If you thought the month of March was enough to fulfill your hip-hop appetite, then the month of April will have you tippin’ the scales from hip-hop gluttony. So much music and talent, to go along with an array of styles. Each show will provide a different vibe that I hope you can enjoy at least on of them. Check them out below.
@ 1015 FOLSOM (SF), APRIL 12TH
Amine has made stupid noise with his latest single release RedMercedes. He came out of nowhere with that one to follow up Caroline. Amine is definitely presenting some versatility as an artist with both singles. The Portland emcee is proving to be a jack of all trades as a musician, lyricist, and video director. With over 60 million plays on SoundCloud and 100 million views on YouTube, it’s safe to say no one is sleeping on him.
You can listen to his latest single and watch the Caroline music video below.
Although this is the 10 dolla holla, the remaining tickets for sale are running for 15. I couldn’t even get a $10 presale. That one sold out in mere minutes, and my internet connection was slow, so that explains a lot.
You can still purchase your tickets here
DENZEL CURRY x GOLDLINK
@ REGENCY BALLROOM (SF), APRIL 19TH
Denzel Curry & Goldlink?! What more can you ask for with a mash-up of two completely different styles of hip-hop. With Denzel being a Florida native to Goldlink who hails from the DMV area (Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia), there is plenty to look forward to for this concert.
Curry is no stranger to the bay area as he has performed for the east bay crowd in Oakland a while back. He has a loyal following in the bay area and the turn-up gets real when he takes the stage.
Denzel Curry’s latest project, Imperial, released in 2016. You can listen to the project below.
Goldlink has made 2 performances in the bay area prior to this current tour. The last time was at Social Hall, downstairs from where he’ll take the stage on the 19th. We can expect many of the same fans to be there once again. He also headlined Oakland Music Festival back in 2015 and that performance was a great one.
You can listen to his latest project release, At What Cost, below
Tickets can be purchased for $21 here
@ BRICK & MORTAR (SF), APRIL 22ND
If you wanted to go see Chance The Rapper after his tour got announced, but tickets sold out and you missed that opportunity, then you should have took a discount and supported his younger brother. But that does not seem to matter because tickets for his show sold out also.
Taylor Bennett is nothing short of a talented artist though. Based on his work from SoundCloud and YouTube, he appears to have clear vision and the platform to do anything that he puts his mind to. You can check out his latest project compilation, Restoration of An American Idol, below and a short film for his single, Broad Shoulders.
LOCKSMITH x DOWN 2 EARTH x J. LATELY x JUST RESE
@ THE NEW PARISH (OAK) , APRIL 27TH
This is a lineup of epic bay area proportions! Richmond, Oakland, & Sebastopol in one venue. If there’s such a thing as too much bay area, this is not the case because there’s no such thing as too much. That is the reason why we should expect a sold out crowd for this hip-hop packed show.
Locksmith has been around the game for a long time. He has done cyphers and freestyles for team backpack. I was actually at his Lofty Goals Live show back in 2015 and another one that he did in 2016. His live performances are very intimate and real. I myself have learned a lot just by being in his presence. You can listen to his latest project release, Olive Branch, below.
Down 2 Earth is making plenty noise this month as well. They just released their sophomore follow-up, Fair Share, on March 4th and there’s a lot to look forward to. Azure, Dayvid, & Clyde have plenty to work towards for the future but the present is looking just as poppin’. You can stream Fair Share below.
J. Lately has been consistently putting out new music and projects for the past couple of years. He has been on tour with Zion I, Locksmith, & Los Rakas. Through all of these connections, he has become a main staple for a long time to come. You can stream his latest single, Crazy Love, below.
Just Rese, fka TyreseJohnsonMusic, is a native of Oakland that has worked with many others alike on this bill. I have seen him perform several times coming up to this point in his young hip-hop career and he’s going to do just fine. He is also a multi-faceted persona as he also wrote for the Thizzler blog as well. You can stream his latest single, Clamp Thot, below.
You can purchase tickets for $10 here
BOOGIE x KAIYDO x KEMBA x MICHAEL CHRISTMAS
@ THE NEW PARISH (OAK), APRIL 28TH
Ok Last one. The No Ceilings Tour has an impressive lineup. Boogie from Compton, Kaiydo from Florida, Kemba from the Bronx, & Michael Christmas from Boston. If you are at this show, you are due for a hip-hop overload and yes that definitely can be a good thing.
I have been listneing to Boogie since he released The Reach way back in 2015. He released Thirst 48 Pt.2 last year and it definitely shows a lighter side to what his assumed background to be perceived. As a son of Compton, CA, he follows those before him. N.W.A., The Game, & Kendrick Lamar. You can stream Thirst 48 Pt.2 below and watch his music video for hit single Sunroof ft. Dana Williams below.
Kaiydo is a fresh voice to hear and has a dope 90’s/millennial hybrid sound that can have anybody nodding their head up and down. But for me, I can’t help but feel like a little kid again when I listen to his music. And I do listen to his music very frequently despite him only having 6 tracks released on his SoundCloud. Check out all of his singles below.
Kemba. I have never heard his work before writing this today. Anybody seeking that east coast feel, this is the music for you. Check out his latest project, Negus, below.
Michael Christmas stole my ears ever since he released What A Weird Day. He is also 1/2 of the hip-hop duo, Fudge, along with Prefuse 73. Michael Christmas keeps it real and has a unique flow to go along with his Bone Crusher like stature. Listen to his latest single featuring Chicago native Tobi Lou, Not The Only One.
You can purchase tickets for $15 here
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