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CRL CRRLL – “Cheers”

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When you hear the name The Solution, it probably evokes visions of rigorous dancing, upbeat and unique musical selection, and an eclectic crowd. And all of that is true. When you hear CRL CRRLL you may see images of cool light shows, a smooth vocal range and intricate beats, which is also true. Put all of that together and you have “Cheers.” When shooting videos to accompany a track as familiar and specific as “Cheers,” why look any further than the parties that inspired it. The gang took the feel good single, collaborated with Black Sock Productions and Jonathan Martin and shot a video at The Solution and Goodness, including both live shots and photos from The Solution photographer, Armando Geneyro (@knoweroftheledge). Why is this such a great video? Well, besides the fact that you’re probably in it, it embodies that feeling, you know the one, where everyone knows your name… “Cheers” is a single off of the forthcoming The ...

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The 2014 Solution Beat Battle Recap

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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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#TheSolution7: A Month-long Celebration

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February marks an important time for Colorado hip hop, the Meadowlark, and DJs Low Key and Lazy Eyez, it’s the seventh anniversary of The Solution. Over the last seven years The Solution has changed venues, switched up DJs and has gained traction as the favorite Friday night dance party. Throughout the month of February, starting tonight, there will be seven events to commemorate the occasion. Let’s go through them, shall we? 1 The Solution’s 7 Year Anniversary Party DJ Low Key, Lazy Eyez & Sounds Supreme, art by Karma Leigh & Michael Coriano and more. Friday, February 7 | The Meadowlark (2701 Larimer St.) | 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Free until 11 | $5 after | 21+ The first event marks the actual anniversary of The Solution and this party will boast music provided by DJ Low Key and DJ Lazy Eyez and a very special guest DJ, Sounds Supreme, which is only appropriate as he and DJ Low Key ...

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An Insane Weekend of Hip-Hop

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This weekend (and before and after) Colorado has an insane amount of live hip-hop going on.  With one, two and sometimes three shows per night there are options, many options to get out and about. So, should you brave the impending cold here are some of the things you could, and should be doing. THURSDAY Snowdown 2014 (Juicy J and more) It’s SIA week, or Snowsports Industries America convention for the noobs. And each year there is an epic winter party to commemorate the week called Snowdown. This year the event is presented by The Collective 360 & Frosted Leaf at the Fillmore. In an interesting match up of styles you can witness, Juicy J, RL Grime, SALVA , Bass Physics, hosted by Jack Da Ripper. Check www.SNOWDOWNsia.com for more info or tickets or check the FB invite. Free4All Volume 4 (Ghostface, ASAP Ferg, Crizzley and more) Each year for the last four, Ink Monstr has been giving Denver an amazing opportunity to see live music, rub shoulders with awesome people and have ...

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Weekend Planning: Art shows, Birthdays and Hip-Hop

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If we can just make it through the week, this weekend is looking to be a good one. Of course, I’m a little biased, because this is my birthday weekend. Coincidentally, there are some really great events that will be going down that I wanted to highlight.  As always, check out the HHRC calendar to pre-plan your weekend. Friday Chubby Robot has become synonymous with the innovative and awesome events he throws. Much like his 8bit Video Game show, his latest show, Gutter Kids, inspired by the Garbage Pail Kids is yet again setting the bar for creative and fun events. Opt Won, the curator knows his events speak for themselves. “Anything I do with Chubby Robot, I try to make sure it is so unique no one will ever be able to duplicate it.” This event, which goes down Friday, August 2nd at Buffalo Exchange (51 Broadway) from 6-11 p.m. features many artists interpretations of themselves as a “Gutter ...

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Party and Bullshit; Denver’s Latest and Greatest Recurring Music Nights

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For music fans, finding the right local events can be tough. Weeding through the wackness is exhausting enough for even the most dedicated heads. Luckily for you, we went and did some of the leg work for you (I drink whiskey neat if you feel compelled to thank me next time you see me out). These are some of our favorite recurring events in Denver, broken down by theme…check ’em out!   Hip-Hop – The Solution Every Friday night at the Meadowlark, The Solution lives up to its tagline, “The best in hip-hop and a whole lot more.” DJ Low Key and Lazy Eyez have crafted an event that lives comfortably inside the realm of quality hip-hop, and still manages to always incorporate artists and records that are mere relatives of the genre. The flawless blend of music packs the dance floor with the eclectic mix of attendees, the DJs are consistently the cream of the damn crop, and every ...

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The Run-Down: February

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Doesn’t it always seem like the shortest month of the year is the busiest? February 2013 was no exception. We all were (and are) so swamped that we are still working on March’s issue at this moment. That said, I still made time to share my highlights for the month with you, I hope your month’s were half as fun. Oh Joey. Joey Blast joins Facebook and promptly alienates more than one rapper,  earning himself a block or two and causing his editor to apologize for his ass. Would I normally put a writer on blast like this, hell no. But when someone decides to remain anonymous while making fun of others, they deserve a little  heckling in return.   Rhyme Progression turns 21. Though I’d only heard murmurs about this cat before this show, none of the nearly entire HHRC team were disappointed (see our mini review here). I enjoyed the fresh new line-up and the preciousness of a novice ...

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Recap: The Solution Beat Battle

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To any appreciator of a dope beat and the art of beat-making it’s always a pleasure to attend any showcase of these usually behind the scenes innovators. Beat battles which have been popping up more and more lately, add some competition to the display. This, not only encourages top notch work, but pushes these often behind the scenes cats to the forefront. On 2.27.13 at Beauty Bar, The Solution Beat Battle went down and not only showcased a bunch of talent, it also introduced the scene to a few new producers. Besides the battle, the stage was blessed by:  Dag Savage (Exile & Johaz), BK Beats, Fast4Ward, Boonie Mayfield, surprise guest Von Pea (who Exile pulled up to rap with him and Johaz), Lazy Eyez, Sounds Supreme, and DJ Low Key. Enjoy the coverage below via a barrage of media. We have included the brackets, photos of the event (by Tim McClanahan), a video of round one (by Live Life Films), ...

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[CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: Show Tickets and Denver Diggers Fitted

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For it’s sixth anniversary The Solution, as tradition has dictated, is in the process of throwing six events to celebrate. With three down and three to go, on deck is The 2013 Solution Beat Battle at Beauty Bar on 2/27.  Beyond the, no doubt, competitive battle there will also be live performances by Dag Savage (Exile & Johaz), BK Beats, Fast Forward, Boonie Mayfield, and of course, DJ Low Key and Sounds Supreme. Next up is the recently rescheduled and highly anticipated, Sound College x The Solution celebrate J Dilla on 2/28 at Unit E (1201 Santa Fe). The tribute to the late and great Jay Dee will be played via a video tribute by DJ Check One, a beat set by Big J Beats, a vinyl 7″ donut sample set by Brik-A-Brak, DJ sets by DJ Low Key, DJ SD and DJ Chonz, and live instrumentals by Casey Sidwell and Dameion Hines. This loaded line-up all coming together for the ...

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The Solution

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The Denver Solution‘s weekly revival took place on February 8, 2013 at the Meadowlark with the celebration of many hip-hoppers birthdays including (but not limited to), Xencs L. Wing, Bravo (One Eyed Kings), Karina, Blake, DJ Psycho and our very own Joseph Atencio. The tiny venue was packed all night, which made obtaining a drink at the minimally staffed bar a challenge. The varied birthday folks and their liquor-buying friends (is there any other kind?) could be caught lined up at any point throughout the night, prepared to order impressive amounts of amber colored shots . The slow bar situation probably made the Meadowlark miss out on some cash, but at least it kept us all from waking up with no memory of the night. The tables were graced by the likes of Lazy Eyez, DJ Izer, DJ Low Key, Sounds Supreme and DJ Vajra (Chris Karns). Each DJ played upon their own signature styles and tastes, while still catering to the crowd. Throughout the ...

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