Sat 9/23

Doors 7:00 / Show 8:00
Electric Factory
— $32.50 ADV - $35 DOS | All Ages
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Biography

Brooklyn's history as a bastion of progressive, young hip-hop talent, both past and present, remains unchallenged with the entrance of 25-year old Young M.A into the musical arena; a female voice whose work manifests itself as a triumphant reminder of music's ability to uplift. The Brooklyn MC has been exploring her talents since the age of nine, but her undeniable skills were first shared with a major audience in 2014, when her "Brooklyn (Chiraq Freestyle)" video began garnering more than one-million views on YouTube. In a valiant example of spiritual determination, Young M.A chose not to give credence to the original source of the video - a cynical detractor who shared the video along with his negative and hateful commentary - and now the visual is basking in more than 9.1 million hits. Young M.A has stepped out of the realm of viral sensation and into bona fide artistry, beginning with her latest release ‘Herstory’ and her current smash single, “OOOUUU,” which is RIAA certified 3x platinum. The hit record has amassed 72+ million SoundCloud streams and 205+ million YouTube plays. M.A is receiving national radio attention, with 110,436 spins to date. With the record tearing up the clubs, she’s seen support from the likes of Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, 50 Cent, LaLa, Jadakiss, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mills, Jim Jones, French Montana, FunkFlex, amongst others championing the record. It’s no wonder Billboard, Vogue, MTV, The Fader, NY Times, Complex, Rolling Stone & Revolt recently named her a top artist to watch in 2017. Young M.A has also graced the covers of The Fader Magazine & Highsnobiety this year. She is also fresh off the heels of a sold out US national tour with 21 Savage. Those closest regard her talents as extending beyond music; skills recognized by Oscar-nominated ‘Precious,’ director, Lee Daniels and Grammy-winning producer Swizz Beatz, who strongly recommended M.A for a role on Daniels' sensational, award-winning television show ‘Empire.’ With an eye on her music career, Young M.A respectfully opted out of involvement. Guided by her profound faith, the burgeoning artist represents RedLyfe (Repent Every Day), a movement driven by a higher purpose, but embodied by those, like Young M.A herself, who aim to rise above the trivial and focus on individuality. Openly lesbian and proud in her identity, Young M.A's own personal growth is certainly a source of great inspiration. Childhood experiences playing football with the boys provided her with an early exercise in toughness, while the horrific shooting death of her brother at a painfully young age was an overwhelming tragic loss that she has used as the inspirational undercurrent for the creation of RedLyfe, in what is a powerful revelation of fortitude.

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  • Moneybagg Yo

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    Memphis rapper MoneyBagg Yo brought grit and menace to his rhymes about street life. Born Demario White, he got his start by building an audience with a series of singles, like "Sick of It" with P.C. and 2Much, as well as guest spots on tracks by AMP, SMG, and Mizta CEO. His early mixtapes were issued in 2015, including Relentless and All Gas No Brakes. The following year he released three more, one of which won a Memphis Hip Hop Award for Mixtape of the Year. Federal Reloaded featured Y Grizzle, Young Dolph, and OG Boo Dirty, while the follow-up, ELO (Everybody Lives On), included guests like Yo Gotti ("A Lot of 'Em") and Migos' Quavo ("Days n Nites"). His work with Yo Gotti continued on a joint effort entitled 2 Federal, which would lead to a deal with Gotti's CMG label in late 2016. His first effort with CMG, Heartless, arrived in early 2017 and charted on the Billboard 200. The album featured YFN Lucci ("Wit This Money") and Lil Durk ("Yesterday").

  • Smoke DZA

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    Smoke DZA was born February 8, 1984 at Harlem Hospital in New York City and has lived in New York all his life. The son of two Guyanese immigrants, Smoke was exposed to music at home by his father and fell in love with hip hop at a young age. He grew up listening to and emulating fellow New Yorkers Jay-Z and Notorious BIG. After dropping out of high school to pursue his music career, DZA began battle rapping and has battled fellow Harlem MC J.R.Writer. He was discovered by Jonny Shipes of Cinematic Music Group in 2002 and went on to ghostwrite for numerous rappers, including Hi-Tek. In 2002 he partnered to become one half of the group Smoke & Numbers until going solo in 2008. Since splitting from Smoke & Numbers to pursue a solo career, DZA has released a string of mixtapes including Substance Abuse, Substance Abuse 1.5, George Kush The Button, Rolling Stoned, Sweet Baby Kushed God, Cuz I Felt Like It and K.O.N.Y. He has worked with Big K.R.I.T., Wiz Khalifa, and ASAP Rocky among others and is a founding member of the Smokers Club. His album, Rolling Stoned was awarded the High Times Doobie Award for Hip Hop album of the year for 2011.

  • Bri Steves

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    Atlantic recording artist, Bri Steves found her true calling in the Music immersed in 16s, finding the flow and riding the beat.  Falling in love with HipHop isn’t a new story but she is its newest Muse. Armed with an undeniable voice, an unstoppable drive, a honest and yet slick pen game this young emcee/singer brings a new flow to the game that’s still throwback to some of our favorites from the 90s. The future is wide open for this student of the game.  From recording her own projects in her home studio to rocking out on stages all over Philly and the tristate. Bri is building her reputation for crushing stages with a bold and complete show! Gaining fans with every honest lyric and transparent performance. The image, a balance of around the way girl, sexy tomboy, with hints back to a young Lauryn & MC Lyte compliment a sound that borrows from the 90s but embraces the hybrid sounds you hear from new wordsmiths in the game like Tory Lanez, Bryson Tiller, Drake, Dej Loaf & Dreezy.  Also influenced by soulful but current HipHop legends in the making like Kanye, J. Cole, & Kendrick. Bri Steves is out to become the next great chapter in Hiphop & Alternative R&B. Find her all over social media at @BriSteves.

  • Joie Kathos

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    It’s hard to ignore the amount of talent emerging from Philly lately. From young rappers signing deals with major television networks to talented instrumentalists, songwriters, producers, and vocalists landing deals with major record labels. Known as the home of many musical legends, and legends in the making, Philadelphia has made significant contributions to the music so many people in joy today. Conceived this city’s heirloom is the new age renaissance woman and MC, known as Joie Kathos. Born Jordan Shannon, Kathos has spent most of her life in the music and entertainment industry via her education in dance. After making her initial debut as just “Joie” back in 2011, she later added Kathos to her name when forming her own independent record label now known as Joie Kathos LLC. Joie Kathos is a lifestyle that derives from the combination of the word Joie meaning "with joy" in French. and the Greek prefix Kathos which means "just as" or "just as i am." Together the words translate to “with joy i am”, a motto Kathos created after facing several life changing situations in her early childhood. Kathos is a unique talent with an eclectic approach to producing, writing, singing, and choreographing the music she releases. That’s right, Joie Kathos is a one-woman show. This includes her choreographing her live performances and directing her videos. Although most would assume someone with many gifts must fall short somewhere, the catch is, Joie is a seasoned veteran when it comes to performing on stage, so much so that she was able to convince Philadelphia’s former mayor Michael Nutter to join in for a little routine during her set for GlaxonSmithKline in 2015

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