Hip Hop vs. Rock 1, brought to you by Martin Rodriguez's AEF Productions and Sullen Musik, was a battle for the ages that went down at Malone's in Santa Ana. I credit this show with bringing the underground music world, both in Hip Hop and Rock/Metal, to the stage and ripping the roof off Malone's. It was one of the best shows I have seen to date. Props must be given to the man of the hour Mr. Martin Rodriguez because this show was his creation, bringing to the stages TikTak Montana, Top Dime, Dossicc n Carnage, Concrete Saints, The Chimpz, All Else Fails, Krazy Race, Disciples of the Sick, NME, and Gods of Chaos (Block McCloud and Big Duke). If you missed it here is a quick rewind of what went down. For more of your favorite bands "From Locals to Legends..." check us out for FREE at http://www.ROCKwellUnScene.com
Before I introduce you to the Amazing bands that hit the stage, let me set the scene for you. Malone's began to let people in and the fans went from a lot to asses to elbows before the first act hit a stage. Looking around the venue many fans represented the threadz from those they supported, including an abundant amount of Sullen tee's. Joe Ded and The B Side Show were also in the house and the night was brimming with music, art, madness, friends and family.
Kicking off the music on the Hip Hop stage was TikTak Montana, a Hip Hop MC who has been around since 2000. This guy got the crowed revved up and ready. If your a hip-hop fan check this guy out and put him on your to see list. How do you follow an awesome Hip-Hop act? Change it up a bit and put a lady that flows like no other. Look out boys, Top Dime is hitting the mic. Spitting rhymes faster than the speed of light, this lady was hot on the mic rapping in both Spanish & English. If you want to change up the usual, this lady is someone to check out. Concrete Saints is a Hip Hop trio making noise. Working with such greats as Big Duke of The Psycho Realm, GZA, Killah Priest, Planet Asia, DJ Mugg and more, if you saw their set it is easy to see why. The Concrete Saints owned the stage. They had the crowd on the floor screaming for more.
On the Rock stage The Chimpz were first up. If you do not know The Chimpz you may have been living under a Rock, so let me introduce you to them if that's the case. Not only huge in the SoCal scene, this band can be heard on Sons of Anarchy, and on radio stations and tours across the country. The Chimpz sound is Rock, Hip Hop, and Heavy Metal combined perfectly to rip the roof off any stage the band hits. Last year I defined them in a new category I called "Gangster Metal". The best way to describe this band is a party on stage. I have seen this band many times and can tell you first hand they never have a bad show. They have been putting their time in and it shows. Sponsored by companies like Jagermeister, Sullen Clothing, Sabian Cymbals, Schecter Guitars, Coffin Case, Equation Audio, Outlaw Threadz, and Audio 2000's, The Chimpz are comin' at ya'! I cannot say enough about the Chimpz other than get to a show. Following the Chimpz was All Else Fails. This band is on my favorite list. With such vast musical influences from each band member this band has formulated a sound that is what I like to describe as "Sick Rock". With a fist full of Hip Hop and a fist full of Metal, this band just might knock you out. They have made a change and added a guitarist to their lineup making an already thick sound beefier. I have to say this band has worked hard and are popping. Now is the time to check them out and get to an All Else Fails show. The night did not stop there. The stage became a collaboration of greats that included Krazy Race, Disciples of the Sick, NME, Gods of Chaos (Block McCloud and Big Duke). It was one of the best shows I have seen or heard out of seeing over 250 bands so far this year. I have to say I really enjoyed NME. I had never seen this group before. They called themselves “Ghetto Metal”. I call them Amazing. They kept my attention, had a monster pit going, and in short kicked ass.
Nothing goes better with music than art. Out on the back patio Mr. Joe Ded was body painting a sexy model. He has been part of the AEF family and usually does live painting on stage while the band plays. However, this time he changed it up and did a painting on a live person. This is how Joe Ded describes his art, “the manifestations of my minds residents, communicating through my thoughts. come thru to the canvas, paper, human body and walls.” He was a great addition to an already epic night. Also at the show was the B Side Radio Show doing interviews and hanging out. It was a night of art, music, family, and friends. Because this show was such a huge success, stay tuned for the next Hip Hop vs Rock show, hosted by Martin Rodriguez and AEF Productions.
Written by: Melissa Anderson, http://www.ROCKwellUnScene.com
Photo's by: Rockwell Anderson Media, http://www.ROCKwellUnScene.com