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concert, hiphop, elektronica, #nightlife // sat 10.03
Balzaal // €18 / 15 (presale)
Group presale: €14 (if you buy 5 ore more tickets at once)
Organised by Kunstencentrum Vooruit & All Eyes On Hip Hop
With support of Red Bull Elektropedia
THE FRAME is a brand-new, one-day hip-hop festival organised by All Eyes On Hip Hop and Vooruit. On Saturday 10 March at Ghent’s Vooruit, discover the most exciting and adventurous hip hop of the moment and beyond.
This first edition already features the likes of American prodigy Open Mike Eagle, British grime sensation GAIKA and NYC enfant terrible Junglepussy. The line-up is completed by milo (rapsmith) (that’s right, no ‘w’), high priestess of hip hop Chynna Rogers, the Afrofuturist Moor Mother, Brussels-based collective STIKSTOF (Zwangere Guy’s crew) and Norwegian R&B phenomenon Ivan Ave. That’s it for now, but within the next couple of weeks we’ll be confirming the final few names.
In addition to the many concerts, during OUT THE FRAME you can also drop by Vooruit for films, a special drinks and food menu in the Vooruit Café and much more ... Discover the complete programme here. Or if you’re already sold: order your ticket here now. First come, first serve!
Open Mike Eagle
Ghetto superhero comic book flow
The L.A. Times touts him as “one of LA’s smartest young voices”. “In a league of his own with an easy, effortless flow”, proclaims leading music magazine Rolling Stone. He also made Pitchfork’s list of the 20 best hip-hop albums of 2017. American prodigy Open Mike Eagle has plenty of accolades to boast about, and boast he might: ‘Brick Body Kids Still Daydream’, released in September 2017, is a gem of a record.
On his fifth LP, the self-proclaimed ghetto superhero draws on his memories of growing up. Michael Eagle was raised in the Robert Taylor Homes, a gigantic social housing project in Chicago. A decade ago, the buildings were torn down one by one, and from the rubble this record would eventually rise. Open Mike Eagle tackles themes such as gentrification, dispossession and racism with his typical, dazzling comic-book flow. On ‘Brick Body Kids Still Daydream’ he brings the projects back to life, reimagining them like mythical pyramids populated by imaginary beings.
Stand-out tracks include ‘95 Radios’, a nostalgic trip down memory lane, ‘Brick Body Complex’, about the striking parallels between people and their homes, and ‘Legend of Iron Hood’, which stands strong alongside the best work of Thundercat and Anderson .Paak. Trust us: you don’t want to miss Open Mike Eagle. Exclusive Belgian show!
Electronic UK grime with a twist
If we had to try and sum up the work of London-based producer Gaika in just a few words: dark, experimental and catchy as hell. From his debut, the 2015 mixtape ‘Machine’, to the release of ‘Spaghetto’ on the renowned Warp Records, Gaika effortlessly weaves together Caribbean melodies, poltical statements and UK slang. You could call him the torchbearer for a new wave of black, British artists.
The Brixton-born-and-bred musician earned his stripes with Manchester rap crew Murkage. He recently collaborated with transgender hip-hop phenomenon Mykki Blanco. In his solo performances the young producer manages to combine performance art, electronic grime-with-a-twist, triphop, grunge, dancehall and a smattering of Prince. As you can imagine, this makes for a once-in-a-lifetime live experience.
Futuristic beats right from the heart of the London underground scene!
Pulling apart the patriarchy
Erykah Badu and Nicki Minaj count themselves among the fans of Shayna McHayle alias Junglepussy. From the beginnings of her personal YouTube channel she grew to become one of the most respected East-Coast rappers of the moment. The Jamaican-Trinidadian artist stands on equal footing with iconic predecessors such as Missy Elliot and Lil’ Kim, delivering an extra punch of humour and self-mockery. Think of the better work of her male counterparts Action Bronson and Ghostface Killah.
In her songs, Junglepussy tackles themes including sexuality, feminism and patriarchal structures. “This pussy don’t pop for you”, as she sums it up in ‘Pop For You’ from her breakthrough album ‘Pregnant with Success’. Junglepussy is also active in the QTPOC movement (queer and trans people of colour), see also: Le1f and Princess Nokia. Expect a set packed full of sexy hooks and tongue-in-cheek lines.
Working-class hip hop
Busy bee, this milo. Just five years ago he ditched his Philosophy textbooks to focus entirely on hip hop. The result was his rock-solid debut EP ‘Things That Happen At Day / Things That Happen At Night’ and collaborations with Anderson .Paak, Busdriver and Open Mike Eagle. With his latest LP ‘who told you to think??!!?!?!?!’ from 2017 he definitively claimed “his place within the lineage of underground hip-hop” according to Pitchfork.
Hip hop by and for the working class, that’s the concept for milo, one of the many aliases of Rory Ferreira. His punchlines are somewhere between Schopenhauer and toilet humour: anyone who can rhyme ‘rap messiah agitator’ with ‘chronic bathroom masturbator’ is onto something great, if you ask us. milo is one of the most interesting voices of this hip-hop generation, and is signed with the same record label – Hellfyre Club – as Open Mike Eagle.
Rap’s high priestess
Model for Ford, practising Buddhist and Britney Spears fan: Chynna Rogers is not what you would call the average hip-hop artist. Only after some encouragement from A$AP Yams (RIP), one of the core members of the rap collective A$AP Mob, did she head in the direction of a musical career. A good move, as her dark, raw vibes and open-hearted lyrics full of cultural references make her a unique artist.
On her debut EP ‘Ninety’ she looked back on her first ninety days sober after a severe opiate addition. In 2017 she followed this up with ‘Music 2 die 2’, experimental avant-garde hip hop conjured by a genuine hip-hop high priestess. One of the most authentic voices in rap today.
Streetwise Brussels collective
We don’t know what’s in the water in Brussels, but it must be something potent. The list of outstanding hip-hop acts from the capital is starting to grow astoundingly long. You can add Stikstof to the list, the combo headed up by Jazz, Omar-G (aka Zwangere Guy), Rosko and Astrofisiks.
This streetwise Brussels-based collective doles out razor-sharp social commentary, holding a magnifying glass over their lives and their generation. They dispense with the ‘grotesque gibber-gabber about champagne and guns’, favouring introspective rhymes, bone-dry beats instead, and they always raise the roof live. Just the thing for fans of Roméo Elvis, Caballero & JeanJass and Tyler, the Creator.
Death Grips meets Sun Ra
The hard punk attitude of Death Grips and the improvisatory spirit of Sun Ra: Moor Mother – the brainchild of multidisciplinary artist Camae Ayewa – is this and a lot more. Prepare for a journey you won’t forget any time soon, peppered with samples, field recordings, dark raps and analogue noise eruptions.
With ‘Fetish Bones’, a sci-fi concept album about slavery and racism, Moor Mother created one of the most highly acclaimed records of 2016. “Moor Mother might be the most radical - even the most useful - Afrofuturist artist to emerge for years”, noted British music magazine The Wire. We’d describe her music as unpredictable and confronting, always unforgettable and an overwhelming live experience.
Norwegian blend of R&B, hip hop & soul
Norway has a lot more to offer than oil and scenic cruises along the fjords. Take one of its more interesting exports, rap talent Ivan Ave, who makes irresistible R&B and in 2017 released the excellent ‘Every Eye’ on Jakarta Records. Consequence of Sound had this to say about the record: “an example of the magic that manifests when MCs balance showmanship with substance.”
Ivan Ave generously pumps out grooves that are not infrequently reminiscent of Nas’s ‘Illmatic’ and other nineties gold like The Fugees and Janet Jackson. In this way he’s drawing on similar influences as like-minded souls Kiefer, Kaytranada and Dâm-Funk. His personal lyrics bare his heart and soul. A unique blend of buoyant R&B, hip hop and seventies soul and funk!