Boys and Girls! Children of ALL ages! It’s that time again, where you’re minds will be open and your shoulders will get a good workout becuase your hands are sure to be up atleast 300x!!!
The DURM Hip Hop Summit Concert Series, in its 4th installment, is proud Present The Queen City’s own, The Truth of QC! Headlining the event will be Durham’s own industrial strength duo, The Koolest!! Durham’s Lil’Bob Doe opens.
Location: Devines – 904 W. Main
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The Truth of QC
Blake “The Truth Of The QC” Rothmel is an amazing up-n-coming talent hailing from Charlotte NC. While his roots are based in hip-hop, Blake has a unique sound that blends many different styles of music which appeals to an extremely broad audience. He has been performing in and around the Charlotte area for 10 years and has played a wide selection of venues with a wide variety of top artists.
One of his most impressive talents is undoubtedly his writing method. Or more specifically, his “Non-Writing” Method. Rothmel says that he feels like a pen and pad bind him. “I feel like my songs are already written, just kind of floating around in little pieces. I just pace around the room and piece it together in my head,” says Rothmel.
A few months ago, Rothmel was featured on 95.1 Kiss FM’s “Otis O Show,” and his popularity has been growing steadily ever since. Rothmel has performed at some of Charlotte’s hottest clubs and music venues, such as Halo, BuckHead Saloon, Bad Dog’s University, Amos’ Southend and Tremont Music Hall. The Truth of the QC also auditioned for America’s Got Talent, performed at consecutive annual Inkfest Live events.
In 2007, Rothmel opened for KRS One at “For Sisters Only.” That same year, he won power 98’s “Next Big Thing” contest, and also acquired the first ever 10 out of 10 “Keep Its” on Power 98’s “Keep it or Sweep it.” In 2008, Rothmel opened for “Peter Frampton and 38 Special” in Nashville, TN. He also performed at two “Indie Music Expos” that had over five thousand people in attendance. A year later, in 2009, Rothmel was featured on DJ Tony Tone’s (Power 96 in Miami, FL) Mixtape which had over ten thousand copies distributed. During that same timeframe, Rothmel performed at numerous Clubs/Bars in South Florida.
In 2010, Rothmel spent two months recording “NameSake’s” Debut album with Famed Record Producer, James Paul Wisner (Dashboard Conf., New Found Glory, Underoath…) Recently, Rothmel was Nominated for two Carolina Music Awards, New Artist of The Year and Music Video of The Year. He also released an Independent Mixtape, “The Rhythm of My Life”
Growing up, Rothmel was always particularly drawn to music. He wrote his first rap when he was eight years old for a call in radio contest in FL. Inspired by “Outkast,” Rothmel started officially writing his own raps in the ninth grade. His unique sound can be compared to “Sublime,” “Lil Wayne,” and “Oukast,” “all mixed into one,” says Rothmel.
Venue Performances Include:
(Charlotte) Label – Osso – Halo – The Saloon – Amos’ Southend – Tremont Music Hall – Crown Station – BuckHead Saloon – Mynt Lounge – Bar Charlotte – The Comedy Zone – NV Lounge – The Evening Muse – Studio 74 Grady Cole Center – Charlotte Convention Center – Metrolina Expo Center
(Rock Hill) The Money – Pub House – Empire – Old Town – (Anual Fourth of July Festival)
(Wilmington) Laundro Lounge
Carnival Cruise (Freedom) Performed for 800-1000 people
(Austin) South By Southwest (SXSW)
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.
If anyone has the infectious lyrics to rock a crowd, it’s definitely the rap genius, Lilbobdoe. His distinctive flow electrifies audiences with an urban sound that sets him beyond local stages and competitions to the heart of music. Bringing hip-hop back to the mic, Lilbobdoe is the industry’s demand.
Born as Daniel Thompson on December 29, 1988, Lilbobdoe was raised by his mother, Lavette Kelly, in the fast-paced inner city of Southeast Washington, D.C. In 2006, the two relocated to Durham, NC in efforts to bypass the social challenges familiarizing the young teen with “street life.”
Opening a gateway of opportune avenues, the transition allowed Thompson to embrace his childhood passion for music and introduce himself as Lilbobdoe—the incredible artist the world will soon know. Influenced by iconic legends like Bob Marley, Eminem and The Police to create a legacy of his own, Lilbobdoe has been writing rhymes and spitting lines with friends since grammar school. “We would make ten verses and call them albums,” Lilbobdoe remembers.
As a member of RMG (Realer Music Group), Lilbobdoe is maturing in his craft with club bangers and heartfelt tracks comparable on his first mix tape, The Start Up and current work, Letters of the Unknown (releasing soon). “I believe in this movement and just want my music to speak for me and help others,” Lilbobdoe says. Believing he can redefine the underground industry and take mainstream by storm, Lilbobdoe moves forward with confidence and patience to impact music as it continues to impact him. “My main focus is to stay focused, continue doing what I have been doing and remain humble.”
Durham NC, Friday April 18th, JOIN US for the 3rd installment of the DURM Hip Hop Summit Concert Series. The Local Hip and Local Hops will have on tap Carolina Music Award winner Young Dirt. And the lyrical God himself Defacto Thezpian.
Devines: 904 W Main St
Born and raised in the Carolinas, Young Dirt is putting his mark on the hip-hop scene. Like most rappers, real life situations inspired Young Dirt to put his pen to paper and give us the story board of his life. It is a life which reflects a lower class upbringing with hard working family values, experiencing the death of loved ones and the joy of fatherhood. Unlike most rappers, Young Dirt writes, produces and engineers all of his music and he served a brief stint in the military which shaped his new perspective on life – the Young Dirt“point of view”. That “pov” has deemed him the reigning rap “ambassador” of the Carolina’s and a 3-time champion of the Carolina Showcase Showdown in Greensboro. Starting out with a simple computer mic and cool edit pro, Young Dirt sought refuge in the studio. That dedication led to his collaboration with J-Hood (formerly of D. Block) and International music producer, PressPlayMusiq of Berlin, Germany. Constantly on the road from the Carolinas to ATL and even as far Nebraska, Young Dirt is determined to let his music touch people.Touched by a legacy of musical influences- The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Jay Z and Rakim, Young Dirt hopes to create a legacy of his own, starting with his home base in the Carolinas. The streets can’t get enough of the Young Dirt mixtape movement, he’s released “Jackin 4 Beatz Vol. 1” and “Call Me A.K.A.The Audio Documentary”. Young Dirt has a serious belief system when it comes to music,The Young Dirt philosophy says the “path of righteousness is in the hood” and that’s why this latest mixtape, “Born Alone Die Alone” is dictated by hard-core beats and real life lyrics that fans relate to. Currently signed to You World Global Media, CEO/Founder, Carlos Diaz discovered Young Dirt had a “passion, work ethic and lyrical talent” that couldn’t be compared to most artists in today’s music industry. Next up, “WAVE”, a track that breeds attitude, clever lyrics all while repping the Carolinas! The Young Dirt story is just getting started!
It’s a word uniquely uttered by Hip Hop artist Defacto Thezpian that seems ideal when tasked with finding an adjective to describe the rising star from Durham, North Carolina.
A long-time stage actor (hence the name), Defacto Thezpian’s lyrical prowess continues to have him mentioned as an elite in the Triangle area. It should come as no surprise that Defacto has already shared the stage with notable artists J. Gunn, Pac Div, Young Dirt, as well as Toon and The Real Laww.
Defacto Thezpian’s blend of music is eclectic and unique; a great compromise between the organic warmth of old school hip-hop and the focus and versatility of modern productions. It’s all about tight analog-like beats, lush melody and Defacto’s schnozy lyrical flow.
Listen to his music and you’ll hear the true tales of a young male with tales that are similar to his peers, but shared in a manner that forces listeners to hit the playback button again and again.
(Durham, NC) It seems like only this past August was when one of the BIGGEST events hit the Triangle. Hip Hop took over the city of DURHAM… or should I say, DURM… wait it was!!
This year its going to be even BIGGER and BETTER! Leading up to 2014’s DURM Hip Hop Summit will be a monthly concert series, where every 3rd Friday we will introduce the city of DURM to an amazing out of town Hip Hop Artist and bring to you phenomenal Local Artists that are making their mark and taking over the triangle hip hop scene. Within this DURM Hip Hop Summit Concert Series will be mini summit style events to include Producer Battles, Freestyle Battles, DJ Spin offs as well as Graffiti and BBoys out side when the weather starts to get warmer!
Each event will be held at Devines located at 904 W Main St . To KickStart the series on FEBRUARY 21st, the Man, the Myth, the Legend, Kourvioisier will start off the evening. Followed by some out of town help by Joe Crush DURM’s very own and founders of the DURM Hip Hop Summit, Toon & The Real Laww will round out the evening!!
February 21st, 2014 (RSVP Here)
Doors @ 9
Show @ 10