DREAM FEST: I wanted to write something so beautiful that it would force you to get up out of your seat and go down to 1524 Madison and enjoy the magnificence that is Dream Fest. Last night CLE Events: Presents Dream Fest was packed. The crowd was electric. I will come back and write a full cover review soon. To be honest, I am still processing so much from the event. Where do I start, Keia Johnson soulful sounds, S.O.U.L absolutely going bananas, Omega Forte and Javae on one of the dopiest tracks? Yeah, like I said there will be a full cover later. Why do you ask? Simple, when I sent in my initial reviews to my partners and magazines they wanted way more information. They were equally excited as me. So to do justice, a review will come in a few days chronicling the epic event that was.
TONIGHT: CLE EVENTS and DRIVEN BY MUSIC PRESENTS MEMPHIS HIP HOP UNPLUGGED! Let's talk about tonight. Tonight, I am heading to 1524 MADISON because four of the most dynamic artist that I know are on the same bill.
Do you see the above picture? This is the face of a man driven by music (pun and reference intended) to find the truth of hip hop. Memphis has a large underground network of hip hop artist that are emerging into the main stream. Arguably none bigger than Virghost, winner of K-97 next contest. Memphis voted and represented for a lyrical monster. Half lyricist- half poet Virghost showcases a clear and precise flow that is rare for industry. He reminds me of a Andre 3000 constantly pushing the envelope of cool and calculated flow. Butta MD follows in the long lines of female emcees. A true veteran of the game, her stories of triumph and struggle evoke a sentimentality that is rarely heard from female emcees. Butta MD relies on the stacked bars instead of sexuality that many female artist rely on to be heard. Her hook of, "This is my story and I Survived," is sure to have you waving a hand slowly in a testimony true to move hearts and ears. KL is a true dynamo. One of the highest visible artist. He is truly starting to reap the rewards of a career in an industry known for selfish individuals. He stands as a beacon of a giver often sacrificing; instead, of taking. He stands at the forefront of the recent Memphis Hip-Hop scene. Last but not least Tyke-T, Mr. Driven By Music, was featured several times on Channel 24 and various television outlets over the course of 2013. No artist has hit Memphis harder in the upswing of a bright career. This maybe his breakout year. Known for his witty punchlines, Tyke-T is sure to put on a show.
With a solid line-up fleshing out the bill, this Unplugged show tonight is sure to sell-out. I suggest you start rolling right now. I am. I will see you there. After you see the reviews, PLEASE don't say that I did not warn you. Oh and as an intentional slight: the worse host in the nation and possibly worst emcee to ever have the unfortunate pleasure of trying to hold a microphone will be hosting...Jason Da Hater. Please feel free to boo* him on sight and every time he utters a word. I mean seriously he has to be kin to Oscar the Grouch because he STINKS. Memphis for one night: UNPLUGGED...1524 Madison. It will be beyond your expectation of what hip-hop is and can be.
*Jason Da Hater prefers booing instead of applause. It is a unique and rather interesting dynamic to his lyrical prowess and performance.