Peace! On Friday November 27th 2015 we’re pleased to be welcoming Krumb Snatcha to Providence, RI for an official UZN event. This Gang Starr Foundation member was recently signed to Wu Tang Management so they’ll be bringing some very special guests to the show. Special performance by ILLA GHEE! Also expect sets from some of the nicest acts in RI: Everybody Luv Black, United Soul Alliance, Divine Ways Earned, Universal Disciplez, Krook Rock, Left Wing Society and more!
$10 tickets, $12 door. 10-2. Strict 21+
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Born Demetrius Lamont Gibbs on August 15th, 1974 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, The oldest of three, K.S. has two younger sisters. Growing up, K.S. lived in several cities that influenced his musical style. From Brooklyn to Harlem, Manheim and Frankfurt, Germany, to Worcester and Lawrence, Massachusetts, K.S. was exposed many different people and experiences. After attending Morris College for a semester, he joined the Army. Currently, he is back in school working on his bachelor’s degree.
K.S. is no stranger to Hip Hop music. At the young age of 11 years old, he started rapping. Over the years his many musical influences have helped him find his own style. His influences include, Eric B Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, KRS One, Doug E. Fresh, The Fatboys, NWA, Cool Moe Dee, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Leaders of the New School, The Wu Tang Clan, and Gangstarr.
Through performing at local shows, and meeting Scientifik, K.S. submitted demos to MIA Records in Lawrence, MA. He was later introduced to DJ Premier who produced his well-known track, Closer to God. His lyrics spoke for themselves, and he was taken under the wing of the late Guru of Gangstarr fame. Featured on the track, Make ‘Em Pay from Gangstarr’s Moment of Truth album, K.S. won Source Magazine’s Hip Hop Quotable. He would later gain more notoriety with his W.O.L.V.E.S track featuring MOP on the Training Day soundtrack.
During his several years in the music industry, K.S. has worked with several artists and producers. Guru, Shabba Ranks, Ghostface Killah, Lord Tarek, MOP, Gangstarr, Nottz, Big Shug, Ed OG, Tony Touch, Blaq Poet, Termanology, Reks, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Arabian Knight, DJ Doom, and Beat Minerz just to name a few.
This NYC artist is heavily featured on Sean Price’s upcoming mixtape, Songs in the Key of Price and has a new album with him called Metal Detectors in the works.
Born and raised in Brooklyn’s Sumner Housing Projects (aka Sumnerville, aka Outta Bounds NYC), ILLA made the transition from street Pharmacist to rising Hip Hop star. As Brooklyn’s fastest upcoming MC in the late 90s and early 2000s he was recognized as the next Biggie Smalls by many seasoned vets in the rap game. After making a memorable appearance on Mobb Deep’s Hell On Earth LP (“Can’t Get Enough Of It”), ILLA had the misfortune of falling victim to the streets.
As a result of this encounter with the law, ILLA had to do a 6-year bid in VA, and postpone his spot as BK’s next boss. Upon his release in 2002, ILLA picked up right where he left off before his incarceration. He recorded at a break neck pace and, found himself being placed in DJ Kay Slay’s “Best of Freestyles” top ten for his “3 Million Freestyle”. Soon after, Ghee recorded “Medicine Rap” featuring Prodigy of Mobb Deep. The song made it’s way onto DJ Kay Slay’s Street Sweepers Vol. 5 edition mixtape. After the Street Sweepers mixtape flooded the streets, ILLA GHEE appeared on Mobb Deep’s LandSpeed released “Free Agents” Mixtape, which sold over 650,000 copies.
Still unsigned but working at a feverish pace, ILLA GHEE managed to appear on DJ Big Mike’s West Coast Mixtape, Mobb Deep’s Murda Muzik Soundtrack, DJ Mello’s Chemical Files Mixtape, P-Cutta’s Street Wars 12 Mixtape, DJ Premier’s Step Ya Game Up Mixtape, DJ Onpoint’s Exclusive Radio Mixtape Vol. 1, DJ Kay Slay’s Street Sweepers Protect Ya Neck Mixtape, and the Payola Bros. Street Beef Vol. 8.
During this time Mobb Deep began to experience bad publicity within industry circles. Although ILLA remained loyal to his long time Mobb Deep fam, he was unfazed by the industry politics that began to follow him because of his Mobb Deep affiliation. ILLA kept working and his hard work finally paid off. World famous hip hop producer The Alchemist, tapped Illa Ghee to appear alongside himself, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, and Nina Sky on the street anthem “Hold U Down”. Armed with just his lyrical talent and veteran work ethic, ILLA produced one of the hottest verses of the year like the famed “For all da niggaz I war for,,, blow the 44 for” and, made a name for himself by holding his own with the other heavyweights on the song.