Hip Hop Open Mic Event Co-Hosted by End of the Weak and Universal Zulu Nation Features DJ Johnny Juice of Public Enemy vs Drummer Swiss Chris on Sunday May 12th, 8:30pm at The Pyramid Club, L.E.S., New York City.
May 6, 2013 – NEW YORK — DJ Johnny “Juice” Rosado is an award winning and Emmy-Nominated Composer, Producer, Turntablist, Engineer, Musician, B-boy, Graf writer, MC, Educator, Lecturer, and Mentor. Raised in the Bronx, he witnessed the birth of Hip Hop right on his doorstep. Moving to Strong Island in the early 80’s, he immediately made an impact on the Long Island’s budding Hip-Hop scene. His work, especially with Public Enemy, has been embedded into Hip Hop history. With over 27 years in the industry, he has contributed to some of Hip Hop’s greatest works. Over the years he has lent his production and scratching skills to projects by other legendary Hip Hop artists such as the Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, Leaders of the New School, and DMC. Recently nominated for three 2013 NAACP Image Awards including Best Album, Juice continues to remain relevant in an ever changing industry. In 2007 he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame as a member of Public Enemy and is scheduled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Public Enemy in 2013. https://www.facebook.com/DJJohnnyJuiceSwiss Chris is an in-demand first-call session drummer/music director. He recently worked with the legendary Gloria Gaynor doing TV appearances and touring for the 30th anniversary “I Will Survive” promo. Swiss is well-known for his work as musical director and drummer for the nine-time GRAMMY® winner John Legend, with whom he worked for four years. He is now concentrating on his own solo career with a forthcoming album. Swiss is also actively involved with his charitable organization, S.W.I.S.S. (Saving With Instruments, Samples and Soundz), dedicated to healing, education, and promoting communication through music for the betterment of the world. Swiss Chris has worked with artists such as Sir Elton John, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Common, Wyclef Jean, Miss Lauryn Hill, Corinne Bailey Rae, India Arie, Bridget Kelly, Marsha Ambrosius and has appeared on numerous television shows. Swiss Chris endorses Natal Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Regal Tip Sticks, Evans Drum Heads, Roland Electronics.http://www.swisschris777.com
The Pyramid Club
101 Avenue A, #1 (between 6th/7th Streets)
Lower East Side (LES) New York, New York 10009
Sunday, May 12th, 8:30pm (Doors at 8pm)
End of the Weak (EOW) was founded in 2000 as one of the few weekly platforms in NYC where hungry MCs could showcase and hone their talent. What started as a small Open Mic in the back of a restaurant has grown into NYC’s longest-running weekly hip-hop show and an International Hip-Hop movement. End Of the Weak has expanded into five continents, twelve countries and twenty-two cities around the globe in our ten years in existence. The MC Challenge has given artists all over the world a new medium to test their talents. The non-confrontational tone of the EOW MC Challenge and the talent of the MC’s that compete in it have catapulted its success and brings together hip-hop lovers across the world. End of the Weak is now a multi national entertainment lifestyle brand and produces events, multimedia and clothing that represents the uniquely global hip hop flavor. www.eodub.com
The Universal Zulu Nation is an international hip hop awareness group formed and headed by hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaata. Originally known simply as the Organization, it arose in the 1970s as reformed New York City gang members began to organize cultural events for youths, combining local dance and music movements into what would become known as the various elements of hip hop culture. By the 1980s, hip hop had spread globally, and the Zulu Nation has since established (autonomous) branches in Japan, France, the UK, Australia, South Korea and the Cape Flats in Cape Town South Africa. The Zulu Nation has undergone changes over the past decade. From the late 1980s, at the height of the Afrocentric movement in hip hop (when artists such as KRS-One, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, the Native Tongues, and Rakim hit success), the movement seemed to be incorporating many doctrines from the Nation of Islam, the Nation of Gods and Earths, and the Nuwaubians. In the 2000s, however, its official website affirmed that the Zulu Nation has left the system of “believing” and instead adheres to Factology versus Beliefs, a philosophy and doctrine that can often be seen in, though is not always exclusive to, Nuwaubianism. www.zulunation.com