Hawaii hip-hop holds it down
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Local rapper Prie, who will perform during "Indie 50" at theVenue on Friday, poses for a photo inside Kalihi clothing boutique Limited Addiction, one of his sponsors.
As the old saying goes, "a rising tide lifts all ships," and that's exactly what will happen tonight for local hip-hop fans in Chinatown. BambuTwo's theVenue and Manifest, both relatively newer additions to the neighborhood, will host "competing" events, but it's a good bet you'll see many of the same faces in both places.
The "Indie 50 Hip-Hop Festival" gets underway at 9:30 p.m. Friday at theVenue, with live performances by Creed Chameleon with Tempo Valley and DJ Packo, Ill Hill Society with the R-U-N Band, Mental Case with Perfect Strangahz, Pro and Eternal. Live artwork is also planned by Ckaweeks; DJ Une will be at theVenue to keep the music going all night long.
Another new artist tapped to perform at "Indie 50" is Prie Falaniko, a 19-year old Kalihi resident who was born in Hawaii before moving to Las Vegas at a young age. He returned in 2007 and set about making a name for himself on the local scene by releasing mixtapes; his latest, "Rookie of the Year," is available for free download here.
And along with backing up Creed Chameleon's performance with Tempo Valley, DJ Packo will also be at theVenue to celebrate the release of his latest mixtape, "Aqua Dust 2."
Packo was nice enough to provide a short sampling of what people can expect to hear on his new mixtape. Click here to listen and download the audio.
K-Luv, one third of local hip-hop group Prolific Unknowns, will be joined by Lost at Sea, the Deadbeats, PU brethren Big Mox and DJ Jah.
Here's a sample of what you'll end up hearing — "Native Emcee" by K-Luv.