5 O'Clock Shadowboxers with Elucid, Dumhi, Al Mighty, Sick Six, and Has-Lo

Friday, October 16, 2009 - 9:00pm

The Khyber


Throughout their tandem debut, The Slow Twilight, based around the movie Blast of Silence, the duo sustain a near-psychedelic rap opus which is at equal turns immediate and forward-thinking. Zilla spits with the fury, cleverness, and lyrical precision of your favorite rapper. As you'd expect from a perpetual Netflix subscriber, Rocca's reference base is peppered with movie titles, actors, and quotes, creating a tray of lyrical treats you'll still by trying to figure out after your thirtieth listen... As far as the sonics of the record go, Blurry Drones, better-known as Douglas Martin, uses his extensive knowledge of indie and guitar-based music to meld rock music with dirty hip-hop drums and self-played flourishes from a fairly-wide array of instruments. The constant creativity displayed on The Slow Twilight melds forward thinking with a classic approach to hip-hop music in order to make something unmistakably hip-hop, and something that pushes the boundaries of the genre.


Known among many purist circles for his affiliation with Tanya Morgan's Lessondary crew, Elucid stands out from his peers for his unmistakable pension for rhyming over bass-heavy electronic and dubstep beats... Blessed with an unmistakable growl and relentless delivery, the young rapper weaves vividly detailed narratives that frequently deal with the theme of reconciling hardship and struggle with hope for the future. Born in Queens, raised in Long Island and currently residing in Brooklyn, he sold 2,000 copies of his first album, 2002’s The Bible and the Gun, solely through self-promotion and hand-to-hand sales as he traveled from New York to Miami. It was backbreaking business, but he was effective enough to earn a spot on the stage at venues such as S.O.B.’s, The Nokia Theater, The University of Connecticut, The Hartford Civic Center and The Maryland Civic Center. Elucid has shared billing with rappers including Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Fabolous and Black Rob.


Dumhi’s sound has been compared to the likes of MF Doom, Madlib, WuTang, De La Soul, and the Pharcyde. But with influences ranging from the Beatles, to A Tribe Called Quest, to Miles Davis, it is no wonder why it is so hard to pigeonhole them... Dumhi IMPLORES you all to come to this event. In fact, we are prepared to sacrifice virgins to ensure your presence. Help us celebrate the release of the new Indian Summer Ep which, coincidentally, will be available at www.dumhi.com, for FREE on October 15th. That the day before the show. Give it a listen, then come see it live with Flud (BK), ShamelessPlug (NJ), Mash Comp (DC) and of course, Haj. If you miss it, kittens will cry. Don't make kittens cry.


Hailing from the intimidating blocks of Camden, New Jersey, Albert Harden (better known as “Al Mighty”/ “Yo Lyrkial!”) embodies everything it means to be a true street emcee. Strapped with nothing besides a incredible wit, commanding voice, and an insatiable thirst, his god-like presence on the mic is all that’s needed in forcing his enemies to wave the white flag. Knowing he stands alone, sporting only his heart on his sleeve shines brighter than the most expensive Rolex at high noon. Without material crutches, he walks his city as king, garnering praises from gang bangers and reverends alike for being a proud, immovable icon of his hood… Real recognize real…


Flagship artist of Bes Kept Ent, Sick Six has made a lot of noise in Philadelphia over the past year, performinig with the likes of Keith Murray, Joell Ortiz, R.A. the Rugged Man, ShadyVille DJs, Reef the Lost Cauze and many more. Mxing heartfelt personal poetics with north Philly street smarts, he brings something to the table for fans of all rap subgenres.


One of the most underrated, slept-on emcees in Philadelphia, Has-Lo has dropped two critically acclaimed, self-produced EPs in the past couple years: Fuck Has Day and Small Metal Objects. Known for his deep, highly personal lyricism, he was a finalist in the MTVU/ Def Jux 'Best on Campus' contest among thousands of applicants, second only to online buzz artist Danny!. With a writer's intergrity and intelligence unmatched by most, he's currently preparing for his upcoming release In Case I Don't Make It on revered hip-hop journalist Kevin Nottingham's HipNott Records.

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