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Koncept is an emcee born in Queens, NY, raised in both Queens, and Warwick, NY, and now resides in Brooklyn. In early 2008, Koncept began working at Fat Beats NY, and with 6 other artists employed by the store, decided to form an undeniable rap group called the Brown Bag AllStars.
Koncept’s energy is unlike anything else you will see today. He brings the most captivating, entertaining performance to any stage, just like he has already shown at packed venues throughout New York City and beyond.
In 2010, Koncept released an EP titled, "Playing Life", which is available for free download, and also available on CD including exclusive bonus tracks not available online. The project features production from J57, The Audible Doctor, DJ Brace, maticulous, marink, & DJ Dyllemma. Guest appearances from J57, Sene, & Silent Knight. All cuts on the project are from Juno Award Winning/ DMC Champion, DJ Brace.
In 2011 Koncept linked up with Cali based producer, Tranzformer for a free EP titled “More Than Meets The Eye”. This 5 song free EP was presented by DJBooth.net. Koncept & Tranzformer dropped several videos for the project for tracks, “Change”, Day Dreaming”, and “High”. Since then, Koncept has released several exclusive tracks, as well as a video for his single, “Feel So Good” which features Canadian vocalist, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and is produced by Tranzformer.
Koncept has just dropped his debut album, “awaken” through Soulspazm Records. The project features production from J57, The Audible Doctor, marink, DJ Goo, & Marco Polo. Soul Khan, Sene, and Shady Records/ Slaughterhouse’s own, Royce da 5’9 appear as guests on “Awaken”. With the lead single, “Watch The Sky Fall” featuring Royce da 5’9, produced by Marco Polo dropping and receiving a lot of praise, things are only looking up for the Brown Bag AllStar.
Koncept's tracks have been aired on Sirius XM radio’s, Hip Hop Nation with DJ Eclipse, Live from Headquarters with DJ Premier, Shade 45 with Tony Touch, as well as college radio all around the world. He has been featured on hundreds of sites and blogs including 2dopeboyz, Nahright, HipHopDX, URB magazine, & DJ Booth just to name a few. He has performed alongside greats such as Pharoahe Monch, Black Thought, Styles P, Big Daddy Kane, Large Pro, EPMD, Tash (Tha Alkaholics), Brand Nubian, Dead Prez, Joell Ortiz, & many more.
DJ Brace has had a diverse DJ career that began over 15 years ago and features many highlights as a DJ, turntablist and producer. Brace’s success began with winning numerous DJ titles which culminated in becoming the 2004 DMC Canadian Champion. Recently he made a brief return to competition and won 1st in the 2013 Kid Koala 8-Bit Blues battle judged by D-Styles, RJD2 and Dan The Automator.
After stepping away from DJ competitions he began work on his debut solo album, Nostomania, which went on to win a Juno award (Canadian Grammy) for Best Instrumental Album of 2009. His second solo album, Synesthasia, was nominated in 2011 for Felix award (Quebec Music Awards) in the category of Electronic album of the year.
Brace’s music can also be heard on the Fox TV series Prison Break and on the Canadian TV channel CBC. He has collaborated with Ancient Astronauts, Kabanjak, Brown Bag AllStars, J57, Audible Doctor, Soul Khan, Koncept, Socalled and more. Brace currently resides between New York and Montreal where he is actively composing and recording in the studio working on his solo material.
Experimental / Hip Hop / Turntablism
Soul Mechanics DJ School was founded in 2004 in Montréal, Québec. It provides instruction on DJing, turntablism, and electronic music production. It consists of a network of DJs and producers in Montréal who specialize in different techniques in these fields. The main philosophy behind the school is that knowledge is emergent and constantly changing. Our techniques and methods change and adapt with the current world of DJing and production in order to keep our students up-to-date.
Experimental / Hip Hop / Indie
The BoomBap Cats
Hip Hop / Jazz / Soul
Definition: Boombap: the original rap that goes boom followed by a bap... Cats: a slang term that was used in the 50's by jazz musicians that actually means people.
The boombap cats were founded in 2001 by Johnny IllDigger (producer) and Mehdi Cee aka Mister Slang (MC). Ever since that day, they work on their unique flava of Hip-hop to bring you the freshest shit possible.