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“A Movie” pairs artists with similar styles and unique execution

Once again it’s on. Thankfully, the hip-hop moves in Denver don’t ever stop and artists are continuing new ways to invent their style and showcase their talent. FL & AP will headline “A Movie” presented by Queen City Hip-hop and Young Amsterdam with a little help from their friends Ray Reed and Bvggz, Doobie Newton and Tripper Jones and BMG Show with Yung Filthie. These artists will come together for a live taping on September 8th and you won’t want to miss this production. Click through for more information.

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Photos & Review: Lil Uzi Vert Shut Down The Ogden Theater in Denver

By: Patrick Rose

Photos: Milo Lee

Rockstar/Rapper Lil Uzi Vert came to town last night and rocked The Ogden Theater. His energy level is insane and his following even more so. On some of his hit songs “Top” and “You Was Right” he literally had every single member of a fully packed venue jumping. This super high energy level carried on throughout the entire show.

Even the obviously stoned ass people in the back were on one. At one point what appeared to be 40-year old man pull out a stack of $1’s and made it rain on the young hype beasts in front. Being a decent advocate of Lil Uzi Vert, I was expecting a super rowdy show. What i didn’t expect was how many fans who actually knew the lyrics. He had the call and response aspect on lock which in turn added to the overall never ending vortex of pure adrenaline.

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Photo Gallery: The Inaugural Queen City Festival Recap

Queen City Festival kicked off its first year with A-Plus performances by all 23 artists who came together under the Queen City sky at City Hall Amphitheater last weekend. All the artists blew us away with their performances and Soulection’s ESTA turned the place into a full-on dance party ahead of The GasLamp Killer’s set, for one of our favorite sets. The festival brought out the best of the best Denver has to offer and these pictures prove it was one party worth saving your two-day stamina. Click through to check out the photo gallery shot by #theyshootn’s Blake Jackson. See you next year!

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Preview: The GasLamp Killer More Than Lives up to the Hype

Editor’s note: Queen City Festival is pleased to welcome The GasLamp Killer to the lineup and to the Queen City. Don’t miss this mega jam session this coming weekend  on August 12th-13th. Get your tickets here and use promo code BLACKSUMMER for the hook-up. 

By; Demarcus O’Dell

Batter up next in the Queen City Festival line up of heavy hitters; we bring you The Gaslamp Killer. Experimental psychedelic electronic DJ from San Diego, Gaslamp spreads the table with down tempo heavy psyche beats full of Turkish music and eighties and nineties hip-hop samples reflecting influence from his ancestry and favorite music genre. First glance at Gaslamp’s music gives the impression of scattered off beat sequences as the mixes begin, but a closer look exposes the expertly thought out notation process that shows purpose and knowledge of live instrumental music.

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For the Culture pt. 2: A round-up of indie rap songs we’re feeling this week

Editor’s note: We gave you part 1 that consisted of songs we felt needed work for a variety of reasons. Here are the one we liked. 

By: Ru Johnson (Executioner at Roux Black)

Rapping isn’t easy and anyone who has ever touched a microphone can tell you that. It’s one thing to half-ass rap along to “Nothing But a G Thing” and another entirely to nail the lyrics as they’re written. Take it from me, I’ve tried. The point is, what these MCs do isn’t just a hobby. No one is out here rapping for their health. If anything, the rappers I know are quite literally rapping for their lives. For their expression, for their right to display their art in the face of a system that’s quieted their voices. Simply, they’re doing it for the culture.

These are the songs I liked for a variety of reasons (vocals, lyrics, production, clear metaphors, song structure). The good news is, there’s a ton more of the good ones than there were the ones that needed work. Some of these are totally new and a few I’ve had in the email for quite some time.  We pulled a few full-length albums and one video out of the fray for you to check out as well. Click through for the jams.

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For the Culture pt. 1: Indie rap songs that could use some work

Editor’s note: This is part 1 of a a two-part series we’ll run pretty much whenever I feel like it. Stay tuned to rouxblack.com for the second part with tracks I loved. In the meantime, read on below. 

By: Ru Johnson (Executioner at Roux Black)

Here’s the thing about writing round-ups of independent rap music; there’s never enough time or space. At this point, the raps are outnumbering us and that’s not a joke. It’s a beautiful time to express yourself and I’ve never been one to tell those with a story to tell not to get those raps off. Besides, Chance The Rapper used to pass out music when he was on the come-up and it’s no arguing he’s one of the most important rappers of the times.

These artists are from Colorado and they have a lot to say. Everyone doesn’t make the cut but here are the honorable mentions with some feedback on what they can do to turn me into an avid fan. Who knows, you might already be a fan of these cats. Take a listen after the cut to some new joints and let me know what you think.

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Preview: Waldo x Louie Lastic Are Ready for Queen City Festival

Editor’s Note: Queen City Festival is going to rock this weekend for two days at City Hall Amphitheater in Denver. Don’t sleep on this. Get your tickets here and use promo code: BLACKSUMMER for the wham. 

By: Patrick Rose

Waldo is one of the super talented M/C’s apart of the super team Soulection. “Poison prod. Sango” off his latest EP “PYOP” is a straight cruising through the city type banger. The song is a 10 out 10 in my book from the futuristic production of the talented Sango, to the near perfect lyrical delivery from Waldo.

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Introducing: Conscious Tone; an MC With a Purpose

By: Demarcus O’Dell

Working majorly with independent talent, Roux Black aspires to give these artists the helping hand they need to get into doors, take the higher road, and ultimately succeed continually. Conscious Tone sat down with me as we dug into his mindset, work ethic, and what makes him who he is. A people’s person, calm collected, emitting old school flow with a new school vibe, Tone is well rounded and a name to know.

Detroit, Michigan raised, Denver, Colorado living, Hip-hop artist/ songwriter Conscious Tone lets us familiarize ourselves with the creation he builds.

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Review: A Meazy’s The Real Ned Flanders 2 Strikes the Perfect Balance

By: Patrick Rose

Ned Flanders according to the world of Simpsons is the nicest guy in town. A Meazy, according to the hip-hop scene in the queen city is one of the “nicest” MC’s putting our city on the map. His newest project “The Real Ned Flanders 2” highlights his versatility, creativeness and confidence as an artist. With a title like “nicest guy in town” you know he is putting on the homies as well. He has features from other talented local artists such as Top Flite Empire, Trev Rich, Ray Reed, AP, Trayce Chapman, Buggz, Danae Simone, AP,  Will Guice and more.

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Behind the Lyrics with Michael Christmas and Taylor McFerrin

By: Patrick Rose

Editor’s Note: The Queen City Festival is the hottest two-day festival taking over Denver on August 12-13th and features The GasLamp Killer, Michael Christmas, Taylor McFerrin and more. Get your tickets here.  

One of my favorite songs by Michael Christmas is the Durkin produced “Get Up.” He really delivers us a gift by being too real on this song as he says it himself in the hook…. “Way to ugly, Way to funny, Way to big and Way too real….”  The hook is very catchy and broken down into two parts. The first finds Christmas essentially pointing out all his flaws but in the eyes of others.

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