Don’t miss HIP HOP Night @GABES
Saturday Feb. 2nd w/ Special Guests DRUG MUZIC & WDGAF MUSIC
also with Cinque and Faron Rush Hosted by DJ PAT
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sponsored by nationwidepromo.com
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DJ PAT, NationwidePromo.com, & Yacht Club Present:The 2nd Semester Back To School Bash
Come party big time at Iowa City Yacht Club on January 19th when we welcome all area students back for another semester. The event will be hosted by Dj Pat, who will be bringing in his Birthday (1/20) celebrating the BIG Quarter!!! . The party is scheduled from 9pm-2am and you must be at least 19 to get in. Only $5…..Invite your friends……..Tell Everybody!!!!
Special Performances by:
Vo Marley -@iamvomarley http://www.facebook.com/vomarley?fref=ts
Look out for XKLRadio The Mixtape coming soon…for more info email email@example.com
When you go out to the bars in Iowa City you mostly hear, classic rock, top 40 pop, commercial rap, or pop infused rap mixes. Most of the shows at the Iowa City performance venues like Blue Moose, Gabes’, and Yacht Club mostly have local electronic dub step Djs or alternative rock acts, if not a big name underground act is in town. Within the past two years, the Iowa City Hip Hop scene has emerged. Five years ago there were only a few local hip hop acts that had shows and a following, for example Mike Page and Zeaphy. However, since those two artists have moved away from Iowa City and occasionally visit to do a show, a new list of Iowa City hip-hop artists have been emerging.
Hip Hop acts like V.O marley, Bam Musik, Shakes, EmDuBai, WDGAF Music, Marq Divine, J Bizzle, and the list goes on. All these artists have been releasing mixtapes, videos on YouTube, doing their own shows and opening for big rap acts like Big Sean, Big Krit, Kid Ink, DJ Unk, Twista, Wiz Khalifa, Machine Gun Kelly, and more. Most of these are solo rappers who collaborate on tracks and embrace that it is a new hip hop scene in Iowa City. When artists Shakes was asked how do he stand out from other artists in the city, he said, “ It’s 9 billion people in the world right? If everyone be themselves, they’ll be unique…that’s what I do be myself”. “Even though there are a list of artists in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, each act literally has it own sound, and brand behind it,” said James the Barber, founder of Chop Shop Music.
The Hip Hop scene in Iowa City has got so big that music producer and promoter Tyrell Thornton opened up Elite Sound and Design Studios (ESD studios) downtown Iowa city in the heart of the pedmall. According the Thornton, He saw it as a good opportunity to also attract local artists and big name acts on the road to come get great quality studio sessions while traveling or touring through Midwest. Thornton and partner Andre Wright, owner of Tailgate Bar, opened the studio about three months ago and have been thriving with artists studio sessions everyday starting at $25 a hour. Wright is over the design part, which design and sell clothes, hats cards, websites, flyers, and more.
Another person behind the scenes involved with Iowa City Hip Hop is concert promoter Brandon Miller. Miller brought big names like Dj Unk, and Kid Ink, and managed acts like Bam, Zeaphy, and Mike Page who led them to open for Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Machine Gun Kelly, and more. Recently, he had a through the 1st Annual Iowa City Talent show, which had a list of performers and a huge freestyle cypher. “Its unreal like 5 years ago it wasn’t 20 rappers in the whole state, today its like 20 rappers in one show…” which he’s referring to the Talent showcase at Gabes in Iowa City. Miller who also partners with (ESD studios) stated that’s he working on bringing Twista in the spring and plan to start having Wasted Wednesdays’ at Gabes starting in January to allow more hip-hop and R&B to heard and seen in Iowa City. Its not just the new list of artists that adds to the hip hop scene, other contributors like DJ Pat and DJ Commando keep the state of Iowa fusing with good Hip Hop and & R&B in the club, Parties, concerts, mixtapes, and radio.
Today Iowa City can be taken seriously when it comes down to hip-hop, also becoming an official stop for several mainstream artists to visit. According to Miller ‘I can’t wait to see what happens next” For more info on the Iowa City Hip hop scene check out artists videos and music at www.xklradio.com and get a recording session started today at esdstudios.com
Iowa City Hip Hop on the RISE
Behind the scene look at the Iowa City Hip Hop Movement
Storified by DJ Pat Mr. Xklusive · Tue, Dec 11 2012 18:05:57
After opening for comedy headliner Paul Wiese at Iowa City’s Gabes Bar, upcoming comedy Darius Bowie gets personal during a one on one interview. Bowie explains why he got into comedy and shares where he might see himself in three years. Besides opening for Paul Wiese , Bowie has also opened for music acts such as DJ Unk, Mike Page, and is set to host for new hot upcoming rapper Kid Ink. Check out Bowie’s comedy in action on at his youtube channel and follow him on twitter @darius_bowie
Jay-Z Comes Home to repay a debt to Brooklyn” is an article found on nytimes.com that cover the first concert from Hip Hop Mogul Jay-Z on the opening night of brand new Barclay Center in Brooklyn. The Barclay Center is the new home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets formally the New Jersey Nets. Brooklyn native Jay-Z is the perfect candidate to open the Barclay Center giving that he’s a small owner of the team who adds to the branding of the team.
The concert is the first out of eight shows for Jay-Z at the Barclay center. The article describes the energy, activities, and details to the show including the constant tribute theme to Brooklyn. In addition to the article are map graphs of the Barclay arena inclu“ding the floor plans of the arena via the event. For example, a map if it was a concert, basketball game, or hockey. Its give an inside look including where special places of the arena. The article also has a slideshow of the opening night of the arena. The photos including outside view of arena with fans, protestors, police, a picture of the new team merchandise, a look at the sweets sold at the famous Brooklyn Junior’s restaurant, and of course of Jay-Z on stage.
This seems like a human interest piece, but also timely only because the Barclay center has recently opened and the NBA season has started with The Brooklyn Nets in full stride with a new team roster. The proximity is relevant to New Yorkers especially Brooklynites. This article effectively relevant to hip-hop fans that is inspire by Jay-Z. Who came from crime growing up to better himself and capitalize on what he learned in the past, in the streets, and become financially successful enough to add to his brand by help bring a team and arena to his home city.
by Patrick “DJ Pat” Shelton