Wednesday Night Performers:
March 9, 2016 – Historic Victory Grill
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 The AlliYance
Four artists with distinct deliveries embarking on their individual paths as independent musicians brought their talents together to form a robust hip-hop collective called The AlliYance. The mission for the group is to display a sense of unity by combining their sizable talents, their appeal and different perspectives to broaden their outreach from their core audiences to a wider base that further amplifies each member’s individual skill. The AlliYance’s first collaboration and music video, “I Be On It” released in the fall of 2014, serves as the launching pad for the group. The song is a nod to each member’s East Coast hip-hop roots, underscored by vintage-era hip-hop appeal with rich production combining jazz samples and breakbeats. Blending that with modern production techniques, intense wordplay and animated delivery was the winning formula, giving a small sample of what the group has to offer when all talents are highlighted.
Swanny River is a no-nonsense deejay and producer from Brooklyn, New York with an extensive list of credits and a discography that dates back to 1989. His fiery passion for hip-hop is shown in his unrelenting desire to constantly raise the bar and show his skills behind the boards. It’s fueled his staying power, making him a beacon for generations of artists eager to feed from his fervent energy.
Billy Hood is an independent hip-hop artist from Greenburgh, NY. He’s released a string of stunning, hardcore mixtapes, party-starting singles and collaborations, all showcasing his gritty but smooth vocal delivery and his understated and witty, punchline-packed rap style.
I.K.P. (The Infamous King of Positivity) is an independent hip-hop artist and producer. Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, he brings varied approaches to his flows, influenced by his northern roots, southern-styled upbringing and experimental attitude. To date, he’s released three albums and a mixtape that puts his direct, tense style and visceral insight on prime display.
EarthTone is also an independent hip-hop artist as well as producer, with influences ranging from The Eagles to Erykah Badu. Hailing from East Orange, New Jersey, his studied approach to hip-hop gives him an edge where he can offer lightning-fast delivery with a confident, laidback assertiveness at one instance and inventive, soulful grooves in his productions the next minute. So far, EarthTone has released a self-produced EP and a mixtape to his credit.