Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Hip Hop & Love Tour, Murs

BluRoc Records Presents

The Hip Hop & Love Tour

Murs

Tabi Bonney, Skibeatz & the Senseis, McKenzie Eddy, Sean O'Connell, Da$h

Sat, October 15, 2011

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

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$15 advance / $17 day of show

This event is 18 and over

Murs
Murs
Murs first appeared as a solo artist in 2003, after nearly a decade of working with various groups in the underground. Based in Los Angeles, his first single was released in 1993, and came from a self-released album by his first group, 3 Melancholy Gypsies. The track barely made a dent, but it did catch the attention of indie hip-hop fans in the area. Through time, the group members became friends with Mystik Journeymen, who... asked 3MG (their shortened name) to join him when he started the Living Legends collective in 1996.
Between both 3MG and the Living Legends, Murs rapped on several influential indie rap albums, appearing on more than 20 records, EPs, and singles within a seven-year period. When El-P started to pull together his Def Jux label, Murs contacted the producer and told him he would release his solo record for the company once he had the opportunity. His commitments to both the Legends and 3MG often kept him from working on the album, but after a few years of slowly putting together tracks, Murs finally delivered The End of the Beginning in the spring of 2003.
The rapper returned to solo work with Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, a collaboration with producer 9th Wonder, in 2004. Murs is also part of a punk fusion band called The Invincibles with Jacksonville, Florida’s Whole Wheat Bread as lead vocalist.
Tabi Bonney
Tabi Bonney
Rappers are often deemed products of their environments. What then of an MC born Tabiabuè Bonney in a little-known West African nation, and who now splits time between LA and Washington, DC? Tabi Bonney has made a career of doing what others won’t or can’t. While other rappers are stuck serving the same postured, provincial look at life, Tabi’s point of view is refreshingly borderless. His perspective is both incisive and ironic as the son of one of his homeland’s most prominent entertainers: musician Itadi Bonney, who was exiled for criticizing the Togolese dictatorial government. Imagine honing one’s voice as an instrument when it’s very use is hazardous. But Tabi Bonney revels in turning obstacles into opportunities.
His irrepressible, anthem tracks are known best for unusual cadences and pitch-bending inflections; opening salvo “The Pocket,” off 2006 debut A Fly Guy’s Theme, rode its high-octave hook onto every major US video outlet. In fact, Bonney is the only truly independent artist –no label, no publicist– to appear on MTV’s Sucker Free countdown. A Fly Guy’s Theme gained momentum with second single “Syce It” produced by Akon heatmaker BennyD, and “Doin’ It” featuring fellow DC denizen Raheem DeVaughn.
In late 2008, Tabi is readying the whimsically titled Dope meet Fresh…Fresh meet Superstar. Hype is already swirling around the intoxicating buzz track “Cool and Fly,” with tantalizingly sparse lyrics splashed over a deliciously down tempo groove.
Tabi also points to “Dreams are Only Dreams,” noting that the song “reflects my world and how I feel right now.” “You either get my music or you don’t,” Tabi concludes. “You remember in high school you had the popular, cool kids’ table where new and trendsetting things are happening? Everybody wants to sit at that table but they can’t; that’s how I look at my music. You can’t really sit at this table if you don’t have that mentality. Most followers won’t dig it until everybody else likes it; in the meantime, they don’t know what to do.”
McKenzie Eddy
McKenzie Eddy
McKenzie Eddy is a double agent: businesswoman by day, musician by night. She is one of the original founders of DD172 along with Damon Dash and photographer and graphic artist, Raquel Horn.
The current president of Bluroc Records, McKenzie A&R’ed 2009’s Blakroc, a project featuring The Black Keys and a number of hip-hop acts including Mos Def, Jim Jones, Raekwon, to name a few. She also A&R’ed Curren$y’s Pilot Talk and Pilot Talk II (an album that she is also a featured singer on along with Wiz Khalifa) as well as Ski Beatz’ 24 Hour Karate School, all released in 2010.
In 2011, she A&R’ed Ski Beatz’ 24 Hour Karate School Part 2, as well as Murs’ “Love and Rockets”, Tabi Bonney’s “The Summer Years”, and Locksmith’s debut album “Embedded” – all to be released by the end of the year.
McKenzie has worked on collaboration projects with Adidas including Bluroc’s Brooklyn Bowl show in June 2010 and a 3-day tour in November of 2010 where she and fellow Bluroc artists played shows in Toronto, Burlington, VT, and New York. Additionally, she managed a project with DD172 and Pepsi that featured a music and art showcase in the Dash Gallery.
McKenzie also organzied the Bluroc festival at the 2011 Camp Bisco, which consisted of a number of artists: Ski Beatz and the Senseis, Rugz D. Bewler, GLC, Locksmith, Tabi Bonney, Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans, Sean O’Connell, Kat CHR, and Da$h – and managed to do all of this even as she prepared for her own performance.
Most recently, McKenzie has organized the largest tour Bluroc has been apart of. The Hip Hop and Love Tour will kick off on September 27th hitting 51 cities across the nation for the following two months. McKenzie, as well as Murs, Tabi Bonney, Ski Beatz and the Senseis, Sean O’Connell, and Da$h will all be apart of the tour.
Musically, McKenzie is currently working on three projects: one produced by Ski Beatz, another by Marc Brownstein, bassist of The Disco Biscuits and and the third by Truth and Soul, most famous for their work with Lee Fields and Aloe Blacc. She has creatively worked with artists as varied as Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, The Disco Biscuits, Sean O’Connell, Da$h, Nicole Wray, Terri Walker, and Eric Church.
Sean O'Connell
Sean O'Connell
Self-taught Brooklyn-based producer/engineer/singer/songwriter Sean O'Connell blends the rural theatricality of fringe '60s and '70s singer/songwriters like David Ackles and Lee Hazlewood with the modern indie pop sensibilities of bands like Bon Iver and Band of Horses. A self-described "musical extremist," O'Connell collaborated with Louisiana-based rap artist Curren$y on a film and album project called The Muscle Car Chronicles before releasing his full-length debut, Free at First Light, in January of 2012.
Da$h
Da$h
Now in a rap scene that’s overdosing off of flashy multi-syllabic wordplay, slick punch lines, and other obvious persona gimmicks, you aren’t going to find too many new artists who find their own individual voice through lyrics, beats, and style right off the bat; let’s face it, it’s hard for anyone to embrace their own individuality in a sea of conformity. But somehow Da$h has managed to convey himself in about 11 less-than-three-minute dark, poetic bangers that I have kept in repeated rotation since about Tuesday. His Caveman Files tape is pure dope with his candid, tangent infested spoken word-rap style that he weaves into Sean O’Connell’s eerie production. Da$h’s complex “dark” feel is undeniable, but at the same time his lyrics simply convey the blunted mind state of a hungry 18 year old in the process of a metamorphosis. I’m excited to see where this dude’s art takes him, expect him to be around for a while… He’s just getting started.
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/