Friday, Aug 19, 2011 9:00 PM (7:00 PM Doors) HighLine Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St, New York, NY
The QN5 MEGASHOW is an annual destination event thrown exclusively by NYCâ€™s independent hip hop label, QN5 Music, for their fans. It is the only time the entire labelâ€™s roster (Tonedeff, CunninLynguists, PackFM, Substantial, Mr. SOS &Â Kokayi) converges on the same stage on the same night.
QN5 fans (ie. Blue Schoolers) from all over the world make their pilgrimage to this event to celebrate all things baby blue and see one of the most energetic and entertaining shows in Hip Hop. This event has torn down legendary spots such as CBGBs, BB Kings, The Roxy (LA) and now makes its second visit to NYCâ€™s Highline Ballroom. As usual, there will be no photography or videotaping of this event permitted, so youâ€™ll just have to be there to see for yourself.
QN5 MEGASHOW 2011: EVOLUTION
Friday, August 19, 2011
THE ENTIRE QN5 ROSTER LIVE ON STAGE PERFORMING â€˜A HISTORY OF QN5â€™:
CUNNINLYNGUISTS // TONEDEFF // PACKFM // SUBSTANTIAL // MR. SOS // KOKAYI // DJ JS-1
+ SPECIAL GUESTS
Kokayi â€œSummeryâ€ Ft. Substantial & Tamara Wellons.
Peace World. The weekend is here, itâ€™s nice outside and itâ€™s only right to have some music to go with all that awesomeness. Check out this track from my Big Bro,Â Kokayi, which features me andÂ Tamara Wells. Â If you havenâ€™t picked up his amazing, critically acclaimed album,Â Robots & Dinosaurs, click the link and make that happen. Â You wonâ€™t be disappointed.
There is no feeling like the first summery day after a long, arduous winter, and Kokayiâ€™s latest single Â â€œSummeryâ€œ, is the anthem for that feeling. The Grammy-nominated Washington D.C. native has been shining brightly as a multi-faceted musician since he debuted in 2007 withÂ Mass Instructions, with side projects ranging from recording tracks forÂ ESPN withÂ Stalley to becoming an in-house producer forÂ QN5 Music. His last album,Â Robots & Dinosaurs, released late last year, was highly acclaimed across the board, and his video for â€œRoxTarâ€ recently garnered aÂ mtvU.com Freshman Five win.
Now, as Kokayi preps a remix EP for Robots & Dinosaurs, heâ€™s releasing for the first time a song that had previously online seen release on vinyl, â€œSummery.â€ The track starts off with a â€œWOO!â€ which is the appropriate reaction to stepping outside on a warm day. â€œI wanted to try and capture that sunny feeling; I wanted people to pump this as they drove with the big 18â€²s in the trunk, so the bass knocks,â€ says Kokayi, citingÂ The Fresh Prince & Jazzy Jeffâ€™s â€Summertimeâ€ and the general feeling of the coming season as main inspirations for the song. Kokayi also brought on Baltimore MC and fellow QN5 label mate Â Substantial and soulful songstressÂ Tamara Wellons to complete the funky, carefree production. â€œSubstantial is the homie; his perspective and voice always mesh well with the sonic creations I come up with,â€ explains Kokayi. â€œTamara was a no-brainer. She is a good friend and I love the tone of her voice, it just oozes sunshine.â€
Stay in Peace
Kokayi â€“ â€œSummeryâ€ Ft. Substantial and Tamara Wellons
[audio:http://www.mcmireport.com/sites/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/everybody.mp3|titles=Godsâ€™Illa â€œEverybodyâ€ ft. Substantial & Kingpen Slim]
Peace World. Â So I’ve been waiting anxiously for this to drop since Ace of Gods’Illa let me know last week that this would be the next leak from the upcoming project The CPR Blendtape. Â Everybody, produced by Joe.D,Â also features myself, and fellow DMV artist, Kingpen Slim. Â To sum up how I felt when Ace first let me hear the track and me to jump on the song I’ll simply quote a segment of his verse…
“…I figure I’d get in it, get comfortable, kick my feet up/So I’m up in the studi’ with my feet up on the speaker/Got the gasface like “Joe.D turn the beat up/And open up the window ’cause we got Â another heater!”
The Plague is a crew of Hip Hop artists, formed in the late 90’s, whose membership has changed over the years. Current membership is GMS (co-founder), LR Blitzkrieg (co-founder), WildChild (co-founder), PH (co-founder), DJDP ONE, PackFM, MrMecc, Tonedeff, Session, Substantial, Bad Seed,ArchRival and Poison Pen. Most of the Plague got their start battling and performing on the NY underground Hip Hop music. Although they have never released an official album together, they released two self-titled mixtapes in the early 2000’s and the crew is featured on individual members projects.
The Plague recently suffered the loss of one of their founders, PH aka Pumpkinhead aka Robert Diaz, who passed away due to medical complications on June 9th, 2015. PH was loved throughout the underground hip hop community, the battle rap scene and by friends and fans throughout he world. His passing was reported by major news and music outlets, including CNN, TIME, RollingStone, Billboard, Pix11, NYDailyNews, MTV, BET and every Hip Hop and battle rap website. #RIPPH was a trending topic on Facebook & Twitter in the following 24hours. Here are eulogies from MCMI & QN5.
The crew is currently working on a PH Tribute EP/Album to be released jointly through all of their labels and promoted by the entire collective, proceeds of which will be a future revenue stream for PH’s family. Saddened by the loss, the crew is nonetheless inspired and motivated to produce the best work possible, in the name of their fallen brother in arms.