Fresh Yard Records Presents
Sir Veterano • Murs • MC Eiht • Fashawn • Mitchy Slick • Ras Kass • Planet Asia • Casual • 4TWO7
(Doors: 8:00 pm )
Ages 21 and Up
This event has been rescheduled from June 19, 2020. All tickets purchased from the June 19th date will be honored.
Come celebrate the album release of Sir Veterano's debut album, The Gathering, presented by Fresh Yard Records. Performances by Murs, MC Eiht, Mitchy Slick, Fashawn, Ras Kass, Planet Asia, Casual, 4two7 and live beat set by Sir Veterano. Hosted by DJ Bar1ne. Sounds by DJ Cutlos Supreme, DJ Earwaxxx & DJ Norm Rocwell. Exclusive Fresh Yard Records merch will be available. This show will sell out so get your tickets fast!
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Genre: hip hop
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Sir Veterano is a music producer based in the Central Valley of California. Although growing up in a remote area outside of San Francisco, his music managed to catch the attention of major indie hip-hop artists in the mid 2000's and early 2010's. Working with the likes of lyrical icons Ras Kass, Kool G Rap, Mad Skillz, Planet Asia and Eminem's super group Slaughterhouse, Sir Veterano established himself as a promising up and coming Hip-Hop producer.
After releasing the critically acclaimed mixtape, "Latest and Greatest Vol.1", with some of Hip-Hop's most sought after rappers in the early 2010's, a doo-wop themed instrumental album in partnership with Dart Adam's Producers I Know brand, and a DJ series of West Coast funk with 2DopeBoyz.com, Sir Veterano opted to put his music career on hold in order to focus on his personal life.
In late 2018, Sir Veterano expressed interest in rejoining the music business to his music manager, Walt Liquor - aka 4two7 - and Kwa Nguyen, owner of The Fresh Yard clothing brand and Fresh Yard Records. After discussions on what that would entail, the three quickly got to work on his first music work since 2012 that would become his first ever studio release. THE GATHERING, enlisted the likes of Hip-Hop legends MC Eiht, Casual, Murs, Fashawn, Planet Asia and old friend Ras Kass. Along with many more icons, the album quickly started to form. "I've always felt like I have unfinished business," Sir Veterano mentioned. "The timing is right for me, the team I'm working with feels like family so I'm ready to step back in and pick up where I left off."
Nicholas Carter (born March 16, 1978), better known by his stage name Murs, is an American rapper. His name is an acronym (or backronym) for which he himself has created multiple meanings, such as “Making the Universe Recognize and Submit” or “Making Underground Raw Shit.” Murs formed 3 Melancholy Gypsys with fellow Alexander Hamilton High School classmates Scarub and Eligh. The group became friends with Mystik Journeymen, and joined them in the Living Legends collective in 1996. His solo debut album, F’Real, was released on Veritech in 1997.
Alongside Slug, Murs has been part of the group Felt since 2002. The End of the Beginning, his debut album on Definitive Jux, was released in 2003. Murs released Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, an album entirely produced by 9th Wonder, in 2004. Taking a more thoughtful approach than gangster rappers, it prompted Andy Gill of The Independent to say “eschewing bogus glamour for emotional realism, Murs manages to say more about the corrosive cancer of hip-hop’s gun culture than all the thousands of column inches lavished on 50 Cent’s bullet wounds”. After another collaborative album with 9th Wonder, Murray’s Revenge, in 2006, Murs signed a contract with Warner Bros., his debut album for the label being Murs for President. It was preceded by Sweet Lord which was given away free to fans.
Murs released Varsity Blues 2, a follow-up to his Varsity Blues EP, with production duties handled by Aesop Rock, Terrace Martin and Droop-E, in 2011. He released This Generation, a collaborative album with Fashawn, in 2012.
Murs was invited by Sacha Jenkins, a hip hop journalist, to join the group The White Mandingos, a collaboration between Jenkins and Bad Brains bassist Daryl Jenifer. They released their first album, The Ghetto is Tryna Kill Me, on June 11, 2013 under the Fat Beats record label. Murs has stated that the recording is a loose concept album about a man from the hood who struggles to maintain his identity while recording as a rock artist. The band members have acknowledged that the album is partially based on their own experiences.
On February 7, 2014, it was announced via Tech N9ne’s Facebook page that Murs was signed to his record label Strange Music. Later that year, Murs teamed up with fellow Strange Music members Mayday! to drop the !Mursday¡ album as his first release on the label. He then released Have a Nice Life on May 18, 2015, Captain California on March 10, 2017, and A Strange Journey into the Unimaginable on his birthday in 2018 – all through Strange Music. In between projects, Murs partnered once again with 9th Wonder to create Brighter Daze, which was released on December 31, 2015. Murs latest release is "The Iliad Is Dead And The Odyssey Is Over", out now!
Veteran West Coast gangsta rapper MC Eiht has dedicated much of his life to music, beginning his seminal career with Compton's Most Wanted (CMW) while only a teenager. Despite his youth, Eiht catapulted his group to nationwide recognition at the dawn of the '90s. CMW followed the lead of Ice-T and fellow Compton natives N.W.A but was relatively low profile -- neither as commercial nor as controversial as those who achieved fame beforehand -- and remained largely an underground act despite some Billboard chart placements. CMW released three albums before Eiht began his solo career in 1993 with the group's producer, DJ Slip, in tow, and "Streiht Up Menace" as his solo debut single. His debut solo album, We Come Strapped, subsequently topped Billboard's R&B album chart a year later and was certified gold. Eiht's discography with and without CMW continued to grow, and in the 2010s his reputation was rock solid, reflected in his work with both fellow veterans (DJ Quik, DJ Premier) and younger stars (Kendrick Lamar) who regarded him as an original master.
Born Aaron Tyler in Los Angeles, Eiht began his career as part of CMW during the latter half of the '80s. After the single "This Is Compton" was issued on Techno Hop, home to crucial early cuts by Ice-T and King Tee, the group signed to Orpheus, who released It's a Compton Thang (1990), Straight Checkn 'Em (1991), and Music to Driveby (1992). All three hit the Billboard 200 chart and produced hit singles such as "One Time Gaffled 'Em Up," "Growin' Up in the Hood," and "Hood Took Me Under." "Streiht Up Menace" (1993), Eiht's Slip-produced debut single as a solo artist, came from the soundtrack of Menace II Society, a popular film in which Eiht appeared. Following the success of this single, Eiht signed to the Sony-distributed Epic Street imprint and entered the studio with Slip to record his full-length solo debut, We Come Strapped. Billed to "MC Eiht Featuring CMW," the album didn't really feature anyone from CMW except the rapper and producer. Nonetheless, the album debuted atop Billboard's R&B album chart despite lacking an omnipresent lead single and reached the Top Five of the Billboard 200.
None of Eiht's successive albums were as commercially successful as We Come Strapped, though some, such as additional Epic releases Death Threatz (1996) and Last Man Standing (1997), and the independently released Veterans Day (2004), were arguably better. In successive years, Eiht continued to record solo projects on a frequent basis, and he also reconvened on occasion with CMW. During the 2010s, he was featured on the title track of Kendrick Lamar's Grammy-nominated Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and in 2017 released Which Way Iz West -- his first proper album in over a decade, featuring production from DJ Premier and appearances from CMW, WC, and Kurupt, among others.
Fashawn was born in Fresno, California, where he had a rough childhood due to his father being incarcerated for a long period of time, while his single mother also dealt with a drug addiction. At eight years of age, Fashawn and his sister were both placed in a group home for sometime, before their Uncle Roy decided to take them into his custody as a father figure. Fashawn recalls writing his first rhyme at eight years old, and became fully engrossed in writing by the year 2000. In 2006, Fashawn released his first mixtape Grizzly City, catching the attention of fellow Fresno emcee Planet Asia who invited him to go on the road with him. Fashawn established his presence throughout the Central California hip-hop scene, releasing multiple mixtapes including The Phenom, Grizzly City 2, The Phenom 2, Higher Learning, and One Shot One Kill.
Fashawn first gained major attention in 2009 for the release of his debut album Boy Meets World. This early success led him to be inaugurated into the 2010 XXL Freshmen cover, standing alongside Wiz Khalifa, J.Cole, Big Sean and more. His buzz has gotten increasingly stronger, from sharing the stage with notable stars such as Kendrick Lamar, Talib Kweli, Wiz Khalifa to performing at jam-packed shows like Rock the Bells and Paid Dues. He also performed the entrance theme song for boxing welterweight champion Timothy Bradley when he fought his rematch against Manny Pacquiao on Pay Per View last April.
Fashawn’s distinctive talent captured the attention of Nas, who has called Fashawn “one of the most underrated in the game.” “The world is gonna know soon. We’re excited to have him as a part of the family.” Fashawn recently celebrated the release of his long awaited album, The Ecology. The album, executively produced by Nas, has been received a positive critical response from outlets like XXL and Hip Hop DX. Fashawn is currently on tour promoting the album and giving back to fans who have made The Ecology’s release a success.
A native of San Diego, California rap veteran Mitchy Slick is a solo artist and one-third of Stones Throw Records hip-hop trio Strong Arm Steady. Founder and CEO, of Wrongkind Records. Mitchy Slick spent his formative years in the southeastern division of San Diego, namely the Lincoln Park area. He later attended Prairie View A&M in Prairie View, Texas and returned to his hometown in California, where he embarked on his musical career.
Mitchy Slick’s debut album, Trigeration Station was released in 2001 and peaked at #13 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart that same year. Since his debut, Slick has released numerous mixtapes including the XXL Guns collection, Mitchy Duz It and his second album Urban Survival Syndrome. Along with Los Angeles emcees Krondon and Phil the Agony, west coast super-group Strong Arm Steady released its debut album Deep Hearted in 2007 followed by the mixtape Gang Mentality, the conceptual album In Search of Stoney Jackson and their most recent installment, Arms and Hammers.
In addition to mixtape appearances and both group and solo recordings, Slick has also collaborated with notable industry figures such as Lil Wayne, The Game, Menace, The Jacka, Jay Rock and E-40. In 2007 Slick and bay area rapper Messy Marv released the joint effort, Messy Slick which landed on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart during the week of July 14, 2007. In early 2010, Slick and Tha Wrongkind released the Yellow Tape compilation followed by the more recent mixtape Wrongkind Is Everywhere (2012) presented by DJ Rah2k. Gang Intervention and Feet Match the Paint (produced by Dj.Fresh) is out now. Mitchy Slick's current release is IV Corners.
Rapper Ras Kass was born John Austin IV in Watts, California in 1973. A voracious reader throughout his youth, he adopted his stage name in honor of Ethiopian emperor Ras Kassa Mercha. After releasing a pair of independent singles, Ras Kass emerged as one of the most highly regarded new rappers at the time, winning particular acclaim for his skills as a lyricist (in the space of six months, he twice earned Rap Pages magazine's Rhyme of the Month award as well as The Source's Hip Hop Quotable honor). His long-awaited debut LP, Soul on Ice, arrived on Priority Records in 1996. The album included the singles "Ordo Abchao (Order Out of Chaos)" and seven-minute history lesson "Nature of the Threat," as well as a guest spot from Coolio. His sophomore effort, Rasassination (PatchWerk/Priority), followed in 1998, landing in the Top 100 on the Billboard 200 and peaking just outside the Top Ten of the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The album produced one single, "Ghetto Fabulous," with guests Dr. Dre and Mack 10, as well as the fan favorite "Interview with the Vampire." In addition, Ras was joined by Kurupt, Saafir, Jazze Pha, Xzibit, Twista, RZA, and more. The release of his follow-up, Van Gogh, was delayed by label mergers and bootlegging, and Ras was forced to shelve the project. Another project, Goldyn Chyld, also failed to materialize.
Ras shifted focus to the HRSMN, a rap supergroup formed with Kurupt, Killah Priest, and Canibus. The foursome issued their debut, The Horsemen Project, in 2003. Still embroiled in label disagreements, Ras released the mixtapes Institutionalized (2005); Revenge of the Spit and Eat or Die (2006); and Institutionalized, Vol. 2 (2008). A mixtape project titled The Quarterly was self-issued in 2009 on Ras' website and featured spots by Killah Priest, Mistah F.A.B., and producer Pete Rock. A crowdfunded project, A.D.I.D.A.S. (All Day I Dream About Spittin), was released in 2011. Barmageddon followed in 2013 and featured guests like Too $hort, Ice-T, Monie Love, Yukmouth, Kendrick Lamar, and more. Blasphemy, a collaborative album with producer Apollo Brown, was issued in 2014 and recruited Royce da 5'9", Pharoahe Monch, Xzibit, and others. That same year, Ras released Barmageddon 2.0. In 2016, a flurry of activity resulted in the release of two additional mixtapes and Intellectual Property: SO12, which featured KRS-One, RZA, Bun B, Onyx, and more on a sprawling 26 tracks. In 2019, Ras released the full-length Soul on Ice 2, the long-awaited sequel to his 1996 debut.
Planet Asia (born Jason Green) rose from the uncharted hip-hop territory of Fresno, California to become one of the stars of the West Coast "true school" generation that emerged in the late '90s. After breaking onto the national scene in 1998, he quickly gained a reputation for his crisp, intense rhyme delivery, his versatile lyrical content, and his consistent productivity. The rapper moved from Fresno to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998 at the age of 22 and met up with producer Fanatik, whose sparse, relaxed beats provided an interesting backdrop to Planet Asia's battle-tested flow. The two appeared together on Tripek Records' Rules of the Game compilation alongside veterans like the Living Legends and the Coup, creating instant national buzz.
Planet Asia released his self-titled debut EP soon after and never looked back, appearing on over 20 releases in the next two years and working with countless artists, big and small. He and Fanatik parted ways as Asia's sound evolved and he found more uptempo, New York-influenced beats to his liking. Collaborations with Rasco showcased a special chemistry, and the two formed a group, Cali Agents, and released a full-length, How the West Was One, in 2000. After releasing his acclaimed second solo EP, The Last Stand, Planet Asia scored a deal with Interscope Records. However, 2001 single "Pure Coke" was his only release for the label, and he left soon after.
Asia signed to Avatar Records in 2003, and his long-awaited proper solo debut full-length, The Grand Opening, appeared in 2004, garnering further praise from the hip-hop press. Two more Cali Agents (Head of the State and Fire & Ice) appeared, in addition to Pain Language (with Muggs) and numerous solo releases and mixtapes on labels like his own Gold Chain Music, Copter Records, and RBC Records. Asia released Jewelry Box Sessions under his King Medallions alias, and issued the Medi-Cali trilogy, consisting of The Sickness, The Diagnosis, and The Medicine.
He ramped up his productivity during the 2010s, collaborating with Tri State, Madlib, G_Force, and numerous others, in addition to solo releases like Crack Belt Theatre, Black Belt Theatre, and High End Cloths. Abrasions, in collaboration with producer Gensu Dean, was released by Mello Music Group in 2013. Collaborations with Tzarizm (Via Satellite), DirtyDiggs (Nautica Nagas, Egyptian Merchandise), and DJ Concept (Seventy Nine) followed. In 2017, Asia returned to Mello Music Group with Anchovies, a full-length with Detroit producer Apollo Brown.
Casual was third out the gate (following Del tha Funkee Homosapien and Souls of Mischief) from the Hieroglyphics crew, the undisputed kings of the Oakland underground scene. Casual's stature suggests that he may be the crew's bodyguard, until the mic is in his hand and the MC commences his verbal onslaught. Anything but casual in the sound booth, the gifted freestyler, known for his fierce battle tactics, dropped the moody Fear Itself in 1994 to a chorus of cheers from the underground set. Cas scored underground hits with "Didn't Mean To" and "That's How It Is," but overall, the Hiero sound takes an edgy, soulful turn on Fear. The album goes from playful to hyper-psychedelic with tracks like the brawling "Chained Minds." Casual mostly chilled on the low for a couple of years, despite his well-publicized vicious freestyle wars with one-time Hiero affiliate Saafir in 1994-1995. Cas returned with the limited-edition albums Meanwhile and VIP in 1997 and 1999. Cas also put in work on the heralded Hiero compilation Third Eye Vision in 1998. He Think He Raw (2001) and Smash Rockwell (2005) followed.