com.

The incessant clamoring and buzz for Sean's Price's sophomore solo-LP, 'Jesus Price Supastar', has come full-circle, as Sean released the LP January 2007 on Duck Down Music Inc. Hip Hop purists have long recognized and appreciated Sean's commanding delivery, powerful voice and clever verses and all of those attributes are on full-display with 'Jesus Price Supastar.'

Many of the same beat makers that helped shape 'Monkey Barz' were back on board to craft another classic LP. 9th Wonder chips in five tracks and Justus League's Khrysis also returns to put his stamp on three tracks. Also, contributing production are !llmind, MoSS, Tommy Tee and PF Cuttin. Phonte, Skyzoo, Sadat X, Chaundon, Ruste Juxx and fellow BCC members Rock, Buckshot and General Steele guest appearancesmore.

Sean Price didn't waste any of his current momentum. As he followed up with the release of a mixtape entitled "Master P" later the same year.

Sean Price reunited with rhyming partner Rock to release their first Heltah Skeltah album in 10 years entitled "D.I.R.T. (Da Incredible Rap Team)." The highly anticipated album might expectations but still hungry for more.

In 2009 Sean Price teamed up with Guilty Simpson and Black Milk to create one of the rawest hip-hop supergroups in recent years, Random Axe. They released their self-titled debut, 'Random Axe' June 2011. The album was critically acclaimed and well recieved by fans for its hard hitting production provided by Black Milk and fierce, witty rhymes provided by Sean Price and Guilty Simpson.

Despite releasing two group albums in the last two years fans are still highly anticipating a solo Sean Price album. In 2009 Sean Price released a mixtape entitled 'Kimbo Price' which serves as a prelude to P's upcoming album 'Mic Tyson.' Fans can expect the same hard hitting production as Sean Price has worked with 9th Wonder, The Alchemist and more. But Sean Price has stated that he's taking his time with 'Mic Tyson' and wants the world to be ready first. 'Mic Tyson' is tentatively set for a early 2012 release. The only thing to know for sure is that it will indeed be another classic.
Buckshot
Buckshot
Buckshot is one third of the legendary hip hop group Black Moon, with 5FT and DJ Evil Dee; co-founder of Duck Down Music Inc; and dubbed the Five-Star General of the Boot Camp Clik, also comprised of Smif N Wessun, Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah. In 2005 Buckshot collaborated with grammy-award winning producer, 9th Wonder for their debut album, 'Chemistry.' Three years later the MC/Producer duo released 'The Formula' (2008). 9th Wonder & Buckshot are currently finishing their third LP, The Solution, scheduled for an early 2012 release. In 2009, Buckshot also joined forces with iconic rap legend KRS-ONE, and released an album entitled 'Survival Skills.' Buckshot has taken his 15-year experience and crafted a hard-cover book' entitled 'The Common Knowledgy of The Entertainment Industry.' Accompanying the book is a 16-track CD album. The album features original Buckshot music based on the concepts from within the chapters. You can also find Buckshot's music on video games (Tony Hawk, NBA 2K11, Call of Duty 2: Modern Warfare), TV shows (HBO Hard Knocks, ESPN Sportscenter, The History Channel, FX Movies), and advertising campaigns (Belvedere, Smirnoff, Pizza Hut, ESPN).
Smif N Wessun Backed by the Judah Tribe Reggae Band w/ Jahdan Blakkamore
Smif N Wessun Backed by the Judah Tribe Reggae Band w/ Jahdan Blakkamore
Smif N Wessun are a Brooklyn, NY hip-hop duo comprised of Tek & Steele. They have sold over 700,000 albums throughout the course of their career. The group has worked with the likes of Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes, KRS-One, Raekwon and more.

Smif N Wessun have always intertwined reggae sounds into their music, dating back to their hit record, "Sound Bwoy Bureill," off their debut album 'Dah Shinin.' Their connection to this style of music has led to a dedicated West Indian fanbase.

Exploring this sound the duo has collaborated with producers Beatnick & K-Salaam and recorded a 6-song reggae-inspired EP entitled, 'Born and Raised,' out Dec. 3rd. The project features Junior Reid, Jr. Kelly & Jahdan. Fans will be able to purchase a limited-edition 'Born and Raised' physical bundle featuring custom rolling papers, grinder, 45 Vinyl single, CD Digipak, illustrated T-shirt and a custom Jute bag from the Duck Down Music Shop.
Flatbush Zombies
Flatbush Zombies
Skyzoo
Skyzoo
Growing up just a block away from The Notorious B.I.G., watching him go from local corner boy to rap superstar, Gregory Skyler “Skyzoo” Taylor couldn’t help but dream big. The Brooklyn, NY native saw life in all of its heaven and hell splendor being from the infamous home of Jay-Z and "Do The Right Thing". He started rapping at age nine, writing about what he witnessed on his daily routines as a child. After a childhood and teenage run honing his craft, Skyzoo began making mixtapes in 2002, and in 2005, through a mutual friend who'd heard one of his tapes, he was introduced to Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder. The North Carolina native was won over by the upstart MC’s talents, and readily sent him beats to record over—which would soon become 2006’s Cloud 9: The Three Day High, a collaborative EP between the two that launched Sky into hip-hop’s consciousness. His deft wordplay, confident delivery, and vivid imagery were all on display. Fans continued to flock following Corner Store Classic in 2007 and 2009’s The Power of Words, each mixtape again showcasing Sky’s skillset as a lyricist and songwriter.
It was September 2009’s The Salvation, though, released through Jamla/Duck Down Records, that solidified the rhymeslinger into an elite class. “It all was leading up to The Salvation,” he says. “That was the album I had been planning since I was nine years old.” Landing at No. 14 on the Billboard Top 200 charts in its opening week, the critically acclaimed debut album stood on a cohesive and engaging sincerity that explains the cult-like fan base Sky has assembled. Still riding the wave of his debut, Sky returned in October 2010 with Live From the Tape Deck, a collaborative EP produced entirely by super producer !llmind. Critical acclaim ensued again, and the lead single "Speakers On Blast", Sky's biggest hit to date, enjoyed hundreds of BDS charted spins on mainstream radio across the country, regular rotation slots on Sirius/XM satellite radio, and an appearance on BET's 106 & Park as a member of the highly coveted Music Matters team. With an audience of of 5 million viewers, Skyzoo saw his fan base grow even wider with the 106 & Park market now in his corner. His performance on the #1 rated video show on television lead to a phone call from legendary hip hop artist and CEO 50 Cent, who expressed his desire to work with Skyzoo immediately.
The summer of 2011 brought The Great Debater, a free mixtape of album-quality material that Sky treated his fans to as a follow up to two successful retail releases. The fan base Skyzoo has been able to acquire stretches from the street to the workplace, from the college hipsters to the women who shop in luxe boutiques, which have all lead to memorable placements: HBO's hit Entourage, NBA2K11 and NBA2K12 (he's the first and only artist to date to be included in the franchise in back to back releases), Grand Theft Auto 4: Lost and the Damned, and ESPN’s KIA NBA Shoot Around have all used Sky's music towards their markets, and the rapper also has a longstanding relationship as a musical rep for Brand Jordan. Skyzoo has toured with Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price, and Buckshot, as well as headlined internationally in places like China, London, Paris, Berlin, Italy, Amsterdam, and more. He’s collaborated with other respected artists and producers, including Wale, Lloyd Banks, Pete Rock, Jahlil Beats, Hi-Tek, DJ Khalil, Buckwild, Jake One, Flo-Rida, Maino, Little Brother, EPMD, N.O.R.E, Talib Kweli, DJ Drama, Ace Hood, Sean Price, and Don Cannon, just to name a few. With his highly anticipated sophomore album A Dream Deferred slated for a fall 2012 release, Skyzoo is focused on continuing to be the ultimate artist, one able to make classic music with a lasting impact. Listeners can identify with his story; they can see the many sides of themselves in him. They play “For What It’s Worth” on their way to a dead-end job. They bump “Necessary Evils” as they hustle. They blare “Speakers On Blast” when they party. No matter the mood, season, or circumstance, Skyzoo offers music to live to, and to live by. The true embodiment of a street scholar. As his slogan goes, "Lyrics Will Never Be The Same".
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/