Thursday, August 24, 9pm, $5 (21+)
Savannah, GA Rapper / Producer / Freestyle extraordinaire
Angelo Luciano www.facebook.com/A.Luciano.III
G Premacy www.facebook.com/GPremacy
Mycelium MC www.facebook.com/mc.mycelium
Cove Vito www.facebook.com/coverthiphop
Perhaps it was the euphoria of the first time he heard a rhyme collide with a beat. It may have been the gruesome civil war that touched his young life, and that war’s impact his family. Likely, it was the fusion of the two experiences that inspired a young Kedrick Mack to develop and refine his sound into what is now the intense, distinctive art of emcee/producer Dope KNife.
NineteenEightyFour, KNife’s Strange Famous Digital debut, effectively demonstrates his style in ferocious, focused bursts, fused into a gritty boom-bap soundscape littered with dense wordplay.
The album title refers to the year of Kedrick’s birth, the same year in which he fell into a water well in Sierra Leone. “I have a scar on the back of my skull from it,’ Mack explains. “How it happened became one of those stories that my mother would reveal to new acquaintances as they became friends. As a result, as an adult, for me, the story is like the last barrier of information I give a person as an affirmation of our relationship. If a person has known me long enough for me to tell them how I fell in a well as a baby, it’s a sign I’m opening up to them. NineteenEightyFour is that last barrier for me as a musician.”
The son of a US diplomat, Mack’s childhood was spent hopping around the globe in the course of his father’s work. Most of that travel was within the continent of Africa, including a residency in Liberia, his mother’s home country. Liberia’s civil war broke out, and while he and his immediate family were able to evacuate, his mother’s extended family were not so fortunate, leaving them to live amongst the chaos of a decade-long conflict. He’d learn of his family’s tragedies and hardships through the tears on his mother’s face, an almost daily ritual that left him feeling isolated during his teen years.
His discovery of music, and hip-hop in particular, gave him a way to reach out: he began to immerse himself in the culture, finding inspiration in artists as disparate as Rakim, Nine Inch Nails, and Ice-T. He began fronting a rap/rock band and spending time on the freestyle battle circuit from his new stomping grounds in Savannah, GA.
Mack forged strong friendships through his foray into music, friendships which lead to the formation of a DIY record label that allowed him to release 2 full-length group LPs under the crew name Dope Sandwich.
Drink specials are $2 PBR Drafts and $4 Tito’s drinks.
Complimentary promotional packages will be given away to the first 25 guests; packages include coupons to local eateries and distilleries in the Buffalo area, coupled with an informative booklet on all of our performers.
“The title is apropos, yet unintentionally so, the beats are thick, homemade bastions of hip-hop, and the lyrics are a mixture of metaphor, portentous jaunts, poignant ruminations and direct hits.” – Do Savannah
“Set to a sparse musical dystopia, Dope KNife‘s NineteenEightyFour is equally imbued with autobiography, social commentary, Scorsese-esque noir, dark humor, and bombastic hip-hop authority. Dope KNife displays his signature style of savage wordplay over self-produced tracks composed of original live music and takes the listener on a dense tour through 21st century life.” –hissing lawn
“Mackey’s back in town. After a year living and working in Jacksonville, Kedrick Mack —co–founder of Savannah’s frontier–busting hip hop ensemble Dope Sandwich — has returned with a vengeance.”
– Connect Savannah
“MEMORY HOLE”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SONoonn6xlk
“INNER PARTY”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qILiwjkjpoI
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