Freestyle Fellowship

Freestyle Fellowship

Aceyalone, Myka 9, Self Jupiter, P.E.A.C.E., DJ Kiilu, Jel, DJ True Justice, Host: Equipto

Friday 8/08

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The New Parish

Oakland, CA

$12 adv - $15 dos

This event is 18 and over

Under 21 must buy $5 drink ticket at the door.

Freestyle Fellowship
Freestyle Fellowship
"You always hear the word 'legendary' as if it's like, 'Wow, they did something a long time ago and haven't been prevalent all through the years.'"

Myka 9 is in Cali, reflecting on the word "legend" while working on tracks that will eventually become (Title of Record), the heavily anticipated new album from hip-hop pioneers Freestyle Fellowship and their first group effort in nearly a decade.

"Legendary" is far from a hyperbolic claim. Emcees Myka 9, Self Jupiter, Aceyalone, and P.E.A.C.E., along with DJ Kiilu Grand, have made an indelible mark on hip-hop since the independent release of 1991's To Whom It May Concern, traveling in stream-of-consciousness rhymes, intricate wordplay, powerful battle raps and thoughtful spoken word poetry that incorporated jazz, funk, soul and reggae all under the umbrella of hip-hop. With subsequent releases Innercity Griots, Shockadoom and Temptations (the former instantly earning "classic" status upon its release), the Los Angeles-based group rose from their initial ciphers at the storied Good Life Café and solidified their stronghold as influential leaders in the underground hip-hop movement.

Never one to rest on their laurels, the group returns harder than ever on (Title), a __-track instant classic that finds the group picking up immediately where they left off. "When I got out, it almost felt like I never left," says Self Jupiter, referring to his recent release from prison. "Nothing had really changed so it was automatic that once I got out, we were going to do another album."

"It was like a little kid hooking up with his brothers all over again," adds Myka 9.

While the group has collectively appeared on countless solo albums, splinter groups and guest spots over their 20-year career, it was an impromptu reunion show in Los Angeles in 2009 that sparked the realization that the whole was greater then the sum of its parts and it was time to get back to the groundbreaking project that started it all.

As P.E.A.C.E. explains, the group soldiers on with new aliases indicative of their unique styles. "Myka is Michael Serling because his stuff is always "Twilight Zone"-ish. He could go way out there, but still remains intelligent and meticulous. Acey is Acey Allen Poe because he's got that folklore, old school way of thinking and brings that writing rhythm element to the party. Jupiter is Jupiter Hitchcock because he brings the suspense and the theatrical craziness. And I'm Peace Twain 'cause I got that country swagger. I still have the wheat straw in my mouth bringing that Southern swing."

"I think that (Title of record) comprises the best of all our past albums," says Self Jupiter. "We want to get the stuff to boom and bap for the DJs, but also have those same sensibilities of jazz and underground hip-hop where the focus is more on the artistic quantitative efforts."

"We're coming with a little funkier side than before," adds Myka 9. "We still incorporate all of the old-school unison stuff, but we're trying to come harder with the music and vocal arrangements."

Each member comes from a diverse musical background and brings with them a pedigree and virtuosity other hip-hop groups can only dream about. But if the members of Freestyle Fellowship never recorded another note, their contributions, both individually and collectively, would still be firmly established in the hip-hop firmament. For this perfectionist group of consummate artists, though, there's still work to do.

"We're doing this for the fans and to carry on with the legacy that we never continued," says Myka 9. "We do think about the legacy, but we don't get hung up on that because that'll stifle your creativity to keep doing more. In the end, there ain't nothing like a family. You can live on your own all you want, but it's always better if you got family."

"It's not the first coming or the second coming," adds Aceyalone. "This is what we promised."
Aceyalone
Aceyalone
Eddie Hayes, better known by his stage name Aceyalone, is an American rapper. He is a founding member of the Freestyle Fellowship. Apart from his role in Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone is also a member of Haiku D'Etat (with Mikah 9 and Abstract Rude) and The A-Team (with Abstract Rude), and he is a co-founder of Project Blowed. After releasing a pair of albums with the Freestyle Fellowship, To Whom it May Concern… and Innercity Griots, as well as the 1994Project Blowed compilation, Acey signed to Capitol Records and released his highly acclaimed solo debut All Balls Don't Bounce in 1995. He returned three years later with his second album, A Book of Human Language, a collaboration with producer Mumbles. In 1999, he released a self-titled group album with Haiku D'Etat. In 2000, The A-Team released their first album as a duo, titled Who Framed the A-Team?. Acey returned solo again in 2001 with his third solo album, Accepted Eclectic. In 2002, the Freestyle Fellowship returned after 9 years for the release of their third group album, Shockadoom. 2002 and 2003 saw two more solo releases, Hip Hop and the World We Live In and Love & Hate and another A-Team album ('Lab Down Under'). In 2006, Aceyalone released two more solo projects, first, Magnificent City, a collaboration with producer RJD2, followed by Grand Imperial.
Myka 9
Myka 9
California has long been home for some of the finest talent in music. Continuing this tradition is L.A.'s own Myka Nyne (Michael Troy) the founding member of legendary group Freestyle Fellowship.

Myka champions his often-imitated, never-duplicated lyrical style around the world. Myka's contribution to the musical environment has saved lives by encouraging people around the world to "Freestyle" inspiring television and film subject matter. Myka has achieved BET/MTV video rotation, major publication exposure including Spin, Vibe, and Source magazines as well as the L.A. Times. Myka has good rapport with major radio personalities like Big Boi at Power 106FM, Eric Kobichi at 100.3FM The Beat, and Garth Trinidad at 89.9FM.

Myka has a great stage presence and has performed with under-current and main-stream artists/venues. Myka amazes audiences from headlining shows in L.A.'s El Rey Theatre, San Francisco's Marytime Hall for 2,500 hip-hop heads, sold out sets in L.A.'s Wiltern Theatre (Jurassic Five with Talib Kweli), 20,000 Freestyle enthusiasts attending the annual Cypress Hill Smoke Out. Myka appears by the request of Macy Gray at L.A.'s House of Blues, Wyclef Jean and Eryka Badu acknowledgement at the Hollywood Bowl, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Goodie Mob, D'angelo, Lauryn Hill, Mos Def...

A lot of people know or heard of Mikah 9 from Freestyle Fellowship.

Many personalities in the entertainment arena respect Myka Nyne... Myka embodies artistic diversity, expressing diametric opposites in subject matter. Myka's musical approach is a challenge to market and promote as one artist, meanwhile making dollars and sense for Myka's fellow artisans and their respected investors! Myka creates progressive urban tracks for the songs he raps, and sings his mood swings...
Self Jupiter
Self Jupiter
In person, Self-Jupiter is the sort of person to attract your attention. His daunting size could make the average offensive lineman look “regular-sized”. Still, he is likely to be sitting there with a peaceful smile on his face, then your line of vision moves to his eyes…and you can’t quite decipher the meaning; Is he in deep thought? Is something troubling him? Has he just had an epiphany? Or is something of a more grim nature at work? Likely, any combination of these factors could be taking place at any given moment, who’s to say? However, rest assured, that the mind of Self-Jupiter is constantly at work.

Many people first heard Self-Jupiter on Freestyle Fellowship’s “To Whom May Concern”, particularly on his solo offering, “Jupiter’s Journey”. This track is a perfect entry-level understanding of his mind in action; it’s abstract without lacking definition, it reveals his love for exerting control over use of the English language and it subtlety hints at his fascination with that which is often beyond human comprehension or comfort. In fact, the title itself is fitting. It’s initiating the paving of a pathway to a world of wonder and wordplay that would soon come…

On “Inner City Griots” it was as if he finally had the well-needed outlet to unleash the lingering thoughts that had been amassing intensely in his mind. Self-Jupiter displayed an intriguing and engaging talent of scripting colorful wordplay, but placing it behind an outer-layer of tinted imagery. In other words, you might find yourself in a feel-good moment from his playful approach, but suddenly realize you’re dancing along to tales of civil rights, the Klu Klux Klan and being advised that it is “Fun to f**k with people in the night”, as is the case on “Bullies Of The Block”. His verse on “Heavyweights” alerts you to his gift of free association word linkage that requires repeated listens to piece together the intended connections. The B-Side track, “Pure Thought” taps into his poetic nature, allowing him to build on the simple root word, “Hello”, that is bent into a greeting that is a touch more haunting than usual.

All of those moments are critical pieces to his development, but it’s on “Way Cool” where he unveils what is perhaps his finest lyrical talent, gripping tales of suspense and horror with a smidgen of humor and plenty of shocking imagery, such as “Juggling jars full of souls.”

This is a chamber he would later delve deeper into, “When The Sun Took A Day Off And The Moon Stood Still” w/Aceyalone on Omid’s “Beneath The Surface” immediately comes to mind. Upon hearing that song I hoped he might tread similar territory in the future and was grim-fully pleased with his eventual offerings that lead to the “Hard Hat Area” solo outing. “Hard Hat Area” was a profound statement that Self-Jupiter was only improving as a writer and still developing a musical character that was every bit as poetic as it was ghastly, as witnessed on songs such as “It Was On This Night”. Through out the album, the self-proclaimed “6.2 Warlock” delivers an abundance of quotes that are forever burned into my memory; “If you see me in a fight with a bear, don’t help me, help the bear” or “(Most of these Rappers) wouldn’t blink if the eyelids were the triggers that unleashed holocaust on all their enemies”, to highlight just a couple.

His latest project, “The Kleenrz”, virtually picks up where much of those aforementioned songs left off. On “The Kleenrz” Self-Jupiter exercises the finest inventiveness of his eerily creative mind. It’s filled with descriptive stories of despair, aguish, adventure, self-reflection and filth, all finely scripted with bardic prose, ripe with abundant use of verbal wit.
P.E.A.C.E.
Mtulazaji Davis, better known by his stage name Peace (usually styled P.E.A.C.E.) is a rapper from Los Angeles, California. He is a member of Freestyle Fellowship along with Aceyalone, Myka 9 and Self Jupiter. He has released two solo albums.


Peace grew up mostly in Los Angeles, California. However, he stated that he lived in Dallas, Texas for about ten years. In elementary school, he played the accordion. He picked up the double bass when he had joined his school's marching band. When he returned to Los Angeles, Peace started playing the saxophone.

In an interview, Peace stated he started rapping in his high school years in the mid to late 1980s. One of his friends had told him that there was a guy who rapped just like him at The Good Life Cafe named Myka 9. Not believing his friend, he went to go check out Myka 9 at The Good Life Cafe. Peace waited around for a while, but Myka 9 didn't show up. So then he got up on stage and performed for a bit and blew a few whigs back. With no luck, Peace had to wait until the next Thursday night. When he returned, Myka 9 was there. Peace listened to him perform and somewhat agreed with his friend. They both had the fast rapping down, but Myka 9 had his own style. Aceyalone was there that night and had asked Peace what his name was. Peace said "Mtulazaji". Aceyalone then asked what his rap name was and he replied with "Peace".
DJ Kiilu
DJ Kiilu
Jel
Jel
Listening to the hey-days of hip hop while growing up in Chicago, Jeffery Logan, better known today as Jel, adored the pioneers of his youth. Now living in Berkeley with the same SP-1200 beatmachine he started out with, Jel is making some of the grooviest electronic cuts around. Piling smooth rhymes over his unique beats, Jel has collaborated with the likes of Mike Patton and Sage Francis, contributed to several different projects, and drops considerable amounts of knowledge on today's generation.
DJ True Justice
DJ True Justice
The Bay Area's Most Exciting DJ!
Host: Equipto
Host: Equipto
Equipto made it from San Francisco and is the C.E.O of Solidarity Records and has been making music for 15+ years doing collaborations with Mac Dre, Berner, Andre Nickatina, The Jacka, Smoov-E, San Quinn and shag Nasty to name a few. He is highly influenced by San Francisco along with 2Pac, Malcolm X, E-40, Public Enemy, EPMD, and too many more to name.
Venue Information:
The New Parish
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
http://www.thenewparish.com/