Ripped directly from the Brooklyn Bodega press release:
It’s about that time again. CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2009 will hit New York City from October 20-24. For 5 days and nights over 1,200 artists and 120,000 fans will take over more than 75 of the city’s greatest nightclubs and theaters. Headquartered once again at New York University’s Greenwich Village campus; don’t miss your chance to participate in New York City’s largest music festival.
Wednesday October 21st, 6-10pm
DROM 85 Ave. A, NYC
Brooklyn Bodega 2009 CMJ Showcase with:
- Pac Div
- Big Sean
- Jesse Boykins III
- Diamond District
- Those Chosen
- DJ Parler
Those Chosen are also the first act to be signed to Savannah Boogie Music and Song, the digital distribution company and creative incubator started by Bodega President, Wes Jackson. While showcasing great talent this event will also serve as a bit of a coming out party for the new business.
“Savannah Boogie is the natural extension of our brand. A way to continue to work with these great artists in a meaningful and profitable way that will allow them to continue to create great music. Those Chosen rocked our first round of ‘Show and Prove’ in the Spring [of 2009]. While they didn’t play the [Brooklyn Hip-Hop] Festival we knew we wanted to be in business with them. Look out for their project ’5ive’ this November as well as more from Savannah Boogie.”
For the past seven years we have used the platform of CMJ to expose Hip-Hop fans, critics, and professionals alike to new and progressive talent. Our CMJ Showcase is like the little brother to the Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, the largest Hip-Hop event in New York City. While we bring 10,000+ out to the park every June, every Fall we bring several hundred out to the City to get a glimpse of what everyone will be talking about by Christmas.
This year is no exception as we pull the best and brightest from California, Detroit, D.C. and of course Brooklyn.
An avant garde hip-hop group known for their street influenced, politically fueled, spiritual lyricism consists of Japetto, Kornbread and Foreshadow. The trio’s common love for music helped form a musical brotherhood that has Those Chosen on a journey to become the premiere influence within music. A constant staple in California’s hip-hop scene Those Chosen have gained recognition with live performances on MTV2, numerous national music festivals, sold out concerts and collaborations with hip hop legend Slick Rick and Grammy-winning super-producer IZ Avila of the Avila Brothers, in addition to hit maker THX. The group’s most recent projects “Steamulus: The Watts Riot Effect” and “Reign Food” A Street Album captures listeners with dynamic lyricism, vivid story telling that ranges from estranged relationships, feel-good vibes to triumphant glory mode and beyond always reaching new sonic heights. Moving even further away from the commercialism of mainstream hip hop’s immediate hooks and general sound Those Chosen continue to find their place with fans and music lovers on a global scale.
The Southern California trio, Pac Div consists of brothers, Like and Mibbs, along with longtime friend BeYoung. The three came together in high school. While new talents strayed towards microwave music that trades quantity for quality, Pac Div crafted an original sound timeless sound influenced by the golden era of hip hop. During the course of the group’s development, Hip Hop superstars began to notice. With Myspace love alone, Pharell Williams of The Neptunes reached out to affirm that Pac Div is making innovative and fun music. After that, a chance meeting with The Roots’ Questlove in a Los Angeles record store led to a passed demo – which shockingly then led to the drummer personally calling the group to also extend support. Offers from major labels followed, the group found a home with Universal Motown Records and readying for their debut release, Grown Kid Syndrome in late 2009. The album delightfully forgets the tangents rap music has taken in the mainstream and simply affirms that good music is timeless.
Sean Anderson, p.k.a. Big Sean, is the newest artist signed to G.O.O.D. Music/Island Def Jam at the young age of 20. Sean gained a strong relationship with 102.7FM, a local radio station in Detroit where he displayed his rhyming skills weekly. There, he met Kanye West after a radio interview in 2005 and got a chance to display his talent by freestyling for Mr. West, giving him a copy of his music and sending numerous tracks for him to critique. After months of submitting songs and numerous meetings, Sean finally got the call from Kanye West himself saying that he wanted to sign him. Big Sean officially signed to G.O.O.D. Music in 2007. Sean has two mixtapes under his belt starting with “Finally Famous-The Mixtape” [Nov. 2007] and “UKNOWBIGSEAN-Finally Famous Vol. 2″ [Spring 2009]. His hit single “Getcha Some” took over the Internet and created major buzz for the artist and quickly solidified him as a breakout star. The single first debuted on Kanye West’s “Cant Tell Me Nothin’ Mixtape” giving him the exposure needed to showcase and introduce his talent to the world. Big Sean is scheduled to release his debut album entitled “Finally Famous” in Fall 2009. The album features Hip Hop stars such as ten-time Grammy Award-winning artist Kanye West, Pharrell, The Dream, and many more.
Jesse Boykins III has a timeless sound. He shares a point of view that crosses all genres and generations. Every note and each word in all his recorded works to his live performance is skillfully crafted evoking emotions that move the listener to examine and acknowledge those feelings within themselves. When Jesse performs, people pay attention. The young crooner has a gift of engaging audiences with not only his soothing vocals but infectious personality. Jesse is known for his collaborations with indie hip hop sensation Theopholis London and has shared the stage with soul singer greats including Bilal and Eric Roberson. With the energy of his band, The Beauty Created, behind him, the JB3 experience never disappoints.
“In The Ruff” is the highly anticipated debut album from new DC Hip-Hop group “The Diamond District”, created by state veterans Oddisee, X.O. & YU. In The Ruff is the answer for any lover of hip hop who asks the question – “Where did that grimy East coast sound go?” The group was founded by rapper/ producer Oddisee, who has a long list of production & collaboration credits with the likes of Freeway, Talib Kweli, Little Brother, Jazzy Jeff, and Buckshot. In The Ruff is a raw mid-90′s Boom-Bap themed album for the DC state of mind, destined to appeal to all lovers of hip hop’s golden era, managing to travel back in time and push the boundaries of DC Hip-Hop simultaneously.
What: Brooklyn Bodega 2009 CMJ Showcase
Where: DROM in the East Village of Manhattan | 85 Ave A | NYC
When: Wednesday October 21st, 2009
Details: For more info click on www.brooklynbodega.com
Brooklyn Bodega is a multimedia content production and branding company. Our brand extends into event production, journalism and critical media analysis, digital and grassroots marketing, radio, video, and content distribution. While The Bodega is best known for producing New York City’s largest Hip-Hop event, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival our expertise also manifests in Brooklyn Bodega Radio, Bodega TV, our blogazine and online home BrooklynBodega.com, and most recently Savannah Boogie Music and Song – a digital content distributor.
The Bodega is made up of an extraordinary group of cultural programmers, marketing professionals, writers, designers and academics who have heeded their own personal call to action and have dedicated themselves to the celebration and preservation of Hip- Hop culture. For our daily musings and more information on how you can be a part of our team of super heroes please visit www.brooklynbodega.com