Chantz in River Falls w/ The Tribe, Big Zach + Pseudo Slang

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Guante, See More + Chantz feature at 3rd Annual Fall Ball

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Guante, See More Perspective and Chantz will feature at the  Third Annual Fall Ball at the North Summit Academy, a sobriety high school in Maplewood, MN. The Fall Ball is a gathering of all the sober schools in the Twin Cities, and is attended by over 200 student.

Guante + Big Cats! w/ The Tribe (plus Chantz) at UW Stout

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Blue Devil Productions is proud to present Guante and Big Cats! with The Tribe. The artists are scheduled to perform at the University of Wisconsin-Stout on Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 8 p.m. in the Underground, located on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center.

Producer, musician, and visual artist Big Cats!, will be performing with Minneapolis emcee/slam poet Guante. Taking advantage of a multitude of instruments and sounds, producer Big Cats! blends his atmospheric hip hop perfectly over whomever he is collaborating with. Drawing upon influences such as RJD2, Prefuse 73, or even Dosh, Big Cats! beats and production tastefully weave through instrumental passages while creating memorable hooks. Guante features insightful, socially conscious lyrics, expanding upon themes of political unrest and personal turmoil. His smooth delivery is not demanding of your attention, but that doesn’t mean that his words should fall on deaf ears.

Minneapolis/Menomonie newcomers The Tribe, featuring members TruthBeTold and DJ Pete, are steadily gaining notoriety for their upbeat and intelligent hip hop. Relying heavily on the use of samples, DJ Pete’s production is a nod back to other eras of hip hop and rap. The equable style of TruthBeTold features lyrics that are both discerning and honest. Still performing off their March EP release, Supply and Demand, the group demonstrates a more polished and though-out effort that will certainly gain more attention in the local hip hop scene. The future of Twin Cities hip hop has worthy disciples in The Tribe.

This event is sponsored by Blue Devil Productions of the University of Wisconsin-Stout and is FREE to all. Go to bdp.uwstout.edu for more information.

New ‘Harry Potter’ Track

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HARRY POTTER (REMIX)
Guante & Big Cats! featuring Chantz

To Download Track Directly to Your Computer: LINK HERE

To Listen to Track and Download:

Harry Potter (Remix) by Guante + Big Cats! (featuring Chantz)

Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records presents a FREE download of the remixed/re-worked “Harry Potter,” a song that finds emcees Guante and Chantz using the book/film series as a metaphor for smashing down the walls of the literary/musical/artistic canon.  Over a brooding, propulsive Big Cats! beat, the two rappers touch on hip hop, culture and much more, all the while dropping punchlines that play off of the book’s many characters and ideas.  Fresh off their appearance at Soundset ’09, Guante & Big Cats! are dropping this song for free as an appetizer to their upcoming zombie-superhero-love-story, the concept album “An Unwelcome Guest.”

Above the Fold called Guante & Big Cats! the Twin Cities’ best up-and-coming MC and producer, respectively. Their first release as a duo, a seven-track EP was released through respected indie label Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records entitled “Start a Fire”. Guante is City Pages“Artists of the Year,” URB Magazine’s “Next 1000,” an Independent Music Awards nominee and a CMJ Spotlight Artist for 2009. Producer Big Cats!, fresh off of producing Sage Francis’ “Black Out on White Night,” as well as his own critically-acclaimed instrumental hip hop album “Sleep Tapes,” is in top form as well. His production is melancholy, multi-layered and cinematic; a definite stylistic departure from the standard TC hip hop sound. At only seventeen, rising emcee, Chantz, has shared the stage with such noted artists as MC Lyte, Naughty by Nature, I Self Devine, Brother Ali, One Be Lo, Invincible and more. He recently signed with Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records, and will be releasing his second album this Summer/Fall.

Big Cats! + See More + Chantz to join Guante for Soundset 09

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Guante will be performing at one of the biggest hip hop festivals of the year – Soundset 09. Performing with Guante during his set are collaborators Big Cats!, See More Perspective + Chantz. The festival takes place at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN. Gates open at 11:00am. The list of artists is a who’s who of indie hip hop, with a strong showing of Twin Town talent: Atmosphere, The Pharcyde, MF Doom, Brother Ali, Freeway & Jake One, Sage Francis with B. Dolan, Immortal Technique, P.O.S, El P with Mr. Dibbs & TMQ, Eyedea & Abilities, Abstract Rude + Aceyalone & Myka 9 = Haiku D’Etat with DJ Drez, Prince Paul, Buck 65, Blueprint with DJ Rare Groove, DJ Numark, Heiruspecs, Cunninlynguists, Blue Scholars, Sims of Doomtree, One Be Lo, I Self Devine, Awol One, Mike Mictlan & Lazerbeak = Hand Over Fist of Doomtree, Toki Wright, Grieves, Unknown Prophets, Lil Buddy Mclain, Just.Live, Kristoff Krane, El Guante, Plain Ole Bill, BK One, King Otto, and DJ Nikoless.

Pre-Sale tickets are sold out. VIP and After Party tickets are sold out. But General Admission tickets are still available here.

For more information about the festival, check out the Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/soundset

Free Download from ‘Start a Fire’ on Culturebully.com

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FROM CULTUREBULLY.COM: “Life ain’t short, it’s just a lot of people waste it.” This could simply be coincidental, but it’s fitting that the tracks on Guante and Big Cats!’s Start a Fire EP have been edited and cut down to their most basic, wasting nothing in the process. It’s not that Big Cats!’s beats are any less flowing or robust than normal, or that Guante’s lyrics are any less poignant—the EP simply takes the duo’s abilities and projects them at their most concentrated. One shining example of this is the remix to “One of These Mornings;” the track that the previously mentioned quote comes from. Despite coming in at nearly a minute shorter than the original, nothing feels lost between it and the remix. If anything, the flute-based beat of the remix adds a fresh complexity to the track that allows it freedom while shedding the excess.

Guante has offered up some commentary on the duo’s site for their upcoming full-length release, An Unwelcomed Guest, including these thoughts on the remixed “One of These Mornings”:

The success that the original version of this track had really caught me off guard. The Current picked it up and was playing it every day this past Fall, and everyone was telling me how it was their favorite song on “El Guante’s Haunted Studio Apartment.” I liked it a lot as a recorded track (Eugene, OR producer G-Force put together a beautiful beat), but wanted a more lively, uptempo version to play at shows. Big Cats! delivered. One note about the lyrics: I think a lot of people hear this as a “slice of life” song, a song about me walking around and talking to random people. The song is about DEATH. The sample in the original (and the hook in the remix), “one of these mornings, you’re going to rise up singing,” is referring to the fact that someday you’re going to die. It’s from Porgy and Bess, “Summertime.” Again, I like this song a lot, but the live version with our band is on another level.

In collaboration with Tru Ruts, Culture Bully is proud to present Guante & Big Cats!’s release show for the duo’s new Start a Fire EP. The duo will be joined by Chastity Brown, See More Perspective, the Tribe and Chantz. The show will be at the Nomad World Pub on the West Bank Saturday, May 9 @ 9:00 p.m. Entry is only $5.

Click here for the free download.

Chantz at The Depot w/ Facade + Fresh Squeeze + Cay-Riss

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