21 Savage, Lil Yachty, A-Trak, Baauer, Casey Veggies, Tobacco, Azizi Gibson, Wrestlers, Blue, The Misfit., Bobby Sessions
Fri, November 17, 2017
Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pmTrees
This event is all ages
1 ticket gets you in Trees, Canton Hall and The Bomb Factory! First come first serve, ticket does not guarantee entry if the venue is at capacity. Get there early!http://www.treesdallas.com/event/1568533/
Over the course of three LPs and a number of EPs, the Pennsylvania snake-synth-charmer has continuously depended his approach to aural depravity. Ultima II Massage brings the listener up to TOBACCO’s speed as he widens a jagged swath through his own weird catalog, each disparate track damaged to the point of
contributing to some sort of greater, lurching Frankenstein-like state.
There were notable breaks en route to TOBACCO in the present a commission to remix White Zombie’s Thunder Kiss 65, a new Black Moth Super Rainbow record entitled COBRA JUICY, and producing Demon Queen’s EXORCISE TAPE with vocalist Zackey Force Funk. All these experiences no doubt played a role in TOBACCO’s progression. You can hear disembodied bits of Boards of Canada, early Def Jam records, and Gary Numan, or maybe just public-access TV and bad VHS dubs of 80’s horror flicks. Or the sun exploding and everything you’ve ever loved melting away. At the end of the day, TOBACCO’s just trying to make meditation music.
Born in Frankfurt, Germany, but raised in Thailand and Singapore — as well as spendingtime in Cambodia and even Zaire (now the Democratic Repulbic of Congo) — before moving to Maryland with his family aged 11, Gibson’s early life enamoured him to the cultural complexities — and challenges — of the world he was growing up in. “I felt like an outcast”, he states, reflecting on first moving to the US, although, as evidenced by his bold, extroverted and abstract approach to making music, it was these experiences that would equip Gibson with the tools to push boundaries within the world of US rap. “I come at things from a completely different angle”, Gibson ascertains.
A decade after moving to Maryland, Gibson moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue his dream of becoming a rapper. It was a chance meeting with Flying Lotus that proved the catalyst for his current trajectory, bumping into him at a small gym in his then apartment complex. After a series of emails were exchanged, Gibson sent across some demos and Flying Lotus was impressed enough to offer him a deal with his Brainfeeder label — itself a hub for experimental, genre-blurring and boundary pushing music.
In 2013, Gibson dropped his debut solo mixtape, ‘Ghost In The Shell’ — inspired by the classic Japanese manga series of the same name — after working with Flying Lotus and fellow Brainfeeder artist Jeremiah Jae on collaborative tape, ‘Ignorant Prayers’, in 2012. Met with both critical acclaim and serious hype from underground hip-hop fans in the US,
‘Ghosts In The Shell’, saw Gibson build on his penchant for warped flows, zoned-out beats and emotive, conscious lyricism — and alerted the wider rap community to his potential. “I just try strike that balance between the smooth, melodic stuff and what bangs in the club”, he says humbly.
In 2014, Gibson then went onto release ‘Backwards Books’, an 11-track project on Brainfeeder, before parting ways with the label to release two follow-up EPs in 2015 — ‘The Last’ and ‘Grim Meets Evil’ — the former of which landed courtesy of Waka Flocka Flame’s 36BrickHouse agency.
2015 also saw Gibson form his own imprint, preHISTORIC, and release 18-track album, ‘preHISTORIC Till Death’ — again via 36BrickHouse — an LP described by Complex as “incredibly modern and chock full of life”, spanning “multiple levels of tempo, intensity, and subject matter right from the get-go.”
His latest album, 2016’s ‘A New Life’, pushed his sound even further, also welcoming in imagery and an overriding aesthetic consistent with the grim reaper, a character to whom he feels he relates. “I’m always doing something with the grim reaper”, Gibson explains. “He’s someone who has a bad name, someone people automatically perceive to be evil —and I like that.”
As an ‘outsider’ first moving to US shores as an 11 year old, it is the task of challengingperceptions — both of himself, and fictionally, as the grim reaper — that provides continual motivation for his music. “People are blinded by stuff they hear on the radio, when there’s people out here making just as great in their own lanes”, he explains. “All I do is watch anime and play video games, but I happen to be good at making music. I don’t have the 21 Savage background, but I know how to make bangers.”
With a new album in the pipeline for 2017, Azizi Gibson continues to push rap music into new and uncharted territory — and delivers as one of the most creative, intriguing and conscientious rap artists in the game today.
Blue is well known for his extensive production work with national hip hop artist such as, Kendrick Lamar (P&P, P&P 1.5, & Faith), Mac Miller (Down The Rabbit Hole), Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, & Dorrough Music. And he's also praised as one of Dallas' best producers based off the work he put together as half of the groundbreaking duo known as Sore Losers in '09-'10 (Free Loaders, Get A Life).
As a producer, Blue prides himself on evolving and progressing as a musician. Though most of his success is in the Hip-Hop genre, he has an everlasting love for adding all forms of music into his own, especially those of the electronic nature. You can easily hear a trance arranged synthesizer here, an alternative rock sequence there, Texas "screw" style vocals in the backgrounds, and dub step wobble baselines behind it all. He simply calls his approach "experimental", because he won't limit himself to toying around with one genre.
As an artist, Blue takes a different approach to rap than your average hip-hop artist. He looks at rap as a form of self expression to share his artistic side which takes you on a journey with well thought out concepts and stories of his life experiences rather than to "out rap" everyone in the industry with metaphors and punch-lines.
Looking to expose this new sound to a larger audience, Blue released an EP entitled "Numb." at the end of 2011 and it was well received amongst the public. Numb. held a huge internet presence on Hip Hop blogs (2DopeBoyz, OnSmash, Pigeons & Planes, Sneak Hype, & More), proving that there is a lane for something as unique and different as Blue's vision.
Blue plans to continue this success into 2012. He promises that this is the year that he really bounces into the national spotlight as both a trendsetter in sound and as a provocative lyricist.
Born and raised entirely in Dallas, Bobby Sessions has put the city at the forefront during his rise as an artist and plans to be a catalyst for breaking not only himself but also his hometown into the mainstream after long being ignored and misrepresented. “It is important for me to achieve my success from Dallas. Most people have to leave to LA or New York to get recognized but I want to prove we have all the resources in this great city to get a quality artist to the next level.”
It was in this great city that Bobby found the group of talented individuals that are currently helping him in his rise to legendary status. Creatively, the album process began when Sessions met with fellow Dallas-rapper and producer, -topic. The two came together with plans of creating an EP that would establish Bobby Sessions in the highly-bubbling Dallas hip-hop scene. However, the chemistry was so good, especially with the addition of engineer/producer Donny Domino to the equation, that Sessions and -topic created more than an album’s worth of material. Highly praised Dallas producer/artist Blue The Misfit came on to add his touch to the album along with his protege and longtime friend of Sessions, Xes. Those individuals, along with musicians like Zyah and Vandell Andrew, would ultimately create the masterpiece that is LOA (Law Of Attraction). The recording process took exactly one year, and was one in which the artist experienced a series of incredible lows but ultimately extreme highs.
While Bobby had dreams of making it as a rapper from a young age, they remained dreams for many years as the rapper struggled to find his way. He started at local open-mics at his college and eventually found some notoriety after becoming a member of the Dallas hip-hop collective BrainGang, with Blue The Misfit and Dr. Dre protege Justus. However, at barely 21 years of age, Bobby soon found himself broke, homeless and starving. He would sleep in his car whenever it would run out of gas, which was almost daily. Bobby regularly split $1 chicken sandwiches from McDonald's with a friend as neither could afford a sandwich of their own. “I was really struggling” remembers Sessions. He decided to put his dreams on hold, get a “real job” and try to find himself. That period lasted about 2 years until one night when arriving home from his highly mundane job at a local post office, Bobby came across a documentary film called 'The Secret'. In it, he viewed top scientists, authors and philosophers proposing the secret to leading a happy and successful life. They professed that feelings and thoughts can attract events and experiences among individuals in their physical, emotional, and professional affairs. The film struck a chord with Sessions and made him reevaluate his entire life and future. It was then he decided to return to his dreams and drop everything to become an artist with the “law of attraction” belief system as his guide. He quit his job with only $50 left in his bank account. He didn’t know how he would pay his rent or buy food that coming month but he proceeded anyways not scared one bit at what the future would hold.
Within a month, Bobby would meet with and secure management with respected music industry executives, J Dot Jones and Vince Chapa, after playing them an early version of LOA and eventually would sign a record deal with those same individuals as they started the label, HIGH STANDARDz. What a difference a year makes! Eleven months after leaving his job broke, Bobby Sessions signed a record deal, released his debut album to critical acclaim, had a packed out album release show at a historic venue in his hometown, and continues to build his fan base not only nationally but world-wide. Sessions has proven to epitomize the “law of attraction” ideology. After all, if anyone can declare themselves a legend and make it their reality, it's Bobby Sessions.
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