Our headliner for Hip Hop for Justice was very gracious to make the time and put on a set for the crowd that was muy fresco. It was also a homecoming for the progressive Latin hip-hop group, as three of its four members are UC Berkeley Alumni. In other words, this is one of THE hip-hop acts to know if you are reppin’ UC Berkeley Students 4 Hip Hop.
BRWN BFLO, which was formed in 2004 and resides in Oakland, consists of MCs Big Dan, Giant and Somos One and producer Jacinto. Like Mandeep Sethi, they spend time entertaining as well as educating, supporting the local community and spreading messages of violence prevention, cultural pride and La Raza resistance. They have a huge following in the East Bay, having performed at packed local events and in the KALX Berkeley radio station, but are also working hard to get heard across California and beyond, touring with such acts as Michael Franti, singer/songwriter Goapele, Blue Scholars and Zion I on “The Beat Goes On Tour” and “The Taco Truck Tour” (great name). On Cinco de Mayo 2009, they released their self-titled debut with a bonus DVD on their own label to sparkling reviews. That followed with a mixtape called Batos, Baqueros & Busboys. This year, each of the MCs has released a solo mixtape (Giant’s Giant vs. Doom, Big Dan’s Bang for Change, and Somos One’s The Double EP) and continues to perform and record more material to everyone’s delight.
Catch the mixtapes here:
Giant – Giant vs. Doom (link currently unavailable)
Check out a couple vids as well:
the new single from Big Dan and Chingo Bling “Lentes”
their epic music video for “The Reappearance”
Check out Hip Hop for Justice, our first big event for the Fall semester, on Tuesday Oct 5h 7-10 pm in 2nd floor MLK at the Multi Culural Center. Organized by Students 4 Hip Hop @ UC Berkeley and sponsored by the Ethnic Studies 5th Account, this event is a celebration of music, poetry and dance in remembrance of Oscar Grant. This event is happening in solidarity with the October 7th Day of Action and will feature speeches and information from local organizers about how you can get active in your community. Admission and food is free and open to everybody.
Also features Cop Watch (an informational service on how to know your rights) and a performance from UC Berkeley dance troupe Berzerkeley
See ya there and spread the word!
RSVP here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153553938012424