The Procussions | Album Release Party feat. Poetic Death & Gavlyn, Deux Process, and Blame One

a4230750937_10The Terrace in Pasadena, CA is an unassuming little bar/venue which plays host to dozens of legendary hip hop acts yearly. Tonight was no exception. As is my custom, I arrived to 443 Colorado way too early, so I would once again bear witness to the birth, growth and full maturation of the show. Turned away by the doorman on account of being, as I said, too early, I listened to him and one of his co-workers discuss the life and career of Mike Tyson (most likely due to the Mayweather/Canelo fight taking place tonight) and was lucky enough to chop it up for a bit with SD legendary emcee, Blame One. The cool, but not too cool, evening was the perfect backdrop for a discussion on the lukewarm temperature of popular rap, juxtaposed with the fire that burns bright in the underground, which would be evidenced shortly in the passion displayed by The Procussions and each their openers.

Accompanied by a co-worker/friend and his long time girlfriend, I entered the Terrace, with a healthy anticipation for my soul to be soothed by the touch of hip hop from the heart, for the heart. Greeted by Mr. J. Medeiros of The Procussions at the merch table, SAC was gifted a copy of the French-released The Procussions LP, for which we are tremendously grateful – (Blame One also graciously gave us a copy of his 2008 release, Days Chasing Days). The usual pulse of drinks being ordered and poured, strained conversations that fight with the volume of the music, and classic hip hop being played, ebbed and flowed to the movement of the host/mc for the night, Procussions DJ, DJ Manwell, who kept the party going all night – dude is ill on the 1’s and 2’s.

Hip hop is a culture that is known for its ability to improvise, from Kool Herc tapping into the electricity from the streetlights in the park to power his DJ set-up, to b-boys and b-girls freestyling on cardboard or linoleum, to emcees battling to the percussion of the beatbox, to graf writers creating masterpieces on the sides of trains; it might be said that anyone who calls himself a hip hop head, but can’t improvise in his craft, is a liar. Organized Threat’s Poetic Death and Gavlyn had to do some impromptu a capellas due to technical difficulties and kept the audience engaged and the mood light in spite of the frustration that is sure to accompany any mishaps that occur when artists are planning on bearing their souls for an audience. The OGT movement is one that is rooted in our legacy and Gavlyn and Poetic Death handled themselves like true masters of ceremonies, not letting the bumps along the road stop the journey. One benefit of Poetic Death doing much of his material a capella is that the audience had a unique opportunity to interact with the depth and complexity of his lyricism. Gavlyn’s portion of the set was accompanied by music and she did her thing, sharing her story and skills. To find out what the Organized Threat movement is all about, click HERE.

Next up was a duo that I have to thank Blu and Exile Radio on Pandora for introducing me to, Colorado Springs emcees, Deux Process. The two put on a decent set, but relied heavily on the production (which is ridiculously dope) to carry them through it. DJ Shakey held the duo down with his prowess behind the turntables. Please don’t read that the duo isn’t ill, they are, but it felt like they had been on hiatus and are working out the kinks and re-discovering their chemistry with each other and with an audience. Based on what I heard, The Price of Dreams is going to be an excellent album.

The seasoned San Diego veteran emcee, Blame One, read the room, as a master of ceremonies should, and adjusted his set to just three songs in order to give the audience a taste of what he is all about, while recognizing that their attention was largely focused on The Procussions. He did a track off of his latest album, Walk In The Sun, a track off of his last album, Endurance (Glass House is one of the dopest tracks ever in my humble opinion – production, content, delivery), and was accompanied by his Dirty Science bredren, Exile, for a track off of Days Chasing Days. Blame did a verse from Disturbed and Exile followed up with a freestyle, to which Blame One replied with a ridiculously intricate freestyle, just further justifying the claim that he is one of the underground’s best kept secrets.

The moment everyone had waited for couldn’t have come at a better time, the crowd was more than eager to catch The Procussions’ “we’re back” performance. Let me preface this with the fact that The Procussions’ performance just one week earlier, for Blame One’s album release party, was a display of three skilled individuals who seemed to lack symbiosis. The chemistry with the audience and between Mr. J. Medeiros, Stro Elliot and DJ Manwell was breath-taking at the Terrace though! The Procussions are back and it felt as if they have a bone to pick and a thing or two to prove. Their set is a non-stop, no punches pulled, smorgasbord of hip hop goodness. The set is comprised primarily of tracks from the new album, but is seasoned with tracks from the past, most notable was Little People off of 5 Sparrows for 2 cents, especially because former bandmate Res(onant) joined them. Not only did the two emcees rap and the DJ spin records, but Stro jumped on the drums for a couple of tracks, both Stro and Medeiros displayed their versatility as artists via the rhythm and dexterity necessary to manipulate the pads of the Akai MPD 24 as the other rapped cadence-heavy lyrics like a machine gun, and DJ Manwell had a few minutes wherein he proved that he belongs in your list of the dopest DJs ever – seriously, he is a skilled turntablist. When these guys connect with one another and the audience like this, they can give any hip hop act a run for its/their money. The Procussions will be touring Europe for a bit, but when they get home, GO SEE THEM. One of the most dynamic performances I have been to.

Peace and Love,

NathanAnthony

Further Edukation | Blame One & J57 “Walk In The Sun” Record Release Party feat. Kahlee, The Procussions and Dag Savage

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The beautiful vinyl version of the BlameOne/J57 Walk In The Sun

There was a perceptible excitement in the cool North County San Diego air on Saturday night, as if the region was eager for its premier emcee and his friends and family to celebrate the release of his most cohesive body of work to date, the J57-produced Walk in the Sun. The humble giants who would later take the stage seemed common daily barflies as they joked and caught up while waiting for the sound guy to show up for the sound check. Exile was all business as he sound checked his signature MPC2000XL, giving the bar staff, DJs and photographers an earful of his regurgitation of Jay-Z’s Holy Grail – words don’t do justice what Ex does on the MPC; if you have not yet beheld his skill live, come out to The Echo on Sept. 19th and I guarantee you won’t regret it. Shortly after, just a small measure of the infectious energy of SD’s Deep Rooted’s JOHAZ was released as JOHAZ emphatically looked at and listened to each monitor while spittin’ the lyrics to Drugs off of The Dag Savage EP.

After the soundcheck, the Kids of Soul took over on the one’s and two’s and kept the party moving and building as the time approached for the acts to begin taking the stage. As the room filled with eager hip hop connoisseurs, conversations were held, drinks were consumed, billiards was played, darts were thrown and the like, and all while heads nodded to the kick and snare of perfect hip hop sets, crafted by KOS.

The first act to take the stage was one half of The Seed, Kahlee, whose command of the mic and a thoroughly crafted stage presence engaged the majority of the venue. Kahlee helped to set the familial feel for the night as he shared stories of where he once was, where he is at and where he is going. One of the most memorable moments during Kahlee’s set was when he was joined by SD beatboxer, Beehive, for a song; Beehive is a phenomenal beatboxer and carries on the legacy of what some call the fifth element of hip hop well. Family life has Kahlee in a great place and has only continued to carry him forward as an artist, which is evident in his live show, his recent EP, Here I Am and I guarantee it will be evident in his forthcoming LP, Blessed. Next time you see Kahlee on the bill, make sure you are in attendance.

The Procussions are back together after a hiatus since the release of their 5 Cents for 2 Sparrows album in 2006. SAC reviewed the first single released off of The Procussions EP, Today feat. Shad and J Kyle Gregory (read HERE). The energy from this trio (Mr. J. Medieros, Stro Elliot and DJ Manwell) is otherworldly – J. Medeiros has the energy of a middle schooler with ADHD and Stro’s presence is awkwardly inviting and intense. The emcees both have a command of the audience – which new school rappers must take note of if they ever hope to move people to feel something the way seasoned emcees do. The chemistry between the two front men feels natural, though one might sense the post-hiatus, re-meshing taking place during shows in the near future, as attendees may have Saturday night. The Procussions certainly made a life-long fan of a casual fan at the Jumping Turtle that night with their ability to bear the name “masters of ceremonies”. You definitely want to catch The Procussions’ album release party in LA on Sept. 14th.

Enter the man of the night, seasoned veteran in the rap game, Blame One. The unassuming demeanor of one of underground hip hop’s most slept on emcees could be taken for a lack of enthusiasm, but that would be an inaccurate picture of one of hip hop’s most passionate figures to date. The Baltimore-born hip hop purist bleeds, sweats and tears this art, which is most clearly evident in his most recent album, Walk in the Sun. As he has matured as a man, his prowess on the mic has only become sharper and his content further-reaching. Unfortunately the sole producer on Walk in the Sun, J57, couldn’t make it out Saturday night (for an amazing reason – he was recently married and is enjoying time with his bride). One of SD’s finest, Kids of Soul DJ, DJ Norm Rocwell, manned the wheels of steel for Blame’s set in J’s stead. Blame One’s signature stance and mannerisms, which are so unique to him, were present in full effect, giving onlookers, fans new and old, a fully fleshed out representation of over two decades of dues paid and are worn like the stripes of general. The set felt as intimate as an Un-Plugged concert, with Blame interjecting the impetus for the creation of each track before he shared it. Blame’s nephew, one third of theBREAX, Beleaf Melanin, shared a recently recorded track which only added to the authenticity and energy of Blame One’s time on stage. Exile also shared the stage with Blame, performing the track, Disturbed, off of Days Chasing Days. I am fairly certain Exile freestyled at least a portion of the verse but didn’t lose miss a beat like a true MC. Blame One is one of Cali’s finest and will be performing at The Procussions’ release party in LA, don’t miss it.

The closers for the night were Exile and JOHAZ, known together as Dag Savage. Exile began the set with the aforementioned interpretation of Jay-Z’s Holy Grail:

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Exile is quite possibly one of the best producers in hip hop, though it may take years for most to realize it, and JOHAZ is quite possibly one of the most underrated MCs – he is an absolute technician with his lyrics, cadences, delivery and overall stage presence – in the game and what this duo brings to the table is RAW. The two move seamlessly through a set mostly derived from The Dag Savage EP and the chemistry of the laid back Exile coupled with the in-your-face, never a dull moment energy of of JOHAZ is a perfect marriage of two very different styles, perfectly complimenting one another. Drugs, off of the EP, features SD’s Choosey who was in attendance and joined Dag Savage on the stage for a few tracks. Choosey actually has a confidence that many pretend to have, but his skill as an MC (as well as a producer) catches those not in the know by surprise, but SAC has been riding with him since ’08 and was fully prepared for the high level of quality he shared on the mic. Exile closed out the show with some more MPC magic and tipped his hat to the man of the night by playing some EARLY Blame One tracks as the crowd dispersed.

Further Edukation put on an amazing hip hop show, embodying what a hip hop show should be. Please be sure to support everyone mentioned in this review by “Like”ing their Facebook pages, listening to and purchasing their music and/or attending and promoting their events. Our culture is being infiltrated on all sides (and has been for years) by those who wish to appropriate the music for their purposes, instead of allowing the music to be a reflection of the members of the hip hop sub-culture; it takes loyal participants and fans to keep hip hop alive, as well as to Edukate the next generation(s) of our rich history to ensure our legacy is carried on. Further Edukation, Blame One and everyone else involved Saturday night are actively doing such, please do your part.

Peace and Love,

NathanAnthony

PS – A special shout out to AdiktOne for all of the time and energy he invested in this show and continues to invest into our culture.

Art Don’t Sleep presents: Ghostface Killah | 12 Reasons to Die with Adrian Younge’s Venice Dawn

429691_10200429501167479_848572597_nHip hop is so much bigger than music. Hip hop is a community. While that community may adhere to philosophies spanning from chopped samples and dirty drum breaks to over-produced, mainstream rap, we do agree on two things, beats and rhymes. Regardless of one’s tastes/preferences, every hip hop head believes the music he/she puts into heavy rotation provides a sound that evokes and invokes an emotional response and lyrics that somehow connect to said listener’s life experience. No matter who was in attendance at the Mayan on March 28th, 2013, he/she was musically satisfied.

Speaking of community, I was blessed to spend the first hour or so of the opening DJ set with DJ Artistic, Dr. Oop and MemezOne. Shout out to Artistic for everything, Oop for the White Russian and chopping it up, and Memez for the good conversation.

The master of ceremonies for the first half of the show was DJ Mark Luv (who would later pass the torch to the IE’s Trek Life due to his role as DJ for Wax Poetics‘ artist Adrian Younge‘s band, Venice Dawn). Mark Luv comes from the pre-Golden Era of hip hop, and gets aggressive when the lackluster attitudes of current rap culture pervade an audience at real hip hop show; some reprimanding was in order and Mark Luv was happy to dole it out. Peace to Mark Luv and the Art Don’t Sleep family for putting on an excellent (5-hour) night of hip hop.

You know you are in for a treat of a night when LA’s own Blu is the first of the openers; he, and Exile’s stand in (due to a recent surgery recovery), San Diego’s DJ Artistic of Sleeping Giant and No Sucker DJs, would also serve as the platform for much of the Dirty Science roster to perform on. Blu, who must be somewhat of an awkward introvert, delivered his phenomenal content, old and new, yet lacked connection with his audience, which is all too common and is odd due to his confident delivery and presence on his recorded music.

The first to accompany Blu on stage was Stones Throw emcee MED, whose track This Is Your Life feat. Blu and produced by Exile is so dope, who came out and killed the mic. As Blu did a couple more tracks, DagSavage‘s Johaz was vibin out with DJ Artistic and their chemistry (probably from their work as half of SD’s Deep Rooted) was tangible. Next to share the stage with Blu was Tristate, and the two did their verses from a track titled Thelonius King, produced by Bombay – this beat most definitely made an impression on the audience! Co$$ and Blu then performed their collaborative effort, Heroin, which, I believe, transitioned into DagSavage’s Drugs featuring Co$$ and Choosey (aka Makeshift). Upon Johaz’ stepping foot onstage, the night picked up; his energy (reminiscent of Busta Rhymes’ energy, yet uniquely different) is infectious! The track was dope and the standout verse was by the smallest emcee in the bunch, King Choosey, whose presence and delivery demanded the audience’s attention and reciprocation. Johaz of DagSavage did a couple more tracks, the height of which was his collaboration with Stones Throw crooner, Aloe BlaccWhen it Rains – ILL! As the Dirty Science set was coming to an end, the legendary DJ Houseshoes, whose birthday it was, was getting set up for his DJ set, and Blu rounded it out with the amazing, Maybe One Day.

Fingerprints Music‘s hip hop aficcionado was in attendance and showed SAC love with a handshake and hug – dude will keep you up on what your record collection is missing!

Househoes took over on the ones and twos and killed it! The birthday boy is a true professional and master of his craft and he led us down a road of original production and some great music – two of the highlights of the thorough set were Slum Village’s Dilla-produced Fall In Love and De La Soul’s Much More off of their 2004 album, Grind Date.

Next up were West Coast producer The Alchemist and East Coast emcee Roc Marciano who put on a hard hitting set wherein the production brought levity to the agressive and violent wordplay of Roc Marciano. Roc Marciano went in and The Alchemist barely gave him breathing room between tracks, but a guest appearance by LA king of the slow flow, Evidence, gave him a breath and the audience definitely showed love to the hometown hero.

Mark Luv passed the MC duties along to Trek Life and stepped behind the ones and twos, and Trek Life kept the night moving smoothly, though many in attendance weren’t familiar with him and therefore didn’t really pay him any mind… until Mark Luv smiled at him, gave him a nod and let the needle drop on his single, Just the Music, produced by Duke Westlake, off of his forthcoming album, Hometown Foreigner (Which drops 04.02.2013 – I heavily suggest you click HERE and buy it). Maintaining the audience’s attention was much easier after the performance.

As the anticipation for the headlining event built and fans became restless, SD’s Gaslamp Killer (of LA’s Low End Theory) changed the vibe yet again, shocking some, entertaining some and leading his fans through his labyrinth of hip hop infused 60’s and 70’s soul, rock and other. If you haven’t yet, make sure to make it out to Low End Theory and catch DJ Willow, I mean the Gaslamp Killer, doing his thing.

The moment we had all been waiting for… was somewhat muddled by eager Ghostface fans who didn’t quite share the Wu-Tang member’s appreciation for music and theater (I heard “f*** this, put Ghostface on” a lot as the Adrian Younge-led drama built). Regardless of the unappreciative listeners’ less-refined ear, the music lovers soaked in every second of Adrian Younge and Venice Dawn’s instrumentation, accompanied by beautiful singing – perhaps the emcee was running late and there was a bit of improvisation, but if one has to be stalled, he is privileged to be stalled by one of our generations finest producers. All of the characters, Adrian, the band, costumed singers, gothic girls in red shawls, etc. were introduced and out comes the man of the evening, Ghostface Killah, of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. Dope. Ghostface’s hype man was none other than his Wu affiliate, Killah Priest, and we were also blessed by a verse from the RZA as well! The emcee and Adrian Younge took us through songs, new (off of the forthcoming 12 Reasons to Die) and old, all of which were played live by the band with finishing touches placed delicately by Mark Luv on the wheels of steel. A fun point in the set was when two audience members were chosen to rap an ODB verse (the first killed it and the second stumbled a bit – both got mad love from Ghostface Killah); not something you usually see at a concert, and a refreshing touch for sure.

The night was a hip hop head’s dream come true and possibly a standard-setting show, calling hip hop artists to step their live show game up!

We suggest you catch one of the upcoming 40 shows on the Twelve Reasons To Die Tour.

Peace and Love,

NathanAnthony

S.A.C. Quarterly | Volume 2 | Fall 2012

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It is with a truly satisfying sense of accomplishment and growth with which SAC presents its second quarterly (does that make it a bi-annual?) for 2012. We have grown from roughly 2,500 hits in 2011 to 12,000 hits in 2012, we have seen our writers contribute to GoodVibeSD.com and TRUE Magazine, we have added five or six intern bloggers for 2013 (which will mean we actually begin to cover a good percent of our submissions – I still have over 400 in my inbox to go through from 2012) and the SoulAnchorCollective label became an official business as well. All thanks to God’s grace through our readers and a growing queue of talented and skilled artists and PR companies, eager to pay respect to, grow and improve hip hop music and culture.

SAC would like to thank the following people/entities for a beautiful 2012:

God, our wives/husbands, children, bf’s/gf’s, friends and family for all of the loving support. We would like to thank Kid Riz – Lyrical Skoolyard, Mike and Jiji Corvington – Urban Underground, Praverb The Wyse – Praverb.net, David Hill and everyone at TRUE Magazine, Vester “Problem” Crowels – Beat Shop, One Imagination, Wanja Lange – I Still Love H.E.R., Olivia Dikambi – I Am PR, Henry Murphy, Humble Beast, Drank and Dank, Breakbeats & Rhymes Radio, OrganizedThreat, Rhymesayers, Mello Music Group, Wax Poetics and everyone else hustlin’ around the clock to make sure that the behind the scenes of hip hop takes place so that the artists can make music!

Josiah Panella, DJ Artistic, Blame One, DJ Admnt, Tony Sleez, Ahmad, Darren G, Sojourn, Beatsmith Resist, Rebels to the Grain, Mr. Brady, DJ Hektik, DJ Nu-Mark, Fashawn, Avi the most high, J.Sharif, Generik and Anek, Mike Snow, Makeshift, Tyler Nelson, Nicholas Hunt, Swerve, Swerve & SYG, ItsTope, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Beautiful Eulogy, Xperience (XP), Grieves and Budo, Brother Ali, Jean Grae, Rashad Tha Poet, Blu, Exile, Johaz, Dag Savage, Shad, MC Trankwel, Childish Gambino, Murs, 9th Wonder, SadatX, Duke Westlake, Trek Life, Pharoahe Monch, Te-Money, Atmosphere, Aesop Rock, Sage Francis, Poetic Death, Phora, Gavlyn, Vel the Wonder, Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Apollo Brown, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nas, and everyone else puttin’ their souls on wax, providing us with quality listening.

Peace, Love and a blessed 2013,

NathanAnthony

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The Heist World Tour (San Diego/Santa Ana) | Macklemore & Ryan Lewis w/ Xperience and Dee-1

Long time friend and collaborator, Xperience (XP), gets the show under way in true emcee fashion, brandishing phenomenal production, polished stage presence and the crowd control of a tour headliner.  It was just a year ago that Xperience opened up for Macklemore with Champagne Champagne at San Diego’s intimate, all ages venue, The Epicentre.  He was a solid act then, but since has gone from a good hip hop act to a well-rounded entertainer who commands the attention, energy and respect of all in attendance.  The set that XP and his DJ put together was perfect for the tour and the performance was seamless.  The production for the first track was RI DIC U LOUS! and definitely pulled the onlookers in.  XP then took us on a buffet style journey through some of his catalogue, showing off lyrically, vocally (yeah, he sings well too), and he showed that he can touch on just about any topic while maintaining the integrity of real hip hop.  If openers are something like appetizers, preparing the audience for the main course, then XP did his damn job – he undoubtedly made new fans and left all hungry for what was to come.

New Orleans up and comer (don’t get it confused, he has been doing his thing for quite a while now), Dee-1, was second in the line-up for the night, carrying the weight of being the artist to finish preparing the stage and the audience for the headliner.  Dee-1 did a great job of such and showed a great level of composure, crowd control and variety – especially for the tour youngster, which shouldn’t be a surprise since he used to be a middle school math teacher – if you have good classroom management, chances are you can manage a group of people who ALL want to be in attendance. Dee-1 seems to have a deep sense of purpose, similar to Macklemore, and he shared that it was a mutual respect for one another’s mission/vision that landed Dee-1 the spot on the tour.  The Louisiana accent is thick and Dee’s personality follows suit; he is confident yet humble, honest yet inviting, making him a tough act not to like.  The highlights of Dee-1’s set were his calling up an audience member to freestyle a verse in his I’m the Man in My City and his closing track which seemed to fully embody his talent, and purpose for using such, and the last track was the perfect segue into Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

SAC had the privilege of catching M&RL’s set in San Diego and the show, in its entirety, in Santa Ana, CA.  Without being negative, but while being honest, Macklemore’s set in San Diego fell short of his show the previous year at The Epicentre; he just seemed “off” (which he even commented about during the Santa Ana show) which made the set feel disjointed and lackluster compared to a year ago.  One who had not seen him before might have walked away feeling that the show was excellent, and it was, but it just wan’t Mack’s “all”.  Not sure what factors played into such, but the following night in Santa Ana he completely redeemed himself – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and each of their bandmates/features were absolutely electric on Friday night, October 26th.

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The band (cellist, fiddler, trumpeter) calmly get into postion – the crowd is already at what seem to be peak levels, then Ryan Lewis jumps up behind his co-pilot’s station and triggers the ambient build up that will become 10.000 hours – they cheer even more, and then, in a Memebers Only-esque jacket with a dead rodent around his neck, Macklemore struts up onto stage, turns his back to the audience (cue the spot light and then seconds later drop the beat) – the audience belts out with its remaining decibles of praise and with hip hop’s universal symbol of adoration/support (one hand/fist moving in rhythm with the kick and the snare) every soul in the place shows his/her loyalty to and desire for the working man’s poetry and emotive production from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

The movement from track to track and emotion to emotion was seamless from 10,000 Hours to Irish Celebration.  The energy of everyone on the stage was infectious and that energy was passed from performers to audience members, back to performers and so on, in a cycle of mutual appreciation – Macklemore’s appreciation and delight in the attention (though not in what seems an egotistical way) is tangible during any of his many “soaking it in” moments wherein he stands with eyes closed, an unmistakably content smile and a gentle nod to the rhythm of his fans’ praise.  That praise is much deserved as Mack and co. champion the cause of many an underdog and tell tales of the beauty that there is to be discovered in life’s daily up’s and down’s.

As the up’s and down’s in life often seem to have a rhythm, the set list mirrors this rhythm as Macklemore brings the crowd up and down and back up again on a musical and emotional roller coaster.  He is not alone in this endeavor.  The cello, fiddle and trumpet each play a role in both the up’s and the down’s and add a touch that a DJ by him/herself simply cannot do.  Also, Macklemore has brought an entire team of features with him on the tour bus – Mary Lambert provides onlookers with goosebumps as she more than sings the chorus for Same Love and ironically brings tears to listeners’ eyes as the words “not cryin’ on Sundays” dance off of her lips at the end of the song, baritone Wanz reminds us that we can “pop some tags” even if we only have “20 dollars in [our] pocket[s] on Thrift ShopEvan Roman gives us a treat on A Wake with her silky, Lykke Li-like vocals (this was a special moment because it was the first time they had ever performed the track live) and then there is Ray Dalton, a dapper young man with a voice like an angel, who is responsible for some of the most powerful build-ups in Can’t Hold UsMy Oh My, Wings and more – fun fact, Dalton, in a surge of reciprocated energy, came out at the end of the concert to take a bow and threw his suspenders to eager fans.  While Ben Haggerty (Macklemore’s given name) possesses an uncanny measure of both charisma and passion, the concert could not be as powerful without his entire team, from band, to features, to openers and on to sound, stage and lighting engineers – this concert was one which allows attendees to transcend their lives for an evening to dwell in music, only to return to the grind with a heightened sense of purpose and resolve.

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Thank God for the unique qualities and characteristics He has designed music to have and for those who He has gifted and chosen to use as instruments of His beauty and grace, wether consciously or unknowingly.  It would be a shame for one to have the opportunity to experience The Heist World Tour and miss that opportunity, so please head over to Macklomore.com and find out when and where the tour stops near you and get a ticket NOW, especially since both the San Diego and Santa Ana shows were sold out, as are many others already.  This is music at its best, this is hip hop, this is beautiful.

Peace and Love,

NathanAnthony

*Look for Ben and the crew on Ellen this week, performing Same Love

*Be sure to click on the above hyperlinks to find more about each of the artists mentioned