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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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On Ferguson: Denver’s Hip-Hop Community Raise Their Voices

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The Grand Jury’s decision to not indict the cop who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown, weighed heavily on many communities. In an effort to amplify the voices of our own, we gathered opinions and thoughts of those that we serve in an attempt to provide a platform for Denver to speak freely on the topic. Below are the voices of the community, unedited, uncensored and free. Please join the discussion by adding your own thoughts in the comments section.If you’d like to contribute beyond being involved in dialogue, feel free to consider donating to or joining any of the below organizations. There continue to be peaceful protests in our city and beyond, funds set up for the legal fees of those involved, and much more. If you know of more organizations, rallies, or platforms, please share with us here. We stand with Ferguson because #blacklivesmatter. Freedom Ride to Ferguson Michael Brown Memorial Fund Petition for all police to wear body ...

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In memory of DJ Fame

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In Loving Memory of Fabian ‘DJ Fame’ Garcia Jan. 11th 1970 – Sept. 20, 2014 The Colorado hip-hop community has been greatly impacted by the death and loss DJ Fame, a person who laid the basic building blocks and groundwork for the foundation of a scene. Fame was a teacher, leader, mentor, pioneer, B-Boy, DJ, producer, and an iconic player in the development to the growth of Colorado hip-hop as a whole. Fabian ‘DJ Fame’ Garcia, born Jan. 11th 1970, and has been involved in the hip-hop music business since the early ‘80s. He went from breakin’ with Colorado’s most successful group D&S Connection alongside (Tony Silva, Greg Gonzales, Mike Gonzales, Eddie Lopez , Eric Gonzales, Mike Baca) to becoming what some may consider to be the backbone of the hip-hop culture, a Dee Jay! He was given the name Fame, which personifies what the future would hold for him. He went on to work – mixing and flexing his techniques -with many ...

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Hip-Hop Town Hall Meeting One

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This past Thursday, Colorado hip-hop ambassadors, Mike Wird and Ru Black hosted the city’s first Hip-Hop Town Hall meeting. The event was held at Cold Crush, one of the Denver’s hottest spots. There was a pretty good turnout for a trial run. The atmosphere was pretty laid back with drinks in circulation.  A decent amount of hip-hop activists in the community had a chance to rock the mic expressing concerns and suggesting improvements for the Colorado hip-hop scene. Below are the list of attendees and minutes from the first meeting. DATE: Thursday, July 31, 2014 TIME: 5:00-7:00 p.m. LOCATION: Cold Crush 2700 Larimer Street, Denver, CO ATTENDEES: Ace Boogie- emcee/producer Asia One- B-Girl Ashton Kynard Aujha L. Alexander- journalist Big House- emcee Blake Jackson- Photographer Bree Davies- DJ/Journalist Brian- Impact Empowerment Group Chris D. C-Maze- emcee Daniel Muller- Tony Zones & Rook Purp Derrick Reinhardt- Photographer D. Keez- emcee DJ A-L Euda- Radio Host Francois Gypgahip Hevy Beats Hustleman- emcee Jazz ...

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Weekend Planning: July 10-13

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HipHopRollCall is hitting the road this weekend, but there are tons of events happening on our home turf that we thought you should know about. No excuses, get up, get out and get some. Thursday, July 10 Oren L Album Release Party Oren L (formerly known as ChampionSoundKillaBlack) of Foodchain is dropping his debut solo project, BS|BS|BC and celebrating with a party at Larimer Lounge. The release show will also feature live sets from, FL, AP and GYP DAHIP. Larimer Lounge 2721 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80205 (303) 291-1007 Doors 8 p.m. | 21+ | $10 RSVP  Devin the Dude at 710 Celebration For the summer cannabis celebration, 710 (Oil, when it’s upside down) will take another excuse to rejoice in Colorado’s freedom. At Casselman’s you can catch Devin the Dude, Diamond Boiz, Java Starr and a bboy expo by Fate Rokz. The event is sponsored by Cannabis Connoisseur’s Coalition, KS107.5 and more. Casselman’s Bar & Venue 2620 Walnut St. Denver, Colorado 80205 (720) ...

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June 28th Red Bull Sound Select Line-up Announced

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Red Bull, a notorious party starter of a company does marketing in a whole different, and much preferable manner. Their interest in the counter cultures, namely music, skateboarding and other sub-genres has done wonders for each of the respective industries. Recently, the energy drink purveyors have been doing a ton of shows in Denver through Red Bull Sound Select, working with expert area tastemakers to curate the most interesting line-ups possible. DJ Low Key curated his first RBSS show in April featuring Bun B, FL and more, and he’s back at it again with another stellar bill. On Saturday, June 28 at Larimer Lounge, hip-hop heads and music connoisseurs alike will witness a coming together of Vic Mensa, Leather Corduroys, BLKHRTS, CRL CRRLL, and  host DJ Lazy Eyez. This eclectic line-up seems to represent musicians known for pushing the limits of genre-boundaries, hitting all sides of the hip-hop spectrum, while catering to the old and new. When asked about his ...

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Akomplice Summer Lookbook features Cannabis and Mass Prod

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Colorado based Akomplice Clothing has been ahead of the pack, making style risks and wins for years. As our great state made history by legalizing cannabis, the outfitting staple took that inspiration and channeled it into their summer line. The Akomplice Summer Collection boasts an interesting play on cannabis culture, with updated tie-dyes, simple stripes, and even streamlined sweats. Foodchain producer, Mass Prod stepped in front of the camera (with Jeff Cormack of indie band South of France) to model the summer updates, against the lush green background of Native Root’s luxurious crop. For a preview of the forthcoming summer of fun, take a minute to see what you think of the Akomplice Summer Lookbook 14 – Marijuana For The Future which was shot by Jason Siegel. And while you’re at it, check out some of the extra shots that didn’t make the lookbook to see the photos of the 2014 420 Rally and more, you may see a few familiar faces in there.

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‘How High 2’ Finally Has Its Green Light

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It’s finally happening. The much anticipated sequel, “How High 2,” is filming as we speak, and in what better locale than our very own weed friendly home state, Colorado. In a recent interview with Redman and Method Man about their upcoming Denver 4/20 shows, we found out that Universal has given the green light to the project. The script was penned by “How High” writer Dustin Lee Abraham and will feature the recently graduated Silas and Jamal in the process of opening their new cannabis shop in affluent Boulder, Colorado under the new legalization laws. With Silas’ botany expertise and Jamal’s people skills their retail shop is an inevitable success…or is it? As expected the duo encounter many unintended adversaries, meet some hilarious new friends, including Sarita Sativa who teaches the pair how to deal with the stresses of entrepreneurship, continue some old friendships like that with I Need $ (Al Shearer), all while learning unforeseen lessons about life in ...

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Colorado hip-hop homestead Bboy Factory robbed in ungrateful new trend

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Though there is much positivity and beauty that can be found in hip-hop, there is the other side, the darker one. In a culture that was born in oppression, as a response to unfair treatment there are always those that will continue to rebel, even destroy, and often the targets are the wrong ones. When those supporting and curating the movement are the victims of robbery, there’s nothing to feel but anger and injustice. Last Tuesday (March 18), local bboy studio, The Bboy Factory was robbed of their sound system and more. Their losses include, turntables, speakers, amplifier, mixer, TV, cash register, some merchandise and art supplies.  The studio which provides classes, parties and a safe place to let loose charges next to nothing for use of the facility, so a loss like this is devastating. A Go Fund account has been set up to help counteract the costs of replacing the equipment so that they can continue to support the ...

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Babah Fly’s Track Goes Pro With GoWorld Project

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Hip-hop is often mistaken for a simple flat-line effort. People think it’s just mediocre poetry recited over a solid beat. What they fail to realize is that hip-hop has always been on the come-up, and always will be. The world sleeps on the genre, but it’s almost comatose when it comes to the efforts from the Mile High city. It’s time to wake up. Things are changing on the Denver front with many organizations beginning to scope out the talent here. Recently, local hip-hop artist Babah Fly became a hot commodity on an international tip. Babah Fly has been in the game for quite some time, working with groups like Fly4Wird and The High Tops, and his efforts are definitely paying off. The GoWorld Project and Sketch Skateboards got together to create a GOPRO Skateboards montage and approached him with the opportunity of a lifetime. Having peeped a sample of his music in an earlier graffiti video, a representative for ...

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