The QN5 MEGASHOW is an annual destination event thrown exclusively by NYC’s independent hip hop label, QN5 Music, for their fans. It is the only time the entire label’s roster (Tonedeff, CunninLynguists, PackFM, Substantial, Mr. SOS & Kokayi) converges on the same stage on the same night.
QN5 fans (ie. Blue Schoolers) from all over the world make their pilgrimage to this event to celebrate all things baby blue and see one of the most energetic and entertaining shows in Hip Hop. This event has torn down legendary spots such as CBGBs, BB Kings, The Roxy (LA) and now makes its second visit to NYC’s Highline Ballroom. As usual, there will be no photography or videotaping of this event permitted, so you’ll just have to be there to see for yourself.
DCWeek aka Digitally Creative & Socially Innovative is coming November 4th to November 11th.DCWEEK is a week long festival in the US capital focused on bringing together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and social innovators of all kinds. Sounds fresh eh.
The DCWEEK opening party will take place at the 9:30 Club from 10:30PM to 3AM on 11/4. They are selecting the bands and DJ’s for the night based on the top ones voted on at the link above. Kokayi has 16 votes so far. Yikes! You know what to do. Voting ends on 10/24.
This 4th edition of Maaan Listen invites you to explore the beats and riddims of the musical diaspora. Respectable soundsmiths cobbling together head nod ish. Discover some new, re-aquaint with some familiar names. but by all means listen. Share this list as oft as you can.
So for this 3rd edition, I had to pay my respects to my city. DC. This is the place that formed my love for all things music, taught me to respect live instrumentation and helped me to understand key terms like “the pocket” whilst educating me on what it means to “crank”. I hope you find similar inspiration. follow me @kokayi or @koklarock RT the link and subscribe to the playlists only if you dig em. Easy.