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Eric B. & Rakim
YoYo, Spinderella, Rakim Al-Jabbaar, The Bodega Brovas
Wed, April 25, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:15 pm)The Bomb Factory
This event is all ageshttps://www.thebombfactory.com/event/1661227/
Eric B. was born Eric Barrier in 1965 in Elmhurst, Queens; his future partner, William Griffin, Jr., was born in 1968 and also hailed from the suburbs of New York, specifically Wyandanch, Long Island. At age 16, Griffin converted to Islam and adopted the name Rakim Allah. Barrier played trumpet and guitar early on, but switched to the turntables in high school, and eventually landed a job as the mobile DJ for radio station WBLS. It was there that he met Rakim, and the two officially formed a partnership in 1985. Their first single -- "Eric B. Is President" (an ode to Barrier's DJ skills) b/w "My Melody" -- was released on the tiny Harlem-based indie label Zakia. It was a street-level sensation during the summer of 1986, and the duo was picked up by the larger 4th & Broadway imprint. The equally monumental singles "I Ain't No Joke" and "I Know You Got Soul" sampled James Brown and his cohort Bobby Byrd, respectively, and their utter funkiness began to revolutionize the sound of hip-hop. Moreover, Rakim's line "pump up the volume" on the latter track was in turn sampled itself, becoming the basis for M/A/R/R/S' hit of the same name.
Paid in Full In 1987, 4th & Broadway issued the duo's full-length debut, Paid in Full; accompanied by a mighty underground buzz, the record climbed into the Top Ten on the R&B LP charts (as would all of their subsequent albums). Additionally, the British DJ duo Coldcut remixed the title cut into a bona fide U.K. smash. The exposure helped make "Paid in Full"'s drum track one of the most sampled beats this side of James Brown's "Funky Drummer"; it provided the foundation for Milli Vanilli's "Girl You Know It's True," among many other, more credible hits. On the heels of Paid in Full, Eric B. & Rakim signed with MCA subsidiary Uni and consolidated their reputation with another landmark hip-hop album, 1988's Follow the Leader. The title cut took its place among the classic singles already in their canon, and Jody Watley soon tapped the duo for a guest spot on her 1989 single "Friends," which brought them into the pop Top Ten for the first and only time.
Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em The 1990 follow-up Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em proved relatively disappointing from a creative standpoint, although 1992's slightly jazzier Don't Sweat the Technique was a more consistent affair that bolstered their legacy. As it turned out, the record also completed that legacy. The duo's contract with MCA was almost up, and they had discussed the possibility of each recording a solo album. Unfortunately, the resulting tension over the future of their partnership ultimately destroyed it. In the aftermath of the breakup, various legal issues prevented both parties from starting their solo careers for quite some time. The only recording to appear was Rakim's first solo cut, "Heat It Up," which was featured on the soundtrack of the 1993 film Gunmen. Finally, in 1995, Eric B. issued his self-titled solo debut on his own 95th Street label. Rakim, meanwhile, signed with Universal and delivered a pair of acclaimed comeback albums, 1997's The 18th Letter and 1999's The Master.
YoYo has been an influential figure in helping to transform the mindsets and break the negative stereotypes within the community by arming youth with the tools necessary to achieve their goals, believe in themselves, and surpass the expected stereotypes foisted onto their neighborhoods.
She is also the founder and spokesperson for the Intelligent Black Women’s Coalition (IBWC), a call to arms to women everywhere committed to the education and survival of young black women. Its central aim is to challenge sexism within rap and to provide a space for the voice of female rappers. She has promoted the efforts of the IBWC in her music and continually encourages other women rappers to do the same.
In 2005, YoYo and prominent female rapper MC Lyte, joined forces to create the Let Your Light Shine Youth Foundation, an LA-based organization that acts as Big Sisters to young women via mentoring, education, and helping to provide empowerment through positive influences. She was also a teacher of lyric writing for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, a non-profit music education-oriented organization helping students develop imaginative thinking, creativity, and a respect for their own and others' cultural heritage, at her alma mater Washington Preparatory High School. She continually remains driven to change the lives of children in need.
More than a decade ago, YoYo flew to Washington with U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who represented California’s 35th Congressional District, and spoke before Congress on behalf of rap music censorship. Now, with the vision to help youths within the Los Angeles community and armed with blessings from her dear friend Congresswoman Waters, YoYo continues on her quest to provide a unique program at YoYo’s School of Hip Hop. A mother herself, YoYo knows the valuable importance of keeping the youth educated and engaged. YoYo does this in a way that will entertain their minds, strengthen their skills, inspire and reach out to those that otherwise might not have such opportunities. She has over 20 years experience in the music and film industry and has been a prominent figure in helping to both unite and heal our community.
Bodegas are commonly known as independent mom and pop stores in any respectable neighborhood. You can cop candy, sandwiches and sometimes weed all from the same spot.
Musically, The Bodega Brovas are the same way….
Travii the 7th , who hails from Chicago, is the serious anti establishment MC in the crew. His unique delivery and world view keeps “The Brovas” grounded.
Keynote , hails out of Dallas and had the #1 rated night show for 11 years on 97.9 The Beat FM. As well as a syndicated mixshow "Bodega Radio" with HeadKrack. His bizarro wordplay and dark sense of humor make him the Bodega “wild card”, you never
know what you’ll get from him, but you will definitely appreciate it.
Last but not least there’s Headkrack, who hails from the Bronx, NY. He is currently a co-host on the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show and the new Fox TV Show Dish Nation.
Collectively these three manage to cover the full spectrum of what’s missing in hip hop. Most importantly, FUN!
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