Hip Hop in the Central Valley & Elsewhere (Nov/Dec 09)

2Mex of LA’s legendary Project Blowed crew, & member of numerous Hip-Hop groups including Of Mexican Descent, The Visionaries, and ShapeShifters blessed the microphone at Heros in Downtown Modesto on Saturday November 14th. Joined on stage by DJ Perksun 2Mex showed the central valley crowd why he is still one of Hip-Hop’s deadliest tongues. Warming up the audience was San Jose’s DirtBag Dan and some of 209’s finest including Los Punks del Norte, Cob@lt, Tronikfuq, the FourCast (formerly ILL CRW), Phat Traxxx, Tha Thurd, & Talk to Strangers.  For more about 2Mex visit myspace.com/2mex  

Dead Prez  & Speech of Arrested Development represented at “Pulse of the Green,” San Francisco’s “Green Fest” after party on Sunday, November 15th which also served as a benefit for CommuniTree/Arts in Action and Oakland’s Green Youth Arts & Media Center. The event also included performances by Wisdom, Fiyawata, Sellassie, and Turf Unity as well as Bay Area Hip-Hop journalist and activist Davey-D. To learn more about SF’s Green Week and upcoming events got to communitree.net   

Boca Floja, Para La Gente, & Guerrilla Queenz came together with the Fresno Brown Berets for a night of Hip-Hop, Reggae, and Revolution on Sunday, November 15th at Café InfoShop in Fresno. With the theme “Voces, Ruidos, y Sonidos X La Lucha” the group of artists and activists brought out the true purpose of Hip-Hop, to not only entertain, but to educate mobilize. More at myspace.com/bocafloja or myspace.com/cafefresno

CunninLynguists & Pep-Love of Hieroglyphics, stopped by at the Shattuck Down Low Lounge in Berkeley on their “Strange Journey Tour”on Saturday, November 21st. Opening for the main acts were Grieves & Budo, the LoopTroop Rockers, and Tunji which made for a well-rounded underground Hip-Hop show. More about the tour and other shows at: myspace.com/cunninlynguists

Phat Traxxx presents the Thanxgiving Music Throwdown went down on Friday, November 27th at the new Banana Joes in Downtown Modesto. The night included appearances by local legends Grains of Sand, SEIP, Nikfuq, Cob@lt, DJ C-Note, Los Punks del Norte, DJ Jose Padilla,  and of course Phat Traxxx. Listen to Phat Traxxx & find out about  shows at myspace.com/phattraxxxproductions

Scarub of Oakland’s Hop-Hop super-group Living Legends spit flows at Merced’s The Partisan on Saturday, December 5th. The solid night of Hip-Hop was presented by Cob@lt & Yoga for Your Ears and also featured Destructo Bunny, Grains of Sand, The Realustrators (Gawz & Sick Sense), Tha Thurd, & Cob@lt. Find out what’s going on with this Living Legend at myspace.com/scarubiscool

The Roots rapped and rocked into the New Years 2010 at the world-famous Warfield venue in San Francisco.                                  

Afrikaa Bambaataa & Zion I also held it down on December 31st  at Club Six in San Francisco.

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