Feature Artist: St. Louis rapper Tef Poe (Warning- explicit lyrics in the video)

Coming Outta Missouri- “The police shoot back and you can not dispute that!”

Last week, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by a white police officer in the city of Ferguson, Missouri. Today the world is in shock. But, if you want to know the real challenges black people face everyday- in Ferguson and other predominantly black communities in America, just listen to the music of the local artists who have been expressing their feelings about the killings, the police shootings and the racial injustices, for years.

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ST. LOUIS RAPPER TEF POE

St. Louis rapper Tef Poe’s “Coming Outta Missouri” is riveting rap song that tells the story of black culture in Missouri from his perspective. Explicit and disturbing, Poe’s lyrics are an erie reminder of what happened to Brown-“The police shoot back and you can not dispute that…” . The song was released in 2012. Tef Poe is a human rights activist working with Amnesty International. Check out more of Tef Poe’s music work at:  http://www.tefpoe.com

Professor Toon performs tonight, 8.16.14. Motorco. Durham!

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Durham rapper Toon combines intricate detail in lyricism with a sharp delivery. Playing shows anywhere from downtown city bars to Duke University theaters, he’s sidled up alongside several young hip-hop ascendants. In an area and a time where the pickings are slim for inventive new local rap, Toon has risen to the challenge to bring you what you need alongside Kooley High, King Mez, Lazarus and apromising new crop.

Originally born in Baltimore, MD., Toon had a rough start, was the witness to his mother’s abusive relationship and subsequent divorce. He soon moved to North Carolina with her, but the history he has accumulated seems to be the driving forces behind his relentless show schedule and forceful writing.

While attending the Durham School of the Arts, Toon met his current collaborator, The Real Laww. As with 2011’s The King’s Khrysis, which paired Raleigh rapper King Mez with producer Khrysis, the two have created a balance for one another, making them a duo worth beholding. On the single “Hulk Smash,” Toon picks out exactly what is wrong with the rap game today, spitting lines like, “Just because we can’t understand you doesn’t make you creative” and “There’s role models down the street but they’re scared to teach.” Galvanized by the past but driven toward the future, Toon unites a bold performance with a meaningful backstory. —James Hatfield. Visit professortoon.bandcamp.com.

DURM HIP HOP SUMMIT Saturday 8.16.14

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Graffiti, B Boys, DJ’s- HECK Yes! In past years, Durham’s Hip Hop scene Is being revitalized, thanks in part to Durham’s very own Promo Duo/Rap artists-Professor Toon and The Real Laww. Previously marred by negative connotations,the triangle sceneis restoring the actual “art” of Hip Hop in the area. As of July 2012, Professor and Laww have come together to provide the community with what has been dubbed the DURM Hip Hop Summit, a one day music festival that blankets the city of Durham in high quality Hip Hop; to be experienced by all ages. Read More.

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FEATURE ARTIST: The Koolest

The Koolest – 1995 feat. Napoleon Da Legend (Official Video)

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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. Visit https://twitter.com/WeAreTheKoolest

Article compliments of durmhiphopsummit.com.

 

Graffiti, B Boys, DJ’s – DURM HIP HOP SUMMIT

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(DURHAM, NC) Graffiti, B Boys, DJ’s-­‐ HECK Yes! In past years, Durham’s Hip Hop scene Is being revitalized, thanks in part to Durham’s very own Promo Duo/Rap artists-­‐Professor Toon and The Real Laww. Previously marred by negative connotations, the triangle scene is restoring the actual “art” of Hip Hop in the area. As of July 2012, Professor and Laww have come together to provide the community with what has been dubbed the DURM Hip Hop Summit, a one day music festival that blankets the city of Durham in high quality Hip Hop; to be experienced by all ages.

Coming August 16, 2014, the DURM Hip Hop Summit truly is a major event, illustrating the true meaning of Hip Hop and educating its audience on the foundation of Hip Hop roots, as well as providing some high energy hip hop performances from national acts and up-­‐coming young acts. The event showcases the five pillars of Hip Hop: beat boxing, break dancing, emceeing, deejaying and graffiti, with a mission to revive the Hip Hop scene in the Triangle area.

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Brian Dawson and his son, the Kid DJ sensation, Chase Dawson will be hosting and DJing along with the NC Legend KAZE, at this years DURM HIP HOP SUMMIT!!!!

In 2012, the inaugural DURM Hip Hop Summit featured only five performers, two DJ’s, one graffiti artist and one host all at one venue. Area staples, The Beast and Joshua Gunn headlined year one’s event and even a monsoon of torrential downpour couldn’t keep the DURM HIP Hop Summit from pulling a sold-­‐out packed house. 2014’s DURM Hip Hop Summit will include acts like Alex Wiley, Lord of the Fly, Professor Toon and Cesar Comanche, just to name a few, will be gracing these stages. This multiple venue event will be hosted by; K97.5’s own Brian Dawson, his son DJ Kid Sensation Chase Dawson and the NC legend KAZE. And of course we will be indulging your senses with Emcee Battles, Producer Battles, and Break Dancers to top it all off.

What’s in store for the future of the DURM Hip Hop Summit you ask? More, more and more! With hopes of inspiring growth by adding to the already sweet list of notable sponsors such as Brood Soda, The Stagger, ReverbNation, Runaway Clothing, Cardigan Records, Dear Hearts, Intrepid Life, MotorCo Music Hall and American Underground. The Summit aspires to be on the same playing field as some other music festivals the likes of A3C, Hopscotch, Moogsfest and even one day, Bonnaroo! The Summit plans to, year by year, keep adding more venues and even an outside performance with more national/international hip hop acts. This marks the turning point for Hip Hop in the Triangle. It’s Hip Hop and Art at its finest, connecting people from all walks of life.

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