Friday May 03, 2013 8:00 PM - Friday May 03, 2013 11:00 PM | $10.00
Asheru Live at Indie Adams Morgan
Most recently, Asheru collaborated with Aaron McGruder to write and perform several songs for the hit TV series, The Boondocks, including the show's theme song. Asheru's contribution to the controversial "Return of the King" episode of the Boondocks series helped him to earn the prestigious Peabody Award for Journalism in 2006, making him the first rapper (emcee) to win such an award.
As a youth, many of Asheru's musical influences came from a wide range of Hip Hop artists such as Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, KRS-One, Public Enemy, N.W.A., Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Native Tongues, Pharoahe Monch, and more, as well as the classic Soul, R&B, and Pop records of the 70's and 80's eras that his mother used to play throughout the house. At the age of 17, he graduated from high school and attended the University of Virginia, where he finished in 1996 with a B.A. degree in Anthropology. In the college, he formed relationships with colleagues, a group of like-minded individuals that shared a similar passion for Hip Hop music and the collective Black experience. After college, one of those colleagues, Wesley Jackson, founded an independent Hip Hop label, Seven Heads Entertainment, and in 1996 signed its first group, Unspoken Heard, made up primarily of Asheru and Jackson's older brother, Robert Jackson, also known as "Blue Black". Asheru and Blue Black went on to release a series of 12" singles and EPs, and in 2001 released their first album, "Soon Come", a critically acclaimed debut, still widely considered a classic in many Hip Hop circles. In 2003, the group released their second album "48 Months", followed by the "No Edge Ups in South Africa" album, a compilation album of other 7 Heads artists featuring the hit, "Mood Swing" with Talib Kweli. Asheru, both as a solo artist as well as with the group Unspoken Heard, has gone on to travel extensively throughout Europe, Canada, the US and Japan, performing alongside artists and groups like Common, Mos Def, Jill Scott, Bilal, Ludacris, Edo G, J-Live, Wordsworth, and The Roots, while collaborating and being featured on projects with Hip Hop greats such as Pete Rock, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. His lyrics are categorized by reflection upon the state of affairs of the current-day Black American. Through his music, he demonstrates a desire to improve the attitude of Black people towards liberation through education and self-empowerment. He currently travels with a live band, The ELs, made up of a three (sometimes four)-piece band of accomplished veteran musicians and producers, namely SLimkat 78, Mr. Hu, and Zo!.
Konshens and His State of Mind Konshens recorded his first hip-hop song in 2000 with his longtime friend Antonio Graham. One year later, he met his current producer Phillip Carroll of X Factory Studio/Records. Taking advice given from Rich Harrison (co-writer and producer of various songs including Amerie's "one thing", Beyonce's "Crazy In Love" & Destiny Child's "Soldier"), along with the creative minds of Phillip "Producer X" Carroll (or DOC as Konshens refered to him) and Dwayne "Blue" Telesford (his current business manager), Konshens has developed his unique contribution to hip hop.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS Konshens has also done something unique in his musical journey by constructing his own (7 piece) band "STATE of MIND". Konshens & His State of Mind consists of members who accompanied Konshens in his first and only go-go band High Image: High School friend Tim (drums) & Tim's cousin Darwin (percussion), Ray (Sax) , Potsie Major (keyboards), Greg Gibson (Bass) and Gaje Jones (Guitar). As Konshens likes to refer to Konshens & His State of Mind as "the hip hop version of Frankie Beverly and Maze." Konshens recorded his second project with his band STATE OF MIND, (released Mar. 2009). In 2008 Konshens won Best Rap/Hip Hop Album at the First Annual Velocity Magazine Awards (November,2008) for his debut project released in 2007. Along with being nominated twice at 2008's DMV EMA's, Konshens also was nominated in 8 categories(including best artist in style of Hip-Hop) for the 2009's Effigy Awards which is sponsored by ABC broadcasting networks airing songs throughout the U.S. (www.meermusic.com/Konshens). In Fall of 2009 Konshens was awarded with the "Entertainer of the Year" DC, MD & VA at Velocity Magazines 2009 Entertainment Awards. Along with winning "Best Rap Album" & "Best Male Hip-Hop Artist."
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