Hip-Hop in the Central Valley & Elsewhere (March/April ’10)

SamRaw, of Stockton, came down the 99 for a show on Friday, March 12th at Guru Cuisine & Lounge on Oakdale & Scenic in Modesto. More @ http://myspace.com/samrawmusic & http://myspace.com/indiagurulounge

 W.C., of Westside Connection, visited NorCal on Friday, March 19th and performed in The Palladium in downtown Modesto. More @ http://myspace.com/palladiumnightclub & http://myspace.com/wc

IndieFest 3,  presented by Cob@lt & Ikon Urban Riot Gear, went down at Modesto Virtual downtown on Saturday, March 20th with another full showcase of local talent including acts from Fresno, Tracy, Merced, Stockton, Ripon, & Lodi. For a full list of artists see RHHR issue #8 or http://myspace.com/cobalt

 Lupe Fiasco came out to Cali from Chi-Town as part of his Lasers tour on Saturday, March 20th at The Bob Hope Theater in downtown Stockton. More @ http://lupefiasco.com & http://bobhopetheatre.com

 Eligh & Scarub returned to the 209 on Saturday, April 3rd this time rolling thru The Partisan in downtown Merced. Opening acts included local favs Tha Thurd, Realistrators (Gaws, Sick Sense, Anatik), and Destructo Bunny. More @ http://legendarymusic.net, http://myspace.com/yogaforyourears, & http://myspace.com/thepartisanmerced

 Paid Dues, the Independent Hip-Hop Festival, held its 5th annual concert on Saturday, April 3rd at the NOS Center in San Bernardino and featured Ice Cube, Murs & 9th Wonder, TechN9ne, Raekwon, Dogg Pound, Freestyle Fellowship, Jay Electronica, Dilated Peoples, Psycho Realm, People Under the Stairs, Del, & many more. More @ http://paidduesfestival.com

Hocus Ink celebrated its 5 year  anniversary on Saturday, April 3rd with an event at its Mitchell Rd. Ceres location. Along with Ikon Urban Riot Gear, Hocus brought together lowriders, breakdancers, DJs, Hip-Hop acts Cobalt & Nikfuq, as well as local punk band Los Punks del Norte for a day of fun in the sun. More @ http://myspace.com/hocus209 & http://myspace.com/urbanriotgear   

 2Mex & Casual (of Hieroglyphics) got together for the “Hip-Hop Revival Festival” on Thursday,  April 8th at The Empire Theater on Pacific Ave. in Stockton. The event also featured performances by Sahtyre, Erebus Epics, Greyspace, live art shows, b-boy sessions, rap battles, and DJ No Shame. See video @ http://youtube.com/recordnet

Common, NERD, DJ Q-Bert, Bayonics, MC Supernatural & others did a show on Saturday, April 10th at the NASA center in Mountain View in the Bay. More info at  http://ynba.org

 Exile, the DJ and producer for the likes of Mobb Deep, Ghostface Killah, Kardinal Offishall, & Jurassic 5, was in the area on Saturday, April 17th for Crush Congregation’s Beat Battle at The Great Plate Bar & Grill on Central Ave. in Tracy. More @ http://myspace.com/hobnobbin08

Hip-Hop iz Active: Know  Your Rights was a political/musical event to raise awareness in Sac-town. Featuring Brown Hustlas, Blessed Boy, Sosa One, DJs, & guest speakers the show happened on Friday, April 23rd at Primo’s Pizzeria on Northgate Blvd. in Sac. More @ http://efrengcitycouncil.org

 BreakBoys: Do or Die Battle was a 3 on 3 b-boy contest with a $500 grand prize. Presented by Ikon U.R.G. & Hocus Ink, the event went down on Saturday, April 24th at the Salvation Army on Las Vegas St. in South Modesto. More @ http://myspace.com/urbanriotgear  

 Clash of Hip-Hop was presented by the Watsonville Brown Berets on Friday, April 30th at the Bike Shop on Main Street in Watsonville. The event included performances by several local Hip-Hop MCs and groups, artwork workshops, & a bike raffle. More @ http://myspace.com/brownberets


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