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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!!!!

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@DURM_HHS Concert Series Presents: The Koolest, The Truth of QC and Lil’Bob doe (#LHLH 5.16.14)

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)


The Koolest
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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.


Lil’Bob Doe

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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.”


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@DURM_HHS Concert Series Presents: #LHLH April 18th 2014

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



Young Dirt
youngdirtBorn 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!
Defacto Thezpian
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.
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(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
Cover: $5

Toon & The Real Laww
Toon-Laww-Fall2013-Shoot1Rappers, Singers, Songwriters, Producers, Promoters and Entrepreneurs, “Toon & The Real Laww were born to entertain…” Winner of the 2013 Carolina Music Awards for Best Male Hip Hop Artist and 2012 Carolina Music Awards for Video of Year with “International Laww”. Toon & The Real Laww have been a force to be reckoned with in the NC Hip Hop scene. They have graced the cover of Tribes Magazine, hosted benefit concerts for The Wounded Warriors Project and for the victims of domestic violence for The Durham Rescue Mission as well as being founders of the annual event, DURM Hip Hop Summit. This was as of August 2011 after The Real Laww returned from another successful toward in Afghanistan as a US Marine. Toon & The Real Laww manage to make a heavenly blend and transition, whether performing alongside punk rock bands, jazz and spoken word artists. From opening to headlining, Toon & The Real Laww cannot be denied and the energy they give to the fans is shown when everyone is drenched in sweat after a performances and wanting more.
Toon & The Real Laww have shared the stage with the likes of Meek Mill, Machine Gun Kelly, GZA, Killer Mike, Gym Class Heroes, Lloyd, Pac Div, Big Sean, Mike Posner, Ben Folds 5 and Kooley High

joe Crush
joe crushJoe Crush spent his first few formative years performing self-produced, internationally influenced, mood driven music, engaging audiences from Princeton to UGA, Blacksburg to Birmingham, even in Madrid, Spain! Joe Crush’s voice may be familiar to some, as his music can be heard throughout several episodes of major network television series, such as MTV‘sJersey Shore, E!’s Kim and Khloe Take Miami. He recently decided to return to his hometown Charlotte, North Carolina and has spent the past year collaborating with songwriters from Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, and Los Angeles. The result is LOUDTRAIN, an artist movement that includes Joe Crush’s latest project, titled Black Skin Cake Boy.
bc0e538051501b34e9ca4ba80b19406bKourvioisier began his rapping career at the age of eleven wherein 2005 he was a member of a group named First in Flight, later Flight Gang which dropped their first mixtape as he was exiting eighth grade. They went on to make two more mixtapes in 2008 but the group disbanded due to disagreement between the four members.A young Kourvioisier could be found going to daycare with a boombox and headphones, this trend continued through middle school where a camcorder was added where he would rap amongst his peers. Ninth grade found the emcee still modest but after being put on the spot in tenth grade, he came out of his shell and became known as a young force to be reckoned with and started emceeing where ever he could showcase his talent. Some talents are said to be beyond their years, oft referred as having an old soul. These are young people who seem to have been on the planet before because their knowledge and/or abilities excel far beyond those of their contemporaries. Kourvioisier is one of those types of souls. He is a student of the game in that his knowledge of the golden era is extensive for an individual who had yet to crawl, let alone walk the earth when the golden era occurred. He channels the word play synonymous with that era over twenty first century production. The rapper attests that his father fading away from his life as he got older as the reason he harbored so much internal anger and music became the vehicle in which he would channel that aggression. When one listens to his music it is easy to discern in portions of his delivery that the artist is siphoning his inspiration from a deep, emotional pain, and yet, maybe due to his youth you hear the hope that springs eternal from a young mind that refuses to lose. He credits his mother and his grand-mother for being his saving grace in that they encourage him to push forward regardless of what his current situation may be. In 2008, while recording the final project for Flight Gang he met DJ Skaz Digga, a recording engineer, producer and dj for Big Daddy Kane and one of the founding members of The World Famous Butta Team dj crew out of Durham N.C. After the break-up of Flight Gang, Kourvioisier found himself hanging around Skaz’s Flavor Fruit Studios due to his love of music and his desire to continue even though his crew had disbanded. Skaz was recording a local artist and Kourvioisier asked if he could feature on the track and the artist agreed. The next day he came back with a verse written to the concept and he was able to hold his own with a rapper far enough ahead of him in the game he impressed the veteran Skaz so much so that he made him one of his artist. July, 2009 a concept was developed and the project was entitled “Return of the Golden Era (featuring the Golden Child Kourvioisier).” This would be the first time the rapper dropped his initials and used his government name as his emcee moniker. Even though it was a mixtape, he treated the project like an album in hopes that his extra effort would make his mixtape stand out from the norm. The project wrapped in December for a February release It was hailed by critics from Indy Week and NuFacesNC as well as rap veterans such as Big Daddy Kane, Lord Finesse, DJ Nas Nes’ Rap Attack and a co-sign from one of NC’s most accomplished producers, 9th Wonder

Schedule for the 2013 DURM Hip Hop Summit

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

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5th and Final Promo Video for the DURM Hip Hop Summit | “The Thank You”

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 host for the evening: Brian Dawson, Nikki Nikole, Wade Banner and just recently added Bishop Omega, who will keep the crowds hype throughout the night!

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.

A Big THANK YOU to all the venues who open their doors to us and making this year’s summit bigger than what we could ever imagine: MotorCo, Casbah and The Pinhook.

Thank you to all the DJs who will be keeping bodies moving that night: DJ Shahzad, Queen Plz, Ill Digitz and DJ Forge.

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!

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@YoungSwift, @Tab_One & @BlackKennedy aka Kaze | The Cypher (4th Promo Vid)

GREAT MORNING INDEED!! Its Monday, so you know what that means… another glorious DURM HHS promo video! This week is the DURM Cypher with Young Swift, Tab One and Kaze!

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!

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