WHEN: Weds. Jan 18, 2012, doors at 9:30pm
WHERE: Augusta House (152 Augusta Ave., Toronto)
Yes yes, ya'll...THE CYPHER crew is keeping it moving for 2012 and beyond!
To set off the year, we're proud to be featuring two talented artists who have been grinding on the scene for several years:
royceBIRTH and FenaxiZ
Blending dirty soul-driven production with razor-sharp lyrics, royceBIRTH and FenaxiZ comprise the rap duo Chain City. For eight years, these two have been contributing their own distinct brand of beats, rhymes, and life to Toronto's underground Hip-Hop scene, but as individual artists with their own respective solo careers.
royceBIRTH would make a name for himself providing hard-hitting gritty soundscapes for several of the city's top-notch rhymers while FenaxiZ became known amongst rap connoisseurs for authoring introspective, intricate, and poetic verses. Friends since their high school years, Royce Birth and FenaxiZ would often collaborate on eachother's projects so it was only natural that they would eventually get together for a Chain City EP.
When asked about the group name, FenaxiZ explains, "It's often said that a chain is only as strong as it's weakest link, so we keep that saying in mind when we work. It pushes each of us to come as hard as we possibly can and give it our best." Royce adds, "We also realized that everyone in the industry is connected to eachother. If you've heard about the 6-degrees of separation rule, that number becomes even smaller when applied to the Canadian Hip-Hop industry so we want everyone involved in this scene to recognize that fact and work together towards putting our art out there as a whole."
The Chain City EP is set to drop this year and will feature the single "Ah Yeah" as well as "Substance (feat. MC FÜBB)" and "Born & Raised." And if this project isn't enough to satisfy the heads out there, 2012 will also see the release of Royce Birth's "Cassette" and FenaxiZ' "Vintage" solo albums.
THE CYPHER LYRICIST COMPETITION:
MCs spit their best 16's, competing to win cash.
-$10 entry fee for each competitor (winner takes all)
-Each artist performs their best verses over random instrumentals
-Whichever MC's verse is judged to be the best will win!
-Competitors who want to participate must sign up at the event no later than 11pm.
- Winner also gets to defend their title (no entry fee) at the next cypher!
MC FÜBB - http://www.mcfubb.com/
DJ Xplisit - http://www.djxplisit.com/
(Toronto' craziest beatboxing DJ)
Slick Nick - http://www.telescaphoto.com/
Pay $20 and get a Cypher T-shirt with admission!
Any artist that shows up will get mic time - GUARANTEED!
OFFICIAL PROMO VIDEO:
Hip Hop culture manifests through the creative self-expression of individuals who embody its spirit in their respective art forms. This power of spontaneous creativity, the unification of a community for the great purpose that is Hip Hop, happens at The Cypher.
Artists sign up to take part in group performances called cyphers, in which each performer takes a few minutes on the mic and then passes it on to the next performer. All performances occur over music supplied by a live DJ, beat boxer, or producer. There are also a few spots at The Cypher reserved for featured artists to perform their own sets.
The Cypher is a grassroots hip hop event started by MC FÜBB and the Hip Hop Headz (H3) community in downtown Toronto in the summer of 2009. The Cypher is an event where hip hop MCs, DJs, producers, and other artists from around the world come to meet and showcase their talents and skills, and gives them an opportunity to network and create business opportunities. The Cypher is an event designed to keep alive the spirit of spontaneous creativity and showmanship that can occur only in hip hop. The Cypher is an opportunity for various members of the hip hop community to perform, network, build community and have fun.
For all inquiries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brought to you by:
Hip Hop Headz - http://www.theh3.com/
MC FÜBB - http://www.mcfubb.com/
The Cypher App (Swipelab) http://www.thecypherapp.com/
The Bigger Than Hip Hop Show (BTHH) - http://bthhradio.blogspot.com/
"H3 stands for the manifestation of hip hop in all of its various forms. Practically, H3 will throw events, support individual artists, endorse causes, and participate in any medium that propagates hip hop as a culture and art-form. H3 is the physical instantiation of hip hop and lives through the creative efforts of its individual members working together towards common goals. H3 creates hip hop – we live hip hop – we are hip hop."