I knew going into the last day of Epic Fest that – on paper – it was the best line-up of the festival. That’s not a diss to the other events, every day had artist that I would gladly pay the admission price to see but when you put: Nick F, Radio B, Michael Millions, Conrizzle, Dr. Millionaire, JFK, along with Noah-O, that is a roster built for headlining and it was: EPIC.
I’ll start with the obvious – the night belong to Nickelus F and the entire Association of Great Minds (AGM) click. Period. When Radio B hit the stage to lead of the set – the mood in Aurora changed. The air sort of shifted and you knew something special was going down.
Fighting what can only be described as a “difficult” sound system, act after act blazed through showing nothing but professionalism and respect for the music but overall it seemed that the sound trouble allowed the back half of the room to fade away a bit – that was until AGM took the stage and forced everyone to pay attention.
NameBrand, Radio B, Nick F, Michael Millions
Radio B lead off the set. One of favorite artist that is still slepted on too much – in my opinion. His latest album Live Good Be Great is a must listen. Michael Millions then blazed the stage with all new music, captivating the stage with his latest single, Slagin Tapes, produced by Nickelus F. Then Sweet Petey took the stage with music from Vices. It’s clear that Nick F’s Vices is the album that took over local hip hop for the first half of 2013. Nick F worked all night adding his rhymes to sets from Conrizzle and Noah-O. In a bit of a surprise appearance Audra the Rapper, took over the impromptu MC duties during AGM’s set. And Monsee, the man behind some of the best hip hop visuals in the area was also in the building.
I have to S/O Noah-O and Charged Up, time restraints at the end of the event impacted his set but he did his thing with a few cuts from the upcoming Monument Ave. Conrizzle returned to a RVA stage after a little break. He performed new music and one of my favorite tracks Pem Pen (from Vices). It was my first time seeing JFK and Badio – they did it big on-stage.
I have over 100 photos linked on The Cheat Movement Page so I’ll cut the write up just to get the images up. S/O to Slapdash. Follow The Cheats Movement Blog. WE SEE IT
The Epic Fest photo vault is now open! This is only photos of Day 1. Photos of Day 2 are done but I need about 10 more likes of Facebook before I post them. So make sure you CLICK HERE to like the Cheats Movement on Facebook. Please share these photos online. I got some real special photos from a very special night. Enjoy – and like the FB Page. I can only keep this blog going with your support and support for content I’m posting.
Last weekend my dude Cain McCoy and Team Slapdash took over Strange Matter for two nights of events. I was able to make it out to Cain’s Birthday Bash. The event featured performances from Eli Dynamite, Sky Blew, Les La Britanica, Dr. Millionaire (Former Isaiah and Hovey), Rebel E, Conrizzle, and Suburban District.
It is always nice to see RVA’s hip hop community supporting each other. The more I cover RVA’s hip hop scene – the more I realize that everything is not always what appears on the surface but Friday night was more love than anything else and that was promising. I’ve said before and I say again now - The Cheats Movement Blog is really about the positive elements in RVA’s creative community. If you are on your grind and doing things the right way – that uplifts the creative community – hit me up. There is just something about that Cheats Movement Logo – it’s starting to catch on. #WESEEIT.
Conrizzle, Octavion Xcellence, Isaiah, and Hovey getting it in.
I’m always excited to meet young entrepreneurs in RVA. It doesn’t matter if you work in music – fashion – business – etc. – if you are doing something positive for the city and on your grind – I can appreciate that and, in a many ways, relate. I first worked with Slapdash at the RVA Music Fest: Hip Hop Hooray and it’s been love ever since. It’s one thing to be young and grinding in the hip hop scene – but what I respect about Slapdash is their work ethic promoting local hip hop events. Historically, RVA has struggled to maintain reoccurring hip hop events. That started to change in 2011 with the growing success of The Rebirth – FaceMelt Friday – and others that I know I’m forgetting (my bad). “Some” RVA venues (mostly notably The Camel – S/O to them) have really benefited for the attention that the RVA music is receiving theses days. That attention is also paying off for Slapdash creators Cain McCoy and Octavion Xcellence. Last weekend’s Slapdash event at the Camel, was not only supported by RVA hip-hop fans but also by some of the most talented hip-hop artist in RVA – (if they were performing or not). I will post all of The Cheats Movement Photos later this week but, “Why I Love RVA Today” — Team Slapdash. Below is a small preview of what is to come with my photos of the weekend — keep spreading the word about The Cheats Movement blog and LIKE THE CHEATS MOVEMENT ON FACEBOOK. RVA we are in this together!
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Face Melt Friday is always a fun shoot — a lot of love and support for each other and hip-hop. I’ve been crazy busy preparing for RVA HOT SAUCE on Oct 21st! Make sure you come through and support the fam. BUT I did manage to leak a preview of the Face Melt Shoot…for now click here to enjoy the leaked 6.
“We have created a historic night in RVA…something years from now I can tell my kids about and the folklore from this night will spread that September 10, 2011 was a great night for RVA Hip-Hop.” –Cain McCoy, Emcee & Slapdash Promotion.
Click HERE to see The Cheats Movement Photos from RVA Music Fest: Hip-Hop Hooray! Featuring: Cain McCoy, Artik Phreeze, Nickelus F, Conrizzle, SwordPlay, Noah-O, Streetz Deep, Young Richmond Outkast, Black Liq, Lord Slugg, The New Juice Crew, BC_Music1st, Emphasys, Lucy Freedom, DJ Dizz & more coming — check back often this week!