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The Underground Upstairs ft. EllaMaeFlossie w/Marcel P. Black, Graphic Melee & Uncle Sam
Thu, Aug 22 @ 9:00 pm
Doors at 8pm | Show at 9pm | 21+
$5 Advanced | $7 Day of Show
EllaMaeFlossie (NYC) Ella Mae Flossie, the woman, is believed to be a direct descendant of Cato, leader of the Stono Rebellion. Around 1932, she moved to Harlem and opened a pool hall. An advocate of African American culture, she hosted regular events for artists of the Harlem Renaissance. After her establishment got burned down (supposedly by the police, whom she refused to bribe), she returned to South Carolina and passed away in 1968. While she touched many lives, she left very little written accounts or information about her private life- it’s almost like she didn’t exist; yet her legacy lives on.
EllaMaeFlossie, the album, is the rebirth of the South Carolinean/Harlem hero. The record is an understanding, a celebration of your home – your ancestry. It plants its foot in that location and examines the rest of the nation, giving its criticism of America’s mistreatment of African Americans. Natives, Women, poor people and other marginalized groups. And it realizes that the only way to heal these wounds is to reach – across cultures and back home – and hope that you stumble across the answer.
About Marcel P. Black
Marcel P. Black Baton Rouge veteran emcee Marcel P. Black has already received high praise from some of the most well respected names in Hip-Hop. Most recently Marcel was featured on “12 Baton Rouge Rappers You Should Know,” also highlighted on HipHopDX.com’s “Up Next By DX” feature.
A true grassroots, DIY, indie/underground emcee, Marcel balances being a leader in the Baton Rouge scene as he facilitates monthly and quarterly events in his local Hip-Hop community, and a pioneer/ambassador with a serious touring schedule that’s led him to stages in every region of the United States, including festivals such as A3C in Atlanta, Georgia, the 2X2 Fest in Columbus, Ohio, Secret Stages in Birmingham, Alabama, and Jackson Indie Music Week in Jackson, Mississippi just to name a few.
Marcel has shared stages with KRS-One, Common, Jay Electronica, Mobb Deep, Run The Jewelz, Kevin Gates, & Slum Village, as well as underground heavyweights like Supastition, Sean Price (R.I.P.), Clear Soul Forces, Blueprint, Locksmith, and MegaRan.
Marcel has always used his platform as an emcee to bring light to social justice issues, from organizing benefits for National World Aids Day, and raising money for the children of Alton Sterling, to speaking on panels and lecturing on the intersection between social justice and Hip-Hop in collegiate and high school classrooms. The husband/father/artist/activist/youth worker’s goal is to use Hip-Hop culture as a conduit to freedom.
About Graphic Melee
Graphic Melee heavy beats, dusty vinyl, and dirty synthesizers lay the foundation for dense vocal delivery from the masterful pen of a gifted lyricist. Virginia born, New England based emcee, DJ, and producer Graphic Melee crafts hip-hop pulling from a vast background of influences and genres.
About Uncle Sam
Uncle Sam Raised in a rock & roll household, he now lives in Boston where he makes raw hip-hop that explores the pursuit of the modern day American Dream, representing the new and unique challenges being faced by his generation.
About The Underground Upstairs
The Underground Upstairs is a monthly hip hop show featuring performances from local producers and artists from across the country.