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Chali 2na + Cut Chemist (Of Jurassic 5) : One Collaborative Set

Chali 2na + Cut Chemist (Of Jurassic 5) : One Collaborative Set

Air Credits, Rich Jones, The Microphone Misfitz

Fri · June 7, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$25.00 - $28.00

This event is 18 and over

Cut Chemist
Cut Chemist
As well as being one of the ablest solo turntablists on the globe, Cut Chemist is also a member of two highly rated crews: underground rap kings Jurassic 5 and the Latin-funk band Ozomatli. He came up with the L.A. rap group Unity Committee, and debuted on wax with the B-side of UC's 1993 single "Unified Rebelution." The track, "Lesson 4: The Radio," was a tribute to and continuation of Double D and Steinski's seminal hip-hop collage masterpieces "Lessons 1-3,"and included nods to Indeep, Bob James, Spoonie Gee, and Dan Ackroyd.

Soon after the record's release, Unity Committee came together with another group, Rebels of Rhythm, to form Jurassic 5. Cut Chemist kept quite busy with the group, contributing "Lesson 6" to the group's eponymous EP and producing the entire record. He also delved into remixing (DJ Shadow, Liquid Liquid) and outside work (scratching for Less Than Jake; appearing with another Los Angeles group, Ozomatli). In mid-1997, Cut Chemist recorded his album debut, Live at the Future Primitive Sound Session, with Shortkut of Invisibl Skratch Piklz. His tracks have also appeared on two seminal turntablist compilations, Return of the DJ, Vol. 1 and Deep Concentration. - John Bush

He left Jurassic 5 in 2006.
Chali 2NA
Chali 2NA
The Los Angeles, California baritone rapper best known as Chali 2NA has been referred to as the ambassador for Jurassic 5 - though he is well-known for being a member of J5.
He also was a founding member of Ozomatli, and though he is no longer an official part of the group, he has appeared on a number of their subsequent albums.
Prior to those two groups, he was a member of the group Unity Committee.
Air Credits
Air Credits
AIR CREDITS is music from the not too distant future, when the planet's water supply has all but ceased, the landscape turning to desert, the desert turning to wasteland. Radio stations worldwide have been transformed into climate controlled compounds, guarded heavily by their surrounding communities not only to maintain communique with the declining population, but to preserve music new and old— lest it expire with the planet.
Rich Jones
Rich Jones
Rich Jones is a prolific Chicago artist, community figure, and veteran of the cultural scene. Known for his versatile and evolving style, his new album, The Shoulder You Lean On, firmly plants the hip-hop rooted artist as a powerful songwriter and singer. Jones began in Chicago as part of the group Second City Citizens where he explored his talents as an MC. The group founded a monthly hip-hop showcase in Chicago, now known as All Smiles, that has become a staple in the local scene and has continued for over five years. Through various collaborations with people like Supa Bwe, Taylor Bennett, and The O’My’s, Jones gained praise around the city, eventually being voted second best rapper in the city by the Chicago Reader in 2016, right behind Chance The Rapper. Jones shifted from straight rapping into a more melodic style, culminating in his lush, poppy 2016 release VEGAS. That EP, and several loose singles, prompted appearances in NPR, Chicago Tribune, FOX 32’s Good Day Chicago, and Consequence of Sound.



With The Shoulder You Lean On, Jones found a place he sits in perfectly, blending classic styles with modern production and hitting the right emotional notes. With production by J. Kelr from Blended Babies (Prod. Smoke Again by Chance The Rapper), the album’s soundscapes are gorgeous and piercing, with Jones describing it as “truth telling through melody.”



Thematically, The Shoulder You Lean On deals with restlessness and contemplating the many routes life can take. Within songs like “Coin Toss” and “Dreaming”, Jones is “thinking about the road not taken. Thinking about decisions and choices. Especially, as you get older, you have less time to bounce back from certain things. So there’s definitely a quiet sense of urgency.”



That sense of urgency is palpable as Jones is an artist now firmly planted in his local scene but ready to break out. The album plays with those ideas of outgrowing a place, thinking you might be missing a greater opportunity somewhere else. Jones says, “Once you’ve seen the world, you get kind of teased by the idea of what another opportunity or place could offer you.”



Jones’ message is ultimately of love and acceptance of the realities of life and appreciating the wonderful things you are blessed with, and The Shoulder You Lean On teams with optimism and clarity. “I’ve never been one to try to fake high energy or fake feeling a high level of anxiety. I try to keep an even keel, so I think a lot of this is a way of me navigating through some questions and decisions I’ve made recently to kind of maintain sanity a bit. I think you can drive yourself insane thinking about the ‘what-ifs’ and all that. I feel the album lands on a more triumphant note. It’s not picture perfect, but it definitely allows for someone to feel there’s a certain level of catharsis.”
The Microphone Misfitz
The Microphone Misfitz
The Microphone Misfitz will entertain you if that is what you came for, from music to dance to a party-good time. Now, if you want quality for your time then let the Fitz engage you in the arts & sciences of the 21st century's preeminent culture. Based in Chicago, The Microphone Misfitz is more than a band or crew, creating music. They use the pillars of Hip-Hop (turntablism/DJing; MCing; breakin'; graffiti/street art; knowledge & overstanding) and their shared dynamics to enlighten and sustain their audiences and themselves.
Kin Solo, DFEX, and Jet Nam (Jet9) are the choreography & movement artists; Ray of Light is the high-octane hype-man & MC; Mel L. is the Graff artist, vocalist, & road DJ; DJ Mar & Mike Knobel (aemka) are the production team; and D-Nick The Microphone Misfit is the lead MC, lyricist & artistic director of the group. The Microphone Misfitz have toured worldwide from grassroots gatherings to South By Southwest; from Algeria to China and elsewhere; Sharing stages with luminaries such as Crucial Conflict, Dead Prez, KRS-ONE, Jeru tha Damaja, Saul Williams, Mega Ran and more. Focused on the themes of living for a healthier state of mind; and uplifting those who are trying to find their path in this world, The Fitz embodies the acronym Healthy Independent People Helping Other People (H.I.P. H.O.P.).
Venue Information:
Chop Shop.
2033 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL, 60647
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