Hip Hop House Anniversary @ Hidden House
When Nick Norris and a few other locals launched Hip Hop House last summer, the semi-regular event involved pretty much what its name implied: a rowdy showcase of rap, boom-bap, and urban artistry taking place inside a residence, which in this case was funky domicile/music venue Funny World.
Norris, an artist/producer with local act Nomad Hip Hop, says the oddball outsider-art haven was, oddly enough, the only place that would book the event after they kept getting the cold shoulder from venues and promoters alike. "We'd get strung along for literally months trying to book a simple four- or five-act show," he says.
Once they found a home for Hip Hop House in July 2012, however, it blew up big. In fact, maybe a little too big, as Norris says they'd pack the place with upwards of 75 people or more. Hence, their relocation to bigger digs at Hidden House, 607 West Osborn Road, which is where they'll be celebrating Hip Hop House's on Friday, July 19.
Although the showcase has switched locations, its focus remains the same: providing an outlet for local burgeoning hip-hop artists and lyricists. That includes those cats scheduled to appear at the party, like Colorblind, Prophetiko, and both ZeeDubb and Lord Kash of The Stakes.
Meanwhile, resident selector DJ Fact 135 (pictured) will spin the beats during each performance and drop underground hip-hop between sets. Norris says the veteran vinyl fiend, who joined up with them after the move to Hidden House, added something extra to the proceedings. "He brings an energy that was missing," he says. "Not that the shows weren't energetic before, but now it's on a whole new level."
The party starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 602-279-0170.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.
More Music News
- Heritage Hump Day: Otto D - "Why Should I Care"
Fri., Dec. 4, 7:30pm
Fri., Dec. 4, 8:00pm
Sat., Dec. 5, 8:00pm
Sun., Dec. 6, 3:00pm
- Rising Sun Daughter's Grace Rolland Had to Leave the Desert to Appreciate It
- Phoenix Singer-Songwriter Cait Brennan Thrives in the Face of Adversity