TRAP SHOW IN THE PLAY CIRCLE – DJ Sidereal w/ Soundkill3r and Zendro

Do you like hard-hitting, loud, bass-in-your-face trap and hip-hop? Then don’t miss out on this Saturday’s show in the Play Circle Theater! This weekend we have DJ Sidereal along with Soundkill3r and Zendro playing a FREE trap show that’s sure to get the whole building crackin’.

At just 18 years old, Minnesota native DJ Sidereal is taking the world of hip-hop by storm. Having survived brain surgery at the age of 11, Sidereal turned to his passion for music and has been relentlessly pursuing his dreams ever since. Opening for rappers Macklemore, B.o.B, Mike Stud, G-Eazy, Waka Flocka Flame and many more has earned him a reputation as one of hip-hop’s most exciting DJs to watch. Sidereal brings a wild energy to every single show; known for crowdsurfing, confetti cannons and spraying champagne on stage. Playing at every major venue in his home town of Minneapolis has given Sidereal the chance to prove himself as a top-notch performer, earning him a spot on the Paid Dues tour and at Rock The Bells in 2012 in San Bernadino, CA. This exposure has earned him sponsorships from both G-Pen and Young & Reckless, along with the release of his clothing line and a number of hit singles that have reached the top 20 on the indie hip-hop charts. Check out his new mini-film about his journey from Tragedy to Triumph:

 

 

Don’t forget to arrive at 8pm to catch Soundkill3r and Zendro! Both student artists here at UW, these DJs are bringing their A-game along with sets full of hard-hitting trap to get the crowd turnt up. Soundkill3r has been producing electronic music since his teenage years, earning him opening slots at Segredo for artists like Cedric Gervais as well as a headlining his own club shows. He’s known for expertly mixing various genres of EDM, crafting sets that get crowds off their feet and lost in the music. You don’t want to miss Soundkill3rs live show this weekend! Head over to his facebook page and hit that like button! https://www.facebook.com/Soundkill3r

 

 

Zendro will be getting the night started with a set full of heavy trap beats that would make Gucci Mane quiver in fear. Also a student at UW, Zendro has been honing his production skills for a number of years. If you like heavy bass and trap, get to the show at 8pm to catch Zendro! Check out his page here: https://www.facebook.com/Zendro

 

 

TRAP SHOW IN THE PLAY CIRCLE

Saturday, November 15th from 8-11:30pm

DJ Sidereal with Special Guests Soundkill3r and Zendro

Located in the Frederic March Play Circle Theater on the second floor of Memorial Union

ITS FREE!!

Getting Cosmic with Hurt Everybody

This Friday, Chicago based rap duo Hurt Everybody will be taking over The Sett with UW’s own Lord of The Fly and CRASHprez. Ever since they began dropping tracks almost every week on Soundcloud, Hurt Everybody have quickly become one of rap’s most fascinating and experimental artists to watch. Formed in early 2014, Hurt Everybody is comprised of 17 year old rapper Carl, 24 year old rapper Supa Bwe, and recently added 19 year old producer Mulatto Beats. Their sound is often described as “cosmic rap” – a mixture of spacey-sounding beats and lyrics that cover everything from space goddesses and DMT trips gone wrong. This summer they dropped the Hurt Everybody EP, their first project to be released for free download. With such a short history as a group, Hurt Everybody has developed a surprisingly dedicated fanbase. The reason? Because people care what these guys have to say. When asked “Why Hurt Everybody?”, rapper Carl responded – “Because change is uncomfortable, and we’re forcing it”. It’s clear that Hurt Everybody are ready to blow up, and they’re perfectly aware of it. This won’t be a show you want to miss!

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Don’t forget to get there early to catch Lord of The Fly and CRASHprez! Daniel Leonard and Michael Penn II, better known by their rap monikers Lord of The Fly and CRASHprez respectively, are rappers who recently have garnered a rather impressive local buzz. Students at UW themselves, they have performed at Madison’s annual Revelry and FreakFest festivals, as well as a number of local shows. Most recently, they hosted a basement show themed around breakfast food (keg included, of course!). These two are some of the most talented and hard-working lyricists I’ve heard recently. Come check them out this Friday at The Sett and SUPPORT LOCAL HIP-HOP!!

 

WUD Music Presents: Hurt Everybody w/ Lord of The Fly and CRASHprez

Friday, November 7th at The Sett

Doors 9pm, Show at 9:30

ITS FREE!!

JUST ANNOUNCED: Dizzy Wright w/ Jarren Benton, 12/5 @ Union South

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Independent Hip-Hop heads rejoice! We are proud to present Funk Volume rappers Dizzy Wright and Jarren Benton as a dynamic duo that is ready to help Madison students finish their fall semester with a bang.

Equal parts hard and chill, Dizzy Wright comes out of Las Vegas, Nevada, and has been establishing his own sound since he signed to L.A. rapper Hopsin’s independent record label, Funk Volume.Through his hustle, he earned himself a spot in XXL Magazine’s 2013 Freshman Class. His latest project, State of Mind, is a seven-song EP that dropped in April and peaked at 54 on the Billboard 200. You can listen to State of Mind via Spotify below.

Hailing from Decatur Georgia, Jarren Benton brings an entirely different vein of hip hop with his sound. With influences coming from both Eminem and Outkast, Jarren looks to maintain elements from the mainstream and inject his own element of crazy simultaneously. Benton’s hustle earned him a 2014 Freshman Class designation from XXL, and has most recently been sharing new music every week of #BlackOctober.

If you’re going to take time away from studies before midterms get real, this show is where you’ll want to be to set the weekend off right. See you at Union South!

WUD Music Presents: Dizzy Wright w/Jarren Benton
Date: Friday, December 5th
Time: Doors @ 8:00PM, Show @ 9:00PM
Tickets: $15
Day of Show: $18

Tickets are available to ALL Madison students and Union Members. They can be purchased at box offices in Memorial Union and East Campus Mall or online here: http://bit.ly/DizzyTix

This Saturday: Revelry Music and Arts Festival!

With Coachella out of the way, festival season is officially now in full bloom. So, why not kick off your summer with UW Madison’s own premiere music and arts festival–Revelry!

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So why should you go? With five days remaining till the event, here are five reasons why:

1. You’re already a fan of the free shows WUD Music puts on every weekend in the Sett and Rathskeller. But do you realize that Revelry doesn’t last a mere three hours but rather is a rockin’ all-day-and-all-night festival?!**

*12:00PM-10:00PM to be precise

**Who says the party stops at 10? It’s Saturday night people!

2.  Dillon Francis. Waka Flocka Flame. Sky Ferreira. And a sh*t ton of other cool people:

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3… And if you have no idea who any of those people are, you should definitely come because you’ll discover new music! Not to mention you’ll gain some street cred with all the hipsters in your bio class

4.  You’re broke or your friends are too cheap? Student tickets are $5. You paid $250 for Lollapalooza. Do I need to haggle you more?!

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5. If you really need a better reason, then think about how epic it is spending the entire day parting with your fellow badgers?! Food, Music, Drinks, and Art?!

*5.5 And for those of you worried about the chance of rain on Saturday, all I have to say is: 1. It’s April.. 2. Put on your wellies and rain slickers and pretend like you’re at Britain’s coolest festival, Glastonbury (where it rains like every freaking year).

935644_546344705409233_303141046_nWe’ll see you kids this Saturday at Revelry! Get ready to “revel on their level.” More info can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and their site.

 

 

Saturday in Der Rath: No Bird Sing w/ deM atlaS & Max Meridius

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* The start time of this show has been pushed back from 9:30 to 10 PM.*

If you’ve spend any amount of time with me (on the blog or in *GASP* the real, live, actual world), you’ve probably figured out that I’m slightly obsessed with midwest hip-hop. So naturally, this Saturday is an exciting one for me.

No Bird Sing is making their triumphant return to Madison, this time playing at Der Rathskeller after opening for Dessa at the Sett this past fall. They’re a socially conscious hip-hop group consisting of a drummer/producer (Graham O’Brien), a guitarist/producer (Robert Mulrennan), and an emcee (Joe Horton), repping the FIX Artist Collective out of Minneapolis. Most recently, they’ve been on the road with Atmosphere, Strange Famous labelmate Toki Wright, and the newest addition to the Rhymesayers roster, deM atlaS (more on him later), on the Welcome to Minnesota tour, where they got the chance to exhibit their unique style to packed houses across the frozen north.

Their sound, “ranging from stark minimalism to lush expansiveness”, cuts through crowds with an intense, concentrated power that makes people shut up and listen. Their newest album, Definition Sickness, dropped November of this year, featuring guest spots from FIX cohorts (Kristoff Krane), SFR artists (Sage Francis), and other acclaimed Minneapolis musicians (Aby Wolf and Sadistik).

And speaking of acclaimed Minneapolis musicians, deM atlaS. After signing to Rhymesayers this fall and immediately joining the Welcome to Minnesota tour, he’s generated some considerable buzz, and for good reason. After dropping his Charle Brwn EP in early 2013, everyone took notice of his fast paced, wildly energetic delivery and lyrics describing his feelings of kinship with cartoon character Charlie Brown.

UW’s own Max Meridius will open the show up. Check out his newest single, Heir on iTunes, or Olympians, a cut from his upcoming Elysium mixtape, featuring campus favorite CRASHprez.

Call it a brain trust, call it a party, call it a rap show, but whatever you call it, you’re going to want to get to the Ratheksller on Saturday to see of some of the midwest’s best hip-hop. Show starts at 10 PM and as always, IT’S FREE.

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Saturday Night at The Sett: Taylor Bennett w/ Mick Jenkins and Saba

All the press indicates that Taylor Bennett is going to be hip hop’s next big thing (as soon as he graduate high school). And it’s no wonder-this wunderkind is the Chance the Rapper’s younger brother.

While Taylor Bennett’s vocals bear a striking resemblance to the acid rapper, his lyrical themes take on a slightly more aggressive tone. Listen for yourself:

Here are a few things you should know about Taylor:

  • He’s from Chicago, and his older brother Chance helped take care of him for a few years when their father moved to Washington D.C.
  • His mixtape is available for free (click here)
  • He’s releasing a new album later this year called The Taylor Bennett Show.
  • He looks just like Chance: download (2)
  • Of course, he’s listed in the Top 21 Rappers Under 21 list

Mick Jenkins is a fellow Chicago rapper. His music is incredibly raw and lyrical:

His mixtape is also available for free (click here).

Saba is another Chicago rapper, and a member of Chicago rap collective Pivot Gang. He’s also featured on the Chance the Rapper song “Everybody’s Something”:

The show is free, and it’s going to be sick. There’s no reason not to come and party with WUD Music and the next Chicago rap prodigy, Taylor Bennett. The show starts at 9:30. We’ll see you there!

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Sound of the Funky Drummer

Hip-hop owes Clyde Stubblefield a debt of gratitude–as well as millions in royalties.

It all started with a classic James Brown tune, a loose jam that sounded almost impromptu, but given Brown’s infamous perfectionism, was probably very well rehearsed. After a long series of nonsense lyrics and improvisations laid over a smooth, honeydew groove, Brown told his group to “lay out and let the drummer go,” which may have been music’s version of “let there be light.” For a brief moment, it was as if the waters of sound had parted to reveal the pure essence of funk. Even the Godfather himself was in awe. “The name of this tune is the Funky Drummer.”

About two decades later, the sound of the Funky Drummer would reemerge as the backbeat for hip-hop’s golden age. B-boys breaked (broke?) to the beat, MCs freestyled over it, and DJs sampled it over and over and over again. Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Eric B. and Rakim, N.W.A., Biz Markie, the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J–the list goes on for miles and includes just about every name in hip-hop’s hall of fame. The Funky Drummer break is one of if not the most sampled beat in music, and one could make the claim that it has been more important to the genre of hip-hop than any rapper or DJ.

But what of the Funky Drummer himself, Clyde Stubblefield? In the 44 years since he laid down his historic beat, Stubblefield has not received a penny from the myriad artists that have profited from it. This is not necessarily a legal matter–as a session drummer, Stubblefield was never entitled to royalties–but it is troubling nonetheless. Stubblefield has now lived in Madison for over 40 years; until recently, he had played weekly shows with his band at the Frequency. In 2009, Stubblefield was hospitalized with kidney failure, forcing him to go on dialysis. Although royalties would help pay his medical bills, Stubblefield has said that the lack of recognition hurts more than the money. One thing is certain: whether it comes in the form of a check or a shout-out, it’s about time that hip-hop gave the drummer some.

Here’s five examples of the Funky Drummer break in action:

“Funky Drummer”

The original James Brown number was first released as a single in 1970, but it wasn’t put on an album until 1986, shortly before it was rediscovered by the hip-hop community.

“South Bronx”

Boogie Down Productions made this foundational diss track as a counter to MC Shan’s “The Bridge.” One of the first of many important hip-hop tracks to employ Stubblefield’s break.

“Lyrics of Fury”

Probably the most conspicuous usage of the Funky Drummer came in this furious battle track from Eric B. and Rakim. The greatest rapper of all time goes toe-to-toe with the beat in a way that only he can.

“Fight the Power”

Chuck D evokes the “sound of the Funky Drummer” right from the start of this iconic track. Public Enemy was possessed by the break, also sampling it on “Bring the Noise” and “Rebel Without a Pause.”

“Mama Said Knock You Out”

LL Cool J’s ferocious don’t-call-it-a-comeback comeback track puts Stubblefield’s break into overdrive. Like Public Enemy, LL utilized the Funky Drummer multiple times; it also features on “The Boomin’ System,” another stellar track from the same album.

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