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The Underground Upstairs ft. Jake Palumbo w/Subtex & Kingdom
Thu, Mar 28 @ 8:00 pm
Doors at 7pm | Show at 8pm | 21+
About Jake Palumbo
Jake Palumbo is an independent hip-hop imprint who has currently released 36 titles independently since 2003 & operated a busy, full-service recording & production studio located in Midtown Manhattan since 2011.
A resident of Brooklyn, NYC for the last decade, Jake Palumbo began his pursuits of music in the unlikely location of Johnson City, TN. Feeling geographically detached from the hip-hop culture he fell in love with was at first an obstacle, but it allowed him to develop an honest, eclectic production style & humorous, unnerving rhyme persona all his own – “too abstract for the hood, too hood for the hipsters”, he jokes in one song.
Inspired by everyone from No Limit & Cash Money’s lucrative out-the-trunk efforts to the many New York based indie labels selling 12” singles out of 1⁄4 page ads in fanzines, & beginning with Palumbo’s debut Future Dead Rapper and a $1000 investment, Jake founded SpaceLAB Recordings out of necessity in December 2003 & fully embraced the DIY ethic: pressing albums, online & street promotions, & self-booking shows & tours. A valiant effort was made at the time, but as fate would have it, having quit your day job to pursue an underground rap career in Johnson City was an easy way to starve to death in 2006. Being 800 miles from the nearest “networking” hub of the music industry (at a time when the Internet was booming, but social media wasn’t quite born all the way yet) Palumbo eventually moved to New York City with around $75 to his name.
What followed was a decade of obstacles we’ll save for the movie, but elbow grease, sweat equity, making contacts one at a time, unemployment checks, landing a studio internship, parlaying that into management positions for 2 major NYC studios, performing live every opportunity he could, logging absurd amounts of studio hours with his revamped SpaceLAB crew, building relationships, taking risks, fighting discouragement, rarely sleeping, & trying to build one fan a day in person or online. 8 million stories & connected dots later, Jake Palumbo is now a buzzing producer, respected lyricist & one of the most in-demand recording & mix engineers in the city of New York, as SpaceLAB Recordings continues to survive, grow its audience & maintain a busy release schedule based on a loyal core fan base, a quality over quantity approach, & solid relationships within the industry.
He has received miscellaneous accolades like being ranked in the Top 100 Hip-Hop Artists in NYC by The Deli magazine, being featured in the pilot episode of CNBC’s The Profit, accepting the Independent Album Of The Year Award at the Underground Music Awards (for his work with Shabaam Sahdeeq’s highly-acclaimed Keepers Of The Lost Art LP) and popping up on a variety of year-end Top 10 lists across the web. With a dedicated underground following, & growing online exposure, success to Palumbo comes not from fame or traditional accolades but from being his own boss, creation, producing artists to be their best, satisfying his audience, having independence & creative freedom & being fulfilled by the experience – aka, having fun doing it. “I think because of my other skills & things I’m appreciated for, I’m not banking on just rapping alone to be able to make an impact in the music business, so it lifts a weight off my shoulders to some degree; I can make the records I want to make, that sound dope to me – stay in business with an audience that cares, & do it on my own terms. ” Palumbo told DJ Myster on EmbassyNYC Radio 88.7 FM recently.
Whether he ends up an obscure legend on a milk carton, or accidental household name, rest assured Jake Palumbo has and will continue to have quite an adventure along the way. Jake It Till You Make It, indeed.
Grey Sky Appeal’s self titled debut album was hailed as “the hardest and most outstanding Boston Rap releases in years.” (Boston Pheonix) In 2011, Grey Skies Taj Campman was crowned “Best Hip Hop Producer” at The Boston Music Awards. Recently transplanting their roots from Boston to Brooklyn, Grey Sky Appeal’s tireless work ethic matched with acclaim from fans and critics alike, has poised them as seasoned front runners in the new era of Rap. The Trio, comprised of MCs Subtex, Outwrite and producer Taj Campman, meld their affinity for golden era nostalgia with genre-defying breaks to create a sound that is wholly their own.
In 2010 Grey Sky Appeal released their first body of work, a self titled album that made its way into the Boston Hip-Hop scene with authority. GSA got their start during Allston Warehouse shows where their unique chemistry and energy attracted different audiences from Punk to Hip Hip. Quickly the newly formed group began making some real noise throughout New England, especially after dropping their second project, ‘Hunt and Gather’ in 2011. Soon after that they were invited to join the official SXSW roaster in Austin Texas. They have toured, recorded and worked closely with Major Artists such as Bronx native C-Rayz Walz and Qwel from the Chicago hip hop group Typical Cats. GSA has played such venues as Boston’s Middle East and Harper’s Ferry to New York City’s Knitting Factory, Webster Hall, and Tammany Hall.
The trio’s latest accomplishment was being awarded Boston’s Best Hip-Hop Act of 2012 by the Boston Phoenix. In the last year they have done continuous work with Converse Rubber Tracks and Adrian Grenier’s (Entourage) Wreck Room Studio, both located in Brooklyn New York. With great momentum behind them, GSA are prepped to release their third project ‘Occam’s Razor,’ this time along side Galapagos4 recording artist Qwel.
Kingdom, the hip hop civic collective hailing from the Seacoast of New Hampshire. Members include Joey Painter, TI – DOUB, P-Rawb, Patches, MCP, DJ Black Action with close affiliates Defrock and DJ Miles Maker. Kingdom has blended conscious hip-hop and community contribution seamlessly in their movement. Collecting food for NH Food Bank, performing for at-risk teens with The Chase Home, raising money and awareness for SOS Recovery and Community Partners. As well as dropping new solo and group albums, Kingdom has curated countless hip-hop shows with touring national and regional artists. If you love classic rap, you will love Kingdom.