The Ravenous Slap Frost Halloween Show

The 5th annual Slap Frost tour and Carnage The Executioner's Ravenous tour have merged together for a very special Halloween night in Taos New Mexico. Some of the most profound wordsmiths and performers in Hip Hop culture will be sharing the stage at Taos

at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership

October 31, 2018 8:30 pm - 1:00 am
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Time: 8:30pm     Day: Wednesday     Doors: 8:00pm     Ages: All Ages / Bar with ID     Price: $15

ZION I http://www.zionicrew.com.
Since the release of the debut album, Mind Over Matter in 2000, Zion I has risen up the ranks of independent hip-hop to solidify their standing as one of the most prolific conscious rap groups of the past 2 decades. Boasting a catalog that consists of over two-dozen albums, EPs, mixtapes and collaborations, Zion I (currently consisting solely of MC/producer Zumbi) continues to create inspired music influenced by social & political woes, personal challenges & triumphs as well as family, spirituality and a raw perspective on the world at large.
Cited by A.V. Club as “remarkable”, Zumbi continues to showcase his talents as a unique, diverse and skilled MC while maintaining his place as one of the most recognizable voices in Hip-Hop.
The latest release, The Labyrinth was cited by PopMatters as “a timely new album of politically engaged hip-hop”. Fueled by his own personal losses as well as the current political and social climate of the world-at-large, Zumbi has created a record that, as the Huffington Post put it; “is as heartfelt as it is badass”.
Being one of the most energetic and engaging live acts out there, Zion I continues to bring the music to the masses at festivals, events and venues across the planet. With a sound and style that bends musical genres, Zion I is able to perform alongside a diverse range of artists ranging from rap, rock and reggae to jam band and EDM.
With an 11th studio album on the horizon, Zion I continues to make music that while left-of-center is still relevant, fresh and exciting as ever. As Okayplayer put it; “At the end of the day, Zion I’s strength lies in the same areas where many artists falter – evolving without abandoning tried and tested methods.”

Carnage the Executioner http://www.carnagetheexecutioner.com
Whether he’s rapping, producing, performing, teaching kids to beatbox or working his former job as a youth counselor, it’s clear the man most commonly known as Carnage The Executioner was born to do two things: instruct and entertain. Musicians, dancers, DJ’s, poets and television hosts who have worked with Carnage recognize his dedication to his craft and would confirm that he doesn’t disappoint. Ask emcees about Carnage’s skill level and you’ll find out that the phrase, “he’s your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper,” actually fits.
A music fan since childhood, Carnage has filled his memory bank with thousands of references from all genres to draw from. Carnage’s start as a human beat boxer has taken on a life of its own. He now uses technology like looping and effects pedals commonly used by guitarists. He enhances the experience of a live Hip-Hop show by providing his audiences the opportunity to hear original Carnage material, as well as unique improvisations and spot-on recreations of popular songs. Carnage uses this same musical knowledge and technology to create custom, studio human beat box tracks. His audio vision via mouth music can be heard on albums by Hip-Hop heavyweights Aesop Rock and R.A. The Rugged Man.
Carnage is a self-trained song writer who’s skilled enough to compose a heart-felt story as easily as he can craft an intricate battle rap. Carnage gained national fame from his past guest appearances with Eyedea & Abilities. It’s his own original songs, however, that allow his fans to connect with him the most. Songs like Addict, Save My People and The MTW Story give fans a glimpse into the real-life experiences of Carnage the human being.
Always moving forward, Carnage continues to expand his art and build the Hecatomb crew – a slew of like-minded artists who share his passion to create honest, raw Hip-Hop music. A student and fan in his humble beginnings, Carnage stays true to the culture that both helped to change and save his life.

Casual http://www.hieroglyphics.com
You might know Jonathan Owens aka Casual as the co-founder of the Oakland based supergroup Hieroglyphics. However, If you look deeper, you learn that he is a self taught historian, linguistics expert, and highly heralded as “your favorite rappers favorite rapper”. Casual leaves listeners inspired to define their musical experience referencing current events, ancient Egypt and just about everything in between. Known for his fierce battle tactics and unique wordplay he established a reputation for dissecting even the hardest MCs. Chris Witt of Allmusic explains “ Casual produces an unending and seemingly unstoppable flow of boasts and taunts, the simplicity of his message belies the complexity of his vicious wordplay.” From his critically acclaimed major label debut “Fear Itself”, classic crew albums “Full Circle” and “Third Eye Vision” to indie direct to fan projects like “Rapgod” and “Hierophant” Casual has continued to push the envelope building a legendary catalog and cult following.
In addition to touring globally Casual has been just as active on the business side starting a production company “Wetworks Films”, launching the “Hiero Day Festival” and most recently pioneering “Hiero Coin” a new digital currency.
2014 is shaping up to be the biggest year to date for Casual as he prepares for the 20 year anniversary of what might be his most popular album “Fear Itself”. The celebration will kick off with a world tour where he will be performing the original album in its entirety and continue throughout the year with a unique look back at the project and its impact. - See more at: http://hieroglyphics.com/artists/casual#sthash.UiEmJyxV.dpuf

Z-Man
(given name Zamon) is an underground rapper and painter from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has released many full-length studio albums, several of which were self-recorded and released, and he has worked with numerous underground Bay Area rap legends.
He is a frequent collaborator with other artists in the Gurp City collective, composed of Sacred Hoop, Grand Invincible, G-Pek, Conceit, topr, MC Oroville and Bay Area legend Eddie Def.[1] He has also worked with Hieroglyphics Crew, Disflex.6, and Refill Records.
Z-Man is also a painter with a broad body of acrylic-on-canvas paintings that portray cartoon-style hybrid creatures in vibrant, bold color schemes that often have thematic references to black culture. He paints all of his album covers and T-shirt designs, and has painted and drawn many album covers for other hip hop artists.

DJ True Justice
True Justice, aka The Man of Steel, has been a pioneer in the Bay Area Hip Hop scene since 1989. In an era where real deejaying skills have become scare, 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!
True's ambition is to showcase the amount of talent that he has amassed in the last 17 years in Northern California, better known as The Yay Area. While still in high school, True Justice was a hip hop dancer for the Oakland, CA super-group A.P.G. (Action Packed Gangstas), and at the age of 16, he found himself doing concerts with the likes of Digital Underground, Capital Tax, Paris and K-Cloud -- while witnessing first hand the birth of the independent hip hop game in the culturally rich Bay Area.
From 1989-91, True studied A.P.G.'s master DJ J-Cutt as he amazed crowds night after night with his show-stealing solo routines with two turntables, a mixer, and two copies of the same record. When he arrived in Berkeley in 1992, True Justice (then known as DJ Skillz), traded his patent leather shoes for two Technic turntables and a Gemini mixer. For years you could see True selling cassette tapes on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, CA alongside favorites of today: Living Legends, Saafir, and the Hobo Junction.
In 1996, True formed the All Purpose DJs with Lord Takim, DJ Styles, and DJ Lex. That same year he began a career of show deejaying, first with Dream Nefra, and then later with Mic T, AceyAlone & Abstract Rude, Aesop and Planet Asia. He is currently Guerrilla Funk's resident DJ, handling tour duties with Paris and T-K.A.S.H. He also works with Enzyme Dynamite of The Bayliens. As a duo True Justice and DJ Lex released Volume 1 in 1997, Aural Sex Volume 2 in 1998, AP2K in 2000, and Pound Fa Pound in 2004. All releases quickly became local classics. The All Purpose DJs have excited crowds with icons such as Slick Rick, Biz Markie, Notorious B.I.G., Xzibit, Phife, Keak Da Sneak, Above The Law, and E-40.
In 2001, True and Lex toured in Osaka, Japan, garnering legions of fans of their dexterity on the wheels of steel. A bonafide student of showmanship, True continued to hone his craft, and in 2007, True Justice dropped his self-titled debut album and joined forces with The Bayliens -- "Aliens from The Bay" -- and dropped the CD Crop Circles in the same year.
From 2007 to 2011, True Justice toured worldwide with The Bayliens, Living Legends, Mistah F.A.B., Zion I, Paris, The Alkaholiks, Jeru The Damaja, Lords Of The Underground, The Beatnuts, Onyx, Redman and EPMD. Vocab Slick

Vocab Slick http://www.vocabslick.com
Vocab Slick's passion for music and Hip-Hop is infectious. In addition to dropping critically acclaimed projects both solo and with his group Distant Relatives, he co-founded the highly successful Slap Frost tour featuring the likes of Planet Asia, Locksmith, and Chino XL, among others. He's accomplished all of this in the face of personal loss and struggle, which have only motivated him to continue creating important, gripping Hip-Hop. As Vocab says, ''I took that pain and poured it into my music''
In 2003, he not only released his solo debut, Lyrically Conscious, but also formed the group Distant Relatives with his childhood friend, Emotionall. Shortly thereafter, they were joined by rapper Maynee, and released their first full-length, For The Passion, in 2006.The group was struck by misfortune not long after their debut dropped, when Emotionall was detained and shockingly deported to Mexico. Vocab and Maynee were unsure of how to proceed, but they decided to press on as a duo, all with the mission of creating “truth music.” The two MCs were soon joined by gifted Bay Area-by-way-of-Ireland DJ Ricky Switch, who joined them on their next release, 2007’s The Ethx of Distant Relatives, produced by Fremont, Calif.’s Ethx.
Vocab soon showcased his talents as a solo artist with a powerful single, 2010’s “Dark Day,” while also continuing to work with Maynee. The two dropped their next Distant Relatives record, This Changes Everything, in 2011 to critical acclaim and global recognition. The Albom produced entirely by Rick Vargas and featured guest appearances by The Grouch & Eligh and Zumbi (of Zion I).
What followed was a time of personal challenges and growth for Vocab. In the summer of 2013, his mother passed away and his daughter was born. And then in January 2014, his longtime friend and Distant Relatives partner, Maynee, died suddenly. Facing tragedy and pain, Vocab did the only thing he could do—he took his heartbreak and emotion, and put it all into his art.
As the man said himself: “I took that pain and poured it into my music.”
And he did exactly that in April 2014 with the release of the Somethin’ Slick EP, which he quickly followed up that November with his stellar Issues and Episodes album. Not to be outdone, he co-founded the Slap Frost Tour alongside DJ True Justice and Z-Man, who together performed for three weeks straight, hitting all states from California to Wyoming.
The tour was an immense success and grew into an annual tradition with bigger lineups and extended dates. 2015 included performances from fellow Bay Area heavyweights Locksmith and Paris, while 2016 boasted the likes of Planet Asia and Chino XL.
Vocab’s hard work and never-ceasing grind didn’t—and won’t—stop there, though. He embarked on a lengthy 2016 summer tour with Equipto and DJ True Justice while also finding the time to wrap up his latest solo project. The EP, The Day After Yesterday, is produced entirely by Rob Wright and is set to drop in early 2017.

Neight Larcen https://neightlarsen.bandcamp.com/
The past 20+ yrs. Neight Larcen has affected the underground Hip Hop scene worldwide through strong conviction behind his lyrics about all aspects of life. He began rapping and producing at the age of 12 which soon spawned into a career in the Hip Hop industry. He has played shows and shared stages with many legends such as Public Enemy, Pharcyde, Wu Tang, Digable Planets, Solillaquists of Sound, Sleep, Qwel, Grayskul, Murs, Brother Ali, Del, George Clinton and many many more.

Po.10.Cee https://soundcloud.com/po-10-cee
Po.10.Cee (potency), is a Native American hip hop group based in Taos, New Mexico.
Inspired by the mid 90's golden era their sound is versatile; a mixture of soul and hip hop with a Native American influence. The group began producing beats, writing rhymes, recording, and promoting in 2004. Through comedic raps and melodic vocals, they convey political and controversial messages, while also promoting their movement of truth, art, and unity.

Soy the Organic Hispanic https://open.spotify.com/artist/7yEehd9iZ5gWzsKk1IzWpr?si=CxtTjMvcRDWiy2Kbn919IA
Born in 1984 Soy the Organic Hispanic hails from Albuquerque, NM. Growing up in New Mexico he was introduce to hiphop at a young age. He started rapping and writing in high school and feel in love with the craft. Part of Soul Soup and Three Piece SoupSoy has been rapping for 17+ years. He was a part of the hiphop group The Ephameracans with Geoff Gray(GeoMTRK), Grand Architect, Epique, and DJ Codebreaka and the group Mic Designers with Alow. He is currently part of the rap duo Soul Soup with Akword Actwrite and Three Piece Soup (Soul Soup X Def-I). He is currently work on his first solo album over Geoff Gray production. He has won 2010 Vinyl and Verses emcee battle and $1000 Mic Club (Soul Soup).

DJ Ill Audia https://soundcloud.com/miss-hill-frost