Casual (Hieroglyphics Crew)

Danno Presents: The 5th Annual Slap Frost Tour

Casual (Hieroglyphics Crew)

Z-Man, DJ True Justice, Vocab Slick, Save1, Swelly

Fri 1.25.19

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

The Airport Tavern

Tacoma, WA

$15.00

This event is 21 and over

Casual
Casual
You might know Jonathan Owens aka Casual as the co-founder of the Oakland based supergroup Hieroglyphics. However, If you look deeper, you learn that he is a self taught historian, linguistics expert, and highly heralded as “your favorite rappers favorite rapper”. Casual leaves listeners inspired to define their musical experience referencing current events, ancient Egypt and just about everything in between. Known for his fierce battle tactics and unique wordplay he established a reputation for dissecting even the hardest MCs. Chris Witt of Allmusic explains “ Casual produces an unending and seemingly unstoppable flow of boasts and taunts, the simplicity of his message belies the complexity of his vicious wordplay.” From his critically acclaimed major label debut “Fear Itself”, classic crew albums “Full Circle” and “Third Eye Vision” to indie direct to fan projects like “Rapgod” and “Hierophant” Casual has continued to push the envelope building a legendary catalog and cult following.

In addition to touring globally Casual has been just as active on the business side starting a production company “Wetworks Films”, launching the “Hiero Day Festival” and most recently pioneering “Hiero Coin” a new digital currency.

2014 is shaping up to be the biggest year to date for Casual as he prepares for the 20 year anniversary of what might be his most popular album “Fear Itself”. The celebration will kick off with a world tour where he will be performing the original album in its entirety and continue throughout the year with a unique look back at the project and its impact. - See more at: http://hieroglyphics.com/artists/casual#sthash.

Z-Man
Z-Man
Z-Man
Z-Man (given name Zamon) is an underground rapper and painter from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has released many full-length studio albums, several of which were self-recorded and released, and he has worked with numerous underground Bay Area rap legends.

He is a frequent collaborator with other artists in the Gurp City collective, composed of Sacred Hoop, Grand Invincible, G-Pek, Conceit, topr, MC Oroville and Bay Area legend Eddie Def.[1] He has also worked with Hieroglyphics Crew, Disflex.6, and Refill Records.

Z-Man is also a painter with a broad body of acrylic-on-canvas paintings that portray cartoon-style hybrid creatures in vibrant, bold color schemes that often have thematic references to black culture. He paints all of his album covers and T-shirt designs, and has painted and drawn many album covers for other hip hop artists.
DJ True Justice
DJ True Justice
True Justice, aka The Man of Steel, has been a pioneer in the Bay Area Hip Hop scene since 1989. In an era where real deejaying skills have become scare, True Justice holds the torch, and is known for tearing clubs down in every city and every town. No stranger to hustle and showmanship, he comes from the era of constantly packing the vinyl crates and being out on the road!

True's ambition is to showcase the amount of talent that he has amassed in the last 17 years in Northern California, better known as The Yay Area. While still in high school, True Justice was a hip hop dancer for the Oakland, CA super-group A.P.G. (Action Packed Gangstas), and at the age of 16, he found himself doing concerts with the likes of Digital Underground, Capital Tax, Paris and K-Cloud -- while witnessing first hand the birth of the independent hip hop game in the culturally rich Bay Area.

From 1989-91, True studied A.P.G.'s master DJ J-Cutt as he amazed crowds night after night with his show-stealing solo routines with two turntables, a mixer, and two copies of the same record. When he arrived in Berkeley in 1992, True Justice (then known as DJ Skillz), traded his patent leather shoes for two Technic turntables and a Gemini mixer. For years you could see True selling cassette tapes on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, CA alongside favorites of today: Living Legends, Saafir, and the Hobo Junction.

In 1996, True formed the All Purpose DJs with Lord Takim, DJ Styles, and DJ Lex. That same year he began a career of show deejaying, first with Dream Nefra, and then later with Mic T, AceyAlone & Abstract Rude, Aesop and Planet Asia. He is currently Guerrilla Funk's resident DJ, handling tour duties with Paris and T-K.A.S.H. He also works with Enzyme Dynamite of The Bayliens. As a duo True Justice and DJ Lex released Volume 1 in 1997, Aural Sex Volume 2 in 1998, AP2K in 2000, and Pound Fa Pound in 2004. All releases quickly became local classics. The All Purpose DJs have excited crowds with icons such as Slick Rick, Biz Markie, Notorious B.I.G., Xzibit, Phife, Keak Da Sneak, Above The Law, and E-40.

In 2001, True and Lex toured in Osaka, Japan, garnering legions of fans of their dexterity on the wheels of steel. A bonafide student of showmanship, True continued to hone his craft, and in 2007, True Justice dropped his self-titled debut album and joined forces with The Bayliens -- "Aliens from The Bay" -- and dropped the CD Crop Circles in the same year.

From 2007 to 2011, True Justice toured worldwide with The Bayliens, Living Legends, Mistah F.A.B., Zion I, Paris, The Alkaholiks, Jeru The Damaja, Lords Of The Underground, The Beatnuts, Onyx, Redman and EPMD.

In 2015, True orchestrated the highly successful Slap Frost Tour with Paris and Locksmith. True will be appearing throughout the USA and Europe in 2016, supporting his sophomore effort, The Man of Steel, on Guerrilla Funk.
Vocab Slick
Vocab Slick
Vocab Slick’s roots in hip-hop stem from his teenage years spent rhyming in the northern Bay Area of California

like so many wild teens, he fell into a life of drugs, hustling and eventually stints in jail.

The young rapper—then known as Vocabulary Slick—turned things around, cleaned himself up and transferred that energy into his music. And in 2003, he not only released his solo debut, Lyrically Conscious, but also formed the group Distant Relatives with his childhood friend, Emotionall. Shortly thereafter, they were joined by rapper Maynee, and released their first full-length, For The Passion, in 2006.

The group was struck by misfortune not long after their debut dropped, when Emotionall was detained and shockingly deported to Mexico. Vocab and Maynee were unsure of how to proceed, but they decided to press on as a duo, all with the mission of creating “truth music.” The two MCs were soon joined by gifted Bay Area-by-way-of-Ireland DJ Ricky Switch, who joined them on their next release, 2007’s The Ethx of Distant Relatives, produced by Fremont, Calif.’s Ethx.

Vocab soon showcased his talents as a solo artist with a powerful single, 2010’s “Dark Day,” while also continuing to work with Maynee. The two dropped their next Distant Relatives record, This Changes Everything, in 2011 to critical acclaim and global recognition. The Albom produced entirely by Rick Vargas and featured guest appearances by The Grouch & Eligh and Zumbi (of Zion I).

What followed was a time of personal challenges and growth for Vocab. In the summer of 2013, his mother passed away and his daughter was born. And then in January 2014, his longtime friend and Distant Relatives partner, Maynee, died suddenly. Facing tragedy and pain, Vocab did the only thing he could do—he took his heartbreak and emotion, and put it all into his art.

As the man said himself: “I took that pain and poured it into my music.”

And he did exactly that in April 2014 with the release of the Somethin’ Slick EP, which he quickly followed up that November with his stellar Issues and Episodes album. Not to be outdone, he co-founded the Slap Frost Tour alongside DJ True Justice and Z-Man, who together performed for three weeks straight, hitting all states from California to Wyoming.

The tour was an immense success and grew into an annual tradition with bigger lineups and extended dates. 2015 included performances from fellow Bay Area heavyweights Locksmith and Paris, while 2016 boasted the likes of Planet Asia and Chino XL.

Vocab’s hard work and never-ceasing grind didn’t—and won’t—stop there, though. He embarked on a lengthy 2016 summer tour with Equipto and DJ True Justice while also finding the time to wrap up his latest solo project. The EP, The Day After Yesterday, is produced entirely by Rob Wright.
Save1
Save1
ast Coast raised and influenced, Save 1 recently burst on the scene with his new EP, Save 1 Mash-Ups. This charismatic, quick witted, thoughtfully honed rhymer has leapt on the scene and forged new paths with logical insight, sincerity, and of course, the backing of Jonny P., the infused genius for all things magical in music and production. The syncopation of those elements combined have brought Save to this point, and now, he's building a name and a brand for himself.
Venue Information:
The Airport Tavern
5406 S. Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA, 98409