So-So Topic's Peace Out Party!
Blue, The Misfit, Sealion, picnictyme, Kool Quise, Jet Wolf + Team From Nowhere, Medicine Man Revival, Trai Bo
Thu, March 23, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 1:45 am)Trees
This event is all ageshttps://www.treesdallas.com/event/1434068/
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.
If Jean Michel Basquiat beat the shit out of Norman Rockwell we would be the blood on his knuckles.
1/2 of @BootyFade
Member of Erykah Badu's Cannabinoids
Richard Escobedo—better known as PICNICTYME—has no shortage of talents. An MC, singer, photographer, musician and video director, Picnic has gained renown as one of the most eclectic hip-hop beatmakers in his home city of Dallas. And when he’s not in the studio crafting records for local heroes A.Dd+ and national acts like Kid Cudi, you can find him on stage playing percussion for Erykah Badu.
Born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, two hours north of Dallas, Picnic learned to play drums at age 11 and, at 18, he self-released his debut single “Roll With Me” through his own Oven Records. Initially going by Esco, he eventually came to embrace “Picnic,” the unusual childhood nickname given to him by his uncle. “He smoked a lot of weed, and he’d call me and my cousins really weird names,” Picnic recalls of his uncle Freddy “There was Stuffy, there was Poofaloo, Onion, Maffeo…”
After relocating to Dallas to study film at the Art Institute of Dallas, Picnic got job as a videographer and photographer, even working as the cameraman for the syndicated reality show, Cheaters. At the same time, he was honing his skills as a beatmaker, and in 2006 he teamed with rappers Picasso and Tahiti to form the group PPT. Although PPT’s lifespan was brief, the leftfield trio—in which Picnic acted as both producer and MC—had a major impact on Dallas’ then- conservative hip-hop scene. “We kind of embraced a quirky feel—that Pharcyde meets De La Soul vibe,” Picnic recalls. He was able to put his visual talents to use in PPT as well: The group shot a video for each song on their debut Tres Monos in Love, and made a movie based on their second and final release, Denglish.
After PPT disbanded, Picnic connected with fellow Dallas beatmaker S1 (co-producer of Kanye West’s “Power”) to form the production unit Cassette Union, placing beats with Kid Cudi, Devin the Dude and Scarface, among others. Through S1 he also came to know Erykah Badu, who recruited Picnic to play percussion in her band, the Cannabinoids, and, later, to document her tours as a photographer. “We thought it was gonna be this one off thing,” Picnic recalls of the formation of the Cannabinoids, an improvisational beatmaking troupe which backs Badu at live shows. “But then she found out I had other skills outside of making beats, and that me and her have the exact same birthday and we hit it off i guess.”
Picnic’s latest accomplishment is producing and engineering rap duo A.Dd+’s entire When Pigs Fly LP, an eclectic masterpiece that belongs near the D.O.C.’s No One Could Do It Better in the annals of great Dallas rap albums. “I was in search of something that would make a splash and set a foundation for me as a producer,” Picnic says of his connection with A.Dd+, a group in which he has become an unofficial third member. “I knew they had a truth to them and a lot of emotion that they wanted to get out. So that’s how I went into it as a producer—to make beats that brought out emotion, and really challenge them.” Since the release of When Pigs Fly, which has received accolades in national publications like XXL, Picnic has been in the studio working on upcoming projects GOOD Music crooner Tony Williams and rapper/singer Johnny Polygon.
For his next act, he plans to unleash Sea Monsters, an introspective EP of his own that showcases his singing, rapping and production talents. “It’s based on the idea of when people say, ‘There’s always more fish in the sea,” Picnic says. “But there’s also sea monsters in that bitch… I want the music to sound like you’re swimming in slow motion underwater. That’s the vision for the whole thing.”
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