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.”