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Kanye vs Jay-Z Tribute

Joco Shows presents

Kanye vs Jay-Z Tribute

Sat · April 14, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 18 and over

Rioville
Rioville
As a producer, singer, and songwriter working primarily with hip-hop and popular music, Rio stands alone in what is also known as the Country Music Capital of the world, Nashville, TN. Rio’s early work with various gospel groups even garnered him a Dove nomination. His sound is notorious for combining deep, hard-hitting baselines reminiscent of the southern rap songs with soothing, graceful melodies.

Rio completed his first studio project, "Good Morning, Dreamer," in the fall of 2012 and released several singles along with his most notorious song to date, "Sex and Sativa." Rio is currently in the studio working on his sophomore album, due out later this year. In addition to hosting a recurring showcase in Nashville at 12th & Porter from 2011-2012 called the Ayevee Show, Rio has performed at North by Northeast Music Festival in Canada, and most recently the Lucky Stache Bash 2 over the St. Patrick's Day weekend.
Jung Youth
Jung Youth
JUNG Youth is a noveau rap artist based out of Nashville, TN. He and his band are currently booking shows in support of the release of their debut EP.

Jung Youth is the moniker of Nashville-based recording artist Justin Tyler Donahue. His debut, a full band rap album is slated for release in 2014.

We live in many different worlds; some of them lie dormant within the recesses of the mind, while others burn brightly in front of our eyes. Some are surreal and spiritual, while others are practical and physical. Planted firmly in the middle of these worlds you can find JUNG Youth, a refreshing reminder that our lives’ journeys are often unpredictable yet still serendipitous. Young enough for self-discovery and old enough for self-reflection, his music blends lush underground sounds with mainstream melodies and mesmerizing lyrical delivery to carefully craft an environment where all are welcome.
Young Quael
Young Quael
Born Marquael Green on October 15, from Atlanta, GA (Stone Mountain). Currently a student at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. Young Quael lives by the self-proclaimed motto, “I just want to be heard…” His style and presence separates him from the crowd as he passionately delivers his music. His real life experiences and emotions inspire him to create. His music is of substance and his ability to word play and story-tell allows listeners to connect with him on different levels. Young Quael’s energy and musical technique self inspires and taps into the soul.



Motivated by Music, Young Quael’s love for music began at the age of 7. His talents were displayed at family events, talent shows, and the church choir. His grandfather, John Feazell of the band “FeaFunk” from Clearwater, Florida greatly influenced his love for music. His highly anticipated debut mix tape entitled “Adventures of Quaelman” releases Summer 2011.

Influences: Roger and Zapp, Outkast, Luther Vandross, Lost Boyz, Tupac, Biggie, Cold Play, Boyz to Men, Mint Condition, Method Man, Missy Elliott
Daphne Willis
Daphne Willis
Collaborating across multiple genres ranging from Roots-Rock and Pop to Hip Hop and Electronic Dance Music, classifying Daphne Willis in musical terms is no easy task. With infectious melodies delivered with lyrical precision and honesty, the songs and performances of Daphne Willis are sincere, compelling and relevant.

Raised in Chicago and relocated now to Nashville, Willis cites influences as varied as Elvis Costello and Michael Jackson, but her musical output cleverly incorporates such inspirations into a style that is refreshing and contemporary in a way that suits her songs best.
Classic Williams
Classic Williams
“Here we are and we’re not leaving / oh no / we’re the niggas from the 21st Century / Make room for the 21st Century” - 21st Century (C. Williams / #SMH)


It is time for Nashville to turn their eyes and ears to the skies, where you will find Nashville native & hip-hop enigmatic Classic Williams and his ever evolving movement known as the “Klowd Krowd.” Consisting of up-and-coming DJ’s, Vocalist, Rappers, Designers and fans of the genre, Klowd Krowd is a movement of young creatives that are separating themselves from, and reviving Nashville’s languid and aging urban scene. First out of the gate is the aforementioned Williams, a skilled MC and songwriter that recently released his critically acclaimed mix tape "The Soul of Nigger Charlie," instantly becoming a crowd favorite.

“I ain’t gotta front / I got just what they want / I got that dope shit / kickin’ it like a punt / and I ain’t even done / Comparin’ me to anyone / The game ain’t even started / But I feel as though I have one” - Dope Shit (C. Williams / Epic Win)

Dropping consecutive Mixtapes in 2010 & 2011 (#SMH & The Soul of Nigger Charlie) as well as feature appearances on several local projects, the buzz around Williams has steadily grown throughout the Southeast Region. Currently enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University (Recording Industry Major, concentration in Music Business) Williams’s passion for music started at an early age, and as he remembers music has always been a part of his life... recalling his early years: “I have always been an entertainer and music has always been my passion, I was an only child so I loved a crowd, always putting on shows for my mom and her friends.” A very famous family connection would soon help a young Williams unleash and expand his creative drive by affording him the opportunity to travel the world.

Traveled the world by age 12 / Seen the Mona Lisa’s face in detail /
How could I relate to anyone else / They never understand the stories I tell
- The Intro (C. Williams / #SMH)

Classic’s Great aunt is Oprah Winfrey’s Godmother, Ms. Winfrey took an interest in a young Williams and personally funded his travels to destinations such as: Australia, France & England. “To travel like that at such a young age was a privilege and an amazing experience. It wasn’t all vacation though, they were designed as learning opportunities, it really opened my mind to the world, in turn expanding my songwriting."

As an engineer, Classic’s mother was required to move across the country multiple times; for a sense of stability Williams was raised by his grandparents in Greenbrier, Tn. “I grew up in white neighborhood, I went to private school and had been in their system since kindergarten, by the time I got to high school I was the only black kid who had not transferred in to play sports. High school was a bizarre experience, the black kids said I was not black enough, and the white kids did not wholly accept me because I was black.” Those high school years not only introduced Williams to his first love: Hip-Hop, it also opened his eyes to the reality of the world around him.

And then he grew into a young man / been there so long the kids had accepted him / having a nigger as a friend still didn't feel right / tried to take his blackness away / said he spoke white - Sometimes Day - (C.Williams / The Soul of Nigger Charlie)

“There was this girl in high school that liked me but she told me she couldn’t date me because I was black. That was actually the first time I wrote a song, it was all about that moment. From then on, I decided to write what I feel, every one of my songs, even the light ones are created from raw emotion."

So now I’m cold actin like I never gave a f*ck / It was all knew to us / guess it was beginners luck / Divorcin’ feelins now we splittin up the memories / She chose the starry nights / I chose the stupid fights - Goodbye Love (C. Williams / #SMH)

One reason that Classic's music has seen a surge in popularity is his ability to vividly deliver a picture via words. “When I was first introduced to MC’s like Jay-Z & Nas, it really opened up my mind, Jay really made me visualize his lyrics, it made me realize I could do this because that’s how I was already writing.” Listeners have come to expect William’s penchant for intricately flowing lyrics sprinkled with diverse commentary, rhythmically moving feet, lyrically moving minds. Teaming up with some of areas hottest up and coming producers has taken William’s sound to the next level. The majority of production on the forthcoming “Epic Win” & all of the production on "The Soul of Nigger Charlie," was created by Klassix Jones who hit the scene big producing the Southern smash “Walk wit a dip” by Louisiana Cash. Nashville’s own NYSE lends his meticulous ear to several cuts on "Epic Win." Nashville resident Matic Lee (Tech N9ne, Young Buck) serves up production and a guest appearance on #SMH’s “Azzhole” and rounding out the production credits on "#SMH" is Multi-Platinum producer Ensayne Wayne who has worked with artist such as: Plies, Prince CyHI, Lil’ Wayne, Yo Gotti and the list goes on. Grammy nominated Engineer / Mixer: John Horesco IV lends his talents mixing and mastering the upcominf "Epic Win."

So till then / I’m gonna grind / Of course I gotta get it / Cause I do it for my City and my niggas who ain’t with us / The Dope Kids, Go-getters, Singers and The Spitters / So tell me would you rather have dreamer or a quitter
- Grindin’ (C. Williams - Epic Win)

Calling your debut album “Epic Win” could be seen as a bit dreamy, maybe even braggadocios, but William’s confidence is contagious and he is well aware of the road laid out before him. “This is just the beginning, my first two mixtapes were like playing in the minor leagues, they prepared me for the next level and that’s where I plan on taking my next couple of releases. I literally will not stop until they are handing me a Grammy, and even then... I’ll just be getting started.”

This is just the intro / What you waitin’ for / This is just the intro /
Thought this was the end no / This is just the intro /
This is just the start of my life - The Intro (C. Williams - #SMH)
Herschel Lamont
Herschel Lamont
A fixture in the Nashville Hip-Hop and R&B community for over 2 years, Herschel currently lives a a writer, producer and performer. Acting independently as a one man Artist, Engineer, Manager and Creative Director for his own artistic brand. His raw imagination and drive has taken him from performing shows all the way from NYC to LAX to being voted 3rd Best Artist of 2012 by Nashville's Deli Magazine. He's shared the stage with acts such as Villz, Classic Williams, Petty, STAN, Alocodaman and the Domino Effect.
Namir Blade
Namir Blade
Mge. is a reclusive producer and rapper (Alias: Rain) from Nashville, TN. He started experimenting with sounds at the age of 6 and further developing his talents from middle school well into high school while he attended Wharton Arts Magnet and Nashville School of the Arts. Over the years he has had projects and collaborations that extend to multiple genres from ambient to free jazz. His style with instrumentals and his rhymes alike are reflective, self innovating, and sometimes sporadic as Eastern philosophy, Anime, Black Culture, Afro futurism, and Surrealism bleeds through as influences. Anyone who lends an ear to this artist is guaranteed to be taken out of their seat.
Jordan Webb
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Tai Cheetah
Tai Cheetah
Meet a suburban mother’s worst nightmare: Tai Cheetah. He was raised in Nashville, TN... a city which still refuses to claim him. As a result, he grew up in relative solitude; a problem child who soon developed an immense vocabulary and immeasurably deep well of cynicism. A consummate wordsmith, the [adjective] of his [noun] is surpassed only by the [adjective] of his [noun]. An avid snorkeler and sneaker junkie, he once told the fake news that listening to his music is as safe as cuddling with a tiger shark.....and twice as arousing. A self proclaimed “gentleman hustler” and default Capitan of the SuckaFree Mothaship, Tai Cheetah is the undesired product of his environment: a pariah with a microphone.
Johnny Phrank
Johnny Phrank
In the neighbourhood of Inglewood on the east side of Nashville, Tennessee lived a family of five - 2 parents and 3 sons. The middle-child amongst those brothers is now 'Trap n B' artist, Johnny Phrank. With artists like Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson and The Isley Brothers to influence him, his style of music is grasped with the vocal melodies of an R&B artist and the lyrical poetry of a man from the trap!

Having dealt with misfortune and pressure throughout his life, he is still standing up to deliver great music for grinders on both sides of the law to relate to. Whether it be something to turn the ladies on, a story for the street hustlers to preach to, or the struggle of any man trying to get out of the hood - Phrank is laying down the red carpet for these people in his music.

In high school, Johnny was well-known for his time on the court - basketball court, that is! Although he was dominant in basketball, his grades were average and therefore couldn't attend the schools that recruited him. This is the reason that Phrank fell back into the streets. Men need to eat and he knew this. That pressure made suitable for illicit activity.

Some albums that may be the ingredients to Johnny Phrank's Trap n B genre are Tupac's "All Eyes On Me" and The Isley Brothers' "The Greatest Hits". If 2Pac and The Isley Brothers weren't good enough, a great role model to the Johnny Phrank sound is Michael Jackson. At the age of 5, a young and inspired Johnny was filmed on home video - dancing to the MJ hit-single, 'Smooth Criminal'. That video would be played at family gatherings on the big-screen all the time. Phrank grew older and became worried about revealing his talent as a singer to his peers in fear of looking weak. But behind closed doors, Johnny's passion for R&B stayed strong, whether he was singing in the shower or just had the house to himself.

The first person to hear the hidden talent Johnny Phrank kept inside of him was his younger brother Alocodaman, who convinced Johnny to pursue a career in music. Throughout the years, Phrank had etched out his craft and stayed strong throughout the deaths of the people close to him. The first producer who showed consistent belief in Johnny's route in music had taken his life away. In a couple years time JP also lost his uncle, a close friend he considered his sister and his childhood friend and basketball teammate who had his life taken away at an early age. With help and encouragement from his little brother, Phrank kept strong on his goals as a singer and also lead to Johnny Phrank and Alocodaman forming TBB (aka Topbound) in 2009. Johnny Phrank is still doing this, not just for himself, but his family and friends too.

Good music is something that even the streets can't ignore. With the rise of Trap n B, Johnny Phrank will be sure to pave the way to a new sound/style of Hip Hop and R&B and whether it's a big impact or not, it will be hard to miss and easy to catch onto. The Nashville native is ready to take flight and is willing to take risks. He will be making sure that people can sing about the struggle, lift people up and keep the spirits high.
Foundation
Foundation
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D. Aitch
D. Aitch
DH has garnered much attention in his native Nashville's Hip Hop scene with his lethal wordplay and lyrical content. His music is a direct reflection of him as a person and depicts his outlook on the world perfectly for his listeners. As a Frontrunner of the 'New Wave' of Hip Hop sweeping through Nashville, DH and his team, Star Status Kings (SSK), have managed to stand out with a brash devotion to self.
Tanner Azzinnaro
Tanner Azzinnaro
Tanner Azzinnaro is a pop/hip-hop artist based out of Nashville, TN. He has found much success throughout his years of performing and songwriting, and has worked with and gained the attention of many well established music industry heads. Tanner's goal through his music is to tell his own life story and faith walk so as to help others better understand their own lives. Music is available across all streaming services #takeoff
Shamanic
Shamanic
Born and raised in the heart of American musical culture, ShaManic’s Nashville, Tennessee upbringing provided him with the diverse influences and inspiration that would eventually give birth to his rich, poetic alternative hip hop sound.
MESSYAH
MESSYAH
MESSYAH is the pop/trap project of Nashville resident Nic Signer.

Originally from the midwest, he attended seminary before leaving the church and moving to music city with the goal of pursuing music.

Writing songs that pull from experience, MESSYAH’s main goal is to connect with an audience through existential lyrics and emotive tracks.
Venue Information:
Mercy Lounge
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203
http://mercylounge.com/