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THE NORTH OF HELL TOUR FEAT. ATMOSPHERE TURNS A NEW PAGE AT THE BLUE NOTE IN COLUMBIA, MO 11/04/2014

Prof, Dem Atlas and DJ Fundo
The Blue Note, Columbia, MO 11/04/2014
words/photos by BeezNutz

The Blue Note in Columbia, MO is a gem of a concert venue. It is a old beautiful theater converted into a concert night club. For the past 40 years it has been owned by Richard King and he has done a wonderful job of running it. November 4th 2014 marked a new day in its illustrious history. It was sold to the new ownership who runs the note from here on out. I was somewhat nervous, what was and is going to happen to my favorite live music venue in Missouri? I often drive 100 miles each way to catch shows that are coming a lot closer to my native St. Louis. The reason is easy, the shows are great, the crowd is young and fun. The Blue Note is stunning for live music and that to me makes it worth the drive.

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The week of the show my friend won a pair of tickets on Social Media. Which made this trip possible, not only for me but the other 2 people we brought along for the trip. We all four pitched in on gas and, without each other we wouldn’t of been able make it. We got to The Blue Note and it was PACKED! One of the largest crowds I have ever seen there for a show. They put a sign up in the window that read SOLD OUT in big bold letters as soon we walked up to the venue. One problem, one of the four of us did not have a ticket. No sooner did he start to lose faith of himself seeing the show, the ticket lady said a few more tickets were for sale.

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We decided to sit in the front row of the packed balcony. My friends made good use of the upstairs bars and bought drink after drink. I stayed sober and made sure we had a safe ride back to St. Louis. The show opened with DJ Fundo spinning a great variety of music that got the crowd moving, buying drinks and feeling awesome. After a thirty minute set DJ Fundo handed the tables over to the Dj for Dem Atlas. Dem Atlas is a new artist on Rhymesayers Entertainment. He started his first song by simply talking into the mic before transforming the song into a full blown hip hop jam. The way he jumped around, made crazy faces while spitting his sharp lyrics reminded me of a young Busta Rhymes. Not so much of his voice or rhyme style but his in your face over the top performance that ensured all eyes were on him.

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Dem Atlas made the most of his short time and rocked his set front to back. It was super fun to watch him completely blow away the audience. Before he left he told the crowd he recently completed a full length CD for sale now! It is worth checking out. Look into Dem Atlas online because you will be hearing a lot from him the coming years.

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After Dem Atlas the party starting, DJ Fundo came back to get the crowd hype for one of my personal favorites PROF. He spun some great party records such as Biggie, Snoop and other hip hop staples between the set changes. He made sure the crowd was nice and warm for his partner in crime PROF.

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Prof came on stage and right away got things moving. He is really fun to watch as he bounces back and forth across the stage. He got the people around us commenting on his crazy style almost as soon as he hit the stage.

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He played a diverse set of old and new Prof material which was mixed in between the normal hilarious stage banter between him, DJ Fundo and of coarse the crowd. They really had a lot of fun with the Columbia crowd.

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In late 2013 Prof signed a deal with Rhymesayers Entertainment and has been busy ever since. He played his new single ” Farout ” for which a new music video was released last month on the Rhymesayers youtube channel. I dig the new music and I am really looking forward to his next album.

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After a 45 minute set mixed with jokes, hiphop, singing, dancing and all around madness from him and Fundo. Prof called it a night but not before someone in the crowd brought him a shirt threw it on stage and of coarse Prof put it on right then and there. It said Doap. on the black shirt and it was fitting because Prof was pretty damn Dope.

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There was no DJ in between Prof and the headliner of the evening Atmosphere. Each second that passed the crowd packed in tighter on the floor. When the lights dropped the crowd erupted with a super loud cheer. Only to be met by Ant and Dj Plain Ole Bill on the turntables who started dropping these crazy sounds and beats through the house speakers.

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Out of the darkness Slug appeared on stage with a hooded jacket and said whats up to the adoring Columbia, MO fans. The beat dropped, the crowd went nuts as Slug broke into the song ” January On Lake St. ” From the new album ” Southsiders “. Which was fitting since there was a custom Southsiders neon light hanging right above the DJ’s heads.

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Together Atmosphere put on a classic set from the get go. The song ” God Loves Ugly ” was the 3rd song in the career spanning setlist that they brought to the table. Each song left you guessing of what would follow next.

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Each Atmosphere performance is completely different from the next, Slug is often changing the words up just for extra fun. Ant does the same with the music by taking the beats you are used to and putting a fresh live spin on each one to make it live art right before your eyes.

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Together the three of them absolutely KILLED this performance which made for easily one of the best shows I have seen all year, if not the best! People were hanging off the shaking balcony just losing their minds to the music.

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After 60 minutes of pure hip hop Slug told the crowd thank you and left the stage. I noticed a couple of songs were notably missing from this setlist. After a few minutes Slug came back on stage to grab his jacket which he had said he forgot. Looking shocked at the crowd he asked ” What the fuck are you guys still doing here?” The crowd wasn’t ready to leave just yet so he gave us a few more classic Atmosphere tracks to send us on our way.

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It has become a custom at Atmosphere shows that he and his tourmates freestyle before leaving the building. He brought Prof and Dem Atlas back to the stage for a freestyle session. It featured a really funky beat and each of the three emcees having a lot of fun spitting freestyle rhymes over it.

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Before actually calling it a night he let Prof And Dem Atlas stay on stage and help him with the song ” Trying To Find A Balance ” which resulted in a killer performance of the popular song. The DJ’s each let loose with everything they had and it was like the grand finale of a fireworks display coming through the speakers.

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This show was incredible, very thankful to be in the house for this one. When this comes to town, get to this show you will not be let down. They are on the second leg of this tour through November and it might be coming to a venue near you. Go out and support good live music this tour will not let you down.

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For more information on all of the artist go check out Rhymesayers.com/

ROAD TO PAID DUES TOUR ST. LOUIS, THE GRAMOPHONE 03/05/13

Road To Paid Dues, The Gramophone, 03/05/13
Photo’s/Words : BeezNutzSTL

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Paid Dues is a independent hip hop festival held annually in Pomona, California. This week some of my favorite artist came out to rock The Gramophone in St. Louis on The Road To Paid Dues tour. Thanks to my good friends Kathy and Curtis, I have known about and been a fan of Prof for years now.

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My friends Kathy, Curtis and I all decided to meet up and ride downtown together. That way we would save that gas money for better things, such as drinks and merch. We got to The Gramophone around 9:30, went inside and headed straight to the bar. Which was where I met my new friend Anna. We had both came to the show to see Prof and we ended up hanging out most of the night. A beer later I found my spot just in time for Black Cloud Music who was taking the stage.

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Black Cloud Music is a indepedent record label based in Island Empire, California founded in 2006. They were represented by two of the members Noa James ” The Intelligent, Elegant, Elephant ” and Curtiss King who made a reference to himself looking like Sinbad which was funny. They both were dope, had great lyrics and played well off each other. I watched the entire set and was very impressed. Noa commanded everyone’s attention and respect when he rapped acapella and his words boomed off the back brick walls.

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They rocked for 30 plus minutes and got the crowd hyped up. It was a nice sized crowd packed into the smaller venue. We headed outside for a minute to cool off between acts. Fashawn was the next man to the stage. As soon as Fashawn touched the mic he got right to work. My friends and I all liked him, and you could hear people around us remarking how dope he was between songs. He rapped about life, California, weed and girls. Fashawn started ” G’s Up ” by asking ” By a show of hands who knows where the good weed is in St. Louis? ”

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Fashawn made a lot of fans, my friends and I included. After Fashawn left the stage I held down our spots while everyone went for merch and drinks. Anna came back with beers, and shots. While Curtis and Kathy went and got some merch including a fresh Dj Fundo T-shirt. As soon as Dj Fundo walked out and started scratching records the party was on. Prof has a unmatched energy level on stage and his shows are just crazy start to finish. He opened with ” Gampo ” off his newest official release ” King Gampo ” which had the people that knew him rapping along, while everyone else was bouncing.

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Prof has so much fun with his music and it spread like fire through the small venue. One of my favorite songs ” President ” was in the midway through the set and was a highlight of the show for me. During a song break Anna got Prof’s attention and told him she bought him Jameson. He was super excited and said she looked like a mob daugther. She promised him that her mob father wouldn’t put a hit on him, if he hit on her. In exchange for the shots Prof personally thanked her and then serenaded her with some R. Kelly. Then they both slammed down the shots, made for a very memorable part of the show. As always Dj Fundo, kept it fun on the Turntables chiming in with funny stage banter throughout the night.

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Everytime Prof comes back around the crowd is bigger, and he has stepped it up. Two of my favorite Prof tracks closed out the set ” On My Way ” which was on the first Prof cd I ever got. He followed that up with my favorite track off King Gampo ” Yeah Buddy ” which got a great crowd response each chorus. This show made me feel great, and it wasn’t even over yet. I looked over and Anna was glowing, her night was made. The look of amazement was spread evenly across the room. Just wait till he comes back through he will have a lot more St. Louis fans and be in a bigger venue.

My fans are like pyros spreadin’ fires you already heard about him ” – PROF – AMAZING

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Coming into this show, my knowledge was extremely limited on the headliner of the evening Murs. The Los Angeles based rapper has been making music since 1995 and has a long track record of appearances, and features. He walked on stage backed by Dj Foundation and won me over immediately, he has a awesome stage presence and his music was dope. The song ” Better Than The Best ” featured some awesome word play and a catchy beat. I also really enjoyed the ” O.J ” song which was about breakups. During one point he slowed down the song to talk to the crowd about relationships before bouncing back into the rest of the song remixed with a outkast beat. He also paid respect to the legend Nate Dogg by doing a brief piano backed cover of ” Regulators “. The crowd sang every word and we all stopped for a second to remember Nate Dogg, R.I.P.

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He brought back out Fashawn again, which was cool. Fashawn really impressed me so it was a welcome sight to have him back on stage. Together Murs and Fashawn teamed up for some really great live hiphop. Everyone in my group with the exception of myself had to work the next morning. Which meant for me that we had to leave before Murs finished his set. I wanted to stay, but it was time to roll. We said our goodbyes and hit the door.

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The show front to back was solid, the definition of live hip hop at its very best. You owe it to yourself to check this tour out when it rolls through your town. Be sure to check out the links below and show these artist some love. The Gramophone did a great job with this show, the lights, sound and staff were all on top of their game. This easily was one of my favorite shows of the year.

Till Next Time…..

BeezNutzSTL

Thank you!!!: Stophouse, Black Cloud Music, Fashawn, Murs, The Gramophone, Curtis, Kathy, Devon, Thank you Anna for the Beer! Thank you to everyone who read and shared this.

BLACK CLOUD MUSIC

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http://store.blackcloudmusic.com


FASHAWN

http://www.fashawn.ca/

http://www.youtube.com/fashawntv
http://instagram.com/TheRealFashawn

PROF


http://www.stophousegroup.com
http://profstophouse.bandcamp.com/album/kaiser-von-powderhorn-3
(FREE ALBUM DOWNLOAD)

MURS

http://mursworld.com

PAID DUES FESTIVAL

http://www.paidduesfestival.com
http://www.facebook.com/paidduesfestival

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http://www.youtube.com/guerillaunion
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BEEZNUTZ TOP 10 SHOWS OF 2011!

2011 was a year of many ups and downs and a lot of very unique and diverse shows of which I feel lucky and blessed to partaked in. And hey, nobody died this year. So moving on to number 10.

Number 10: Prof, 08/17/11 The Pageant, Saint Louis, Mo

Prof had impressed me quite a bit the early part of 2011 with a strong performance and a free cd that didn’t suck. A few months later he was back opening for Atmosphere, Evidence, and Blueprint respectively. Prof really put a lot into his short time and stole the show for me.

Number 9: 8ball and MJG, 04/29/11, Memphis In May Festival, Memphis, TN.

What can I say, I have always loved southern rap. Anyone who knows anything about rap knows that 8ball and MJG are LEGENDS! I had never had the chance to see either of them seperate, let alone together. When they were announced at Memphis in May, they by far were the most exciting addition to the lineup for me.

Many rap acts are a let down, I had no clue of what to expect from the southern legends. Well my friends and I were treated to a great set. From ” Coming Out Hard ” to ” You Don’t Want Drama “…

They had a great live set up, great audio and great crowd interaction. Featuring a live band and 3 back up singers. I wasn’t even pissed when they didn’t play my favorite song.

Then 8ball came back out, and said he grew up 10 minutes from the venue in Orange Mound, a infamous neighborhood in Memphis. He told the crowd if he can make it from there, you can make it out of anywhere. Then they played a awesome version of my favorite song ” Paid Dues” A fitting end to a truely classic rap show.

Number 8: DMX, Club Amnesia, 11/23/11, St. Louis, MO

I like a lot of rap and what can I say I go to a lot of shows. Here is another rap show in the Top 10 this year. DMX is one of those artist that seems like a performer first and recording artist second.

It has been trying couple of years for the mutli-platinum rapper. Stints in and out of Jail for multiple violations and various appearences on TMZ leading up to the show.

However when the beat hits and DMX takes the stage, he becomes another person. It is just him, the music and the crowd. Which is why I pay to go see shows. The highlight of the show was the set closing ” Slippin’ “.

Catch DMX given the chance, he will not let you down.

Number 7: Foo Fighters, 09/17/11 Savvis Center, Saint Louis, MO After catching the Foo Fighters back in 08 for the first time. My long 3 year wait to see them again finally came. As they ventured back to St. Louis a day after protesting the protesters in Kansas City, MO.

I had actaully fallen asleep during the show which sucked but, had nothing to do with the show which was great. I had been running around for 48 straight hours and it caught up. I woke up a few songs before the encore. It was sligthly wierd.

After promising a monster encore, and denouncing other arena rockers who put on less than stellar shows. They delivered and kept the hits coming and even threw in a few covers to mix it up.

They rocked the arena for around 2 hours and fifty minutes and left the packed crowd wanting more even after numerous encores.

Number 6: Yelawolf, Van’s Warped Tour , 08/03/11, Maryland Hieghts, MO.

Yelawolf was another artist I had been eager to see for years and finally got the chance to. After gaining underground fame, thanks to several well recieved mixtapes. Yelawolf finally hit it big, signing to Eminem’s label Shady Records in the spring prior to Warped Tour.

Just as his label founder Eminem did in 2000, Yelawolf hit the dusty Warped Tour Trail. I was crazy excited to see of the handful of Warped Dates he was on, St. Louis was one of them.

He had a great set time of 1 p.m and I made sure to have a great spot. He came out to his underground hit ” Trunk Music “. He was so much more pontent and raw live.

During one song a security guard grabbed a kid’s pipe as he was smoking in plain view of him. Well Yelawolf, went to the guard and somehow convinced him to give him the pipe. Much to the crowds excitement Yelawolf threw it back into the crowd, after hitting it!

He closed the set with his song ” Pop The Trunk ” and ended a very pontent 30 minute set before signing autographs for the rest of the day.

Number 5: Reel Big Fish, Rolla, St Patricks Day Festival, 03/12/11, Rolla, MO.

I have seen Reel Big Fish many times and it was something about getting hammered drunk before 4 p.m and watching a great outdoor set from one of your favorite bands, FOR FREE. It was a good time that’s for sure. My long time concert friend Chris and I made the trip. After singing ” Trendy ” all day it was a great fit thats what they opened with.

The crowd was into it, they were into it, everyone had a great time in downtown Rolla for St. Pat’s!

Number 4: Kid Rock, The Midland Theatre, 11/26/11, Kansas City, MO.

Kid Rock had not been on a small venue tour in over 10 years and is not like the demand is not there. The summer tour with Sheryl Crow was a huge success. After deciding to do a small 10 show run of smaller venues for local charities in each market. He selected Kansas City as one of the dates.

I snatched up the limit of 2 floor tickets as soon as they went on sale. Kid Rock despite being sick, put on a great show that revials his past club shows. He really pulled out the stops offering funny commentary, Original takes on many career spanning songs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFLa1kHw7OM
(Video Credit : http://www.youtube.com/user/cmb7869 ) Check out for more great videos.

A highlight to me was late in the show, while still on the intro to ” Bawitdaba “. During which he took a painfully long pause in the song before telling people this is the part that hurts. He gave his all and gave back to charity. I was proud to support this tour and was well worth the money to see him in a smaller setting.

Number 3: Tori Amos, The Chicago Theatre, 12/10/10, Chicago, IL

Tori Amos is a unsuspecting favorite of mine ever since watching her set at Bonnaroo 10′. Something has always interested me about Piano and Tori is quite the master. This being my first headlining Tori gig, I was blown away. The command she has and how she can take a song and make it something else, live, right in front of you is simply amazing.

Between the 20+ song set, the string quartet and the lights it was one incredible experience, not to mention I love my seat in the beautiful, historic, downtown Chicago Theatre.

I can’t wait to see her again hopefully soon, also the variety she displayed on this tour really shows a depth of material. Great tour, Great show.

Number 2: Foxy Shazam, Van’s Warped Tour 2011, 07/02/11, BonnerSprings, KS

After seeing Foxy Shazam a variety of times the past two years you can never be sure what to expect. You can always be sure to expect a show. Whether its telling the crowd Jack Nicholson has died, or challenging the audience to kill him for 20 dollars you know something is going to happen.

Shortly after taking the Warped Stage the singer Eric Nally called for the merch guy to bring all the bands money. After recieving the money he took the 20 plus single dollars tore them up and threw them into the front rows of the crowd. Much to the crowds delight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWdejPHYpBg
Video Credit : http://www.youtube.com/user/poisonkill1291

After a few songs, Eric called again to the merch guy saying ” Bring me some more money man, So I can pay these people.” After he recieved another bunch of bills, he began tearing them up and eating them.

And the show was great, I love their Cd and look forward to the early 2012 show they have lined up in my hometown.

Number 1: Coheed and Cambria, The Midland Theatre, 04/08/11, Kansas City, KS.

My friend Chris would always tease me about how awesome Coheed and Cambria’s ambitious ” Neverender ” Tour was. I never thought I would have the chance to experience anything like that. Until Coheed announced it’s spring run of small venues playing their 1st cd ” The Second Stage Turbine Blade ” in its entirety.

They started out with a acoustic set featuring great peformances of many of their hits and various other songs alike.

Followed by SSTB in its entirety, followed by a greatest hits set. No openers or other BS just great performances that Coheed fans have come to expect. After the short setlist on the headlining tour the winter before. It was want was needed to get right back into the band like the first time all over again.

Till next year.

Bzntz

PROF STARTS A FIRE IN ST. LOUIS AT THE FIREBIRD!

PROF 03/10/11

Firebird – St. Louis, MO

Words/Photos by BeeZnutZ

 

PROF? Who? Yeah, I said the same thing when asked had I heard of him. Turns out I was asleep and he has been on the grind for quite a while. Most recently touring with Atmosphere. He also hails from Minneapolis, MN.

I was at home planning a crazy night for myself when the phone rang. It was my buddy Curtis, he asked me if I had heard of Prof? I said, I hadn’t but I would be down to check out a $7 dollar show.

I showed up to The Firebird late, met my friends in the parking lot for some pre-show meditations. Earlier in the day I had looked up “PROF” on youtube and got the entire wrong PROF, it was BIG PROF or something. The video showed some big black guy rapping about typical rap shit.

So going into the show I knew nothing about him. Then the lights go down and my buddy says to me ” this might be him “. Then DJ FUNDO hit the stage getting the crowd hype for Prof. Dj Fundo is a cool guy and did a good job hyping the crowd.

The first thing I noticed about Prof was his basketball grandpa shirt and big Timberwolves beads that bounced around as he jumped around the stage. It didn’t take him long to lose his sweatshirt and get St. Louis bouncing!

and then there was the stache…… Prof has a lot of fun with his raps which is how it should be. He is very entertaining to say the least. ” Put your hands up, all twelve of y’all”. Actaully there was about 40-50 people in the crowd. It wasn’t a bad turnout but wasn’t packed. Prof rocked it like it was a sold out arena though.

Then he sat down for some blues and whiskey. This track was produced by ANT who does Atmosphere’s production. I dug it. I mean who doesn’t love blues and whiskey? I turned to say that to my friend but he was already back at the bar for a refill.

After drinking whiskey until the cows came home, was time to get it cracking again. And Prof really waste no time, his high energy level is contagious and had everyone hype during his set.

After a solid 30 minute plus set, it was time to act as ANIMALS to close the set. ” I WANT EVERYONE INCLUDING YOU AT THE BAR WITH THE RED HAT ON TO SAY………. I’M A ANIMAL!!!”

I’M AN ANIMAL………. He really was fun to see live and that Stophouse Sampler he was giving out is no joke. That cd didn’t leave my car for weeks and everyone who heard it bumping had to have a copy. Prof is blowing up.

After Prof’s set, we stayed watched Steddy P and DJ Mahf who put on a great show(battery died). Before we left we said thanked both Steddy P and Prof for making St. Louis a stop on the tour and my buddy went and hit up some merch. I was flat broke but wish I could of. They both gave us some samplers that are better than most of the CD’s some artist are selling. They are both on the come up and you should keep your eyes and ears peeled for them. You will hear and see them soon enough!

Till next time….

Check out Prof here :

http://www.stophousegroup.com/
” I DON’T NEED A WRITE UP I’LL GO WORD OF MOUTH, MY FAN’S ARE LIKE PYRO’S SPREADING FIRES, YOU ALREADY HEARD ABOUT HIM….” PROF from AMAZING

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