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4th Annual 5280 Urban Music Awards


The 4th annual 5280 Urban Music Awards will be held this Sunday evening at City Hall Amphitheatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 and can be purchased here or via the mobile app “5280 Awards” in the iPhone app store or the Android market. The awards show took a hiatus last year after a successful consecutive run at Paramount Theater. The design of the event is to celebrate the diversity in Denver’s urban rap community. This year’s show will feature performances from Bianca Mikahn, Tommy Brown, Turner Jackson, Tuxx the GoBoi with Namm and more. The voting process closed on August 1st after a two month long nomination process which included input from various committee members from the community. (Note: Both Ru Black and Nicole Cormier from HHRC were on the committee). The 5280 Urban Music Awards is put on by Entertainment by 1600, a promotion and event production house which specializes in this particular event yearly. ...

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Lord of the Microphone: The Multi-faceted Emcee


HipHopRollCall has run through DJing, breaking, and graffiti in the Mile High, highlighting our collective talent in these original pillars of hip-hop. These elements have been called the “core four,” so it’s time to round this shit out with the fourth pillar: hip-hop’s front man, the emcee. This month we’re examining components of emceeing through the eyes of various rappers within the community. They step off the stage and out of the booth to explain their experience in different aspects of the game; what’s worked for them and what hasn’t, what they love and what they can’t stand, and what they’ve learned about the craft that they’re addicted to. (Jump to the individual categories) Master of Ceremonies Writing Freestyle Image Live Shows Battle Touring Recording Message Promotion This piece was written and researched by Ru Black, Rachel Chesbrough and Nicole Cormier. Master of Ceremonies Being an emcee, means a lot of things, but where the name, and concept came from ...

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Myke Charles – Flight Plan

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As someone who never really connected with Myke Charles’ music even back to his Fresh Breath Committee days, it’s strange that it would take a mixtape to finally build the affinity. Rather than the absent-minded, party music of a traditional mixtape, Myke Charles’ Flight Plan hosted by DJ Tech is personal, well-crafted and overall, an enjoyable trip. Typical for a mixtape, not every track stands out, yet not one of them misses the mark. Though the mixing is on point, DJ Tech’s additions are forgettable at best; letting the emcee shine on his own. Myke continues to grow and evolve as an artist, Flight Plan displays a variety of intonation and style throughout the tape’s 15 tracks. From travel, to sex, to fame, to loyalty, this tape has something that will appeal to each and every listener. Myke prepares for takeoff with “Flight,” a confident track which sort of plays his assertive flow against the soulful and soothing hook by ...

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Colorado Hip-Hop Had the Best Year Ever


‘Tis the season for list after list glorifying artists that were the “best” of the past year.  Rather than jumping on that bandwagon we decided to go about it a little differently. Remember the VH1 show “The Best Week Ever”?   Probably not, but regardless  2012 was a big year for many Colorado artists but there were several names that continued to pop up on marquees, in magazines or blogs and repetitively sounding off in our headphones.  Following, in no particular order are the artists that we couldn’t stop hearing about, and from the looks of it, 2012 was their best year ever. Editors Note: If you have any suggestions or people you think we missed please leave their info in the comments section.  Mid-month we will write a follow up piece, if necessary, with any we may have forgotten. The Foodchain The Foodchain is no doubt reveling in the success that 2012 brought for them.  At SXSW last March they ...

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The 20 Sexiest in Colorado Hip-Hop


Hip-hop is, and always has been, as much about the art of style as a culture of expression. Rappers, deejays, producers and the like are tasked with being ahead of trends, maintaining an artful stature, and executing innovative ideas, all while looking good. Here in Denver, the city is growing steadily into a metropolis of music led by some of the dopest rhyme writers and sound creators. It just so happens to be that many of them are great to look at. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we like what we see. Happy New Year, here’s the 20 sexiest hip-hop aficionados in the town. Myke Charles –Beyond the fact that he can sing effortlessly and rap like a word fiend, Myke Charles’ swag is through the roof. His posture is almost presidential, his appearance above reproach and his smile, devastating. Myke’s new record Flight Plan is coming out in early January. Check for it. Thank us ...

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The Foodchain Talks Headlining Shows and Roster Changes


At the Bluebird on December 20th, The Foodchain played their first headlining show and graciously shared the stage with  J. Carey, Myke Charles, Spoke In Wordz, and super producer 9th Wonder. The Foodchain struggled a little getting the sound technicians to hit them right in the beginning, but they handled that as they do everything these days; like veterans. Their confidence and professionalism make it hard to believe that this was their first headlining gig. But there were indeed more people than usual taking pictures of the lit up marquee that Thursday night, no doubt remembering when this group came out just a few years ago, happy to see that name in the big letters already. FL chopped it up with us after the show, breaking down “The Foodchain hustle” that they owe it all to. HipHopRollCall.com (Rachel Chesbrough): You just finished your first headlining gig, how are you feeling and what do you think this says about the group ...

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Fo Chief – Out the Deep End

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If you’re looking to listen to something that sounds like no album ever made before, then we have the LP for you. Out the Deep End is Fo Chief’s (of Fresh Breath Committee) collaboration with Rhode Island producer, Majestic Beats and also his first solo project.  From slow introspective tracks to warp speed, bass heavy bangers, Majestic Beats’ style is all over the place. Luckily, Fo Chief has no problem staying on beat regardless of the beat makers’ inherent unpredictability.  Fo Chief has a unique voice and an on point internal metronome, making every verse he graces fun to listen to. The composition of Out the Deep End is as chaotic as the beat selection, with no obvious story-line or flow from track to track.  The album would sound the same if played as is or put on shuffle.  Fortunately, some of the songs are so solid that the transitions make no difference. The first track, “Word Vomit,” has one of the ...

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Myke Charles on “The Sing Off,” Flight Plan and Rolling Solo


December 20th at the Bluebird saw performances from J. Carey, Myke Charles and Spoke In Wordz, a DJ set from super producer 9th Wonder, and a headlining act from The Foodchain. Myke had a sparse crowd to contend with as the place didn’t really pack in until later on, but you wouldn’t know it watching him perform with Spoke in Wordz. Each displayed their trademark high energy, magnetism, and showmanship throughout the set. We caught up with Myke afterwards to talk about his stellar year following the national success Urban Method saw on “The Sing Off.”  He was happy to talk about where he’s been – even more so to talk about where he’s going. HipHopRollCall.com (Rachel Chesbrough): During one of your first televised interviews for “The Sing Off” you explained that there wasn’t really any emcee from your city that had blown up on a national scale, and that you wanted to be that dude. Do you feel like you ...

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The Run Down: December 2012


The last month of the year had its highs and lows, but what else would you expect from the supposed last month of human existence. We survived the end of the world   Thawt for Food release party   Night at The Bluebird People Under The Stairs with Prime Element Sandy Hook Massacre

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The Foodchain headlines The Bluebird on December 20th


The Foodchain, one of Denver’s premier live performance bands released a track a week over the course of the summer in collaboration with KMG Studios. Foodchain’s “Summer Series,” featured pretty much everything you could imagine from the band. The series featured the super laid back smoker’s anthem “Young Amsterdam,” and a number of other joints that showed the outfit’s progression. In a move that continues to set the band apart from other independent acts in the area, The Foodchain (C-1, F.L., Mic Coats, ChampSoundKillaBlack, Mo Heat, Mass Prod, and new drummer Rob Turner) will headline a live show just in time for the holidays at The Bluebird Theatre on December 20th with a feature DJ performance from super producer 9th Wonder. The Foodchain says this is an excellent opportunity to highlight the summer series and ready the fans for new projects from the group in the new year. “Working on the summer series with KMG, we realized how much we’ve grown as a ...

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