Yours Truly presents
Main Attrakionz, DaVinci
Tue, December 20, 2011
Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pmThe Independent
Tickets Available at the Door
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Huntsville, Alabama's G-Side are ushering in a new era of Southern rap. Two of the hardest-grinding MCs in the business, ST 2 Lettaz and Yung Clova witnessed immense struggle firsthand and have worked ceaselessly to carve out a bright future for both themselves and their city, a hip-hop mini-Memphis in the making. Buttressed by the bass-heavy, space-age sounds of local production gurus Block Beatt...az, G-Side are an inescapable force, a perfect mix of positivity and swagger preaching, as SPIN coined, "no-bullshit, no-excuses achievement"-living proof that the South doesn't have to get dirty to get down.
The group's hard-earned optimism wasn't forged overnight. ST and Clova were raised a block apart from one another in nearby Athens, AL. It was a dry town, so juke joints (moonshiners) were as common as crack houses on their parallel streets, Acorn Hill and Box Alley. Their childhoods were peopled by dealers and fiends, cops and robbers. ST endured homelessness and the foster care system, while Clova faced similar poverty and watched family members struggle with addiction. As kids, had the same pastimes-hooping, hollering at girls, and rapping-so they eventually met around age 12 at the Athens Boys & Girls Club.
They started rapping together in 1999 inspired by the gangsta stylings of UGK, the fierce originality of Dungeon Family, and the independent spirit of No Limit Records. The name came easily-they hailed from the gutter side of town-and their chemistry was instant: ST with his laidback lyrical delivery and Clova with his icy straight-ahead style. After relocating to Huntsville to team up with Block Beattaz and the burgeoning Slow Motion Soundz label, G-Side began recording in earnest. Their first two albums, Sumthin 2 Hate (2007) and Starshipz & Rocketz (2008), showcased a duo on the rise, transitioning from street money to legitimate means as their local profile and web presence grew in tandem.
In 2009, G-Side broke through with Huntsville International, winning over tastemakers as diverse as HipHopDX, Pitchfork and NPR with a mix of woozy, synth-based production and sharp, style-steeped rhymes. They booked their own shows overseas-putting their city's unique, SMS-anchored scene on the map-and solidified their rep with 2011's The One...Cohesive, a stately and focused LP showcasing loads of local talent, live strings and piano, and samples as far-reaching as Enya and Beach House.
Despite G-Side's worldwide expansion, they are still entirely independent and undeniably Southern. When they aren't recording or on the road, Clova works in the Huntsville barber shop that he owns and ST maintains a gas station with his brother-further testament to their ability excel against odds. On 11/11/11, G-Side will release their game-changing fifth album (and 2nd LP this year), Island, and wait for world to catch up.
Hailing from North Oakland, California, Squadda B and Mondre of Main Attrakionz have been rapping together for most of their young lives. Early on, a shared love of rap music led them to put school on the back-burner and focus on producing music with a talented crew of local artists. Over the ensuing 7+ years, (and with an added assist from the world wide web and social media) Main Attrakionz have cultivated a unique and passionate sound, combining opaque atmospherics and lived-in reality rhymes, that stands as one of the most interesting and refreshing in the crowded and fractured world of today's rap underground.
Squadda B, who doubles as both producer and rapper, has an instantly identifiable production style that draws from regional rap styles like hyphy and mobb music in the Bay Area, Memphis mixtape obfuscation and the NYC street rap of C-N-N, but also maintains pop accessibility through his use of booming 808s and melodic, floating vocal clips. Simply put: this music sounds like nothing else out right now. Their collaborations with like-minded artists such as Lil B, Clams Casino, and Shady Blaze have only added to post-digital sonics Main Attrakionz have cultivated over the last 2 years.
A relentless stream of solo and collaborative releases in 2011, including I Smoke Because I Don't Care About Death, The Shady Bambino Project, Dope Since '91, and their most definitive statement to-date, 808s and Dark Grapes II, have turned heads not only among those on with an Internet connection and an interest in rap music, but have landed them acclaim from publications such as Pitchfork, The NY Times, Complex Magazine, The Fader, SPIN, and Fact Magazine. As the year winds down, Main Attrakionz have a couple of surprises still up their sleeves before turning their focus towards a debut LP, set for release in 2012.
Born and raised in San Francisco's Fillmore District, DaVinci represents a neighborhood long recognized as the city’s center of Black culture. As a product of his environment, DaVinci’s words paint vivid portraits of inner-city themes, gentrification, and life as a young Black male in an ever-declining American landscape.
DaVinci's debut album, The Day The Turf Stood Still, has garnered him a great deal of buzz and praise locally and nationwide. Since the release of his album, he has been named HipHopDX's DX Next emcee, was the first SF artist to ever appear on Shade45 (Soul Assassin's The West Wing Radio) and has been on the national radar with features from premier outlets such as XLR8R, Wax Poetics, Fader, Pitchfork, URB, XXL, SF Weekly, The Smoking Section, 2dopeboyz, Nah Right, and AllHipHop, among many others.