Yamin, the producer. Yamin, the emcee. Yamin, the studying electrical engineer has produced for and/or featured lyricism with the likes of Count Bass D, Binkis Recs, Boog Brown, Ken Starr, Headkrak, Arablak, Stacy Epps, Eddie Meeks, Broady Champs, Cannibal Ox, Chyle MC, Ozy Reigns, Sum Majere, Malkovich, Kam Moye (Supastition), J‐Live, Joe D (God’silla) and more.
Since Clan Destined’s inception in 2003, the group has risen to the forefront of their music scene, gaining a number one single on Rap Attack/Rap Network charts (“Plan B”, 2007) and becoming a part of the Rawkus 50 campaign. Their LP, “Self Titled” was given a 5/5 rating in Creative Loafing (2011) and in 2012, they were awarded Georgia’s Best Hip Hop Group by the Georgia Music Awards.
As a soloist, Yamin fuses his Hip Hop background into soulful expressions of song, utilizing wordplay and harmony over his layered production style. “YAMIN” introduces his re‐emergence as a student‐turned practitioner.
“DT (of Clan Destined) and Dr. Conspiracy have forged a new alliance called the Difference Machine. Together they crank out twisted, psychedelic hip-hop cuts that reach into the deepest, darkest corners of their respective styles to conjure up a new, brainiac sound. “
— Chad Radford (Creative Loafing)
The Difference Machine are a psychedelic hip hop duo based in Atlanta, Georgia. DT makes the rhymes. Dr. Conspiracy makes the beats. DT and Conspiracy met in Atlanta by playing various shows together with their older projects, Clan Destined and Lee Harvey Oswald, as well as battling each other in beat battles. The live version of the Difference Machine sometimes includes Radley Fricker on drums and Mike “The Kill Fist” Mosca on additional programming/sampling.
Noble ArtRight (formerly Imago Dei) is an emcee, producer, writer, community activist, husband and father. Noble has been performing for over 15 years. He has graced the stage with KRS-1 and numerous other great artist. During his career he has released three albums including the critical acclaimed Bare Essentials, along with Anderson Scott, in 2012. On the B.E. project he not only served as 1/2 of the rap duo but he also produced, mix and master the whole project. His most recent project, released on Valentine Day 2013, is a love exploring EP entitled “Listening is an Act Of Love”.
In addition to his artistic endeavors, Noble ArtRight is an investigator at the Southern Center for Human Rights where he works to change and improve the criminal justice system.
“Mic Militia brings the gospel of the streets to the masses. Don’t get it confused, these aren’t overblown stores of million-dollar drug deals and endless bottlepopping. With a cadence reminiscent of Slim Thug and the grounded sincerity of Scarface, Mic touches on issues like poverty, education and social justice. You know, REAL street issues.”
– Edward T. Bowser
At a very young age Mic Militia (Michael Allen) knew he possessed something special…
Something that would one day make him a powerful voice in the Hip-Hop community as well as a pioneer in Birmingham’s underground music scene.
Born in the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, the civil rights Mecca of the South, during the aftermath of segregation and racial tension, he had a
balanced view, and understanding of where people of color had been, and where they are going.
He was known most around his hometown for his artwork. That soon changed after his Art teacher had the class do a project designing album covers. That’s when he not only designed a cover, he recorded a demo to go along with his project.
Impressed with the feedback he got from his fellow students, He began to take the music biz serious.
He entered his first talent show at the Carver Theater winning first place with his song titled “ Down South” taking Hip-Hop lovers by surprise with his cool, laid-back, witty, funny, but in your face, style.
With this song he stirred up something in the people in the city making folks feel a since of pride, during an era where East and West ruled the
With 15 years under his belt, he has paid his dues locally and is ready for the mainstream, capturing the hearts of old schoolers and gaining the respect from this new generation of artists, thus bridging the gap that separates the two.
Mic Militia is positively the future of southern Hip-Hop.
Chris Fogg is an artist born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Learning to play the drums and violin in elementary school, Fogg showed a natural interest and skill in music. Upon enrolling at the University of Birmingham, Alabama he founded the collective District ph(IVE) and pursued a career as an artist/producer. His sound is combination of eclectic beats, humor ladened lyrics, spiritual overtones with positive messages. His biggest influences are MF Doom, Lupe Fiasco, Gil Scott Heron, Yasiin Bey, Damon Albarn, and J Dilla.
“What happens when more energy than any red bull distributor could ever dole out meets lyrical gold and nostalgia? You get Keynote, Travii The 7th and HeadKrack aka The Bodega Brovas. The trio spent the year putting out song after song paying homage to the Hip Hop they grew up on and ripping stages world wide. Their signature throwback blend was everything a Hip Hop soul needed this year. While they have the ability to adjust to any track they touch, their unwillingness to pander set them apart from the masses.”
Bodegas are commonly known as independent mom and pop stores in any respectable neighborhood. You can cop candy, sandwiches , and sometimes weed – all from the same spot.
Musically, The Bodega Brovas are the same way…
Travii the 7th (the white guy), who hails from Chicago, is the serious anti-establishment MC in the crew. His unique delivery and world view keeps “The Brovas” grounded.
Keynote (the Latin guy) hails out of Dallas and is a TV/Radio personality who most recently kept 97.9 The Beat’s nighttime show in the #1 slot for all 11 years that he hosted it. Don’t let the radio thing fool you. Key’s rhymes are just as bizarre as his on-air persona.
Last but not least there’s HeadKrack (the black guy), who hails from the Bronx. A multi-talented media personality, he is currently a co-host on the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show and also co-hosts Dish Nation, a nationally syndicated talk show that airs daily on FOX.
Collectively these three manage to cover the full spectrum of what’s missing in hip hop. Most importantly, FUN!
The Bodega Brovas have toured all across the US and Europe, playing shows with some of the biggest names in the game. Their critically acclaimed debut mixtape, their upcoming EP and their highly anticipated LP (scheduled for a Fall release) feature collaborations with a who’s who in the world of underground hip hop.
From the moment they hit the stage, The Bodega Brovas bring the kind of energy and skill that instantly make crowds “Believe in Bodega”.
“Whatever that ‘it’ is people talk about when it comes to talent…Supa got ‘it’.. the world better get ready!!!”
— Khrysis (Jamla/The Away Team)
Hailing from Charlotte, NC (by way of Greenville), Supastition quickly began to solidify his name following the release of his debut album, 7 Years of Bad Luck, on Freshchest Records in 2002. Supastition received his first share of national recognition in 2004 when ?uestlove of The Roots and Okayplayer Records selected his collaboration, The Williams, with Foreign Exchange producer, Nicolay, to appear on the True Notes Vol. 1 compilation. Supastition’s track appeared alongside songs by the likes of The Roots, Jean Grae, Dilated Peoples, RJD2, and Madlib. Later that year, Supastition joined forces with Philadelphia-based Soulspazm Records to release his critically acclaimed, The Deadline EP and Chain Letters which opened the floodgates to national attention with praiseworthy ratings in XXL’s Chairman’s Choice, The Source’s Independent’s Day, XLR8R, Scratch Magazine, and numerous other publications. The legendary Rawkus Records re-released Chain Letters in 2006 after joining forces with Soulspazm Records. The power of The Deadline and Chain Letters utilizing international producers allowed Supastition to headline tours in 3 continents (US, Europe, Australia) and 12 countries within a 3-year span. After parting ways with Soulspazm Records, Supastition went on to independently release Leave of Absence EP, Self-Centered EP, and the full length Splitting Image under his government name of Kam Moye. After a 3 year hiatus from the music business, Supastition returned in late 2012 with the critically acclaimed “The Blackboard EP” and has a forthcoming album produced by Stoupe (formerly of Jedi Mind Tricks) in the works.
As one of the most consistent indie artists, Supa has graced songs with respected artists like KRS One, Little Brother, Royce da 5’9”, Elzhi (Slum Village), Stoupe (formerly of Jedi Mind Tricks), One Be Lo, Zion I, Bahamadia, Marco Polo, J-Live, Torae, Skyzoo, Tanya Morgan, and Cunninlynguists just to name a few. Following an impressive freestyle on the World Famous Wake Up Show, King Tech gave Supastition the stamp of approval to appear on the star studded ‘Wake Up Show Anthem 2010’ featuring The RZA, Ras Kass, Crooked I, Tech N9ne, B-Real of Cypress Hill, Tajai of Souls of Mischief, and DJ Revolution. He has worked with well-known indie producers such as 9 Jake One, !llmind, Symbolyc One, M-phazes, and Nicolay.
Hailing from the Dirty South’s Heart of Dixie, Birmingham, Alabama, The Ninjaz are the embodiment of style and substance set to varying sounds. Forming in 2010 during high school, 3 friends with similar tastes decided to form a musical group to express their passion for music, fashion, and art. They quickly gravitated toward a classic hip-hop sound with a modern twist developing what would take the city by storm as The Ninja-Nation Collective.
Pen Pals - Punch Line Poetry (prod. by Pumpkinfoot)
“Two emcees by the name of sLanguage and Fathom have set forth to create a 5-track EP promoting the worth in words.”
The Pen Pals are a hip-hop group from Tuscaloosa, AL comprised of two emcee-poets. With a borderline religious view of hip-hop, they aim to maintain a certain quality with their soulful approach to writing rhymes. The two emcees spent nearly two years getting familiar with each other’s styles in freestyle sessions before taking on the title “Pen Pals”. Fathom and sLanguage came together and blended many different inspirations. They started writing as a group in the summer of 2012 and quickly formed a distinct writing style that they like to call “punch-line poetry”, in which they take concepts of substantial and/or poetic nature, and deliver them in a way that will immediately be attention grabbing. This writing led to the release of their first project, a 5 song self titled EP, in November of 2012. Each track offered something different yet true to hip-hop, and that attracted a wide variety of listeners both locally and online. Soon after the EP’s release, the two started performing together, winning crowds over with an infectious energy and stage presence. Through this the Pen Pals have helped shape and revitalize true hip-hop music in the 205 area.
“Even those without a keen ear for musicality will recognize the talent on display in the Pyles’ beautiful mix of smooth voices, cello, and violin-with a little ukelele thrown in for fun.”
Since 2004 The Pyles has been a banner for Cullen Stewart’s traditionally influenced music and vivid storytelling. It has evolved slowly, over time involving numerous and varied musicians and styles before arriving at the dynamic and diverse group it is today.
The current lineup began to take shape while Cullen was living in Philadelphia. There he met ukelele player Jessica Rothstein who brought a vocal styling to the table that is at once engaging yet unconventional. Cullen returned home to the Shoals in 2011 where he met Kimi Samson (Doc Dailey and Magnolia Devil) whose mature and varied sound drifts effortlessly between classical violin work and folk fiddling. In short order, Danley Murner (Machinery of the Night) joined the group after teaching himself the cello. Last, but certainly not least is Robin Gillespie (While the Ship Sinks, Ursa Locomodus), the newest member of the band and drummer who keeps the train running on time.
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“A common complaint among those who follow new rock and pop is that there’s too much good music to take in. An intimate festival like Secret Stages confirms that’s so by emphasizing discovery rather than highlighting a dizzying cavalcade of established artists and newcomers rocketing toward the top. In a convivial atmosphere among eager, open-minded fans, Secret Stages illustrated that what’s bubbling beneath contemporary music’s densely populated surface is worthy of attention, too.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Secret Stages finds a way to blend every slice of Birmingham life. And doesn’t hesitate to remind you that uplifting something new still manages to honor the past.”
“If you want to find the unheard sounds of young, Southern musicians, the best place to do it these days is Birmingham’s annual Secret Stages Festival.”
—The Bitter Southerner
“In this age of instant gratification, the concept of a music festival where the main goal is for patrons to discover new bands – rather than see bands they already know and love – is risky to say the least. Yet here we are, in the fifth year of Secret Stages, and it’s going as strong as ever.”
“Secret Stages is already a far, far better music festival than anyone dreamed it might be.”
—Black & White
“…one of the biggest bangs for your buck you’re likely to find anywhere.”
"This festival is one of my favorite regional events. Most of these bands have yet to break out of their respective local scenes…It’s a great chance to wander around and discover a bunch of new music."
“Secret Stages succeeded in having more depth in regional and national indie acts than the recent Soundland (aka Next Big Nashville) and had the out-of-the-box feel that SXSW had 15-20 years ago.”
“Secret Stages is a testament to the vitality of the music landscape.”
“…one of the most exciting new music festivals in the Southeast”
“Despite the lack of marquee headliners, that are used to draw large audiences and boost attendance, Secret Stages continues to be a breath of fresh air in its commitment to local artists and their promotion. This ethic has proven to be effective as more and more people each year choose to attend Secret Stages.”
—The Blue Indian (Macon)
“It would have been anybody’s guess that Birmingham would host the best Indie Festival in the Southeast.”
—The Nashville Bridge
“With so many new or little-known acts coming to town, Secret Stages is shaping up to be Birmingham’s best event of the summer for discovering new music.”
“…At so many shows and festivals, the artists play their set and then get out. Not so with Secret Stages. I shook hands and spoke with nearly every act I saw. There’s a personal element to Secret Stages that I really haven’t seen anywhere else.”