BLACKALICIOUS with 3rd Twin

Tue Nov 6 2018

9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Star Theater

13 NW Sixth Avenue Portland, OR 97209

Ages 21+

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In a hip-hop career that has stretched past a decade, Blackalicious has earned respect the old-fashioned way-rising through honesty, commitment, and artistry. Blackalicious is an American hip hop duo from Sacramento, California made up of rapper Gift of Gab (born Tim Parker) and DJ/producer Chief Xcel (born Xavier Mosley). They are noted for Gift of Gab's often "tongue-twisting", multisyllabic, complex rhymes and Chief Xcel's "classic" beats.

Like a few other West Coast rap acts, including the Pharcyde and Jurassic 5, Blackalicious has generally favored what hip-hoppers call the "positive tip"; in other words, its lyrics have often been spiritual and uplifting rather than violent or misogynous. Like a lot of experimental alternative rappers, Blackalicious can be quirky and eccentric; nonetheless, spirituality is a big part of the group's music. Although Blackalicious wasn't formed until the early '90s, its members had known each other since the late '80s. Founding members Gift of Gab (Timothy Parker) and Chief Xcel (Xavier Mosley) first met in Sacramento, CA, in 1987 when they were students at John F. Kennedy High School. Neither of them was originally from Sacramento; DJ/producer Xcel (who was going by DJ IceSki at the time) was a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, while rapper Gift of Gab was from Los Angeles' suburban San Fernando Valley.

The two went their separate ways after Gift of Gab (also known as Gabby T) graduated from Kennedy High in 1989, but they were reunited in Davis, CA, in 1992. By that time, Xcel had become a student at the University of California at Davis and the Gift of Gab had moved to Davis to form Blackalicious with him. UC Davis was where Xcel had started working with a hip-hop crew named SoleSides, whose members included DJ Shadow, Lateef the Truth Speaker, and Lyrics Born. SoleSides Records was the name of the SoleSides Crew's Northern California record company and in 1994, that label released Blackalicious' debut single "Swan Lake." Although not a triple-platinum smash, the single was a small underground hit that fared well among alternative rap audiences. The following year, SoleSides Records released a Blackalicious EP titled Melodica. By late 1997, SoleSides Records had transformed into Quannum Records, and in 1999, Quannum put out another Blackalicious EP, A2G.

In 2000, Quannum released the group's full-length debut Nia (whose title is the Swahili word for purpose). After being together eight years, Blackalicious finally signed with a major label when, in late 2000, the Californians were added by MCA. In April 2002, Quannum/MCA released Blazing Arrow, which boasted guest appearances ranging from vocalist Zack de la Rocha (of Rage Against the Machine) to the Roots' ?uestlove to veteran soul singerGil Scott-Heron. After the requisite tour, both Xcel and Gab began developing solo material; Quannum released both Maroons' Ambush (Chief Xcel with Latyrx's Lateef the Truth Speaker) as well as a Gift of Gab solo LP, Fourth Dimensional Rocketships Going Up. The pair returned in 2005 for their third album, The Craft, with a contract in hand from the Anti- label. By Alex Henderson - All Music Guide.

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    3rd Twin, aka Roy Alexander Moore III, is a hip hop rapper and mentor to disadvantaged kids in Portland, Oregon. Named after his astrological sign of Gemini, the 3rd sign in the zodiac, 3rd Twin is a 20 year rap veteran who has done everything from winning rap battles all across the country, to being signed to a major label. After his raps were heard at an open mic night, 3rd Twin burst onto the Portland hip hop scene and quickly became known as the hottest young MC and best lyricist in the city. 3rd Twin started writing raps at the age of 12 and landed his first recording contract with DM Entertainment at the age of 14.

     

    His first group, Konflic, was formed with three other childhood friends who premiered at Po Hop as the youngest act on the bill. In 1999, 3rd Twin joined forces with another local rap group Proz and Conz and went on to become Portland's highest selling rap group, selling well over 20,000 units between two albums. Between 2000-2002 Proz and Conz traveled across the United States, and on to Mexico opening for Hip Hop greats, Wu Tang, Mac Dre, Souls of Mischief, Blackalicious and more. Roy soon broke off with two other members of Proz and Conz to form DNA (Denied Access) and was signed to Jermaine O'Neal's Bogata Records label.

     

    In 2005, 3rd Twin moved back to Portland and began working and recording his first solo project. The album was never released due to a burglary at the studio where he was recording. In 2008, 3rd Twin then relocated to Las Vegas with his two fellow DNA members where they formed the label Wall Street Records and began recording again. It was there that he would cross paths with his now producer/engineer, Grammy winner Tiger Roberts, who won a Grammy for producing the iconic Gladys Knight. This high level collaboration led to 3rd Twin creating a big buzz in Las Vegas for the next several years. 3rd Twin is now back with a vengeance in his home town of Portland and ready to make his solo artists statement in the Hip Hop industry with his latest single "Honesty" from the forthcoming solo album, "History in the Making", due out in fall 2018. The music video for "Honesty" was produced by Gaddis Motion Productions, and directed by the award winning filmmaker team The Pander Brothers (Howie B., Jamal-Ski) who collaborated with L.A. based cinematographer, Kevin Pham (Vice TV) to bring 3rd Twin's personal vision to life.

     

    The video had its world premiere in spring of 2018 at the Vidwest Film Festival and is currently in the festival circuit. It has already won the Gold Award at the Indie Film Awards in NYC and Diamond Award at the MindField Film Fest in LA. "Honesty" screened at the Hip Hop Film Fest NYC, at the National Black Theater in NYC and won Best Music Video at Motion Pictures International in Nigeria. When he is not performing as 3rd Twin, Roy has also built a solid following in his community as a mentor, youth activity, and counselor with a focus on at-risk youth who have struggled with drugs and gangs. Roy also works with I AM Academy where he goes into the youth juvenile system and speaks with kids about recidivism and the transition process in returning back to society.

     

    Roy, who was a gang member in his youth and later struggled with opioid addiction has gone through his own recovery and now finds community outreach as a way to give back. "I find it so rewarding because I can try to prevent them from going down the same path that I went down." Roy explains, "I'm giving back to the community that me and my generation took so much from."

     

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Soul'd Out Proudly Presents

BLACKALICIOUS with 3rd Twin

Tue Nov 6 2018 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Star Theater Portland OR
BLACKALICIOUS with 3rd Twin
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Ages 21+

In a hip-hop career that has stretched past a decade, Blackalicious has earned respect the old-fashioned way-rising through honesty, commitment, and artistry. Blackalicious is an American hip hop duo from Sacramento, California made up of rapper Gift of Gab (born Tim Parker) and DJ/producer Chief Xcel (born Xavier Mosley). They are noted for Gift of Gab's often "tongue-twisting", multisyllabic, complex rhymes and Chief Xcel's "classic" beats.

Like a few other West Coast rap acts, including the Pharcyde and Jurassic 5, Blackalicious has generally favored what hip-hoppers call the "positive tip"; in other words, its lyrics have often been spiritual and uplifting rather than violent or misogynous. Like a lot of experimental alternative rappers, Blackalicious can be quirky and eccentric; nonetheless, spirituality is a big part of the group's music. Although Blackalicious wasn't formed until the early '90s, its members had known each other since the late '80s. Founding members Gift of Gab (Timothy Parker) and Chief Xcel (Xavier Mosley) first met in Sacramento, CA, in 1987 when they were students at John F. Kennedy High School. Neither of them was originally from Sacramento; DJ/producer Xcel (who was going by DJ IceSki at the time) was a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, while rapper Gift of Gab was from Los Angeles' suburban San Fernando Valley.

The two went their separate ways after Gift of Gab (also known as Gabby T) graduated from Kennedy High in 1989, but they were reunited in Davis, CA, in 1992. By that time, Xcel had become a student at the University of California at Davis and the Gift of Gab had moved to Davis to form Blackalicious with him. UC Davis was where Xcel had started working with a hip-hop crew named SoleSides, whose members included DJ Shadow, Lateef the Truth Speaker, and Lyrics Born. SoleSides Records was the name of the SoleSides Crew's Northern California record company and in 1994, that label released Blackalicious' debut single "Swan Lake." Although not a triple-platinum smash, the single was a small underground hit that fared well among alternative rap audiences. The following year, SoleSides Records released a Blackalicious EP titled Melodica. By late 1997, SoleSides Records had transformed into Quannum Records, and in 1999, Quannum put out another Blackalicious EP, A2G.

In 2000, Quannum released the group's full-length debut Nia (whose title is the Swahili word for purpose). After being together eight years, Blackalicious finally signed with a major label when, in late 2000, the Californians were added by MCA. In April 2002, Quannum/MCA released Blazing Arrow, which boasted guest appearances ranging from vocalist Zack de la Rocha (of Rage Against the Machine) to the Roots' ?uestlove to veteran soul singerGil Scott-Heron. After the requisite tour, both Xcel and Gab began developing solo material; Quannum released both Maroons' Ambush (Chief Xcel with Latyrx's Lateef the Truth Speaker) as well as a Gift of Gab solo LP, Fourth Dimensional Rocketships Going Up. The pair returned in 2005 for their third album, The Craft, with a contract in hand from the Anti- label. By Alex Henderson - All Music Guide.