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The Blood Link Cartel (BLC), a prominent local hip-hop collective, are reuniting for a concert this Friday, February 28, 2014. The show is presented by Swaggstaff Entertainment and it's going down at the Safari Lounge (4306 Georgia Ave, NW).

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The members of BLC are rappers, and first cousins, Mike Mills, J-Street, Tommy Gun, Yung Juddge and J-Tye. The group had a very successful run between 2009 and 2012. They released a string of impressive singles, and rumors circulated around the city that BLC was about to sign with a major label. Unfortunately, before they could close the deal, the group parted ways due to legal and managerial complications.

Mike Mills, who is also a promoter and CEO of his own label (Swaggstaff), explains how BLC has managed to remain relevant and connected during their hiatus from the hip-hop industry.

"What makes us unique is our strength as solo artists. We never stopped recording. We are all constantly working on our own projects. This event is a reunion for BLC and to show the world all the music we have individually. We are not new to this - we set the path for many to follow."

What Mills may be referring to is how "Blood Link Cartel style", tracks, anthems and imagery have been used successfully by DC rising rap stars like Fat Trel and Shy Glizzy.

The reunion concert will feature performances by all four BLC members, and Swaggstaff artists Fat Freaky, Quan and Deor. The special guest will be T. Miles, a Senior A&R for No Limit Forever Records. T. Miles is also an accomplished movie director and CEO of Hoodstarzz Films. The event will be video recorded by HD Fatz Production, and DJ Cory will be on the turntables.

Mills says that Friday night is just the beginning for the Blood Link Cartel.

"We will continue to perform. The BLC is not just a rap group or movement - we are a family. We are backed up by the best out there and we can't lose. We are born to win."

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The Blood Link Cartel Reunion Concert is not an open mic. Advance admission is $10. Ages 18 and over will be admitted with proper ID, and you must be 21 to drink.

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