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Locksmith, Cojo

Wed · May 8, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 18 and over




For over two decades, Murs has fearlessly rapped with power, poise, and purpose. Picking up a mic in high school, he founded 3 Melancholy Gypsys before logging time in influential West Coast collective Living Legends. Following his 1997 solo debut F’Real, he unleashed a string of underground classics, including The End of the Beginning for EL-P’s Definitive Jux [2003], the major label breakout Murs for President [2008], and the critically acclaimed Have A Nice Life [2015]. The latter earned praise from the likes of Pitchfork, HipHopDX, and XXL who wrote, “Murs utilizes the full arsenal of his skills to craft an album with the same passion as an artist introducing himself to the world for the first time.” Most recently, 2017’s Captain California maintained that momentum andwent Top 25 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart.

Simultaneously, he remains the consummate “rapper’s rapper.” Between six lauded collaborative releases with 9th Wonder, he joined forces with Sacha Jenkins and iconic Bad Brains bassist Daryl Jennifer in The White Mandingos and shared bars with everybody from Kendrick Lamar and E-40 to Snoop Dogg and Warren G. 2016 saw him make history by setting a Guinness World Record by “Rapping for 24 Hours Non-Stop” during a Twitch.tvlivestream. Entering the studio in November 2017 with producer Michael “Seven” Summers, a series of trials and tribulations triggered the 14 songs comprising his 15th full-length and fourth for Strange Music, the aptly titled A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable—which drops on his fortieth birthday March 16, 2018.
Locksmithis a West Coast artist/producer born and raised in Richmond, California. Lock first gained notoriety in the underground hip hop scene through MTV'sMC Freestyle Championship, then built a regional following as one half of the duo Frontline, whose songs, including the hit “Bang It,” earned commercial radio play and video rotation on MTV.In 2011, Lock embarked on a solo career that has earned him a loyal fan base.Locksmith’smusic has been featured on MTV, BET, Revolt TV, Shade 45, TeamBackpack, New York radio station Hot 97’s “Who’s Next?” concert series and numerous national media outlets, including XXL, HipHopDX, Rap Radar and 2DopeBoyz.In September 2016, he performed at the BET Hip Hop Awards show in Atlanta, GA for a Live Cypher segment produced by Sway In The Morning’s, Sway Calloway.Locksmith made his Madison Square Garden debut on January 18, 2019, when he performed alongside undefeated WBO Middleweight Boxing Champion, Demetrius Andrade during his walk to the ring. Additionally, he’s toured alongside Joe Budden, Murs, R.A. the Rugged Man, Jedi MindTricks, and Zion I. Lock’s mixtapes and albums have included collaborations with Hopsin, JarrenBenton, and Chris Webby as well as production from 9thWonder (“Stand It”), Ski Beatz (“Lock”), Kato The Producer (“Grime” & “Black Hole”), Apollo Brown (“No Question”) and West Coast hit maker Nic Nac.Hisdiscography includesA ThousandCuts(2014), Lofty Goals(2015), The Lock Sessions(2016), Olive Branch(2017). His most recent album, ALI was released on December 7, 2018.
Venue Information:
The High Watt
One Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203