Quannum MCs feat. Blackalicious (Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab), Lyrics Born and Lateef (Latyrx) w/ L0S, J.O.B.

Party Guru Presents

Quannum MCs feat. Blackalicious (Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab), Lyrics Born and Lateef (Latyrx) w/ L0S, J.O.B.

Thu, April 13, 2017

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

$20 Day Of Show

This event is 16 and over

In a hip-hop career that has stretched past a decade, Blackalicious has earned respect the old-fashioned way–rising through honesty, commitment, and artistry. Blackalicious is an American hip hop duo from Sacramento, California made up of rapper Gift of Gab (born Tim Parker) and DJ/producer Chief Xcel (born Xavier Mosley). They are noted for Gift of Gab’s often “tongue-twisting”, multisyllabic, complex rhymes and Chief Xcel’s “classic” beats.

Like a few other West Coast rap acts, including the Pharcyde and Jurassic 5, Blackalicious has generally favored what hip-hoppers call the “positive tip”; in other words, its lyrics have often been spiritual and uplifting rather than violent or misogynous. Like a lot of experimental alternative rappers, Blackalicious can be quirky and eccentric; nonetheless, spirituality is a big part of the group’s music. Although Blackalicious wasn’t formed until the early ’90s, its members had known each other since the late ’80s. Founding members Gift of Gab (Timothy Parker) and Chief Xcel (Xavier Mosley) first met in Sacramento, CA, in 1987 when they were students at John F. Kennedy High School. Neither of them was originally from Sacramento; DJ/producer Xcel (who was going by DJ IceSki at the time) was a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, while rapper Gift of Gab was from Los Angeles’ suburban San Fernando Valley.

The two went their separate ways after Gift of Gab (also known as Gabby T) graduated from Kennedy High in 1989, but they were reunited in Davis, CA, in 1992. By that time, Xcel had become a student at the University of California at Davis and the Gift of Gabhad moved to Davis to form Blackalicious with him. UC Davis was where Xcel had started working with a hip-hop crew named SoleSides, whose members included DJ Shadow, Lateef the Truth Speaker, and Lyrics Born. SoleSides Records was the name of the SoleSides Crew’s Northern California record company and in 1994, that label released Blackalicious’ debut single “Swan Lake.” Although not a triple-platinum smash, the single was a small underground hit that fared well among alternative rap audiences. The following year, SoleSides Records released a Blackalicious EP titled Melodica. By late 1997, SoleSides Records had transformed into Quannum Records, and in 1999, Quannum put out another Blackalicious EP, A2G.

In 2000, Quannum released the group’s full-length debut Nia (whose title is the Swahili word for purpose). After being together eight years, Blackalicious finally signed with a major label when, in late 2000, the Californians were added by MCA. In April 2002, Quannum/MCA released Blazing Arrow, which boasted guest appearances ranging from vocalist Zack de la Rocha (of Rage Against the Machine) to the Roots’ ?uestlove to veteran soul singerGil Scott-Heron. After the requisite tour, both Xcel and Gab began developing solo material; Quannum released both Maroons’ Ambush (Chief Xcel with Latyrx’s Lateef the Truth Speaker) as well as a Gift of Gab solo LP, Fourth Dimensional Rocketships Going Up. The pair returned in 2005 for their third album, The Craft, with a contract in hand from the Anti- label. By Alex Henderson – All Music Guide.
Lyrics Born
Lyrics Born
The first words of Lyrics Born's eighth album speak volumes about where the legendary MC stands these days: "Real people do real things. Yes we do." The Bay Area resident born Tom Shimura has stood at the peak of high-minded underground rap, explored the far reaches of interstellar synth-hop, and blazed trails galore both solo and as half of Latyrx. But as clap-along live funk of Real People's titular song fires up and that familiar, molasses-rich voice enters the fray, it's clear LB's feet are squarely on the ground with the rest of ours, scuffing up the concrete as they kick, stomp, shuffle, and dance to the unpredictable rhythms of grown-ass living.
Twenty-two years after he was introduced to the world with "Send Them" — the landmark left-field 12- inch that launched the Solesides label b/w DJ Shadow's "Entropy" — Lyrics Born has made some of the most organic, original, and adventurous music of his entire career. While touring with Latyrx last, he made time for an extended stay in a place that he's long admired: America's first and last real-deal music town, New Orleans. LB stocked up on pads and pens, rented a cozy house three blocks from the famous Maple Leaf Bar, and booked two weeks' worth of sessions with Galactic guys Robert Mercurio and Ben Ellman at their Uptown studio. Then they let it rip.
Funk has always been a part of what Lyrics Born does — his unique vocal swagger dishes out melody and rhyme with equal aplomb. But never has he evoked the idiom so directly or made an album that feels so alive. He turned the production over entirely (also a first) to his NOLA colleagues, giving them space to do what they do best, and him the freedom to write. Mercurio and Ellman wrangled a host of talent to execute the vision: Trombone Shorty, Ivan Neville, the Preservation Jazz Hall Band, Corey Glover (Living Colour), Corey Henry (Treme Brass Band), David Shaw (The Revivalists), and Billy Martin. Amidst all that quirk, soul, and raw talent, LB was reborn.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the phrase "second act" comes up more than once on Real People. Married 10 years to his longtime partner-in-song Joyo Velarde, and a father to a 5-year-old son, our host embraces adulthood without reservation. He sounds happier, wiser, and looser than ever, whether revisiting his days as a child of divorce ("Real People"), dedicating a smooth cut to lifelong romance ("Around the Bend"), penning a kiss-off to the music industry ("Good Riddance"), examining the Great Recession in depth ("WTF"), or bragging to the beat on "$ir Racha." LB's liquid delivery morphs appropriately for every occasion.
That too is to be expected though. The Tokyo-born, Berkeley-based artist has owned his career each step of the way, ever since a radio gig at UC Davis' KDVS put him in the same room as Shadow, the mighty Blackalicious, and his Latyrx partner Lateef the Truthspeaker. As co-founder of the Solesides and Quannum Projects labels, LB was vital in pushing independent hip-hop music into the limelight, dropping a minted classic (The Album) with his duo in 1997, and another one on his own with Later That Day in 2003. The Same !@#$ Different Day set followed in 2005, rounding up the likes of KRS-One, Dan the
Automator, Cut Chemist, E-40, and Morcheeba for a series of radical remixes. A year later, Overnite Encore captured LB's renowned live set (complete with backing band) in Australia.
He expanded his palette again with 2008's Everywhere at Once on historic punk label Epitaph Records. The instrument-heavy LP spawned a Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance with "I Like It, I Love It," which was actually the man's second visit to the show. (He teamed with Galactic the year before to do their first song together, "What U Need.") Now, after dropping 2010's synth-powered As U Were via Decon, Lyrics Born is proud to officially launch his very own Mobile Home Records with Real People. The new album's strong focus is a compliment to the wild range of Latyrx's 2013 return, The Second Album, which featured collaborations with folks from tUnE-yArDs, Decemberists, and Anticon, among others. As always, LB remains committed to delivering the unexpected and outdoing himself with ease.
Lateef The Truth Speaker
Lateef The Truth Speaker
Lateef the Truthspeaker is a Grammy nominated MC who is most well known for his role as 1/5 of the Bay Area rap collective, Quannum Projects. Originally dubbed ‘Solesides’, he and partners DJ Shadow, The Gift of Gab, Chief Xcel & Lyrics Born helped usher in the “Underground” era of Hip-Hop in the early to mid-90’s and has established himself as not only a prolific solo artist, but also as a member of some of the most eclectic and superstar groups to come out of the Bay Area including Latyrx (w/ Lyrics Born), Maroons (w/ Chief Xcel) and The Mighty Underdogs (w/ The Gift of Gab & Headnodic).

Lateef (born Lateef Daumont) was raised in Oakland, CA by former Black Panthers. Growing up in a politically charged household set the stage for an MC who has gone on to be as politically outspoken as he is creative. Writing rhymes as early as 13, Lateef honed his craft from his early years in high school all the way through his attendance at UC Davis – where he met his aforementioned Quannum cohorts.

Since writing classic tracks such as “Lady Don’t Tek No” (a Bay Area anthem penned with fellow Latyrx member Lyrics Born), “Want You Back” (The Mighty Underdogs) and “Wonderful Night” (a collaboration with Fatboy Slim) Lateef has gone on to cement himself in the world music scene through frequent collaborations with Blackalicious, DJ Shadow and the aforementioned Fatboy Slim as well as a diverse catalog of material which includes 5 albums, 3 EPs, 4 Mixtapes and countless features.

The past 5 years have been busy for Lateef as he and Latyrx partner Lyrics Born released The Second Album (the long-awaited follow-up to the first Latyrx album from 1997) which saw him on the road in support of the highly anticipated sequel as well as touring extensively with Blackalicious - which has led to a number of shows featuring himself, The Gift of Gab & Lyrics Born officially under the moniker Quannum MCs for the first time in a long time.

Lateef is currently on tour with Blackalicious & the Quannum MCs performing all over the globe, but when not on the road is hard-at-work on a new album and mixtape to drop later this year.

You can connect with him on Twitter (@TruthspeakerHQ), Facebook (facebook.com/lateefthetruthspeaker) and Instagram (instagram.com/truthspeaker) and his official website www.lateefthetruthspeaker.com.
J.O.B. (Just Ova Broke)
J.O.B. (Just Ova Broke)
A Tribe Called Quest tale foretold that in the fall of 10', four music legends would join together and fulfill a musical prophecy.. The four swore that together they could change the musical perception of hip hop forever.. Diggin' in the crates for a little touch of that old school kick, Just Ova Broke is a cross-bridge between a live band set and a straight mc/dj set. Using samples to compliment their live band feel makes them a unique alternative to hip hop in any area. "A little bit of west coast flavor mixed with an east coast mentality demonstrates the different styles J.O.B. possesses, and gives a little foresight into the homage J.O.B. hopes to pay to it's many influences." -UNC Connection Magazine- They are always Just Ova Broke and J.O.B. is a concoction of everything that has ever influenced hip hop in a positive way.. The jams that make you wanna say "Fu-la-la-la" or "I'm cool like that" or "Can I kick it?". J.O.B. has had several opportunities to take their act out of Colorado (New York, Los Angeles, Houston, now Chicago) but have refused to leave until everyone here understands how important changing the scene in Colorado is to J.O.B. They love the C.O. and plan to represent Colorado's relevant, and intelligent hip hop for a long time. After opening for artists like: Redman, Murs, Devin The Dude, Guru's Jazzmatazz, Big Daddy Kane, Del Tha Funky Homospaien, Souls of Mischief, People Under The Stairs, Brother Ali, J-LIVE and many others.. Colorado's finest is beginning to make a name for itself with their phenomenal live performances and intricate style of presenting versions of both past and present hip hop. J.O.B: COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU!!
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
2637 Welton Street
Denver, CO, 80205