Cesar Comanche is one of the founding emcees of North Carolina's critically acclaimed hip-hop crew, The Justus League. Comanche, originally from Jacksonville, NC, began writing rhymes in 1994, but didn't pursue rhyming as a career until 1996 his second year of college. In that same year, he met budding producer and fellow NC State student 9th Wonder for the first time, and began doing live performances and recording songs.
After a few years of perfecting his craft, Comanche along with 9th Wonder, organized their fellow friends and rap artists in the Triangles hip-hop scene and started the Justus League Crew in 1999. Since then, he has performed with Tha Liks, The Coup, Hieroglyphics, Z-Man, Dilated Peoples, Living Legends, Supastition, Faust & Shortee, Wordsworth, Kardinal Official, DJ Dez, DJ Houseshoes, Aceyalone, O.C., Louis Logic, Malay Sparks, Ghettosocks and many others.
In addition to touring USA, Canada, Germany, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Austria, Estonia, Sweden, England, Romania, Czech Republic, Poland, and Croatia and performing with Little Brother and the rest of the Justus League, Comanche has appeared on television shows such as Time Warner Cable's Music Choice Rap Channel, Hip Hop Nation (NBC), Distortion 2 Static (WB Network), and Little Brother's "You Hear It First" segment on MTV2. He has also been featured in several videos, most notably, his own "Hands High", and "Lamb to Lion" video which won a "Most Creative Atmosphere" award from the University of Chapel Hill.
Comanche has independently released two solo albums on his own Defenders of the Free World imprint (2000's Wooden Nickels and 2002's Paper Gods) and with Blues Interactions (2005's Squirrel and The Aces The Japan Tour) with ABB Records (2005's Squirrel and The Aces also 2009's Die In Your Lap) with Beathut Records (2006's Wooden Nickels Revisited) and with Bruther Monk Music (2011's Itch Remedy). He also has appeared on Little Brother's "The Listening" LP, Edgar Allen Floe's "True Links" LP, featured in the theme song This Side of the River of the Princeville, NC Documentary, Away Team, Legacy, and 9th Wonder's "National Mayhem" Triple album, Eternia's "Its Called Life" LP, the Justus League's "NC State of Mind Vol. 1" mixtape, the Hall of Justus' "Singles Files" mixtape, and many other projects. He is now completing his new project called "Like a Night in the Thief".
Straight out the depths of Asheville North Carolina via the Cosmos: We are The Ones.
This is the collaboration between; producer and MC, Sebastain Campagna AKA: Campaign and vocalist: Laine Lewis, sometimes known as Lady Laine. Laine's voice is powerful and at times is a whole chior unto itself. Campaign's intellectual rhyme schemes and dynamic delivery; both rapping and singing, compliment and contrast perfectly with Laine's spritual and revolutionary stylings.
Lovingly produced by Campaign and laced over tracks ranging from elevating space-age hip hop, to bottom heavy and decidedly southern soul, Their harmonies, melodies, and message transend geography, while speaking to all of humanity.
And most importantly the live show: Campaign's ten plus years of rapping, free-styling, and hosting events combined with Laine's life long acting and singing experience, create a symbiotic stage preformance of bombastic proportions that not only touches, but moves audiences. Wether with a live band or turn tables and a mic, the lyrical artists and archetypal images mesh in a way that always fulfills, and yet still leaves you wanting more
With clarity and wisdom, strength and fortitude, raw talent and blessings beyond compare: The Ones vision is precise. We are ALL The Ones we've been waiting for. Music is medicine and The Ones have the perfect dosage
Ghost Dog: the vengeful spirit of hip-hop. Not content to let the art form die out in a commercial fizzle; this NC-based lyricist seamlessly combines razor-sharp wordplay, wickedly-clever concepts, and a limitless spectrum of moods and subject matter into an intelligent and truly unique package.
"I chose Ghost Dog because the essence of the character from the movie fits me nicely, and the Hagakure (which the movie was based on) helped to bring about a major transition in my life. I live and die by a certain code, and betray it for nothing. I have always been drawn to martial arts, Eastern philosophy, and Bushido; and this is often reflected in my music. In fact, when I am not working on music, I'm usually either teaching or training in Kantan Wushu (a system comprised of Ch'uan Fa, Tae Kyon, and Jujutsu); of which I've been a student for the last 10 years. My influences include (but are not limited to): life experiences, personal reflections, martial arts, current events, anime, video games, movies, chess, dreams, 9 to 5 life, battles fought (physically and mentally), and my various encounters with people from all over the world."
"I've played live in Raleigh, NC at Berkeley Café (with Doodlebug of Digable Planets as well as Tanya Morgan), The Lincoln Theater (with Median), The Brewery, The Metro Cafe, Raleigh Music Hall (with Supastition), Katmandu, King's Barcade, The Hi-5, The Red Room, Ruckus Pizza, and NC State Campus. I've performed in Greensboro, NC at 103.1 WUAG and wrecked numerous freestyle cyphas. In Chapel Hill, NC, I've rocked Mansion 462 with Kenn Starr and Kev Brown; and also performed at The Blend. In Wilmington, NC, I've performed numerous times at The Whiskey & The Soapbox. I've rocked parties, shows, and weddings in Taipei, Taiwan and Negril, Jamaica. Most recently I had the honor of performing in the presence of Talib Kweli, who sought me out after my set to tell me my music was an inspiration, & also of opening for Cappadonna from Wu-Tang, who actually stopped mid-set to show appreciation & respect for what I do. I really enjoy performing at shows, and I also love organizing quality hip-hop shows. Every time I do one or the other is a special moment."
"I'm not going to try to gas ya head up; I just try to make the type of hip-hop I like to listen to. It's different; sometimes it's got a message, sometimes I just like to flip tha wordplay. I work with an assortment of producers that spend a lot of time at what they do. I myself have been honing my craft over the last 19 years, and continue to evolve as an MC. I think if you check it out and you even remotely like hip-hop, you'll hear somethin' you like."
Ghost Dog currently has five full-length albums out: "Hidden in the Leaves" ('03), "Out of the Woodworks" ('06), "Relics of tha Lost Art" ('09), "Ghost in the Darkness" ('11); and "Ghost in the Shell" ('13). His group 1100 Hunters has an album out by the name of "Long-Winded" and is working on their second album "Hunter Season". They were nominated for the best hip-hop group in NC for the 2012 Carolina Music Awards.
Dave Walker grew up in Chicago in the 1980's when he first encountered Hip Hop music via radio & beatbox/freestyle performances at train stations. Until the early 90's he played jazz on a stand up acoustic bass until a hit & run car accident left him with only the ability to write songs in his head. As ideas and lyrics bounced back & forth he found that they were sounding less like Jazz & more like Hip Hop... This is when Dave Walker became Phonetic. The name stemming from a reputation for playing with the sounds of words & the rhythm of language. As fate would have it Phonetic's surroundings became more & more affected by the onslaught of drugs, gangs, and violence.. eventually claiming the life of his best friend and sending him on a journey to North Carolina in search of peace and a high school diploma.
Upon arrival in 1996, amid culture shock, Phonetic found family in a young growing Hip Hop movement in central North Carolina. What started as freestyle rap sessions at house parties led to early recordings and stage performances. Simultaneously, Phonetic was earning his title as a freestyle battle competitor, winning competitions in Greensboro, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh for over 12 years (most recently in the Jack Sprat Sunday Night Sessions Battle Finals in Chapel Hill). In 2001, Phonetic created Common Ground, a co-op of local MC's and DJ's including: 2nd 3rd Party, Ill Rottin Intelligence, Dr Mindbenda, Lord Gamma, and DJ Seoul. Common Ground's enthusiasm for the overwhelming amount of talent in NC spawned the idea for a weekly Hip Hop Open Mic known as "Word" at the Hideaway in Chapel Hill. Our performers included the likes of rapping High School Principal "Spectac", Little Brother, the Justus League, and Kaze.
At this time, being known as a battle MC wasn't enough for Phonetic, so he ventured into the process of becoming a disciplined composer and writer. His 1st musical project was with MicroCosmic and producer L in Japanese, eventually leading to a group called "The Mechanoids" which performed across the state and built a following with the concept of writing rhymes in the form of a comic book. As a solo artist, Phonetic wanted to be known in state and out of state, venturing out to do performances and recording in his hometown Chicago, New York City, and San Francisco, opening for Hip Hop heavyweights such as: Cunninlynguists, We Be Foolish, The Last Emperor, 9th Wonder, and The Boot Camp Clique. Through repeated visits to NYC, Phonetic established himself in the End Of The Weak, which is the longest running Hip Hop Open Mic in New York, with chapters in 6 continents across the globe. He also has worked repeatedly with infamous Brooklyn battle MC/DJ Zeps, in conjunction with "Boom Bap Across The Map" (http://boombapacrossthemap.blogspot.com/). In 2011, Phonetic took his talents abroad performing across mainland China from Shanghai to the Yunnan province. From this successful tour in Asia, Phonetic gained a following in: China, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Burma, Indonesia, and Korea, as well as a featured performance on CCTV (national Chinese Communist Television) and in a widely distributed Chinese Breakdance DVD titled "3D". Having gone from the bottom of grungy basement parties to swanky discotheques in China, Phonetic is just getting started and eager to explore more of the Hip Hop World at large in every possible continent and region!
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