+ Billy Woods, Curly Castro, Mo Niklz, Steeze & Burns (of The Lynguistic Civilians), and Boomslang
Monday, April 27, 2015
18+ $5 // 21+ FREE
PremRock is an independent hip-hop recording artist, performer and writer. Influenced by Tom Waits as much as Kool G rap and equal parts Hemingway and Nina Simone his style and general demeanor channels the greats of all avenues. After successfully booking three European tours and recording two studio albums the young artist is working on multiple follow-up projects both domestically and overseas. His work has been profiled on hip-hop publications like 2 Dope Boyz and Dj Booth as well as magazines with readership as large as Business Insider. Having performed in over 50 cities from Athens, Georgia to Athens, Greece, PremRock has a knack for finding the stage wherever it may be. A connector of dots and rocker of all things microphone, the Pennsylvania native now resides in Lower East Manhattan but can probably be found anywhere on the globe at any given moment.
Billy Woods is a rapper who defies easy categorization; he claims Washington D.C. as his hometown but has spent much of his life in New York City. He was born in the U.S. but spent much of his childhood in Africa and the West Indies, the second child of a Jamaican intellectual and a would-be Marxist revolutionary. On the mic, woods is no less of a conundrum, possessed of versatile flows and an ability to not only tackle topics other artists wouldn’t dream of, but also to bring unique perspectives to the familiar ones. History Will Absolve Me finds him in his element: hard-edged beats anchored in hip-hop but pushing boundaries in their final incarnations; rhyme schemes that stretch the English language like silly putty but always seek to actually say something. Intelligent and political, yet devoid of polemics and self-righteousness.
Curly Castro is a charismatic Brooklyn native who has called Philadelphia home for over a decade. He recently released his solo debut album, FIDEL on February 19th, 2013. The album pays respects to Bobby Seale and W.E.B. DuBois in some places, before lambasting Al Jolson and Ronald Reagan, all the while influenced by musicians ranging from Boot Camp Clik to Johnny Cash. “Some people name-drop cars, others name-drop books; I name-drop Black icons – everyday people that you should know,” admits Curly of his cause. FIDEL contains songs that provide actual facts missing in a lot of today’s verses, without losing a sense of escapism and entertainment.