After an absolutely fantastic evening last night at Train of Thought I couldn't be more excited about next weeks show with Mr Lif at The Kava Lounge. For those of you who grew up hip to the now defunct Def Jux record label you know that it was defined by its groundbreaking, energetic compositions & progressive musical stylings. By placing abstract vocal patterns over futuristic boom bap beats Mr Lif and label mates El-P, RJD2, Aesop Rock & Camu Tao (R.I.P.) became household names as they set a bar most underground artist are still trying to clear. Next week Mr. Lif with be blessing San Diego as he graces the stage at Kava for a headline performance at Urban Underground. I've had the pleasure of seeing Lif rock live several times before back in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio and I must say every show has been nothing less than pure lyricism spit with pure passion. Mr. Lif takes Hip Hop back to its roots with true school flavor and triumphant words straight form the heart. On a personal note I'm very interested to see what his energy is like sans his famous trademark dreadlocks, I'm sure it's been a major transition for him and It will be fascinating to see how that manifests itself on stage.
Not to be overlook are next weeks local openers of which I would like to highlight Mr. Ridley from my crew 2012 Dynasty and Sojourn from Future Shock. Me and Ridley meet two years ago over a argument on a local SD message board that ironically ended up turning into a friendship with a strong mutual respect for each others art and willingness to speak our minds freely. Thats the thing about Ridley, what you see is what you get, pure punk rock madness melodically prowling the stage as he dismantles ego's all while searching for the other side of the universe. Joining Mr. Ridley is Kaus who at the tender age of 20 is rising quickly as a new star in the 2012 family. His unmistakeable deep raspy flow and precision patterns have set him apart from the pack as he refines his craft while preparing for a plethora of releases. This duo is not to be missed, trust me I know for a fact that they have at least a trick or two up their sleeves planed for this performance.
Sojourn is the other side of the coin. Hailing from a more soulful, spiritual background Sojourn dives deep into his inner emotions on every track as he reaches out to the audience with classic rhythms and timeless messages. A seasoned veteran on both the mic and behind the boards Sojourn presents a professionalism not often matched in todays watered down music world. Bottom line, this dude is my favorite act in So. Cal. without a doubt. Every time we play together he makes me want to find a way to step up my game just a little bit more which is the highest complement I can give to any fellow artist.
Last but not least, I also will be doing what I do on stage, so if you dig what I do, do yourself a favor and come out and have some fun. This is genuinely a show for heads the love real Hip Hop.
Doors: open at 8pm, music starts at 9.
Location: Kava Lounge 2812 Kettner. Blvd. 92101
Price: $8 pre-sale / $10 @ the door
http://www.urbanundergroundweekly.com for more details.