- Oakland, CA
Energetic. Melodic. Kinetic beats, both electronic and sample-based. Eclectic sound. Strong reggae influence. Intelligent. Catchy hooks. More singing than you'd imagine. Earthy. Unexpected. High-quality raps with extra-clean delivery. A hard working, distinctive artist.
A recovered scientist, Oso Negro makes music of his life and time, embracing the timeless power of lyrical consciousness and hunger for life. "Breachin' kids thoughts, but aiming at the minds of men, finding them fighting tidal strength." –Oso. A twist of reggae, a splash of crooning and the ever-present spirit of live music feed this hungry bear’s desire to mix it up, keep it fun and stimulating.
Oso hit the road a lot over the last decade, participating in several regional tours and playing shows from Seattle to Los Angeles to Austin, Montana, and just about everywhere between. In addition, he's also been getting plenty of radio play in the region, on both terrestrial and internet radio stations in WA, ID, UT, NV, SD, MA, and MS, and has been interviewed multiple times on Boise Community Radio, KRBX 89.9/93.5, as well as on Monster Music 92.7 FM, Twin Falls, ID.
Oso Negro has supported such acts as Shabazz Palaces, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Dilated Peoples, Souls of Mischief, SOJA, the Chicharones, Rehab, Grupo Fantasma, Katchafire, Cunninlynguists, Sage Francis, Homeboy Sandman, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Mickey Avalon, Tribal Seeds, Tonedeff, Abtract Rude, Myka 9, Scarub, Sweatshop Union, K-OS, Ceschi, Anuhea, Seedless, DJ Zeph & Azeem, Astronautalis, Mac Lethal, Shad, Awol One, Pigeon Hole, Sleep of Oldominion, Darktime Sunshine, Ugly Duckling, Ecid, Cecil Otter, B.Dolan, Qwel and Maker, Jackie Chain, and Poppa Grows Funk, among others. In addition, Oso has been part of the Treefort Music Fest (Boise), Alive After 5 Summer Concert Series (Boise), Neon Reverb Music Festival (Las Vegas), Rootdown Fest (Denver), Interchange Fest (Bozeman), Boise Hip-Hop Festival, Boise State University's "Bronco Welcome" Week, H.O.P.E. Fest, Urban Arts Festival (Salt Lake City), Chamberlin Rail Jam (Bozeman) 4 & 20 Blackbird Festival (Weed, CA), and Promenade Music Festival (Boise).
Influenced by the raw imagery of Wu-Tang, harmonies and gaze toward nature of Goodie Mob, mysticism of the Doors, and transcendence of topics by the likes of Aesop Rock, Cage, and El-P, Oso rarely if ever receives outright comparisons to other artists. His emceeing has been described as melodious, musical, and full of fun patterns. Don't forget the strong reggae and electronic undertones in his music, either.
Hip Hop/Rap | Reggae | Electronica/Dance
The Clock Strikes Thirteen Tour- Oakland, CA
FRANCISCO ST. PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS:
The Clock Strikes Thirteen Tour
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
― George Orwell, 1984.
While change is inevitable, the healing powers of music will always be a tool to combat the looming Dystopian ideals of today. 4 modern day heroes will set off this Spring to spread their healing powers up the California and Oregon Coasts.
Z-Man will Dazzle while True Justice drops the anchor onstage. Oso Negro provides thoughts over DJ Surebert's soundscape. Eva Rhymes will bring the East Coast flavor.
EQUIPTO, Live N Direct, plus Many More
The Clock Strikes Thirteen Tour will be a journey into the light with plenty of special allies along the way.
•Z-MAN - San Francisco, CA
Z-Man is an emcee and visual artist. In 2003 & 2004, Z-Man released the two solo albums Dope or Dog Food? and Anti-Nerd, under the Hieroglyphics label. 2005 saw Z & Gpek drop the independent album Don't Forget to Brag. At that same time, Z was building the group One Block Radius who signed with Mercury/Island/Def Jam in 2008. After their disbandment, Z-Man released a slew of insightful & captivating projects through SF collective Gurp City, including California Brainwashed and The Opening Act. Currently he is creating a coloring book & finishing his ultra-real Animal Slavery EP.
“A Day in the Life” video:
Gurp City catalogue:
•DJ TRUE JUSTICE - Berkeley, CA
True Justice, aka The Man of Steel, has been a pioneer in the Bay Area Hip Hop scene since 1989. 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. 2016 saw the release The Man of Steel, featuring his crafted beats compiled with west coast underground luminary emcees riding his funky production.
The Way You Are Video:
Guerrilla Funk Records:
True Justice Instagram:
•EQUIPTO - Frisco, Ca
Ilyich “Equipto” Sato is a scholar of the microphone. The Frisco legend first broke musical ground in the Golden Era of the 1990s with the equally legendary crew Bored Stiff. While worldwide fame eluded the Stiff, their 90s releases encapsulated the classic SF sound, and propelled them to underground fame and tours around the world in a era where few had the chance to travel and spread the Frisco rap gospel. Transitioning toward solo works and collaborative projects, the 2000 era saw Equipto making collaborative records with the Bay’s finest: Andre Nickatina, Opio of Hieroglyphics, and Berner. Just the breadth of these three projects shows his ultimate versatility: the Bay Hustler, the revolutionary journalist, the weeded wise-man.
•OSO NEGRO - Ontario, OR/Boise, ID
Oso Negro started emceeing & singing in Oxford, MS during 2001 & has been making solo moves through the western US since 2010. A twist of reggae, a splash of crooning & the ever-present spirit of live music feed this hungry bearʼs desire to mix it up and keep it stimulating. In 2014, he dropped the Unkie O LP, which was included in Radio Boise's "Krush Groove 208"'s top 10 list of the year. In 2017 he released the stark and sinister Werebear EP w Boise beatsmith Weighn Beats.
Oso full EPK:
•Surebert (Portland, OR)
Hailing from Oregon and Montana, Surebert is a dynamic producer, DJ, and midnight toker. He has toured the entire Western United States, playing sold out shows and festivals across the west coast. His production has featured talented underground MC’s from all over the map including One Be Lo of Binary Star, Luckyiam of Living Legends , Sapient of Sandpeople, and every hometown hero in the Northwest.
Eva Rhymes, also known as Jinxxx was born with the beat in her walk and music in her talk. She is a fusion of Hip-Hop and soul hailing from the east Baltimore with a growing reputation of bold, beautiful, beast on the mic. Her music is raw and uncut with lessons of life stitched in. Eva Rhymes has been international appearing in publications in Spain and has been in attendance at Midem in France establishing herself as a songwriter. Eva has been the headliner at music festivals in her hometown of Baltimore last summer appearing at the SoWeBo festival and Play It Forward Festival and is scheduled in 2018 to join Dj True Justice and more on tour. Her Album, " The Life & Times Of Eva Rhymes" was named one of the top albums in Baltimore in 2017 by the local paper "The Baltimore Beat"
• Live N Direct - San Jose, CA
Live N Direct is an underground hip hop duo consisting of 40oz Phil and Tha Anthom. Born and raised out of San Jose, CA, these two have known each other since the days of adolescence. Together they dabbled in the elements of hip hop to see what each had to offer. After years of drawing inspiration from genres of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, these two hope to bring back a style of hip hop that has been recently missing from the south bay area.
Their latest release "All The Way Live" is an ode to big beat drums and obscure classic samples that will leave listeners reminiscing on the days of classic hip hop. With Anthom's dynamic flow and 40oz's collage of samples over funky drums, this album is sure to get your head bouncing.
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|Venue City, State:||Oakland, CA|
|Venue St. Address:||311 Broadway|
|Venue:||Elbo Room Jack London|
|Concert Start Time:||08:00 PM|