Four Horsemen Tour
B. Dolan & dj Abilities
Cas One vs. Figure, Dope KNife
Mon, May 1, 2017
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
Port City Music Hall
$17 Advance / $20 Day of Show
This event is 18 and over
Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. PCMH box office will open one hour before doors night of show.http://www.portcitymusichall.com/event/1436934/
Turning to hip-hop’s favourite unofficial format to explore different styles and experiment, Dolan then released a three-part mixtape series titled “House of Bees vols. 1-3” Political mixtape tracks like “Film the Police,” “Which Side Are You On?” and “The Devil is Alive” would become some of the rapper’s biggest anthems, while an exhaustive worldwide tour schedule won an army of fans for the unlikely bearded emcee from the Northeast.
in 2015, Dolan upped the ante yet again by self-producing an entire LP with a cast of over 30 musicians, vocalists and beatmakers. “Kill The Wolf” featured contributions from a diverse group of peers that included Kathleen Stubelek of the hardcore act Circle Takes the Square, Dave Lamb from Brown Bird,Buck 65 and Aesop Rock.
Since his signing to SFR, Dolan has toured exhaustively and internationally to win himself a devoted cult following. So far his continually shapeshifting presentation, outsider perspective, and masterful execution have kept them coming back.
These monsters of the Midwest hail from the miniature metropolis of Evansville, Indiana, USA – not the first place on the map that leaps to mind when considering incubators for cutting-edge compositions in the indie rap and EDM worlds. Despite lacking the benefit of big-city support systems, both Cas and Figure have managed to build cult-like followings and gain national notice for their individual endeavors over the years.
Never hiding their fangs, they strive to distill the aggressive nature found in their acclaimed stage shows into their SFR debut, a record that maintains that same energy in your headphones.
“NineteenEightyFour”, Dope KNife’s Strange Famous debut, effectively demonstrates his style in ferocious, focused bursts, fused into a gritty boom-bap soundscape littered with dense wordplay. The album title refers to the year of Kedrick's birth, the same year in which he fell into a water well in Sierra Leone. "I have a scar on the back of my skull from it,' Mack explains. "How it happened became one of those stories that my mother would reveal to new acquaintances as they became friends. As a result, as an adult, for me, the story is like the last barrier of information I give a person as an affirmation of our relationship. If a person has known me long enough for me to tell them how I fell in a well as a baby, it's a sign I’m opening up to them. 'NineteenEightyFour' is that last barrier for me as a musician.”
The son of a US diplomat, Mack's childhood was spent hopping around the globe in the course of his father's work. Most of that travel was within the continent of Africa, including a residency in Liberia, his mother's home country. Liberia's civil war broke out, and while he and his immediate family were able to evacuate, his mother's extended family were not so fortunate, leaving them to live amongst the chaos of a decade-long conflict. He'd learn of his family’s tragedies and hardships through the tears on his mother’s face, an almost daily ritual that left him feeling isolated during his teen years. His discovery of music, and hip-hop in particular, gave him a way to reach out: he began to immerse himself in the culture, finding inspiration in artists as disparate as Rakim, Nine Inch Nails, and Ice-T. He began fronting a rap/rock band and spending time on the freestyle battle circuit.
Remaining true to his collaborative roots, Mack invites a gang of indie emcees to contribute to “NineteenEightyFour”; rappers with whom he built a mutual respect over years of extensive touring appear on the posse cuts “#SQUADGOHARD” and “Tombstone”. KNife uses the solo album format to display his sharp wit and a knack for social commentary, and to explore heavier subject matter and experiment with his own music production. Moments of note include the first single, “Name Up”, and the introductory mission statement “Nothing To Lose”. Strange Famous label boss Sage Francis makes an appearance on “Cult Personality”, and indie rap troubadour Ceschi pops up on “Fear and Loathing”.
“NineteenEightyFour” is available now at all digital retailers via SFdigi, and on exclusive limited edition CD + 7" records at www.StrangeFamous.com
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101