Way before Drake shouted out Griselda Records in his now infamous Rap Radar interview, the Buffalo NY collective of Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, and Benny the Butcher has been putting in work and garnering the respect of fans, critics, and artists alike. With a carefully curated aesthetic of super grimey beats, high fashion, raw content, and razor sharp bars, the crew has quickly gone from a boutique underground rap phenomenon to one of the most talked about movements in hip hop, hailed by many as the antithesis of the mumble rap sound that’s dominated the airwaves for the last several years. Now backed by Shady Records, and Roc Nation, Griselda is on their first major headlining national tour, and we were lucky enough to catch their performance at Summit Denver this week, where they performed slew of records from their various solo projects and crew compilations. We teamed up with the homies at TheyShootn to capture the unruly night. Check out the recap and look out for more from the mighty Griselda Records coming soon!
When we first saw that Roc Nations’s Rapsody and Rhymesayers Entertainment’s much talked about signee Sa-Roc were going on a US run together for Rap’s A Black Woman Created This tour, we were hype. Both artists have earned critical acclaim and respect from fans and piers alike, and it’s dope to see them join forces. We caught the Portland stop of the northwest leg of the tour at the charming Star Theater in the heart of the city.
Hannibal Buress is one of the funniest people on the planet. His effortless, nonchalant approach to comedy has made him one of the most celebrated comics of our time. With several hilarious on-demand specials on Netflix (and others), dozens of television and film appearances and writing credits, as well as few massive tours under his belt, the 37 year old comedian shows no signs of slowing down. Fresh off his NBA Celebrity all star game appearance, he just announced an intimate pop up event at Denver’s famous Comedy Works, and we got a chance to ask him some questions in anticipation of the show. Check out the interview below, and make sure to RSVP for a chance to get FREE entry to the exclusive performance.
Atlanta’s dynamic duo EarthGang have been on a roll for the last year or so and they show no signs of stopping. They had a few excellent contributions on Dreamville Records’ grammy nominated, certified gold album, Revenge of the Dreamers III, and their debut LP Mirrorland is a rock solid exhibition of their multidimensional talents. The two MC’s, Olu and WowGr8, are on a national tour to support the album along with Chicago great Mick Jenkins, and Portland’s up and comer Wynne. Their Feb 3rd appearance at Cervantes Ballroom in Denver marked EarthGang’s 11th consecutive sellout show on the tour, and we were lucky enough to experience the party. Their incredible performance lived up to high expectations, check out the photo recap below captured by our friend Blake Jackson. After this unforgettable show, we’re looking to forward to seeing what else EarthGang has in store for 2020.
We’ve been following EarthGang since we first heard their early single “Meditiate” Ft. J.I.D. back in 2017, shortly after they signed a deal with J.Cole’s Dreamville Records. They have been quietly paying dues for a few years now, but 2019 marked the beginning of their rapid ascension to being one of hip hop’s hottest and most respected acts. With rare chemistry, captivating charisma, and plenty to say, they continue to shine brighter with each release. Their late 2019 debut album, Mirrorland, showcases the duo’s natural songwriting abilities, with memorable melodies and impressive raps backed by golden era inspired, yet entirely modern production that defines their soulful sound. They are currently on a headlining tour in support of the album, and Denver made the cut, with a February 3rd stop at the city favorite Cervantes Ballroom.
North Carolina’s own duo of MC’s Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh, better known collectively as Little Brother, have built a cult following over the last 15 years and have achieved underground legend status in the process. They just might be your favorite rapper’s favorite rappers…literally, if you don’t believe me, just ask Drake. They’ve been on somewhat of a hiatus since their split with famed producer 9th Wonder, but this fall they returned with a bangin’ full length album May The Lord Watch, and they’ve been on the road for the last few months promoting it. We were lucky enough to catch their stop at the intimate Peter’s Room, directly underneath the famous Roseland Theater in Portland.
Beginning Friday, November 15th renowned dubstep icon Caspa will begin a five-week residency at The Black Box in Denver. Each Friday the London-born producer will curate an impressive array of international talent, playing sets that bridge his decades-spanning catalogue. Dubbed “Back to the Underground” the events will showcase and celebrate a range of artists who have continued to forward the culture. Genre mainstays including Coki, Hatcha, Matty G, Sleeper, Six Chakra, Ternion Sound, and Pushloop will all make appearances between November and December. Caspa has been tremendously influential in the classic UK sound. His decision to make Colorado a temporary home-base should be an exciting opportunity for all lovers of bass music. Get Em High contributor Colin Wrenn sat down with the man to discuss the residency as well as his musical trajectory, his love for the underground and what keeps bringing him back to Denver. Check out the interview below, and get tickets to one or all of these guaranteed to sell out shows at blackboxdenver.co or caspaofficial.com now!
From the creators of Sonic Bloom, one of Colorado’s longest running summer music festivals, comes Sonic Blossom, it’s intimate, indoor, fall counterpart. Taking over Cervantes’ unrivaled dual venue set up in central Denver, the festival will encompass the same spirit of electronic and jam music one might expect from the Sonic Bloom family. Headlined by veteran ambient electronic producer Bluetech, with an all around awesome line-up that includes heavy hitter Spoonbill as well as CO favorites Dynohunter, and many other awesome acts. There should be an awesome mix of dancefloor bangers as well as chilled out vibes and everything in between. We got the chance to ask the headliner himself, Bluetech, about his current project and what we can expect to hear at Sonic Blossom tomorrow night. Check out the interview below and grab tickets to Sonic Blossom at cervantesmasterpiece.com now!
23 years, 9 studio albums, 10 EPs, and countless shows. That’s how long the duo of MC Sean Daley and DJ Anthony Davis (we know them better as Slug and Ant) have been making music as Atmosphere. The hallmark of a true MC is one who knows how to clutch the crowd in their hand like so many clutch their mic, and even after 23 years – the Rhymesayers label boss remains the consummate professional in that regard, deftly straddling the line between sage lyricism and sycophantic braggadocio. Together with Ant’s brooding yet buoyant production style, the sold out crowd at Mission Ballroom last Friday was treated to a sonic jaunt through the group’s history, dropping gems from their many classics including God Loves Ugly and Sevens Travels all the way through their latest release Mi Vida Local. This epic performance (preceded by the same from opener Brother Ali) was not one likely to soon be forgotten. Check out the photo recap courtesy of Adrian Garcia below! – Kevin Lucas
Fire is coming, fire is coming,” a David Lynch narration opens our ears as young heads circle around an outdated room listening to iconic horror tales of Tommy — a moment, captivating in its nod of old on-air chronicles and the story of the world’s burnings. The shapeshifting Steven Ellison, better known by his moniker Flying Lotus, made his first incendiary contribution to Denver’s newest venue, The Mission Ballroom, this past Friday night and goosebumps ensued.
Continuing it’s meteoric rise as a globally respected movement championing Asian culture and artistry, 88Rising is proud to reveal the full, diversified lineup for the second annual Head in the Clouds Festival taking place on August 17th, which now includes a brand new electronic music stage! Tickets are on sale now, get yours here.
On the heels of his acclaimed new album Flamagra, producer Flying Lotus is back on tour, and he’s making a stop at Denver’s newest venue, Mission Ballroom. We’re psyched to see what he brings to the table this time, and he certainly has plenty of new material to choose from on his new 27 track album. If you haven’t seen FlyLo before you’re in for a treat. His sets always include a creative and unique, often psychedelic visual display, that perfectly accomanies his one of a kind brand of bass heavy beats. Being that it is the “3D Tour” we can only imagine what he’s got in store. Get familiar with Flamagra now, including the jam “More” featuring man of the year Anderson .Paak, and don’t miss what’s sure to be one of the hottest concerts of the summer. Be sure to get your tickets, available here, before it’s too late, and look out for our photo recap after the show!
Singer and songwriter Jamila Woods has been paying dues in the music industry for quite a while now, and she’s finally getting some much deserved spotlight with her sophomore album LEGACY! LEGACY!, a soul kissed modern masterpiece which dropped last month. In addition to the chart spots and critical acclaim the album is recieving, Woods has been on the road for weeks serenading adoring fans at packed and sold out nights across the country. We caught one of the closing nights of the tour at the historic Star Theatre in downtown Portland, Oregon. With tour openers Nitty Scott and one-woman-show Duendita (who was incredible) to set things off, everyone was more than ready when Jamily finally floated onto the stage with her excellent band. Playing most of the material from LEGACY! LEGACY!, Jamila displayed some serious star power with a pitch perfect and energetic performance. Glowing with a huge smile between each song, it was evident that Jamila she hasn’t quite gotten used to seeing sold out crowds singing every word along with her. Check out the photo recap courtesy of Robb Perry and be sure to check out Jamila Woods’ LEGACY! LEGACY! out now!
Grammy Award Winner Anderson .Paak is one of the hardest workers in the game right now. Only months after the release of his award winning third studio album Oxnard and subsequent Andy’s Beach Club World Tour, the prolific artist has dropped yet another full length LP, Ventura, a return to his Soul, Funk,and R&B roots. Now he’s back on the road (yet again) for his Best Teef In The Game tour. Lucky for the fine people of Denver, the tour will be making a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheatre for Paak’s debut headline performance at the legendary Venue. With opening acts Earl Sweatshirt and the eternally funky Thundercat, this will probably be the show of the summer for hip hop and r&b heads! Check out some choice cuts from Ventura below if you haven’t gotten familiar yet. The show sold out in a matter of minutes, so if you don’t have tickets you’re out of luck, but look out for our photo recap to see highlights from what’s sure to be an unforgettable night.
Legendary Los Angeles duo Blu & Exile are back at it, touring North America in support of their brand new EP True & Livin’, released earlier this month. The tour will also feature the rest of Exile’s Dirty Science crew including Pistol McFly, Dag Savage, SirPlus as well as LA native Choosey, who just released his excellent sophomore album Black Beans last month. We’re proud to be teaming up with our friends DJ Low Key & DJ Lazy Eyez to present the Denver stop of the tour for The Solution Showcase #20, hosted at The Black Box in capitol hill on June 2nd. With opening performances from Denver’s own Fast4ward and Sedrick Avenue, this is sure to be a great night of hip hop and beats on a truly spectacular sound system. Seeing Exile flex on the MPC live is definitely a sight to see, and catching him performing alongside Blu himself is rare opportunity you don’t want to miss. Get tickets at www.blackboxdenver.co now, and be sure to get familiar with Blu & Exile’s latest drop “True and Livin'” out now on spotify and all other major platforms.