Beatrock Music Anniversary

Beatrock Music Anniversary

Bambu, Prometheus Brown, Rocky Rivera, Otayo Dubb, Power Struggle, Bwan, DJ Roza (RRS Feed), DJ Tanner (Battlestar/Sharpshooterz)

Fri, December 21, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

San Francisco, CA

$9.00 - $12.00

This event is 18 and over

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Beatrock Music Anniversary
Beatrock Music Anniversary
Beatrock Music is the independent record label home to Bambu, Prometheus Brown, Rocky Rivera, Otayo Dubb, Power Struggle, 6Fingers, Bwan and Kiwi. Launched in 2009, fans have come to know Beatrock Music for the label's commitment to authentic hip hop sound and progressive lyricism. The Beatrock Music family is comprised of artists who each have a unique perspective, yet are connected by a common thread of community activism. Each artist is committed to delivering music that is honest and for the people.
Bambu
Bambu
Bambu is a father, MC and community organizer. Raised in the Watts district of Los Angeles, as a young boy he experienced a life that other rappers have glorified, but rarely experienced. As he navigated through a turbulent youth, Bambu turned around the destructive energy that surrounded him and poured it into making music. Bambu has been lauded by his fans and contemporaries for his lyrical storytelling abilities. Whether fictional or autobiographical, his vividly-detailed narratives are characterized by an honesty that is equal parts brutal, thought-provoking and liberating. Bambu music is not for mere performance – he utilizes his music as a tool for a larger goal – to reach and support youth who face similar issues that he did, and move them to question what goes on in the world. Bambu has reached audiences across the country and internationally with his explosive and engaging live performance, and has shared the stage with such acts as Common, X-Clan, Medusa, Dilated Peoples, Psycho Realm, Planet Asia, Zion-I, the Blue Scholars, Immortal Technique, the Visionaries, Pac Div and more.
Prometheus Brown
Prometheus Brown
Prometheus Brown (aka Geologic) is one half of the Seattle-based rap group Blue Scholars. He is also one half of The Bar, a new group consisting of himself and Bambu. Prometheus Brown joined Beatrock Music last year at the 2-Year Anniversary celebration and looks forward to a solo project on the label in 2013.
Rocky Rivera
Rocky Rivera
Rocky Rivera is a Hip-Hop journalist by day, MC by night, who found international acclaim by winning a Contributing Editor position on MTV’s docu-series “I’m From Rolling Stone” in 2007. After lacking inspiration in the literary world, she decided to finally pursue Hip-Hop as a participant, not only as an observer, and began to fill the void with thought-provoking music that you can dance to. (Think Lauryn Hill meets Public Enemy with West Coast beats) A dynamic performer who’s shared the stage with artists such as Zion-I, Blue Scholars, and Pacific Division, her all-lady crew consisting of DJ Roza and emcee Irie Eyez display a daringly different side of Hip Hop you see to experience to believe. Noted music critic Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation writes “My whole career has been about getting people to hear the stories that need to be heard, and I think her story really needs to be heard.”
Otayo Dubb
Otayo Dubb
After two records with acclaimed West Coast hip-hop underground group Co-Deez, Otayo Dubb is going solo. “It’s a whole new beginning for me,” says the Oakland-based producer/MC.
Co Deez’ original blend of hip-hop and soul with what Dubb calls “an alternative edge” made them standouts in the talent-laden but slept-on Bay Area underground scene (typified by such artists as Lyrics Born, Blackalicious, Hieroglyphics, the Mighty Underdogs, and Zion-I). Despite being somewhat overshadowed by the much-hyped but ultimately short-lived hyphy movement, Co-Deez and their regional peers carved out a stylistic niche which has much in common with traditional hip-hop, yet reflects a West Coast/Bay Area perspective. As a solo artist, Dubb hopes to continue in that vein and uphold the Bay’s independent legacy while attracting wider recognition for his musical and lyrical skills.

Dubb calls his solo material “more straightforward hip-hop” than the music he made with Co-Deez (who remain active as a group). He describes his rap style as “thoughtful, but not preachy … a little bit of conscious, a little bit of street.” Though he’s had his share of run-ins with the law, he doesn’t go out of his way to be ‘gangsta.’ As he says, “I’m not trying to paint negative pictures. There’s nothing we haven’t heard about that side of life,” he explains.

Noting that underground rap encompasses a wide range of expression, Dubb defines his sound as “Blue Collar” hip-hop (to paraphrase one of Co-Deez’ song titles), which he says everyday people can relate to. He doesn’t dumb down his lyrical content, yet he’s also careful not to go too far over people’s heads by “trying to be condescending or super-wordy.” His aim is to reach “average listeners” – not necessarily hip-hop elitists, but the Joe Dubsacks out here who like to light up a fat one and get their headnod on after work.
Power Struggle
Power Struggle
From his immigrant upbringing to his nomadic lifestyle, Power Struggle’s front man Nomi evokes the sound of the weary traveler finding home over the horizon. From a hip-hop perspective, Nomi’s poignant lyrics and political analysis are unique in a culture/ genre that’s been highjacked by gunclappers, pimps, and businessmen.
With a strong belief in Social Justice, Nomi is committed to worker’s rights advocacy, working as a community organizer at the Filipino Community Center in the Excelsior District of San Francisco. Nomi’s most recent work, Remittances, reflects the life and times of working class people trying to survive in a system that they do not control.
Bwan
Bwan
Bwan is a bay area emcee with the caliber of a magnum revolver. Projectiles of a universal style of spitting lyrics bust-off with each bar that is dropped, leaving a transparent scent of gun powder. A one-man army, he continues to lick shots for social change. But recently releasing his first EP “Wake the F*ck Up”, both BWAN and his brother MrRey are sending an arsenal of true-school bay hiphop to the eardrums. You are not about to witness an assault on the status quo, but the cold-blooded massacre of the system. Keep your eyes on the smoking gun.
Venue Information:
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
http://www.brickandmortarmusic.com/