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”
Oakland rapper and musician Do D.A.T. was the MC for last Tuesday’s event “Hip Hop for Justice” where he did a fantastic job keepin’ the crowd into it, but it is clear that he is also a man of many talents you should become more familiar with.
From his website:
“One interaction with Do D.A.T and you’ll quickly figure out that he’s not the average artist coming out of the Bay Area’s music scene. Listening to a few songs will leave you with the understanding that this is an artist with a passion for making quality music. Do D.A.T. is all smiles. If you were one the bay area’s most promising young personalities, you’d be smiling too.
Many people believe that hip hop is dead. Do D.A.T. is evidence that hip hop is not extinct, but that Hip hop has evolved.
Listen to his music and decide for yourself.”
This past May, he released his second album, the Duke Ellington-inspired “Oakland in Blue”, which is now available on iTunes and CDBaby. One listen and you’ll hear how he stands out from other local rappers and is raising the bar for a new-era of jazz-rap artists. Check these links out and look for him performing in the Bay Area and beyond in the near future!
Check out this May article in East Bay Express: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/ebx/cool-like-do-dat/Content?oid=1753295
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