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Red Bull Sound Select Presents Dirty Science and more


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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Weekend Planning: July 10-13


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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They Shootin’; A Feed The Rocks Recap


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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New Locale, Same Purpose at 5th Annual Queenz of Hip Hop


Though a congregation of female emcees, b-girls, and poets seems like the stuff of beautiful dreams, for four years running in Denver, we’ve been blessed with it in reality. This year, on Saturday, June 14th, Hip-Hop Congress will host the fifth annual Queenz of Hip-Hop. The event will begin at noon and last into the evening, ending at 7 p.m. Throughout the day, people will be able to witness all sorts of battles including the “1v1 Footwork,” “1v1 B-Girl,” and a “2v2 Bonnie and Clyde.” There will also be live painting and graffiti artists. HHRC got a chance to talk to Hip-Hop Congress member, Cindy Cervantes, about Queenz of Hip-Hop. HipHopRollCall: Queenz of Hip-Hop is a pretty fly concept. It really speaks volumes about the diversity in the hip-hop community with such a strong impact coming from the women in the game. Where did the idea come from? Cindy Cervantes: Five years ago we had to come up with some ...

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June 28th Red Bull Sound Select Line-up Announced

Flier by Joseph Martinez

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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Recap: 2014 DMC DENVER Regional DJ Battle

2014 Denver DMC Regional DJ Battle | Credit, Blake Jackson

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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The 2014 Solution Beat Battle Recap

Beauty Bar | Credit, Armando Geneyro

There are some events that remind us why hip-hop is so beautiful, and it’s not at all shocking that the latest said event was The 2014 Solution Beat Battle. Producers are generally some humble and nice m’fuckers, bottom line, and a room full of them and their supporters made for a happy, buoyant occasion. Though the friendly atmosphere was omnipresent, that’s not what made the event worthwhile. It was the level of talent that blew us away. The 12 beatmakers were diverse in style and execution, each obviously hungry for the win, and every single one of them had a chance. If you missed it, allow me to explain the tragedy of doing so. Seeing producers, who generally stay behind the scenes, dance energetically and sometimes awkwardly to their own music is something that can never be recreated with words. They break their necks and punch their fists at various intervals, punctuating the drops, samples, and drums that they know like the back ...

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Sadat X, El Da Sensei, Qwel & Maker, and more at Cervantes’ Other Side

Cervantes' Other Side | 2.3.14 | Credit, Armando Geneyro

I mean, who wants to go to a show on a Monday night ever, much less the Monday night after the Broncos succumbed to one of the nastiest losses of their season, Superbowl XLVIII. Well, in this case, the Monday night show turned out to be just the kind of medicine that everyone in attendance desperately needed. The line-up was largely Colorado names, mixed with dash of old and new school national. The sound at Cervantes’ Other Side has become a favorite in town, which, when combined with the green leniency, new patio, and removal of the fucking death stair by the bar, boosts this venue to the top of the list of best places to catch a hip-hop show in Denver. The crowd was thin, as expected, at the Other Side, but the show started with a clean set by ODX. These three well-versed emcees (Lukeskyy, Ceejay Franchize and Leezy) were backed by the increasingly skilled Mikey Fresh on ...

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Inkmonstr Free4All Volume 4 Recap

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[Editor’s Note: Unfortunately none of our staff could make the raved about Free4All, but luckily Sean Marquantte was willing to share his talents with our audience. Check out his write up and photos of the event.] Now that cannabis is  legal in Colorado, there was no doubt that this would change the outside view of Colorado and the thoughts of Marijuana as a whole. Whether this is a good thing or bad thing is a personal preference, however, even as a person who does not smoke, I see this changing Colorado for good on many different levels. While being allowed the opportunity to be a photographer for Hip Hop Roll Call at the Inkmonstr Free4All event hosted by Redman (Reggie Nobel) with performances by A$AP Ferg, Ghostface Killa and more, I left wondering if attendees thought this was in fact a free concert for the adult crowd (event was 21+) or a marijuana convention with live music. Let me explain what I mean. ...

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Shredded Beats Night Three: Dilated Peoples, Hopsin, Dizzy Wright and more

Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom | Armando Geneyro

February 1st saw the third night of Shredded Beats mania, this time with Hopsin and Dilated Peoples, featuring Dizzy Wright with Rolphy, A Black Day, and Black Pegasus. It was unclear who of the two big names was supposed to headline, as the promotion insinuated it’d be Hopsin, but the streets and Cervantes’ box office expected Dilated. In the end the legendary trio took the stage first, and true fans suspected Evidence, at least, wasn’t thrilled about it (there were subtle clues in his performance, the validity of which can be argued). Rakaa was laid back and solid as Ev took command of the stage, as he does. Babu performed his customary scratch set about half way through the performance, the complexity of which seemed to go over the young crowd’s collective head. Dilated holds Prime Element down every time they come through town, and Saturday night saw A.V.I.U.S. and Es Nine take the stage with Rakaa once again. The sound didn’t ...

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