One League Ent. & The Olive Street Agency Presents…
EMC featuring Masta Ace, Punchline, Wordsworth & Stricklin LIVE at PublicWorks, SF
w/ Equipto & Opio, BPos, DJ Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist
Hip Hop’s supergroup, “EMC”—-Masta Ace, Stricklin, Punchline and Wordsworth, recently released their NEW project on May 20th, 2014 — “Turning Point EP” (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id867344587
). Their perfromance will include brand new songs from this EP as well as singles from their previous project, The Show (2008). Masta Ace will also grace the stage with a few of his songs from his critically acclaimed “Sittin’ on Chrome” (1995) and “Slaughtahouse” (1993) like platinum single, “Born To Roll”. Joining the EMC Crew will be popular underground Bay Area artists –Solidarity Records’ Equipto, Hieroglyphics’ Opio & One League Ent.’s BPos.
Sunday, July 6th, 2014
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
$15.00 – $18.00
TIX & INFO: http://ticketf.ly/UhY9IA
EMC featuring Masta Ace, Punchline, Wordsworth & Stricklin
Though not officially formed as a group until 2005, the crew came together in 2001 while touring together on Masta Ace’s Disposable Arts tour. Ace described the group’s formation in an interview with IllHillEast.com:
“It came about back in 2001, I went on tour to promote my album Disposable Arts and on that tour I travel with Stricklin. Strick was from Milwaukee, where we found Tommy Boy at the time. And I also travel with Punchline. We ride on the road for about a month or so, we really just got to liking each other and over the course of the last 5 years we collaborated together on a lot of different records. You know, whether it be me and Strick or me and Wordsworth. Or Words and Strick. Or Punch and me. We just done so many different collaborations. I mean probably some in the area of 20 different records. That one, or two, or three of us had been on together. That one of us has been on a record that they done with me on my album and it just seems like the right thing to do. Also like some of the fan-sites it was kinda being spoken about before it was actually a reality. It became like a rumor. People was just like “Yo” and started putting it in the chatrooms that we was forming a group and at the time it wasn’t even true and then we started talking about “yo, maybe this is a good idea, let’s think about it.” That’s how it came about.”
In 2006, the group’s first collaborative track was released online, titled “Four Brothers”. eMC’s first group effort, The Show was released on iTunes on February 26, and the CD release was on March 25. A single from the album, “What It Stand For”, was released in July 2007, and is available for free download on the group’s MySpace page.
On January 21, 2014, it was announced the group was signed to the newly re-founded Penalty Entertainment, which is run under Sony and distributed by RED Distribution. “Spun A Web” was their first single since the new signing, produced by David E Beats and released on February 24th, 2014. It samples Coldplay’s “Trouble”, from their debut album Parachutes.
Equipto & Opio
Equipto, also known as Equip or Young Equip, is a rapper and producer from San Francisco. He is best known for his Horns and Halos series with fellow rapper Andre Nickatina. Equipto has a critically acclaimed distinctive , microphone- masterpiece voice. A well known underground rapper, Equipto’s lyrics have helped to define the meaning of true underground Bay Area sound, making him a legend in his own time.|He is also the founder of the groups 3 Shades of Rhythm, which consists of Equipto, P. Whaley & T.D., & Bored Stiff, whose members are Big Shawn (not to be confused with Big Sean), Dub Star, Equipto, Ike, Julz, Liel League, MIC, Mint Rock, P-Way, Priz & T.D.
As a teen, Opio hooked up with local rappers Tajai and A-Plus, whom he met through Casual, another emcee who was Opio’s classmate and neighbor. The three instantly clicked and began recording together, soon adding fourth emcee Phesto Dee, to form the group Souls of Mischief. Together with Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, Domino, and Pep Love, the legendary crew Hieroglyphics was born. Opio has always done double duty for Hiero as both an emcee and producer. Opio’s recent production credits include the track “Naked Fonk” from Del’s recent 11th Hour. Opio’s first solo effort, 2005′s Triangulation Station, moved over 20,000 units.
Although the members of this group have history that dates back to 2004, BPos, short for Be Positive officially formed in 2008. The members are Khafre, D-Wiz, Goodword, Gyrl Abstract and DJ Johnny Venetti. They are a Hip-Hop group from San Francisco that is coming with a less mainstream sound than most people are used to hearing nowadays. The general response is “Refreshing.” The sound has a 90′s vibe with intelligent 2014 content and composition. Since 2008, Bpos has put out 2 Full-length albums, “The Upside” & “Pos Tapes” as well as a 3 part Mixtape series. BPos has performed with many local acts such as Souls of Mischief, Casual, Pep Love, Zion I, as well as broader and more National Acts such as Brand Nubian & Masta Ace. BPos will be releasing their 3rd Full-length Album, #PositiveBeings, July 22, 2014.
Ren The Vinyl Archaeologist:
As a bay area resident (by way of New York), Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist made his mark by curating top notch events featuring hip hop legends and supporting independent artists from the Bay and beyond. In 2000, his True Skool events won the â€śBest of the Bayâ€ in the SF Bay Guardian. Ren has appeared on numerous publications, such as the XLR8R, 7Ă—7, SF Weekly, SF Examiner, Mugshot and SF Magazine, to name a few. since True Skoolâ€™s inception in 1999, his online magazine and newsletter has served as an information resource that covers hip hop history, politics, and events. As a DJ, he has shared bills with world-renowned artists such as Grandmaster Flash, Jazzy Jeff, Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Kool DJ Red Alert, Q-Bert, Cut Chemist, DJ Premier, Wu-Tang Clan, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), Michael Franti & Spearhead, Masta Ace, KRS-One, Lupe Fiasco, Lyrics Born, Pharcyde, DJ Bobbito, DJ Cash Money and the list goes on.