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BRIO Cafe Saturdays and BREW Coffeehouse
An Evening of Hip Hop and Spoken Word
Hosted by Bronx Spoken Word Artist Group Soul Equinox
featuring Hip Hop Artists
YC the Cynic, (2012 BRIO Winner Matthew Jefferson)
& MC Elijah Black
The poetic duo of Nocturnal Roots and the Black Butterfly are back on the scene. John Black (Nocturnal) and Feenix Flame (Butterfly) join forces once again as Soul Equinox. Their take on poetry, hip hop, and spoken word is a refreshing escape to the true essence of the art form that will take you to a zone like no other. These Boogie Down Bronx natives’ lyrical versatility will inspire minds to write, hearts to recite and crowds to move. Are you ready to Move?
YC the Cynic (Matthew Jefferson) is a 21-year-old MC who has earned a reputation as a vanguard of hip-hop’s new generation. Growing up in a single-parent home in the South Bronx, YC found in hip-hop an escape from the harsh realities around him, often sneaking to the studio with the local rappers. During those sessions, YC realized he had something special. A recording and performing artist, he has been critically lauded among NYC’s up-and-comers. YC released his debut mix tape in 2011 and has toured the country with J-Live and made a huge splash at the SXSW Festival. Understanding the importance of giving back to his community, YC lends his talents to uplift and better those around him, by participating in summits dealing with issues of youth empowerment, cultural education, and media justice. “I want my music to change people's perceptions of other people, make me and others better,” he says, “At the very least, I want my music to entertain you.”
MC Elijah Black (or simply E. Black) is a young emcee who presents complex stories and rhyme patterns. He has been influenced by artist such as MF DOOM, Mos Def, Homeboy Sandman, Common, and J Dilla. For the past three years, E. Black has been performing around the New York Underground Hip Hop scene while gaining respect from his peers, as well as listeners. Working with various producers from the UK, Russia, France, etc., Elijah has been able to combine his raw flow with soulful, yet powerful beats.
This is a free event!