The wait is over! See who is playing where at this year’s DURM Hip Hop Summit!!
PICK UP YOUR WRISTBANDS AUGUST 15TH & 16TH AT:
Boys and Girls! Children of ALL ages! It’s that time again, where you’re minds will be open and your shoulders will get a good workout becuase your hands are sure to be up atleast 300x!!!
The DURM Hip Hop Summit Concert Series, in its 4th installment, is proud Present The Queen City’s own, The Truth of QC! Headlining the event will be Durham’s own industrial strength duo, The Koolest!! Durham’s Lil’Bob Doe opens.
Location: Devines – 904 W. Main
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The Truth of QC
Blake “The Truth Of The QC” Rothmel is an amazing up-n-coming talent hailing from Charlotte NC. While his roots are based in hip-hop, Blake has a unique sound that blends many different styles of music which appeals to an extremely broad audience. He has been performing in and around the Charlotte area for 10 years and has played a wide selection of venues with a wide variety of top artists.
One of his most impressive talents is undoubtedly his writing method. Or more specifically, his “Non-Writing” Method. Rothmel says that he feels like a pen and pad bind him. “I feel like my songs are already written, just kind of floating around in little pieces. I just pace around the room and piece it together in my head,” says Rothmel.
A few months ago, Rothmel was featured on 95.1 Kiss FM’s “Otis O Show,” and his popularity has been growing steadily ever since. Rothmel has performed at some of Charlotte’s hottest clubs and music venues, such as Halo, BuckHead Saloon, Bad Dog’s University, Amos’ Southend and Tremont Music Hall. The Truth of the QC also auditioned for America’s Got Talent, performed at consecutive annual Inkfest Live events.
In 2007, Rothmel opened for KRS One at “For Sisters Only.” That same year, he won power 98’s “Next Big Thing” contest, and also acquired the first ever 10 out of 10 “Keep Its” on Power 98’s “Keep it or Sweep it.” In 2008, Rothmel opened for “Peter Frampton and 38 Special” in Nashville, TN. He also performed at two “Indie Music Expos” that had over five thousand people in attendance. A year later, in 2009, Rothmel was featured on DJ Tony Tone’s (Power 96 in Miami, FL) Mixtape which had over ten thousand copies distributed. During that same timeframe, Rothmel performed at numerous Clubs/Bars in South Florida.
In 2010, Rothmel spent two months recording “NameSake’s” Debut album with Famed Record Producer, James Paul Wisner (Dashboard Conf., New Found Glory, Underoath…) Recently, Rothmel was Nominated for two Carolina Music Awards, New Artist of The Year and Music Video of The Year. He also released an Independent Mixtape, “The Rhythm of My Life”
Growing up, Rothmel was always particularly drawn to music. He wrote his first rap when he was eight years old for a call in radio contest in FL. Inspired by “Outkast,” Rothmel started officially writing his own raps in the ninth grade. His unique sound can be compared to “Sublime,” “Lil Wayne,” and “Oukast,” “all mixed into one,” says Rothmel.
Venue Performances Include:
(Charlotte) Label – Osso – Halo – The Saloon – Amos’ Southend – Tremont Music Hall – Crown Station – BuckHead Saloon – Mynt Lounge – Bar Charlotte – The Comedy Zone – NV Lounge – The Evening Muse – Studio 74 Grady Cole Center – Charlotte Convention Center – Metrolina Expo Center
(Rock Hill) The Money – Pub House – Empire – Old Town – (Anual Fourth of July Festival)
(Wilmington) Laundro Lounge
Carnival Cruise (Freedom) Performed for 800-1000 people
(Austin) South By Southwest (SXSW)
Aside from dominant college sports teams and the legendary John Coltrane, North Carolina boasts another cool thing – The Koolest.
The duo, comprised of rappers Dan The Don and Dinero P, creates a freshly unique fusion of Hip-hop and R&B. Both attended Hillside High School in Durham, NC, never once interacting with one another.
While Dinero P cultivated his love for music, learning to play numerous instruments namely, guitar, piano, and synthesizer; Dan The Don looked for a way out of a gang-affiliated lifestyle that almost cost him his life several times. His escape route was lit upon realizing he could rap — well.
Upon graduating Living Arts College: School of Communication Arts, Dinero P came home to find his sister in a new relationship with a music-loving hip-hop addict who shared his first name, Daniel. They clicked, forming The Koolest. Dinero P infuses the rhythmic element of his birthplace; Brooklyn, NY and Dan The Don brings a southern energy, adding flare from his favorite West Coast and Midwest artists.
The Koolest has shared the stage with big name acts like, Juicy J, Pac Div, Ace Hood, Johnny Polygon, Smoke DZA and just released their first LP, Nerds at the Kool Table in April of 2014.
If anyone has the infectious lyrics to rock a crowd, it’s definitely the rap genius, Lilbobdoe. His distinctive flow electrifies audiences with an urban sound that sets him beyond local stages and competitions to the heart of music. Bringing hip-hop back to the mic, Lilbobdoe is the industry’s demand.
Born as Daniel Thompson on December 29, 1988, Lilbobdoe was raised by his mother, Lavette Kelly, in the fast-paced inner city of Southeast Washington, D.C. In 2006, the two relocated to Durham, NC in efforts to bypass the social challenges familiarizing the young teen with “street life.”
Opening a gateway of opportune avenues, the transition allowed Thompson to embrace his childhood passion for music and introduce himself as Lilbobdoe—the incredible artist the world will soon know. Influenced by iconic legends like Bob Marley, Eminem and The Police to create a legacy of his own, Lilbobdoe has been writing rhymes and spitting lines with friends since grammar school. “We would make ten verses and call them albums,” Lilbobdoe remembers.
As a member of RMG (Realer Music Group), Lilbobdoe is maturing in his craft with club bangers and heartfelt tracks comparable on his first mix tape, The Start Up and current work, Letters of the Unknown (releasing soon). “I believe in this movement and just want my music to speak for me and help others,” Lilbobdoe says. Believing he can redefine the underground industry and take mainstream by storm, Lilbobdoe moves forward with confidence and patience to impact music as it continues to impact him. “My main focus is to stay focused, continue doing what I have been doing and remain humble.”
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THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11TH AT KINGS BARCADE (14 W MAIN ST. RALEIGH, NC)
Join us for a celebration of Toon & Laww’s Double EP, come witness Hip Hop at its finest. Get the double Ep, and see what you may have missed at Hopscotch 2013:
$8 Adv (TICKETS)
Toon & The Real Laww
There may even be special guests, so stay tooned to find out!
Its your friendly neighborhood super artist here and I just wanted to let you know about some events that are happening around the triangle this week that you maybe interested in. But thats only if you like having a good time…
This week consists of Poets! The Stack! LBLB! Kooley! & Elfs!!!
Wednesday, October 2nd. (6:30pm) Come check out Sacrificial Poets: Touchstones Showcase Feat. G Yamazawa
Thursday, October 3rd. (5pm) Rock out FO FREE at The Stack: Marcus Anderson
ALSO Thursday, October 3rd (9:30pm). Support Local FO FREE with Local Band- Local Beer w/ Octopus Jones – Jews and Catholics – Eddie Taylor (Cousins)
Friday, October 4th (9pm). Get some Hip Hop in ya life with Kooley High x OXYxMORON x Kourvoisier LIVE at Kings
Saturday, October 5th (10pm). Check out Elf Power / Organos / The Wigg Report at The Pinhook
Click on the links to check out and RSVP for each event.
YET ANOTHER FUN WEEKEND IN THE TRIANGLE!!
Peace n Love
The Real Laww
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Its your friendly neighborhood super artist here and I just wanted to share with you some events that are happening around the triangle this weekend that you maybe interested in. But thats only if you like having a good time…
This week consists of Space! Spoken Word! Pride! and Pajamas!!
* Friday, September 27. Come check out LiLa, Sacrificial Poets and 1Beat at Morehead Planetarium [Intergalactic Music & Spoken Word]
* Saturday, September 28th. Rock out at Motorco for shirlette [T4GB], 1Beat & BIG BEAT DANCE at Motorco [DURM PRIDE DANCE PARTY]
* ALSO this Saturday, September 28th. Get some hip hop in ya with the Pajama Jammie Jam!!! Feat: SkyBlew x No9to5 x Defacto Thezpian x The Koolest
Click on the links to check out and RSVP for each event. ANOTHER FUN WEEKEND IN THE TRIANGLE!!
Peace n Love
The Real Laww
The wait is finally over! Professor Toon and The Real Laww have finally crafted a Double EP that is sure to blow your mind! Professor Toon‘s “You Know The Name” and The Real Laww‘s “End The Beginning” is a stepping stone leading up to the Official Collaborative Album set to drop early Spring 2014! In the mean time get a glimpse of what is to come on their current project that will definitely leave listeners feigning for MORE (in a good way)!
I know you’ve all been wondering how you’re going to plan out your evening for the DURM Hip Hop Summit!?
Don’t worry, we got you covered. Below is the DURM Hip Hop Summit Schedule. ALSO we will have the Bridge Bus ALL to ourselves that evening, so all you have to do is park your car and let the Bridge Bus take you to your destinations!! EASY DAY!!
Lastly, Make sure you stop by Cocoa Cinnamon Before the festivities where we will be having a Panel discussion with NC Hip Hop Heavy Hitters like Pierce Freelon of the Beat Making Lab, Median, Professor J Bully, J Gunn and Cognito of Fro Lab just to name a few
WOW! Its almost here! THIS SATURDAY, August 17th it’s REALLY happening! The ride getting here has been amazing! We want to thank first and foremost the City of DURM who have been supporting the Summit since Day One! Like we’ve been saying, we couldn’t see this event happening anywhere BUT DURM! The people of the wonderful city accept and embrace all forms of artistic express and we’re just happy to be apart of it!
We would like to thank the artist that’ll be on tap: Kooley High, KAZE, Young Swift, Actual Proof, Drique London, Jey Davis, Wreck n Crew, Top Bottom, Lil Bob Doe, A-10 and LumiNaughty! Thank you all SO MUCH for taking time out of your busy schedule to rock with us and making this happen.
Thank you to The Underground who has provided all of the producers for the Producer Battle! Also to ALL the MCs who will be battling that night!!
To Johnny J Jones who shot ALL the promo videos! You’re eyeballs are amazing good sir, and thank you for capturing the emotion of the summit and brining it to life!!
To The Bridge Bus who will be keeping the Summit attendees save during their travel between venues.
And a HUGE SHOUT OUT and Thank You to all the sponsors: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Runaway Clothes, The Art of Cool, Woodville Inc, RedBull, The Indy Week, Lifekit, dTown Market, Cocoa Cinnamon and Zoe Pictures! Literally without you the DURM Hip Hop Summit would’ve NEVER happen!!
WE ARE EXTREMELY EXCITED! And we’re happy to see that you are too!!!
And Don’t forget to get your Tickets at: DURMHipHopSummit.Eventbrite.com
if you don’t like using your card online, you are free to purchase tickets the day of the event at any Venue of your choosing for your ALL DAY ACCESS Pass
Check out the Final Promo Video right here, shot by the incredible Johnny J. Jones!