For those of us in WNY, winter has been the most brutal ever. Literally, we broke snowfall and cold temperature records. If the ridiculousness on display in recent weeks is any sign, the entire city is ready to turn up… once the mercury finally does. We’re psyched to announce a few upcoming events here in Buffalo:
APRIL 3 2015. HIP HOP KARAOKE at the Studio @ Waiting Room.
Yes it’s finally back. New venue, same great fun. Hosted by the one and only Billy Drease Williams. More at www.hhkbuffalo.com.
APRIL 12 2015. LOCAL EMCEE SHOWCASE #1 at the Studio @ Waiting Room.
Years ago, the Baby Steps crew hosted regular local showcase events, and numbered them up into the 40’s. Eventually it dried up, but DTR and Lady B are bringing it back, with a bit of a twist… so check it out.
MAY 11 2015. SLOW ROLL BUFFALO Season Opener at Hydraulic Hearth.
If you missed last years inaugural Slow Roll Buffalo rides, don’t worry! The all ages community bike ride is back and going down every MONDAY. Founded in Detroit, the Slow Roll movement has gone global. So grab your bike and cruise with us. Find out more on the Slow Roll Buffalo FB group.
Mad Dukez writes great lyrics. EdWang makes some seriously weird beats and album art. He’s a good friend of DTR. So we gave him a few acapellas and he went to town. The result? 7 awesome free remixes, each with its own cover art. MadWang. Released on Pi day. Read between the lines, ya bish.
It makes no difference to us whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not because this winter is hot! On behalf of everyone at DTR, I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll handle booking for the “most prolific”, Moka Only!
Canada’s thriving underground hip hop scene simply would not be complete without his expansive influence. Now based in Vancouver, B.C., Moka Only is a founder of the multi-platinum Swollen Members. You might also know him as one of his many stage personas; Kareem Serene, Ron Contour, Doctor Do Much, or the Durable Mammal… to name a few. With high caliber hip hop being so much about telling a story, he has operated under different monikers in order to provide a broad narrative scope, vibrant personalities and moreover, a richness to his very own character; But let’s just be clear, there is only one Moka Only. The same Moka Only who has laid down tracks with Talib Qweli, Doodlebug, Swiss beatmaker Chief, Tech N9ne, Everlast, Dilated Peoples, Jurassic 5, J Dilla, MF Doom – the list is endless, like his discography of close to one hundred albums and EPs. When asked how he does it his response is, “How do you not do it? Music is my only job.”
Signing with DTR marks a return to roots for Moka both as producer and as MC. With a reputation as one of the most inventive and productive artists of his genre, the man is unstoppable. 2014 celebrated the tenth anniversary of his recurring Martian Xmas series, international touring continues to fill the docket and he’s armed with enough new material that they may just rename the months of the year after his impending albums.
2015, people…It’s one for the records!
Now booking Moka Only and Illa J for US and Canadian national dates in March 2015. For details and rates for March and beyond, please contact Kate Schwartz at DTR ([email protected] or 916-583-8745)
With his fourth studio album, King No Crown, critically acclaimed mc/producer Blueprint has continued his constant evolution by combining the soulful sample chops of his 2014 project Respect the Architect (Weightless Recordings) with the genre-defying aesthetic of his 2011 album Adventures in Counter-Culture (Rhymesayers Entertainment). The end result is 60-minutes of uninterrupted music that effortlessly transitions from song to song without a single moment of pause or silence. Lyrically, Blueprint provides his trademark honesty – paying tribute to hip-hop, lost loved ones, and the legacy of fallen artists Eyedea and J. Dilla – making King No Crown his most personal and conceptual project to date.
Blueprint will be on tour this May/June/July with DJ Rare Groove and special guest Supastition. Dates in every corner of North America are available. Contact Tony Caferro at DTR45 now. More info.