Sunday, June 24, 2007

Tipitina's Homegrown Hip-Hop Showcase

Where: Tipitina's Uptown, Tchopitoulous and Napoleon
When: July 12th, 2007
What: Hip-Hop Showcase, Free Admission, $2 Abitas
Who: Jimi Clever, J-Dubble, SpellBinderz, 5th Child, Ben Brubaker, Glory Jones, Young Thugga & Killa B

Once again, Tipitina's sets the stage for the local underground hip-hop scene as it builds up momentum, post-Katrina. On July 12th, Tip's will host a showcase of hip-hop talent featuring Jimi Clever, J-Dubble, Spellbindarz, Glory Jones, PNO (via Will Power, shout out), Young Thugga, the one and only 5th child, and yours truly. Jimi, J-Dubble, 5th Child, the SpellBinderz and I, are linking up for a show for the first time together since Hip-Hop for Hope, and the energy leading up to the event definitly reflects the sense of family and mutual appreciation that came with working on Hip-Hop for Hope together. I have a great deal of respect for all these guys, they really hustle to do their thing but they are so grounded and true to the music as well as their individual styles.

Who knows exactly who else might drop in for special guest cameos- there have been rumors that the local hip-hop celebrity, Know One, will be making an appearance. One things for sure every single artist on the bill is gonna rock the place in their own way. The tickets are free, and the event begins at 8:30... I am aiming to fill the place full of New Orleans folk' who love this type of neo-jazz hip-hop that makes you move while sayin' something. Get ready to hear something else, these guys got the soul of the NOLA underground.

The Biography of: Jimi Clever

The Man, The MC, The Warrior Poet

Welcome to New Orleans, the party capitol of the world. Home of Mardi Gras, Voodoo, and various forms of art. Also known for being one of the most colorful and creative cities in the world, the N.O is also home to many musical icons ranging from Hip Hop to Jazz and everything in between. Many describe this city as a melting pot, a mixture of race, styles and music all combined into one undeniably creative substance contained in a small vessel. Such descriptions can be used to describe one certain young man. He is the newest and fastest rising star from the N.O. he is the truth’ he is the future, he is JIMI CLEVER.

Born and raised up-town in the 13th ward of the N.O, JIMI CLEVER has always been a step ahead of the average. The level of professionalism that he presents through his cutting edge rhymes and crystal clear vocals pushes him so far ahead of the competition, he leaves his audience watering at the mouth for more. His heavenly flow, combined with wittiness and clever wordplay can be compared to the likes of EMINEM, with a touch of LL COOL J, and TALIB KWELI. Combine that with a mixture of vocal and harmonizing abilities and u have a natural born star. Standing at only 5ft 4 with a slim frame, it is quite an experience to witness so much power and creative energy come from such a small individual.

After years of experience, JIMI CLEVER has become well seasoned and has all the makings of a star, and has proven so by dazzling crowds up to 1200 plus at various clubs and events in New Orleans such as the world famous HOUSE OF BLUES , 6 FLAGS, even at the center stage for BAYOU CLASSIC. He has won a staggering amount of contests and battles, including the AND ONE MIXTAPE TOUR 2004, which earned him a chance to compete in the finals at the SOURCE UNSIGNED HYPE in Miami Florida later that year. From radio intros, to on-air freestyles, to live performances’ JIMI CLEVER has become one of the most strongly respected and sought after unsigned artists from New Orleans. “He is so different!” says WILD WAYNE, an on-air personality from Q93.

“He is going to change the perception of what an artist from New Orleans should sound like!” With two incredible mix tapes in heavy circulation on the streets of the N.O, JIMI CLEVER’S ability to influence everyone around him has become even greater than himself and is poised to change the face of New Orleans hip hop forever. Journey with him as he takes you on a voyage through the colorful, creative and emotional landscape that is his life. He is the future, he is the truth, he is the peoples champion, he is JIMI CLEVER. Welcome….To the JIMI CLEVER EXPERIENCE!!!


J-Dubble, a college graduate from the University of New Orleans represents the new movement in Hip-Hop today. Being a southern artist from Marrero, located across the river from New Orleans, He displays an old school style with a new school sound of music. Reminding listeners of the golden era of Hip-Hop when you could create any type of music and have a good time doing it.

For example: Run-DMC mixed with J-Dilla. Breaking away from the stereotypes of Southern artists in the Big Easy, J-Dubble manages to avoid the typical rhyme patterns of bling-bling, booty shaking, drug dealing, and gun-totting the latter two only happening in the movies type of music.

"Right now everyones tired of hearing about your car, how many women you have or how many guns you bust. People want music and thats what Im going to give them", says J-Dubble.

J-Dubble establishes a unique sound blending in harmonizing vocals with truthful lyrics and a style that resembles no other artist out right now. J-Dubble supplies the industry and city with a breath of fresh air with various musical influences ranging from J-Dilla to Michael Jackson.

Background by a deep voice and a passion for making good music, J-Dubbles music and lyrics tells its own story. On his brand new album, Rock-Box Music J-Dubble displays a versatility to speak on a array of topics such as being an only child to admitting his personal struggles with life. The former English major believes that artists are not being real with their fans and thats where he differs.

"Im the everyday persons rapper, I go through the same things that they go though. So listeners can relate to me and my music because Ive been in the same scenarios that they have. I think thats how I make my connection with the fans and they make their connection with me," says J-Dubble.

5th Child

Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, the heart of the deep south, Stephen Brown is a growing artist in the true sense of the word. Symbolicly named “5th Child” he has a goal to bring conscious, thought-provoking lyrics back to southern hip-hop.

From recording karaoke machine mixtapes with his brother, 5th has evolved to independently release his first solo album, and performs steadily with his live band in the New Orleans area as he pursues a degree at Loyola. 5th Child has risen from the crunkness of his surroundings, bringing political awareness, black consciousness, and raw lyricism to the Crescent City and the Magnolia State.

True Love, 5th Child’s sophomore album, is already taking over stereos and i-Pods in Houston, Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, and of course Mississippi.


In the wake of dem damn 'canes, stands three powerhouse emcees ready and willing to bring real hip-hop back to New Orleans. If there's a job to be done, then consider KJ Mac, Nov, & Blaze as your lyrical repairmen. Collabarating while still in high school, the Spellbinderz were formed in 2001 after recording their first song, "Too Hot." Since then they have been tirelessly preparing for their time to shine and get their message of lyrical and meaningful music across to the masses with their upcoming LP, The Dying Breed. The resurrection of hip-hop begins here, take a seat and buckle up for this mystic voyage.