We are PLEASED, HONORED and EXTREMELY EXCITED to announce that K97.5′s own Brian Dawson and his son, the Kid DJ sensation, Chase Dawson will hosting and DJing at this years DURM HIP HOP SUMMIT!!!!
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
(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
I know you’ve all been wondering how you’re going to plan out your evening for the DURM Hip Hop Summit!?
Don’t worry, we got you covered. Below is the DURM Hip Hop Summit Schedule. ALSO we will have the Bridge Bus ALL to ourselves that evening, so all you have to do is park your car and let the Bridge Bus take you to your destinations!! EASY DAY!!
Make sure you stop by Cocoa Cinnamon Before the festivities where we will be having a Panel discussion with NC Hip Hop Heavy Hitters like Pierce Freelon of the Beat Making Lab, Median, Professor J Bully, J Gunn and Cognito of Fro Lab just to name a few
WOW! Its almost here! THIS SATURDAY, August 17th it’s REALLY happening! The ride getting here has been amazing! We want to thank first and foremost the City of DURM who have been supporting the Summit since Day One! Like we’ve been saying, we couldn’t see this event happening anywhere BUT DURM! The people of the wonderful city accept and embrace all forms of artistic express and we’re just happy to be apart of it!
We would like to thank the artist that’ll be on tap: Kooley High, KAZE, Young Swift, Actual Proof, Drique London, Jey Davis, Wreck n Crew, Top Bottom, Lil Bob Doe, A-10 and LumiNaughty! Thank you all SO MUCH for taking time out of your busy schedule to rock with us and making this happen.
Thank you to The Underground who has provided all of the producers for the Producer Battle! Also to ALL the MCs who will be battling that night!!
To Johnny J Jones who shot ALL the promo videos! You’re eyeballs are amazing good sir, and thank you for capturing the emotion of the summit and brining it to life!!
To The Bridge Bus who will be keeping the Summit attendees save during their travel between venues.
And a HUGE SHOUT OUT and Thank You to all the sponsors: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Runaway Clothes, The Art of Cool, Woodville Inc, RedBull, The Indy Week, Lifekit, dTown Market, Cocoa Cinnamon and Zoe Pictures! Literally without you the DURM Hip Hop Summit would’ve NEVER happen!!
WE ARE EXTREMELY EXCITED! And we’re happy to see that you are too!!!
And Don’t forget to get your Tickets at: DURMHipHopSummit.Eventbrite.com
if you don’t like using your card online, you are free to purchase tickets the day of the event at any Venue of your choosing for your ALL DAY ACCESS Pass
Check out the Final Promo Video right here, shot by the incredible Johnny J. Jones!
HI!! You know we love to GIVE GIVE GIVE! So here’s your Chance to get into the DURM Hip Hop Summit for FREEEE!!
With less than 2 weeks to go til the summit the overal response has been unbelievable! Thank you again to everyone who has supported and continues to support the movement!
I Don’t Know about YOU but WE’RE EXCITED!!
CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR ADVANCED TICKETS (1 ticket gets you in to 3 Venues!)
Directed by thee Johnny J Jones