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Rachel Chesbrough

A Denver transplant originally from the east coast, Rachel fell hard for the Colorado music scene upon her arrival in 2006. She has written and edited locally for Unda$tream Magazine and was included in the Rap Round Table for hiphopisread.com. More recently she began her own blog, workingonit, as a side-project, featuring ridiculous personal/social/musical commentary.

BC One Crowns Denver Champion

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Red Bull is the city’s new saving grace. The various off-shoots of the mammoth brand have been scattering Denver’s recent months with transcendent events. Red Bull Sound Select shows have been consistently thrilling for even the most jaded among us, and the Red Bull BC One Cypher on July 6th was no different. Eyebrows were raised when Boettcher Hall, the upscale venue housed in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, was announced as the site for the B-Boy battle. The juxtaposition wound up being perfect- poetic even. Everyone there was a hip-hop enthusiast to say the least, and the legitimacy that Boettcher lent on Saturday night felt like just dues. There was a red carpet that led all the way from the street to the glass doors of the Hall; we walked it in our Adidas. The circular stage most often peppered with the black ensembles of orchestra members was turned into a straight spectacle. The exuberance of the competitors was ...

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In The Loop: An Interview With Exile

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In anticipation of his Saturday 8/30 show with Dirty Science and more, we chopped it up with Exile about all things production. He keeps us in the loop about the creative process, equipment loyalty, and who to watch out for next…because if there’s one man’s word to trust about rappers set to blow, it’s Exile’s.   The collab albums you’ve done have been huge successes (Aloe Blacc, Blu, Fashawn, etc.). Have you used a different approach with each artist or do you have a pretty reliable formula for working with emcees at this point? I just go with the flow if what feels right. Each artist is different, each artist reacts differently to criticism. I just like to go in the studio and keep it fun. How much input do you have when it comes to the songwriting on those albums? Depends on the artist but I usually have a lot of input, sometimes I even help write lyrics when an ...

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[CLOSED]Contest Giveaway: Dirty Science ft. Exile

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Update: And we have a winner! Congrats Aaron Slie! We selected our contest winner via random number selection, check out the process: 1. Ramsey Gordon 2. Zac Harrison 3. Justin Alvarado 4. Ryan Blair 5. Molly Bergre 6. Dustin Lucas 7. Aaron Slie Original post: Let’s sweeten up your Friday. We told you about the upcoming Red Bull Sound Select show taking place at The Meadowlark on 8/30, with Exile, Dirty Science, Thurz, Tiffany Gouché, and more. Now, in anticipation of the show on Saturday, the good folks at Red Bull have put together a prize package that’s exclusively up for grabs here! It includes: – A copy of the Red Bull Music Academy – For The Record Hardcover Book (retail price $35+) – A show poster signed by Exile & The Dirty Science crew + Thurz – A Goodness/The Solution button/sticker pack -$50 tab at the show THAT, is a sexy ass prize package, folks. All you have to do to ...

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Red Bull Sound Select Presents Dirty Science and more

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If you’ve been to the Red Bull Sound Select shows this year, then you know the magic of them. They started with a bang as Bun B performed his first ever show in Colorado. He ate up the Marquis stage, performing hit after hit with a huge grin and endless charisma. The second show was headlined by Vic Mensa, an unstoppable young force whose creative energy and style is unlike anything we’ve seen from both his predecessors and contemporaries. The additional beauty of these Red Bull events is in the home state inclusiveness. DJ Low Key, the shows’ curator, deftly compliments the headliners with the best Colorado has to offer. The ReMINDers and FL (all Red Bull Sound Select artists themselves) supported Bun B with their signature enthusiasm and flavor, respectively. Keeping with Vic Mensa’s abstract content and trance-inducing production, CRL CRRLL and BLKHRTS both absolutely stunned the crowd with their sets.  Many artists and fans love to wax poetic about not being ...

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They Shootin’; A Feed The Rocks Recap

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By now we’ve all heard reports (in varying degrees of validity) of Thursday night’s shooting in the parking lot of Red Rocks Amphitheater. The Feed the Rocks show boasted ScHoolboy Q, Nas, and Flying Lotus, but apparently, we couldn’t have nice things. Though a picture of Schoolboy Q in handcuffs is making the rounds, it was allegedly Q and his entourage that were the shooting victims. No arrests have been made, and the three wounded individuals are reportedly in stable condition. We’re wishing them all a speedy recovery. The venue was on full lockdown for hours last night as blue and red lights painted the rocks and a helicopter circled relentlessly overhead. No one was allowed to leave or enter, as the staggering lines of cars waited at a stand-still, honking their frustration as police and venue security worked in vain to come up with answers. Vehicles appeared to have been searched diligently for a few hours until just before ...

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The Precipice; FL talks Red Bull, Young Amsterdam, and more

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The momentous energy that surrounds F. Lawless these days is palpable. He’s aligned himself with the upcoming summer season, snaking through block after city block with an onslaught of heat. He spoke with us about his recent membership in the Red Bull Sounds Select family (along with the equally unstoppable ReMINDers duo), his strategy behind his newly released project, and what else he has planned – spoiler, it’s more, and it’s sooner, than you’d expect.   So, congratulations are in order! You are officially a Red Bull Sound Select artist. What’s the story behind how that happened for you? Thank you!  So basically DJ Low Key has had a great relationship with Red Bull for the last few years.  They recently approached him to be a Local Denver curator for their Red Bull Sound Select Program.  Low Key has been a strong supporter of both foodchain, and my recent solo efforts, LIMBO and Young Amsterdam.  Beyond that Low Key is a super knowledgeable, dedicated DJ ...

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Fresh Pressed: FL, Plat Maravich, Soul City, Kid Vegas, Aires Jackson, Catch Lungs, and more

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Singles, albums, and videos on videos. We had an unprecedented amount of submissions this week, so we chose some of our favorites. Which ones are you feelin’? FL – “Time” Beware the drop on this one. FL is at it again, and the Young Amsterdam 4:20 Mixtape is sounding like it might be everything we hoped for. Simply put, “Time” is trance-enducing, and FL’s voice has never sounded smoother. Plat Maravich ft. Smoove Quotes – “Baby James” The Yonnas produced beat is both abrupt and soul-infused, and Plat Maravich plays it to perfection with a nice addition from Smoove Quotes. Plat raps over this beat the way The Godfather of Soul used to perform over one- replete with high pitched vocal inflections and exclamatory delivery. Typhy, Ill Se7en, Panama Saweto – “Blazing Saddles” Mikey Fresh gave the Soul City boys a colorful, wild west backdrop with this beat, and the emcees filled in the scenery. The sound is filtered and relaxed, ...

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Recap: 2014 DMC DENVER Regional DJ Battle

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The Denver DMC Regional DJ Battle went down Saturday, March 29th at Cassleman’s Bar and Venue, and the unpackable venue was surprisingly full as a variety of heads milled about trying to catch a glimpse of greatness. The Soul City Crew put on a vibrant performance in between the earlier and later rounds, with Panema Soweto and Ill Seven displaying airtight delivery and Luke Skyy giving the b-boys and girls a funky track to live for. There was a smattering of technical problems throughout the night, likely due to the new management at Cassleman’s, and we’d be lying if we said it went un-bitched about by performers and supporters alike. However, the skill in the building did more than enough to overshadow any of the venue’s shortcomings. Chris Karns’ guest set, in particular, left the crowd with their collective jaws on the ground. The competition itself was impressive as always, and it was nice to see both new and old ...

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Fresh Pressed: Kontrast, Soul Pros, GirlGrabbers Beats, Jiggy Thompson, and Mr. Deuces

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Today? It’s all variation and quality. What more could you ask for? Happy Fresh Pressed Friday, kids! Kontrast – “Somewhereinamerica” In advance of his upcoming project with Fo Chief, Kontrast jumps on Jay-Z’s “Somewhereinamerica” in what he calls a “lyrical exercise.” ‘Trast mirrors Jay’s linguistics and cadence while flipping and aligning the content to reflect his take on the racial thematics that made the original song so powerful. You’ll want to bring up the lyrics for both and listen to this a few times. Even then, be careful it doesn’t fly over your head. The Soul Pros – “$OUL’D OUT” Pavlo Kee, Mike Wird, and DJ A-L dropped this music video for the title track off their upcoming album. If you like this textural sound that layers old school boom bap with filtered strings (which…you should), you can check them out opening for De La Soul tonight at Cervantes (which…you also should). We’ll see you there! GirlGrabbers Beats – “The Moment ...

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Fresh Pressed: Trev Rich, Myke Charles, Wheelchair Sports Camp, DJ Mu$a, and Lily Fangz

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Nah. Too much good Colorado hip-hop crackin’ mid-week to let it all wait until Friday. It’s exclusively heavy hitters for you this Wednesday. Trev Rich – “Dark Horse”  Trev salvages the “Dark Horse” beat for everyone who lamented the fact that it was originally wasted on Juicy J’s elementary rhymes. “They ain’t kill this shit so I did, and I put that shit on my kids,” Trev begins. Let’s go then: Myke Charles – “Drunk In Love” Coincidentally, Myke Charles took on a different chart-topper the same day. Myke paints a low-lit, sexy picture with this one, but don’t get lost in the storytelling or that lyricism might go over your head. Listen close: Wheelchair Sports Camp – “Dance Off” Chris Bagley-directed and positively bubbling with funk and flash, the crew shows you how to mirror sound and visuals the right way with this one. Go ahead and try to sit still during it (spoiler alert: not possible). DJ Mu$a – ...

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