And with the move to a bigger stage and bigger venue for The Solution Showcase #14, it’s only right that we kick things off with a double feature of out of town talent to commemorate things; so we decided to bring out Solution favorite and modern day rap great Blu (who actually rocked at the party a few months after we launched back in 2007, right as Below The Heavens was dropping) and exceptional LA duo TiRon & Ayomari, who packed the house at The Solution Showcase #1 and have steadily been releasing great music since. This month’s featured Denver act is recently formed CO supergroup Fly4Wird (aka Babah Fly, DJ Fast 4Ward & Mike Wird) and our featured producer is 2013 Solution Beat Battle winner Spyda T.E.K., who blew a lot of Denver heads away en route to winning the 2013 title. Solution co- founder DJ Low Key & Welcome to the D.O.P.E. Game’s DJ Dozen will be holding down the turntables for the night and our friends at Red Bull are hooking up the first 50 people through the door with complimentary new Red Bull Editions. $8 pre-sales at the weekly Solution via DJ Low Key or Lazy Eyez or at any Family Affair / $10 at the door / 21+.
UPDATE: We’re excited to be adding Solution co-founder Sounds Supreme and acclaimed visual artist Joseph Martinez to the lineup for the night. Sounds will be rocking early in the night to help kick things off and Joseph will be painting what we can only imagine to be a masterpiece live at the show, plus he’ll have some great prints available too. Head over to JosephMrtnz.com for more info on one of our favorite artists in town and make sure you come out early to see the whole process unfold.
Denver, you probably already know Fo Chief. Or maybe you know his crew, Fresh Breath Committee. Best known as a member of the FBC collective, Fo Chief has been putting it down for years but just recently started getting into solo projects as well. Just recently he dropped the Airbag Jones EP and tomorrow he drops his official solo debut album, Out The Deep End, just in time to perform some of the new songs at this month’s Solution Showcase #11, so we’re gonna focus on that. Based on “Chapters 12″, the song he just sent us to leak, the album’s gonna be one of the better CO hip hop releases of the year. Take a quick listen to it below or right/control click to download it.
Now that you’ve had a taste, here’s more info about Fo Chief’s upcoming debut album, Out The Deep End:
Out The Deep End is the debut solo album from Fo Chief of Fresh Breath Committee and produced by Majestic Beats of Providence, Rhode Island. This lyrically impressive album has something for every music palette. Fo Chief shows that he can not only rhyme with the best of them, but can also nail the notes in each and every chorus on the album. The beats and production quality are outstanding. Majestic’s production skills match the soulful, darker overall vibe of the album seamlessly. This album is proof that it pays to cross state lines and engage with some of the best national talent. Out The Deep End comes on the heels of Chief’s mix tape “AirBag Jones – A Quick Fixtape.” Other previous projects include the Colorado classic mixtape “Cannonball Soup” with Kontrast of the Fresh Breath Committee, “Nothing Else Matters” with ProCYSE of Soulfficial and recent 2011 FBC release “Group Therapy”. Out The Deep End is the first Colorado collaboration project for both Fo Chief and Majestic Beats. Majestic Beats has produced for some of Rhode Island’s finest emcees including Swann Notty, Miles Grimes, Writes, & Shay Witty, not to mention production on the award winning track “Letras” from Portuguese rap legend Sandro G, which continues to break records in the Azores & Portugal. Although as an entity the Fresh Breath Committee has produced amazing content, it’s always very refreshing to see a group artist step away from the pack and shine on their own. This album also proves that Fo Chief has the support of his committee behind him, as each member of the group appears in several of the album’s tracks. The album also features several non committee and former committee artists as well, such as ChampSoundKillaBlack of Foodchain, Kerz One of Sound Pictures, Sloe Sip and Myke Charles. 2012 has proved to be a prolific year for Fo Chief and 2013 should be even better. Look for a video set to be released early 2013 with production by Press Media Group and a second solo album from Fo Chief as well. Rumor has it that Cannonball Soup II is in the works. We can only hope. Out The Deep End will be released for free download on Friday, December 21st at www.fochief.bandcamp.com. Catch Fo Chief performing live at The Solution Saturday, December 21st. For more information, visit www.denversolution.com. All Fo Chief and Fresh Breath Committee projects are available on www.freshbreathcommittee.bandcamp.com. Majestic beats music is available at www.soundcloud.com/majestic-beats.
SATURDAY, 12/22 -> After featuring “Hov’s fav cat”/Questlove protege Danny! at last month’s Solution Showcase, we’re back at it with another ridiculously talented new artist who’s been racking up praise from legends and an extra thick lineup to celebrate the showcase’s one year anniversary (thanks for helping us make it happen Denver!!!). This month’s Solution Showcase #11 features Atlanta-based Q-Tip/No I.D. protegeSpree Wilson, CO production legendBoonie Mayfield, Fresh Breath Committee’s Fo Chief, eclectic producer/DJ Neon Brown and all three Solution DJs; DJ Low Key, Sounds Supreme & Lazy Eyez. Catch this stacked lineup at the Meadowlark as we celebrate one year of bringing out the best in up & coming and CO-based hip hop acts to Denver each month. $5 pre-sale tickets are available at all 3 Family Affair locations and get you 15% off your entire purchase, perfect for holiday shopping. Otherwise, it’s only an $8 cover to catch 7 top notch acts at an award-winning venue. 2701 Larimer St / 21+ / Doors at 9pm.
Denver, meet ATLien Spree Wilson. We first heard of Spree a few years back when he dropped “Word!” with one of his mentors No I.D. (video below) because well, we’ll check out anything No I.D. produces based on his work with Common, Jay-Z and such, not to mention the mentoring of his most infamous protege, Kanye West. It took me a minute to get used to Spree’s voice and No I.D.’s strangely electronic beat but it grew on me, just as I was hearing other work of his pop up on albums/mixtapes with Novel and DJ Deckstream and realizing the full on scope of dude’s talent. From there we heard a few more solo joints, “Pick You Apart” and some leaks from his critically acclaimedThe Never Ending Now project which became staples in DJ sets at The Solution and while Low Key DJed at Guess.
Above: “Right One, Wrong Time”, one of our 2012 favorites. /// Below: Very dope video for Spree Wilson feat Novel “King Sh*t (The Answer)”.
Next thing I know I’m seeing Q-Tip shouting out Spree Wilson left and right, mentioning they’re working together some and talk of Spree linking up with the likes of Outkast producers extraordinaires Organized Noise and The Flush, as well as G.O.O.D. music. Spree did in fact link up with Kanye and crew, with writing credits on the Cruel Summer album plus six more yet to be released songs (!!!!!), as well as getting some work on the upcoming Cee-Lo and Theophilus London projects. Then just a few weeks back, Spree dropped the ATL-bass inspired super JAM, “Right One, Wrong Time”, that we can’t stop playing, making now a great time to have him out for The Solution Showcase.
Above: Spree Wilson “Word!” (produced by No I.D.) /// Below: “Sin City”, John Legend, Travis Scott, Teyana Taylor, CyHi Da Prynce & Malik Yusef “Sin City”, co-written by Spree Wilson.
SATURDAY, 11/22 -> After taking a bye month for the South Broadway Soundclash/Halloween in October, The Solution Showcase is back to bring you another stacked lineup of hip hop at the award-winning Meadowlark (2701 Larimer St). The Solution Showcase #10 features Danny! aka Danny Swain aka “Hov’s fav cat.” (c) Questlove as our of town act, fresh off the release of his critically acclaimed Payback album on Okayplayer Records (with cameos from everybody from Blu to Lil B to Tanya Morgan to Swizz Beats to El-P to Phonte). Very dope singer/sometimes rapperJ. Carey is our featured CO artist for the month and The D.O.P.E. Game’s Infamous Jones is our featured producer, while The Solution’s own DJ Low Key and Lazy Eyez hold things down with the best in hip hop & more on the turntables. Don’t miss a chance to catch this crazy lineup for only $5 via pre-sale (plus 15% off your purchase) at any of the Family Affair locations or just $8 at the door. Starts at 9pm / 21+.
BrandUn DeShay is a classic double threat, having released numerous critically acclaimed mixtapes as an MC/producer while also doing beats for the likes of Dom Kennedy, Curren$y, Danny Brown, Von Pea, Mac Miller, Sir Michael Rocks (of the Cool Kids) & others. Having come up in the group Paradox, Bianca Mikahn has been rocking mics on the Denver circuit with the Mercury Sauce collective for years, making quite a name for herself in the usually male-driven hip hop scene. Black Jordan, who’ll be celebrating the release of his Basement Instinct beat tape at the party, blew us away with his music at The Solution Beat Battle earlier this year and we’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to feature his production at the showcase ever since. You probably already know about DJ Low Keyand Lazy Eyez if you’re reading this, but if not, we’ve both been pushing quality hip hop for years in Denver, trying to make the kind of events we’d like to go to happen, while winning an award or two in the process.
Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with someone on the bill, a big part of The Solution Showcase is about discovering dope new music and we’ll be linking up music, videos and more info on all the artists as we get closer to the party. So stay tuned to DenverSolution.com to learn more about the performers and hopefully we’ll see you on 8/25! 21+ /// $5 Pre-sales now available at all three Family Affair locations & get you 15% off your entire purchase /// $8 at the door /// Doors at 9.
Summer is officially ballcap season and to celebrate me and Frank151 are giving away a dozen super fresh Denver Diggers New Era fitteds. Every week we’ll be giving away a Diggers fitted to the person who takes the best Instagram photo of a DJ Low Key party (whether it’s Goodness, The Solution, Fifty/50, The Solution Showcase or a one-off). I’ll be periodically posting up the winners’ names at djlowkey.com after checking the hashtag #DenverDiggers every Monday (P.S. your Instagram stream must be public for your contest entry to be seen).
So come out and snap a flick, fix it up nice and proper in Instagram then add the #DenverDiggers hashtag for your chance to win. If you don’t already have it, get Instagram for your mobile phone for free here and good luck!
A few months back, 5280 Magazine published the list of the best bars in Denver and included The Meadowlark in their top spots for music. That wasn’t enough though, they published a picture of DJ Dozen from The Solution Showcase #1 along with the article to make it that much sweeter. I agree with them, the Meadowlark has been one of the best venues I’ve worked with! Catch The Solution Showcase once a month and Goodness on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays all Summer long at this fine, award-winning establishment. See you there!
Above: Add-2 “Luxury”, as featured on MTV, VH1 & MTVU’s Top 5 Freshmen /// Below: Add-2 feat. Deejay Juice (produced by 9th Wonder) “Going, Going Gone”
Chicago’s Add-2 caught our attention a few years back with the song “Luxury” from his Okayplayer and 2Dopeboyz-backed mixtape, Tale of Two’s City Vol. 3: The Rise & Fall with a very dope, classic Chi-town inspired flow a la Lupe on “Go Go Gadget Flow” or Twista/Do Or Die/Crucial Conflict aka some great rapping with a rare flow. That was just the tip of the iceberg though, we listened more and found out Add’s got a variety of top notch styles and great songs, racking up co-signs from a lot more than just us, with everyone from Common to Kendrick Lamar to the Roots to 9th Wonder (check out their collabs, “Going, Going Gone” and “Super-Genius”) praising his music.