If you enjoy rap battles in the likes of Grind Time, King of the Dot, etc, then make sure you check out the Connecticut Battle League!! The CBL's second event "Right to Brag 2" is going down this Saturday, May 28th at Humphrey's East in New Haven and features two FTI Records artists as Kryptik takes on J-Rich from NY and ILL goes against Kollision! The event also features many other dope battles as well as performances by Asylum Lifetime, BC Connect, Penalty Box, Wreck One, and Mr. Classy himself, Tony "Madness" of Grind time fame!
Okay, you should know by now how CT does it, and this weekend is no different. We've got 3 devastating events going down throughout the state on Friday & Saturday, so if you're looking for something to do, pay attention!!
First up, this Friday, April 1st, Fury and Leathal Wreckords are bringing Bizarre of D-12 right to our front door. (Well, at least down the street a bit.) Yes, you heard correct, Bizarre of D-12 will be performing at Bleachers in the beautiful city of Bristol, CT, home of FTI Records, the Grindhouse, Fury, Kryptik, 5:AM, DJ Cubed, & that place with all the huge satellite dishes, ESPN or something like that. Plus, the show is for a great cause. It's a benefit concert put on by Fury's label to raise money for the Mathew Walton Fund, a young Bristol man who recently lost his life. The show is $15 at the door and all proceeds will go directly to the Mathew Walton Fund, so please come out and donate, plus you'll get to see a land mark concert and witness history made for the city of Bristol. Doors are at 9:30pm, 21+. Performances by Bizarre, Fury, Disaria, Jack Beazly, & Lewn.
Next, on Saturday April 2nd, the FTI Records "Mosh Pit Hip Hop" band known as DV8 will be performing in Naugatuck, CT for the first time, a place that both Kryptik & DJ Cubed have once called home. This is not just any show, the band was asked to perform at Construction Cafe during a pig roast which will have live music being played from 4pm-9pm. Food, beer, and music, the greatest combination ever invented. DV8 will be performing an hour long set while indulging in glutenous behavior via mass amounts of swine and beer. These boys are going HAM, literally. Come out and join 'em! Two other bands will be going on before DV8 including EoE, a rock band consisting of DV8 members Havy & Just Jimmy, as well as a cover band starring the one and only Codeman of Midi & Code fame.
But that's not the end of Saturday for FTI Records. Nope, with a belly full of pig and a nice beer buzz, as soon as DV8 leaves the stage we're heading to Dewey's Pub in Seymour for the Full Blast Mixtape Release Party. 5:AM will be blowing the roof off Dewey's as usual, along with Duece Bug & Chuck Nickels, White Cheddar, MC Johnny Wae, BC Connect, & DJ Mo Niklz on the wheels of steel. Oh, did we mention this is a FREE show? Well we just did. And don't forget to grab your copy of the new Full Blast Mixtape while you're there which drops that night!! 8pm doors, 21+ with ID. We'll also be celebrating 5:AM's birthday all night long so when you see that man buy him a drink!!
Live from Connie's Sports Bar. . . IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!! That's right, this weekend FTI Records brings you the second in a series of dirt-cheap shows at local bars & venues around CT. We've got another all-star cast for this season, featuring performances by 5:AM, Raiza Rapz, ILL, Meta Musick, Ladi R.O.C.K, Product of Nature, & Apollo/Shane. Looking for a cheap night out? Live in CT? Are you a fan of hip hop? Wanna support your local scene? Come to Connie's in Derby, only $5 cover, plus we've got $2 drafts & $3 shot specials all night long!!Click the event page for full details:
The Vans Warped Tour has always been about versatility in music, and showcasing that versatility on their stages toward a vast audience of diverse musical taste. If there ever was a band that belonged on stage in front of this audience, it's CT's own "DV8," and YOU can play a part in making that happen!!
Just head over to http://www.battleofthebands.com/u/FTIrecords and cast your vote. You can check out some songs while you're there if you are unfamiliar with the band, as well as visit links to their other social networks. You'll have to register to vote and confirm your registration in an e-mail first, but it helps weed out the cheaters.
YOU CAN VOTE ONCE A DAY, EVERY DAY!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN SUPPORTING INDEPENDENT MUSIC!!
With putting the finishing touches on their up coming 8 song "demo" EP dropping very soon, FTI Records' own DV8 have decided to finally release a track on the internet. Since the beginning DV8 has decided to do exactly the opposite of what you're supposed to do these days as a musician regarding the internet, by avoiding it as much as possible. They believed in making a name for themselves the way bands used to do, by physically going out and passing out music, performing shows all over, and face to face promotion. Well after over 2 years of this and hundreds of requests, they've decided it's time to give the people what they want. So now, for the first time ever, you can finally listen to a DV8 song on the internet instead of waiting till the next concert to hear it, or hoping BigBar Radio plays it on their next show, or trying to get that burnt CD to work that's all scratched to shit from overplay. Without further adieu we give to you, the first official "internet" released track by DV8:
If you missed the Saturday Night Grind: Season One show that FTI Records put on this past weekend at Dewey's Pub, we got you! Luckily our friends at BigBar Radio streamed the whole thing live, and the footage is available right here for your viewing pleasure!! Make sure to check out BigBar Radio for all of your CT based music, ALL THE TIME!!