Return of the Cypher

If you know me from real life, you already know that I am one of the directors for the weekly Return of the Cypher party @the Boom Boom Room in the historic Fillmore district in San Francisco. I am proud to report that our event recently celebrated our 5 year anniversary!!

R.O.T.C. is an open-mic cypher accompanied by our in-house Get Down Band and legendary DJ Kevvy Kev. All emcees and vocalists are welcome to rock with us.. as long as they read the rules, acquire a wristband, and of course adhere to the guidelines stated in the rules. It is the most accurate representation of Hip Hop culture in the SF Bay Area.. and if you were raised by this culture, you will surely agree. Many of our patrons consider R.O.T.C. to be their temple/ mosques/ church , and religiously attend. Iconic legends that are in your iTunes right now regularly are in attendance. Large Professor, MC Akil of Jurassic 5, RZA, Killah Priest, Rappin’ 4-Tay, and Lyrics Born, have all stopped by and/or performed at R.O.T.C.!!

Our event features a special performer doing a set every week. We have had touring acts from every imaginable region of the U.S., as well as international artists that ventured from Japan, Mongolia, Bali, Vietnam, U.K., and Sweden. We also feature the monthly M.V.P (Most Valuable Poet) contest, where competitors go after the coveted R.O.T.C. dog tags, a beatsmith live production set known as the Boom Boom Bap Session, and guest hosts with varying flavors.

If you are a newbie emcee still mastering elementary skills, there doesn’t exist an environment more supportive than R.O.T.C. If you are a mid-tier flame spitter or veteran, our platform is the perfect place to try out new material, keep your bars sharp, and be reminded why you love rapping in the first place. If you are a veteran, please help us carry on tradition!! The essence of rap camaraderie is extremely powerful in our community; cats routinely cypher outside the venue after the party has ended.

 

Methadone (Hip Hop Against Drug Abuse)

If you know me from real life, you know that I am a product of sobriety/recovery.. Although I was able to celebrate 8 years of continuous sobriety this past August, I remain extremely concerned about the normalization, satirization, and promotion of AUD/alcoholism, substance abuse, mental disorders, and dual diagnoses, prevalent in our culture. I have known certain artists for over a decade whom I have never seen sober. There are numerous men huddled by a bathroom stall sniffing lines at any given venue. Young people are conditioned to sing lyrics about pills and codeine without even knowing it. I am that one MC who’s gonna tell you that this is NOT cool.

This one is dedicated to anyone who has suffered from alcoholism, addiction, and/or dual diagnosis.. you are welcome to holler at me anytime..

Methadone (Hip Hop Against Drug Abuse)
Produced by: Necro
Mixed by: D-Wiz
Cover by: Señor Gigio

R.O.T.C. Wednesday Weekly

Return of the Cypher is teaming up with the Legionnaire Saloon in Oakland to bring you the East Bay’s rawest Hip Hop weekly. Every Wednesday, starting 02/06/2019, we will be facilitating the top-tier, organic MC cyphers our brand has become synonymous with. Myself and R.O.T.C. Director Unlearn the World will serve as host MC’s and DJ Kevvy Kev will be on the decks. We plan to regularly schedule guest artists to make appearances in the near future.. if you’re interested, please write hiphoprotc@gmail.com and send your pertinent EPK, links, and videos.

Hip Hop 4 Change 5 Year Anniversary

As you hopefully know by now, Hip Hop for Change is a non-profit which combats socioeconomic inequalities and societal prejudices through the implementations of educational outreach with Hip Hop-based curriculum, grassroots canvassing, and local music showcases. I am extremely proud of Khafre Jay, the entire HH4C staff, and the educators, for reaching their 5 Year Anniversary. Yours truly has had the privilege of serving on the board of directors for the past several years, and it’s always been humbling to have my name associated with the organization. On 05/04/2018, HH4C will be celebrating its anniversary at Elbo Room in Oakland.. yours truly will be rocking alongside comrades Khafre Jay, Unlearn the World (who is HH4C’s education director, and it makes sense because he’s smart as hell), Watzreal, and Breathless. Bay Area OG turntablist Ren the Vinyl Archeologist will be the DJ for the evening.  Get your tickets here.

Kensho Kuma x R.O.T.C.@Broke Buddha Day Party

My Return of the Cypher squadron was invited to perform at the Broke Buddha Day Party 10:30 AM- 7:00PM on 04/28/18! Please come down to Score! Bar and Lounge in San Francisco!! This event celebrates a diverse array of soundscapes, playing everything from Hip Hop, Tribal Beats, Latin House, and all sorts of other eclectic tunes. Broke Buddha also features 3-D light reactive tapestries, live painters, and local designers… and TACOS!! Myself, Jane the Message, and the Road Warriors, will be performing sets throughout the day, and of course cyphers are open to our R.O.T.C. troopers. Shout outs to our comrade MC Awokeone for inviting R.O.T.C and to Jane the Message for producing the flier last minute!!

R.O.T.C. x Strictly Business

As you hopefully know, Return of the Cypher has become San Francisco’s premier Hip Hop weekly.. I proudly serve as a R.O.T.C. Director and I am extremely excited that our event is about to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. R.O.T.C. is your rightful home in the SF Bay Area, if you were raised by Hip Hop culture. Welcome home. We continue to operate as a FREE weekly. Come visit us Sunday nights starting at 9:00 at the Boom Boom Room in the historic Fillmore district of San Francisco.

Oakland Legionnaire‘s weekly Strictly Business party will be joining forces with R.O.T.C. on a monthly basis starting on 03/14/18. Every second Wednesday from midnight to 1:00AM will feature a R.O.T.C. cypher overseen by R.O.T.C. Director Unlearn the World. Shout outs to Foreign Legion and DJ Saurus!

Solo Shogun Stories Tour- France Performance Trailer

I was given the wonderful opportunity to embark on a solo tour throughout France in September ’17, to promote the 2nd Floor Samurais’ Shogun Stories Album. The tour also included stops in Brussels, Belgium, and Leipzig, Germany, where I was honored to hold down the opening slot for longtime friend Akua Naru. Below is a clip featuring performance highlights put together by Donovan Jugarap @Hapa Films. The footage itself was shot on site by Architeknic, King Siroko, Kevin Bantsimba x Kody Baby Ghost of Smileyz Crew, K-Turix of Cultur’a’ Vibes, and Patricia Sanchez. Thank you for making this experience possible.

Special Shout outs to Arckiteknic who masterminded the entire venture.

Fliers for Individual Tour Dates

2017 Shogun Stories Asia Tour: Fliers for Individual Shows

07/28/17- 08/04/17 Osaka, Japan

07/28/17 @Club Zeela, Umeda

07/29/17 @Brand New, 西九条

07/29/17 @”Skill Bank,” Duke Bar 高槻

07/30/17 @戦国大統領、縁橋

08/05/17 @Club Clime in Second Life

 

08/05/17-08/16/17 Yokohama/ Tokyo, Japan

08/05/17 @El Puente, Yokohama

08/12/17 Wild Side, 新宿

08/12/17 Family, 渋谷

08/15/17 Tetoka, 神田

 

08/16/17 – 08/30/17 Vietnam w/DJ Cloud NI9E, Hanoi shows with Jovian

08/18/17, Hanoi Rock City, Hanoi

08/19/17 , Chez Xuan, Hanoi

08/19/17 (Midnight- Early), Bird Cage, Hanoi

08/24/17 Waterfront, Da Nang

08/25/17 May Cay, Ho Chi Minh

08/29/17 May Cay, Ho Chi Minh

08/31/17 – 09/17/17  Thailand

09/01/17 Jam Cafe, Bangkok

09/02/17 the Overstay, Bangkok

09/08/17 Live Lounge BKK, Bangkok

09/09/17 Goja, Bangkok

2nd Floor Samurais Shogun Stories 2017 Asia Tour

07/28-08/04 Osaka, Japan
-07/28- Zeela, 梅田 w/DJ Shin
-07/29- Brand New, 西九条
-07/29- “Skill Bank”@Duke Bar, 高槻 w/Yakoo x DJ Godz
-07/30- 戦国大統領、縁橋
-08/04- TBA, w/DJ Shin
 
08/05- 08/17 Tokyo, Japan
-08/05- El Puente, 横浜
-08/07- Chelsea Hotel, 渋谷
-08/10- Soul Food House, 麻布十番
-08/12-Wild Side, 新宿
-08/12- Family, 渋谷
-08/12- “Breakdown”@Coins Bar, 渋谷
 
08/18- 09/01 Vietnam (Vietnam dates w/ DJ Cloud NI9E)
-08/18- Hanoi Rock City, Hanoi w/Jovian
-08/19- Chez Xuan, Hanoi w/Jovian
-08/20 (12-5AM)- Birdcage, Hanoi w/Jovian
-08/24- Waterfront, Da Nang
-08/25- May Cay, Ho Chi Minh w/New Fame
-08/26- Indika, Ho Chi Minh w/New Fame
-08/29- “Freestyle” @May Cay, Ho Chi Minh w/New Fame
 
09/01- 09/18 Thailand
-08/31- J-Channel Radio w/ DJ Mimi, Bangkok
-09/01- Jam Cafe, Bangkok
-09/02- Overstay, Bangkok
-09/08- Live Lounge BKK, Bangkok w/Mek Piisua, DJ Rory Breaker- Morant, Protozoa
-09/10- Black Pagoda, Bangkok w/DJ Nomad
-09/15- ”Superfly”@the Beatlounge, Bangkok w/DJ Rory Breaker-Morant

 

 

 

 


For all booking inquiries, please contact Kensho Nishimura at 2FSbookings@gmail.com