In the first of what I hope will be many future collaborations with the fellas at Universatile Music, we are bringing to Phoenix a mighty hip-hop triumvirate packed into one night, Feb. 18 at the Hidden House: Nocando, Open Mike Eagle and 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers (featuring Zilla Rocca and Curly Castro).
All three dropped releases in 2010 â€“ Nocando’s Jimmy the Lock; Open Mike Eagle’s Unapologetic Art Rap; and 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers’ Broken Clocks EP â€“ and I suspect they have more in store for 2011.
This show marks a return to Arizona for all three: Nocando opened for Murs in Tempe in June; Open Mike Eagle played Phoenix twice in November (and at least once more earlier in the year); and the Shadowboxers rocked a show in September, also at Hidden House, that I helped put on.
I spent a considerable portion of my 2010 listening â€“ and blogging â€“ on these guys, so to help bring ’em all under one roof for one show is quite an honor.
I’ll have more on each in the coming days, but in the meantime, go ahead and mark your calendar for Feb. 18.
Nocando: Look What U Done (unreleased)
Open Mike Eagle: Haircut (video)
Open Mike Eagle: I Rock (video)
5 Oâ€™Clock Shadowboxers: Bottomfeeders (Small Pro Remix) + No Resolution, live in PHX
Q&A with Zilla Rocca
Curly Castro and Zilla Rocca: Str8 Westcoastin’ Mix
I Used to Love H.E.R.: Curly Castro
5 O’Clock Shadowboxers: No Resolution 2 (video)