Growing the Tradition 2013
Produced by Capitol View Arts and Another Option Productions
Thursday, February 28
George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
1165 Angelina Street, Austin, TX 78702
Capitol View Arts and Another Option Productions conclude Black History Month 2013 with the 3rd annual special recognition ceremony, Growing the Tradition.
The community is invited to attend the event in honor of artists and businesses from Austin’s hip hop community who have shared their resources and expertise, while blazing a path for others to succeed.
Expect music, food, drinks and celebration as we gather to honor the makers of Austin’s hip hop history.
The 2013 guests of honor are:
DJ Hella Yella
Previous Growing the Tradition Guests of Honor include Madd Creole, Nook, Kasino, Checkmate, B.L.U.E., Tee Double, Pranchyze, Zeale, Black Sunz, Lady Legacy, Trampia, and MC Overlord.
Meet the Growing the Tradition 2013 Honorees
Gerald G released several mixtapes, including “What’s Really Hood” with Dj Rapid Ric and “Texas 2 Cali” with Dj Grip. He also has had guest appearances from major recording artists, Chamillionaire, Mr Fab, Dorrough, Lil Boosie, Chalie Boy, Bun B, Fonzworth Bentley and T-Pain. Gerald G has appeared with numerous artists such as Slim Thug, UGK, Trick Trick, Ice Cube, Lil Wayne, Z-Ro, UGK and the Grammy award winning Three 6 Mafia and more.
Gerald G was chosen to record an Intro for Austin’s radio station 93.9, which played everyday at 3pm. In 2011, Gerald G performed at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin TX, alongside of major label artists: Kreayshawn, Fabulous and Neyo.
In 2012, Gerald G released his album “I AM Mr.512″ featuring the single “Parking Lot Pimpin’” featuring Dorrough, Lil Boosie and Chalie Boy.
Southern Entertainment Awards and the Austin Chronicle both voted Hella Yella as Club DJ of the Year! Since getting his start, DJ Hella Yella has released over 100 mixtapes, including projects with Travis Porter, Dorrough and R&B star, Mya. His Wiz Khalifa mixtape gained over 20,000+ downloads in just one day!
If DJ Hella Yella looks familiar, you’ve probably seen him on tour with platinum-selling artist Dorrough, BET’s 106 & Park or The Deal, WETV’s Platinum Weddings, MTV’s Room Raiders, in Ozone Magazine, on stage at many SXSW showcases, in numerous music videos, All-Star & Super Bowl weekend parties or opening shows for artists like Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Juicy J, Waka Flocka, J. Cole & many more.
MusicMania is a full service record store serving Austin for 23 years. MusicMania carries all genres, but their specialty is urban music. They have the largest selection of rap music in central Texas. The R&B section boasts not only of the latest releases but a very deep catalog selection. Gospel and Blues, especially southern blues, are their specialties. MusicMania rounds out their inventory with a nice selection of Latin, Freestyle, Rock, Country, Jazz, World, Easy Listening, 50s/60s, Soundtracks, Dance, & Zydeco.
While living in New Orleans, LA in 1997, Tosin created the website TheScrewShop.com. The website was dedicated to highlighting DJ Screw, as well as other southern music. What started as a fan site created from his apartment gained such popularity, that it averaged 3.5 million hits a month at its height. The popularity of the site led to record labels and rap artists commissioning him to establish their internet presence.
Upon returning to his hometown of Austin, TX, after spending seven years in New Orleans, he continued to grow TheScrewShop.com and his graphic design business under the name Sinful-Designs.com. He was able to transition his experience creating websites for rising stars and small businesses into designing print media, event flyers, album covers, van wraps, clothing, billboards and more for a growing client base. Since returning to Austin, he also began releasing his own mixtapes and DVDs. These projects included collaborations with different DJs and artists from around the state, one of the most notable projects was the Hangin’ Wit’ Mr.Koopa mixtape hosted by Grammy Award Winning artist Chamillionaire.
Some of Tosin’s accolades include being featured and quoted in such publications as New York Times, Rolling Stone, Texas Monthly, XXL, The Source, Vibe Magazine, Down Magazine and Ozone Magazine, and being named one of Austin’s Fortunate 500 by the Austin American Statesman in 2007. He has been nominated for a Southern Entertainment Award 8 out of the 10 years of the Award’s existence. In addition to continuing to work with established artists, Tosin works with many up and coming acts in an effort to expand his client base and test his graphic abilities. He’s been awarded Graphic Designer of the Year at the Austin Hip Hop Awards and at the Texas Platinum Hood Awards. March 2013 will mark his 16th year in the music industry and certainly solidify his moniker of “Dot Com Don” by taking music from the streets and exposing it to the world wide web.
Black Mike is a rapper, R&B songwriter, and producer that has a groovy unique style inspired by 70′s music.
Moving to Austin at the age of 14 to live with family members, Black Mike faced an uphill battle with the hardships that came with living life on the streets. A love of music led to a new understanding of circumstances and a job in the music industry. He joined the “What It Dew Family” which is a group of a talented artists coming out of Texas which also includes Chalie Boy, Magno, Ryno, DJ Rapid Ric, Gerald G, and Mr Blakes.
Black Mike has produced for artists such as Mya, Chalie Boy, Kiotti,Magno, Lil Keke, and Bun B. He scored for the hit show “Ugly Betty” and had a gold record go number one with Mya in Japan.
Throughout all of O.G. Fatal’s life, he has been inspired by music. His grandfather played trumpet in a 25 piece band, and his uncle, who was a band director at Dallas Roosevelt, pushed Fatal to musical success. Fatal has had his share of hardship, but has turned tragedy into triumph through music and hard work.
Fatal began his journey signed to Du Damage Ent, a record label owned by a friend and former basketball teammate Tony Dumas (formerly of the Dallas Mavericks). During 5 years with the label, Fatal had recorded 2 albums that were never released. After his stint with Du Damage Ent, he began his own record label in 2000, called Kompound Records.
Fatal began opening for big name acts such as Wreckshop Records, Rap-A-Lot Records, Chamillionaire/Paul Wall and D.O.C. He has continued his career perfoming with Redman, Method Man, Rick Ross, Plies, Rocko Dash, Waka Flaka, David Banner, Lil Flip, Ying Yang Twins, Big Moe, Young Gunz, UGK, Z-Ro, Trae the Truth and more.
Fatal is a determined artist and songwriter who loves to entertain and has a strong passion for music. His new album, “The Chronicles of Baxter Russell”, will showcase his trials, tribulations and accomplishments in his pursuit of rap fame.