Gift Of Gab (of Blackalicious)

Larimer Lounge Presents

Gift Of Gab (of Blackalicious)

Landon Wordswell, TOPE, Reason The Citizen, Kruza Kid

Tuesday, 11/14

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 18 and over

All sales are final. Review your order carefully, there are no refunds for any reason. Tickets are non-transferable. No tickets are mailed to you, your name will be on the will call list night of show. Night of show (1) bring a valid government issued ID and (2) print your confirmation e-mail and bring with you night of show.

Gift Of Gab (of Blackalicious)
We’ve traveled far with Gift of Gab over the years. When we first heard the venerated Oakland emcee’s voice with Blackalicious, it was a revelation — the opening salvo to nearly two decades of positive emanations, vivid storytelling, elastic rhymes and consistency through reinvention. Across three classic Blackalicious LPs, three praised solo records and 2008′s star-studded collaboration the Mighty Underdogs, not to mention the groundbreaking work of his label Quannum Projects, Gab has been a constant source of innovation and inspiration, giving us as much to mull over as bob our heads to.

“At an early age, I chose the rapper I wanted to be,” says Gab. “I admired KRS-One and Chuck D because they made me feel like being positive even in a negative environment.”

“I love making albums,” says Gab. “To me, it’s like making a movie or writing a play, creating a body of work. If you have the ability to do that, why would you ever stop?”
Landon Wordswell
Landon Wordswell is a 27 year old San Francisco, CA & Eugene, OR resident. These two cities combined have influenced the
emcee's tenacity, perspective, and insight. Landon's stage performance
& delivery have been praised on tours both nationally &
internationally for it's captivating crowd appeal & intricate rhyme
schemes being coupled with tightly knitted personal lyrics. He has
mastered his stage performance over the years by performing nights for
audience's enjoying intimate showings of 20 folks to state of the art
venues mounting in as many as 10,000 heads in attendance. The release
of his first album, The Mourning After Pill (The MAP), gained him
international notoriety by landing on a list of the top 20 most
downloaded albums of March 2013 on bandcamp alongside such caliber as
Ghostface Killah and many other well known artists. The MAP wouldn't
be Landon's first taste of success though. Wordswell, under the
moniker of "Youngs" at the time, had peaked at number 2 in the
Japanese hip hop charts during his college years for a single pushed
there by Origami/Shibuya Records on an album entitled "Revenge of
Soul". Now in 2015 Landon is signed to both Cult Classic Records
(London, UK) & Blue Bottle Records (New Zealand). Landon crossed paths
with the legendary Gift of Gab by opening a show in Nevada City, CA on
April 13, 2013 while touring to promote "The MAP" & they have been
tour partners ever since. Landon Wordswell has also performed alongside greats such as Talib Kweli, Mobb Deep, Zion I, Raekwon (Wu-Tang), Devin The Dude, Aceyalone, Freestyle Fellowship & many, many more
If you were to only listen to the chatter online and in the newspapers and magazines of the world, you’d likely think that the only music being made in Portland, Oregon was lovelorn folk and literate indie rock. But scratch below that surface, and you’ll find a strong, vibrant underground hip-hop scene that dominates the stages and eardrums of the city for decades. The Portland rap game couldn’t stay below street level forever. Word is starting to spread about the talent the Rose City boasts, and one of the names that keeps popping up on people’s lips is a rapper known simply as TOPE

A good deal of that attention is due to the respect that TOPE has earned for the years he’s committed to the scene. Starting in his teens, he’s been a fixture at local hip-hop showcases and freestyle cyphers. He eventually started a pair of groups, Living Proof (with Seattle-based rapper Prem) and the well-respected crew TxE with Epp and Calvin Valentine (aka G_Force). As any restless and talented artist would, TOPE has been stepping out on his own, releasing solo albums that have only burnished his talent even brighter. 2012's Until The Next Time We Meet was a bold step forward, but he's evolved in leaps and bounds on 2013's Trouble Man and again on the latest project, BROKE BOY SYNDROME.

As a one man machine; booking his own tours, designing his own merch, writing, recording, and producing his own music, and more - TOPE has worked his way up to being one of the most respected independent artists in the NW plus an up and coming rapper nationally with a recent move to California and attention from major press outlets building with each release. With 14 albums available to date, be on the look out for a new instrumental project and follow up to #BBS coming soon.
Reason The Citizen
Reason the Citizen is an American hip-hop artist based in Denver, CO. Born and raised in southern California, his musical style was heavily influenced by the cultural landscape of his hometown, Oceanside, in the late 90's and early 2000's. The San Diego hip-hop environment, specifically the North County independent scene, significantly shaped his musical foundation, citing emcees like Blame One as early influences. A sharp and linguistically skilled performer, his live set has been critically acclaimed and he has shared the stage with a number of notable hip-hop acts.

His 2006 debut album, Survival Plus, is widely considered an underground classic among early "internet hip-hop" releases. Although still a young and relatively inexperienced emcee at this time, the independent effort gained him local credibility and resulted in dozens of live performances throughout California and the southwestern US. Thematically, it tackled the up and coming rappers difficulties with adapting to a quickly changing environment, spoken truthfully over sample-heavy production. Survival Plus is the definitive starting point of a promising emcee's career.

Broke For Free, his 2009 sophomore album, quickly became a fan favorite and landed Reason the Citizen on Denver based hip hop collective Fameless Entertainment. The duality of witty self realization and somber self deprecation throughout the album deals with themes that range from disastrous tour experiences, to balancing a professional identity with a growing family. Its success lead Reason the Citizen to performance opportunities at SXSW, X-Games, and opening spots for acts like Macklemore, Ghostface Killah, and Raekwon.

In 2011, shortly after releasing World Hunger Volume One, a 19 track free mixtape, Reason the Citizen teamed up with San Diego rapper Ch@ng3 to develop a unique live performance that blended live hip-hop with outlandishly off-kilter vaudevillian style stage antics. Unofficially dubbed The Greatest Shit Show On Earth, their live set routinely featured burlesque dancers and unruly food fights, which earned the duo a loyal San Diego fanbase. They would go on to share the stage with artists like Mac Miller, Dizzy Wright, Action Bronson, Wax, and Chief Keef.

Not long after moving to Denver in 2013, Reason the Citizen released a 6 track mixtape entitled The Adventure Continues. It featured the song Unlikely, which would eventually become the up and coming emcee's debut music video produced by The Other Guys Films. Since his relocation, Reason the Citizen, along with his dj and regular collaborator Almighty IZ, have been regular live performers at the legendary Denver hip-hop venue Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, and have landed performances with the likes of Nas, MGK, Curren$y, Grouch & Eligh, Grieves and more.

Reason the Citizen is set to release his 3rd studio album, Finding Success Through Failure in 2016. It features production from UK super producer Handbook, notable for his uncanny style as well as his contributions to Rootnote Collective, a worldwide group of diverse and unique musicians. FSTF focuses heavily on the repercussions of failure, and reveals its necessity in a creatively hazardous environment. Ranging in intensity, it stands out as a testament to the ever improving emcee's ability to combine razor sharp double-time, with thought provoking perspective and insight.
Kruza Kid
Staying true to the mile high state of mind, Kruza Kid delivers a fresh new flavor to the burgeoning hip-hop movement that is taking over the country. Seamlessly integrating his personal beats with his gritty, tell-it-like-it-is vocals, producer/emcee Kruza Kid, known by those close to him as Zach Karuzas, has rewritten the equation for merging several musical genres into one thumping package. Kruza Kid's energy is the culmination of influences in rap, reggae, dub, jazz, and a dusting of EDM, giving his performance an eclectic flavor in a world full of bland generics. Once the microphone is picked up, prepare yourself for a raw and intimate experience that offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of someone who truly appreciates music in all forms, and wants nothing more than to share that lifestyle with you. Inspired by so many, my boundaries are limitless.
Venue Information:
Larimer Lounge
2721 Larimer St.
Denver, CO, 80205