MixTapeLive Episode II: Cali Factors

Yours truly is featured in the brand new MixTapeLive Episode II: Cali Factors video directed by the comrade XienHow. This project utilizes an interesting concept: 10 MC’s spit over 5 instrumentals blended by 1 DJ. It’s literally a mixtape by itself..

The MC’s are paired up for the respective beats and rap for 8 bars; the featured pairs are Zyme and Jack Tradez, XP from Rhyme Addicts and Ruby Ibarra, myself and Orukusaki, Telli Prego and DregsOne, and Babii Cris and XienHow. I personally really like the juxtaposition between Cris and Xien’s heights, and the Jada/ Style P-esque in-and-out flow that Telli and Dregs are able to pull off. Also, special shout out’s to Hip Hop Avenue TV for supporting the video.

2nd Floor Samurais Shogun Stories Album Release Party

The 2nd Floor Samurais are presenting the Shogun Stories Album Release Party on 02/10/17 @ 111 Minna in SF.

The event will feature an exclusive 2FS performance, a dance party segment and invite-only cypher held down by R.O.T.C.’s Gem Stone Band and DJ Kevvy Kev, live painting by Marcus Murray, and a pop-up shop by All Attractive. Confirmed cypher MC’s include Unlearn the World, Z-Man, Babii Cris, Watzreal, Denero, Slice IX, and more TBA. Please keep in mind that the event is from 8:00 to 1:00; it’s FREE before 10 and 5$ after.

Solo Show in Berkeley

I will be performing a solo set @Berkeley Community Media on 07/29/16. Solo shows for me are becoming rarer and rarer, because I’m putting  more and more effort into my crew 2FS… The show is going to be broadcasted globally on BCM and is being masterminded by Tefari Casas from Filmatic Productions. Tef is a multi-talented young gun coming up, and is a seasoned B-Boy and videographer. My comrades Breathless and Agatron are on the bill as well.. oh, and chicken, waffles, more chicken, and more waffles!

Berkeley Show

FREE Double Download 2nd Floor Samurais

My group, 2nd Floor Samurais, have posted two FREE exclusive tracks!! These are exclusive non-album tracks available for your enjoyment..

Foreign Faculty feat. Vago-

This one features our comrade Vago from Switzerland, and production was handled by Yakkle, repping Kobe Japan.

I’m especially proud of my verse on this one.. “Not an activist, No I’m a regular dude/ demanding our government invest in our schools/ a rapper slash teacher when I step in the booth/ my knowledge and experience are weapons I choose/ rep with the youth, while y’all glamorize narcotics/perpetrating fake shit, we don’t want no part of it/ songs played on iHeartMedia will target kids/ and have ’em popping hella pills like a pharmacist/ lacking the guidance, idolizing Young Thug/ will leave you beat down, have you bleeding by a dump truck/ rapping ’bout guns, then make sure your guns bust/ and even if you peaceful, the cop’s gun is untucked/ urging to kill, while we searching for a thrill/ life is worth more than our rap songs worthy of a deal/ yeah everything you see ain’t contingent on skill/ let me pack my shit, go to Switzerland and just chill”

Golden Age-

Production on this one was handled by Sticky Ricardo, who frequently serves as the 2FS live DJ as well..

“No famous cosigns or celebrity friends/ not a follower of stupid ass hipster trends/ don’t care ’bout the view by a million men/ ’cause I believe what we need are skills in the end/ but this rap game’s similar to Instagram models/ fine as hell, so everyone instantly follows/ then you realize their musical substance is zero/ and don’t reflect the lives of struggling people/ ugh, none of my chicks have been thick as Amber Rose/ even if I had the cash, I wouldn’t pamper hoes/ my fans know, they can keep all the fancy clothes/ I’d rather be the man that my friends and family knows/ we got our own lane, don’t gotta ride dick/ rather have a queen, than a whole lot of side chicks/ ain’t fifty deep but the guys that I ride with/ play a vital role in the life that my tribe lives”

2nd Annual Samurai Sunday

2nd Floor Samurais (Kensho Kuma x Orukusaki) will be teaming up with XienHow to bring you the 2nd annual “Samurai Sunday” on 05/29/16 @ Return of the Cypher. As stated numerous times before, ROTC has grown into the livest Hip Hop weekly in the SF Bay Area.. local Rap icons have become regular patrons in the past year and a half, and mainstream celebrities have begun to show their faces.. and we thank you. Come celebrate with 2FS on Memorial Day Weekend. We will be debuting a brand new set, and of course it’s FREE and no cress code as usual.

Samurai Sunday

 

Here is footage from the 1st “Samurai Sunday” shot by Tefari Casas.

2nd Floor Samurais NEW Site

My group 2nd Floor Samurais have a brand new site!! We have 4 album tracks, 3 FREE downloads, and 2 new videos!! Please also make sure to sign up for e-mail list to receive notification about our upcoming debut project and performances..

Kensho Kuma featured on MixtapeLive Episode II: Cali Factors

Yours truly is featured on Xienhow‘s “MixtapeLive Episode II: Cali Factors” off of the upcoming “No Retreat, No Surrender” mixtape. The track is an interesting new concept; 5 pairs of emcees spit 8 bars over 5 different beats, the DJ blends them, and there will be a music video to accompany it. It’s literally a mixtape in a single song.. The featured emcee pairs are Zyme and Jack Tradez, XP the Marxman and Ruby Ibarra, myself and Orukusaki, and Babii Cris and XienHow, with DJ Rebelion holding down the blends.

Xien

And since I only had 8 bars, I alternate languages every 2 bars to showoff the bilingual swordz.. “Animated murderer, similar to Deadpool/ ninja with an attitude, conditioned to behead fools/ 血まみれコンクリートが俺らの根っこ/人生を変えた紫のカセット/ (East Bay) edition of Asiatic poetry/ guided by righteous minded fighters who are close to me/ 国籍何でもポン人の誇り/今でもいる我らが生き残り”

 

2nd Floor Samurais return to the Chapel, SF

The 2nd Floor Samurais had an enormously successful show at the Chapel back in late-January; we are proud to announce that we will be returning on May 6th to the venue with genre-transcending band La Gente and the world famous J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science team. Tickets are speculated to sell out for this one, so get them early!

Chapel May

2FS Live @ Hip Hop for Change 3 Year Anniversary Party

03/31 Update: Venue Change!! This party is no longer at the Starlight Social Club, but at the Uptown Nightclub.

2nd Floor Samurais will be performing at Hip Hop for Change’s  3 year anniversary party on April 2nd, 2016 @ the Starlight Social Club in Oakland (645 West Grand, Oakland.)

2FS proudly serves on the board of directors for Hip Hop for Change, a non-profit dedicated to battling socioeconomic inequalities, police brutality in the urban community, and detrimental messages disseminated through corporate media outlets, through the implementations of educational outreach, grassroots canvassing, and local Hip Hop showcases.

HH4C director Khafre Jay is also an emcee of BPos and we have been planning a 2FS x BPos show for a while.. this is not to be missed..

HH4C

Japan Rap Night 02/21/16 @the Stork Club

2nd Floor Samurais are off to a very busy 2016.. Our 2nd official show of the year will be “Japan Rap Night” on 02/21 at the Stork Club in Oakland. Our longtime comrade Shing02 will be returning to the Bay after a prolonged absence, and he will be doing a Nujabes tribute set with Spinmaster A-1.

Jap Rap Night