Mansion Records NYC & rhymeCulture present the Queens MC Eddie James, on Wednesday September 2nd! He’ll be joined by Jindai, Kee-Words and College Smart for this evening of Hip Hop & Electronic music.
$5 cover – 9pm-close – strict 21+
Check out the bios:
Eddie James was born and bred in the Woodside projects of Queens, New York City. Eddie loved music from an early age and his early influences included 50 Cent. Eddie started writing his own music as a teenager and in the mid 2000’s performed his own music in club venues in New York City. The pressures of making a living and some periods of incarceration hindered Eddie’s pursuit of a career in music until he was introduced toMansion Records in late 2013.
Mansion Records, impressed by Eddie’s voice, music and also the depth of the lyrics/stories running through his songs, provided him with studio time where he wrote and recorded 10 original soul/hip hop songs. Six of these songs are currently being prepared for a mixtape release in early spring, 2015.
Eddie’s new collection of songs tell the story of life in the Woodside project, on the streets of NYC and in jail with a strong current that reflects his view of the importance of family and friends.
While, his album is going through its final production phase, Eddie has commenced playing in NYC clubs. Eddie’s first major show since aligning with Mansion Records was held at the Apollo Soundstage on August 22, 2014 where he showcased his new music as well as some old tracks to a sell-out crowd.
Jindai is a New York-based alt-pop-R&B artist. She has a beautiful voice that she doesn’t mask with heavy production. In fact, she sounds the best when it is just her and the marimba. She also sings like she means it; not trying to impress you with her voice (which is impressive), but like she is sharing part of her world with you. When she sings she wants you to stay, you want to stay, not leave for any reason. S
he recently released a new track called Wait, from her debut record, set to release in Summer 2015. Inspired by a previous relationship, Jindai’s “Wait” captures the story of a young woman convincing her man to stay with her. Musically, Jindai combines variations of pop, R&B and electronica. With her quirky spirit and metaphorically-inspired lyrics, Jindai’s sound gathers influence from Bjork, Fiona Apple and Purity Ring.
Kee-Words was raised in a small apartment in one of the few projects in Newport, RI and became immersed in rap music around age 11 when he bought Biggie’s Born Again on cassette and a DJ Red Alert mixtape from the local Walgreens. Shortly after, his uncle Tone Kuiee introduced him to the Music Production Center, or MPC, and he started banging away while becoming increasingly intrigued with the lyrical side of rap music.
Kee-Words delivery was inspired by the unique rhyme schemes of guys like Busta, Redman, Andre3000, and Em. Kee can capture ears in heart-on-sleeve mode while slaying swag-loving posers.
Raymond Arthur Olsen II, better known by his stage name College Smart, is an American hip hop recording artist from Narragansett, Rhode Island. Smart began writing and recording rap music at age 12 while living with his father in Charlestown, Rhode Island. After performing under several rap monikers in high school, he finally chose College Smart while attending his first semester at the Community College of Rhode Island. Smart explains the origin of his name as a play on street smart and book smart; citing his belief that college is where an individual can learn to combine the two values. Smart’s music combines hard-to-forget hooks with a wide range of variation: from high-speed electronic rhythms to socially conscious rap lyrics. Underprivileged in his youth, Smart credits his family and surroundings as the inspiration for the sharp, emotional tone of his music.
On December 13, 2009, his 21st birthday, Smart released his first official mixtape Everything You Wanna Hear for free download. In 2011, Smart released the official video for his single “Mr. Blue” viaYouTube. Smart is expected to release his first full length independent album Part Time Semester in 2015. On March 24, 2013, a video for the album’s intro “Part Time Semester” was released via YouTube. The album’s first official single “Starry Eyed” was released to digital retailers on March 17, 2015.