Method Man & Redman w/ Cunninlynguists, Devin The Dude, Proximity

LivWell Presents

Method Man & Redman w/ Cunninlynguists, Devin The Dude, Proximity

Sat, April 20, 2019

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

$42 Advance / $45 Day of Show / $75 VIP Balcony Access

This event is 16 and over

Method Man
Method Man
In the dark, womb-like sanctuary of Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady studios in downtown Manhattan-a place that has birthed historical musical moments-sits the artist known as Iron Lung, Tical, Wu Brother #1, Johnny Blaze, and of course...Method Man. With a trusty, half-lit blunt by his side, he is lounging in front of white grand piano, his hands sweeping the keyboards, trying to remember a tune he memorized years ago.

Maybe the idea of one of hip hop's finest-and grimiest-emcees tickling the ivories sounds odd, or out of place, but Mr. Mef has never been the type to fit in. His husky, guttural voice is perhaps the most distinct in the game, his flow-dark and complex like the graphic novels from which he took his moniker from-can bury itself in cinematic tracks from RZA, complement the voices of R&B divas and or attack party tracks from Rocwilder. Whether he is trading verses with partner in rhyme, Redman, crowd surfing at a Wu Tang show, or stealing a scene in various television shows and films, Method Man is a true individual spirit. With his latest album, 4:21, The Day After, he is also focused on being a true artist.

Unlike some previous efforts-where Meth admits his priorities were different-on this new album, he says he's focusing on lyrics. After his last album, Tical O: The Prequel, he went through an especially rough time in his life-both personally and professionally-which provided him with a bulk of material. "I had a lot on my mind at the time and the second thing was, I decided to really talk about something and I had a lot to draw from and when the pen hit the paper it was like damn, remember this? And by the time I was done it was like shit, let's go." The result is his most personal and introspective work yet.

Doing the work behind the boards on 4:21, are Wu Tang mastermind and long-time collaborator, RZA as well as Scott Storch, Havoc, K1 and Eric Sermon. "With Eric, we did three songs in three days," Meth says with an amazed smile, "He just comes in with ideas of top. And with RZA, shit, I've watched him build tracks from scratch, so all I really have to do is put the pen to the paper". Eric Sermon provided the beat for Meth's first single, "Say", featuring Lauryn Hill. The track finds Meth addressing critics, fickle fans and haters for disrespecting him and his Wu Tang brethren.

"I've been venting about all this for years and [my manager] was like, 'Write about it, Eric has the perfect joint.' And, Lauryn Hill herself, she just had the raw emotion, the small things she said on the song was enough for me to push my pen and let myself be vulnerable." Meth says his ability to let himself be so open is in line with the entire concept of the album, and its title. "The national weed smoking day is 4/20, so I named my album 4/21 the day after. Because after that day, you have this moment of clarity when you're not high and you see things clearly." The Grammy-winner sighs and continues, a serious, determined look on his face. "You feel like you're not in on the joke, and everyone's laughing at you. I felt like no one was taking me seriously. I got real angry and I just starting writing."

Anger proved to be a great motivator, as the Ticalion Stallion wrapped up the album in a few short months. He says the creative process has been cathartic, and though his skin hasn't gotten any thicker, he's able to use his writing talent to inspire self-confidence. "It's real talk, I'm going to keep my spirits up and not let it get things to me. You know, if you start reading your own press and feeding into it, and you start questioning yourself, like, 'am I wack?' and you have to be like, 'No!' I learned to pat myself on the back, and that it's ok to pat myself on the back sometimes." We definitely agree.
Redman
Redman
New Jersey rapper Redman made his initial impact with Whut? Thee Album in 1992. He blended reggae and funk influences with topical commentary and displayed a terse, though fluid rap style that was sometimes satirical, sometimes tough, and sometimes silly. Redman returned in 1994 with his second album, Dare Iz a Darkside, which was a harder album than his debut. Muddy Waters, Redman's third album, followed in 1996; he returned two years later with Doc's Da Name. New album "Red Gone Wild" Thee Album in stores now
Cunninlynguists
Cunninlynguists
CunninLynguists are a hip hop trio from Lexington, Kentucky and Atlanta, Georgia. The group currently consists of Deacon the Villain, Kno, and Natti. The name is a portmanteau of the words cunning and linguist, and is also a play on the word cunnilingus.

There has never been an anomaly in hip-hop quite like the southern trio CunninLynguists. Sampling genres from psych-rock to blues, New Romantic to polka, they have been musically compared to UGK and Atmosphere in the same breath. They have toured and shared stages with Kanye West and Aesop Rock to equal success. They have produced for Lil’ Scrappy as well as KRS-One. They have crafted songs with international soul superstar Cee-Lo Green and politically charged indie-favorite Immortal Technique … on the same album. CunninLynguists have eschewed categories, boxes and labels for 10 years, 5 albums and 4 official mixtapes, all while having what XXL Magazine described as the “Most Hated Name In Rap”.

The result? If you want labels…Southern boom-bap. Too white for BET, too black for MTV2. A preacher’s son, a caucasian guy from rural Georgia and a convicted felon. But mainly … a self-made career, one of the most consistent catalogs of any current hip-hop act and one of the most loyal, worldwide fanbases in all of indie rap music.

Backed with gritty beats, quality rhymes and 808 thump, the ‘Lynguists intend on recapturing the soul in southern hip-hop. - See more at: http://ineffablemusic.com/site.php?id=/roster/cunninlynguists#sthash.3D45i0u9.dpuf
Devin the Dude
Devin the Dude
Known more for blunts and beer that bullets and bling, Devin the Dude has kept a smile on Hip Hop's face while most of his peers have opted for a menacing scowl. Possessing the rare ability to inject humor, sex and substance in each of his rhymes, Devin has carved his own unique niche in rap music, becoming everybody's favorite guilty pleasure in the process. Devin, who has worked with blockbuster artists like Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Andre 3000, Dr. Dre and Raphael Saadiq, will release his fifth studio album, LANDING GEAR, in October 2008.

Born in St. Petersburg, Florida and raised in Houston, Texas, Devin literally lived next door to music as a youngster. Living in a house in front of a radio station, Devin found that one man's trash was another man's treasure when he'd discover and collect old records the station threw in the trash. Before long, he and his brother started pulling out their mom's record player and throwing parties in their front lawn. When he finally stumbled across Hip Hop, Devin found his first calling as a pop-locker performing for friends, family and even his elders at the neighborhood nursing home.

But, it was one (literally) trashed record in particular that would have a life-altering effect on the young Devin, the obscure 1965 song "Rap Dirty" by outcast songwriter Blowfly. Just like any other child exposed to grown folk talk, Devin took to the record, memorized it and would go on to adopt the musings into his own rap style when he started hopping on the mic in the mid-80's. He got fans instantly.

"I was doing security and working at the grocery store," Devin remembers. "I would go on break, read magazines and write my raps. When I let someone at work hear my first rap, he brought a friend the next day. By the end of the week, there was a circle of 15 people standing there listening to me spit the same rap."

It wasn't long before Devin would find others who shared his new found passion. He formed his first rap group, 3D, with his brother Dexter and his best friend, ironically also named Dexter. After graduating from high school he befriended producer Rob Quest (also affectionately known as "Blind Rob"). The crew would pass time freestyling to Rob's beats, moonlighting as a rap crew without a name. Jokingly, Devin's older brother Donny likened the rag tag outfit to a fat woman, skinny man and a midget he'd see walking down the street that he liked to call "the Odd Squad." The name stuck.

After sending out over 30 demos to record labels, and getting absolutely no response, Rap-A-Lot Records producer Crazy C stumbled across their humble, light-hearted recordings that stood out at a time when rappers either had dance moves like MC Hammer or street reps like Eazy-E. Impressed with what he heard, he took the tape to Rap-A-Lot CEO James Prince. By the end of the week Prince was knocking on Odd Squad's door with a contract that they agreed to sign in 1992.

Their debut album, Fadanuf Fa Erybody would come two years later. The group's unique style, flow and themes made them an underground favorite. It even made a fan of their labelmate, rap Godfather Scarface who would often recruit Devin for guest appearances on his classic tracks including "Hand of the Dead Body" and "Money Makes the World Go Round." With his crew's blessing, Devin broke away from the group to join Scarface's FaceMob and appear on their 1996 album The Otherside of the Law. While the album, just like Fadanuf, was considered an underground classic, it didn't achieve mainstream success.

In 1998, Rap-A-Lot approached Devin with the idea of recording a solo album, he scoffed at the idea initially. "I never wanted to just be solo,I loved the group thing," he says. "I have brothers, played basketball, played football and was in rap and dance crews, I always thought there was strength in numbers. But when I was debating with myself I heard a dude say I couldn't do it, so that gave me the fire to do it."

After show-stealing appearances on Scarface's 1998 My Homies compilation, Devin dropped his solo debut The Dude to rave reviews including a coveted 4-mics rating in The Source, a rarity for Southern Hip Hop artists at the time. Inspired by the Quincy Jones album of the same name, The Dude introduced Devin as a unique voice that made you feel at ease instead of threatened. The cover image of Devin "relaxing" while reading the newspaper immediately let you know that for every potty-mouthed rhyme, there was also one talking about current events and neighborhood happenings.

"I was carefree and had very little responsibilities back then," laughs Devin about the album that had content that was far from the church songs he sang in the choir as a child. "My mom liked some songs, but some stuff she didn't. She just said as long as I wasn't hurting anybody she was cool with it. After that I just went buckwild, saying anything came to mind."

Though the album didn't sell through the roof, The Dude won the hearts of both rap fans and rappers themselves. Devin found unexpected fans in Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre who not only invited Devin to appear on "Fuck You" from his Chronic 2001 album, but had him join them on their widely popular Up In Smoke Tour as well.

Devin would capitalize on the exposure by appearing on songs with De La Soul, UGK and then releasing his second and perhaps most critically acclaimed album Just Tryin 2 Live in 2002. Backed by production from longtime collaborators DJ Domo, Blind Rob, N.O. Joe, Mike Dean as well as Dr. Dre, Raphael Saadiq and DJ Premier with appearances from Nas and Xzibit, the album would be considered Devin's best yet.

"We had a bigger budget too," laughs Devin. "Things were just coming together and it was a big blessing. Everybody thought the album was gonna be a hit, but the promotion and marketing wasn't there like it needed to be. I felt bad about it, but you can't be selfish because there were a lot of people involved in the project."

Devin didn't have much time to get down on himself as he became even more popular on the cameo appearance market. He was soon to appear on tracks with a bevy of artists including Too $hort and a feature on "P***y" from Jay-Z and R.Kelly's Best of Both Worlds collaboration.

In 2004, Devin would return with his third album, To Tha X-Treme, a somber album compared to his previous works. Battling bouts of depression and withdrawal, the usually jovial Devin recorded some of his most vulnerable songs.
"To Tha X-Treme was just that," Devin remembers about a time that included a lot of partying amongst other things. "It was a wild period of time. A select few around me told me I needed to slow down. I was kinda neglecting myself and my family. So I had to slow down, I liked the album, but I can't even listen to it right now. It was a very emotional time in my life."

After that release, Devin came to a crossroads in his career and started moving towards taking his destiny and work in his own hands. In 2006(?) he established his own label, Coughee Brothaz Music and began releasing music directly to his fans via the internet. He followed those efforts by bolstering his tour schedule performing everywhere from Vancouver to Amsterdam.

Then, in 2007 Devin recorded and released his fourth and final Rap-A-Lot album, Waiting to Inhale. As usual, Devin's unique accounts on relationships and economics made the album a cult favorite and featured high-profile appearances from Snoop Dogg and Andre 3000 of Outkast.

Now, closing a 15-year chapter on his life with Rap-A-Lot, Devin will be releasing his fifth studio album through his own Coughee Brothaz imprint via Razor & Tie Entertainment. Now grown with four children, Devin isn't the same carefree Dude who was Just Tryin To Live life To Tha X-Treme. More mature, Devin is aiming to produce some of his most balanced work yet. Reuniting with his Odd Squad brethren Rob Qwest, collaborating with DJ Domo as well as many long time acquaintances and new friends will ensure that his newest effort will be one to remember.

An avid reader and even better BBQ-er, Devin, who still breakdances a little, deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as LL Cool J and Scarface in terms of musical longevity and integrity. With this album, don't just expect Devin to continue doing "what the f**k he wants to do," but to do it the best way he knows how.
Proximity
Proximity
Proximity, the hip-hop conglomerate from Denver Colorado is a group driven from life experiences and a strong passion for music. This Colorado based collaborative movement consists of two innovative MC’s and a classic hip-hop DJ. Provoke and Grafik craft positive yet conscious lyrics that everyone can relate with while J Steele applies the backbone to their live performance implemented with classic vinyl samples, and the cuts with hand speed that wink to the old school era.

In 2003 Provoke and Grafik pulled their talents together to create “Proximity Minds” an 18 track self-titled album that sold over 500 copies locally in its 2005 release. It wasn’t long before this trio was added as main support for national acts such as Jurassic 5, Swollen Members, and Nas. In 2006 Proximity took their show on the road performing throughout Colorado and the Midwest region. After creating a buzz on tour Proximity moved forward with their sophomore album “When Push Comes to Shove” in 2007.

Shortly after the group took a hiatus from the road and studio to restructure their personal lives and focus on the future planning of the next album. This ground-breaking project declared the arrival of a significant new force in Colorado hip-hop. In March of 2014 Lead by Example took their loyal fans by storm and raised flags from national media outlets such as LyricallyFit.com. Bursting out of their scene Proximity signed the dotted line and joined forces with Universal Language. An independent record label with similar sounding artists such as world renowned Windchill and Nieve. This was a perfect fit and a building block for the group’s future success.

A few months later under the new regime of Universal Language, Proximity released “The Shock Therapy EP.” Electronically infused beats with a classic hard core hip-hop vibe, this masterpiece caught the attention of a whole new group of listeners and broke them onto the world wide scale. With all these exceptional accolades, Proximity has not only risen to the top of Colorado hip-hop, but has cemented themselves a place at the very forefront of the music industry.
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
2637 Welton Street
Denver, CO, 80205
http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/