CRL CRRLL recaps his SXSW & The 2014 SX Solution Showcase is a big part of it…Check it out!!!

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Forever overachieving, super promising Denver singer/songwriter/producer CRL CRRLL just posted a great recap of his 2014 SXSW experiences and a lot of it focuses on his time and performance at The 2014 SX Solution Showcase/Austin Goodness w/DJ Low Key & friends, as well as footage of Exile, Tef Poe, Black Spade, YC The Cynic, Tanya Morgan & more. Take a couple of minutes to check it out and stay tuned for a full recap of last month’s SXSW events, coming real soon!

P.S. Be on the lookout for CRL CRRLL’s new jam “Cheers” from The Solution Tape #2, coming this Summer!!!

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Flashback: Great pics from #TheSolution7 & lots more by Solution photographer Armando Geneyro aka Knower Of The Ledge!!!

(Above photo of DJ Low Key, Lazy Eyez & Sounds Supreme by Kenneth Hamblin III for Westword, check out their full gallery HERE /// All photos below by Solution photographer Armando Geneyro aka Knower Of The Ledge)

Last month’s 7 events for The Solution’s seven year anniversary were ridiculously fun and we’ve got to give all the credit to you Denver! You beautiful (for the most part…LOL) people came out to all seven events in record numbers, rocking excellent taste in music with enthusiasm, great energy and lots of smiles and it was AMAZING!!! Check out the pics below for a taste of the month’s events and check out lots more pictures on our Facebook page, our Instagram feed and in these two Westword galleries (one from our 7 Year Anniversary party & one from The 2014 Solution Beat Battle).

P.S. If you see a friend on our Facebook page or Instagram feed who hasn’t been tagged, please tag them and let them know to check their out pic!

Stay tuned to our social media pages and this site for more pics from the party every week, courtesy of Solution photographer Knower Of The Ledge aka Armando Geneyro!!!

#TheSolution7

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Monday, March 31st, 2014 #TheSolution7, Events, Flashbacks, Press, Updates No Comments

The Solution & Rane present The 2014 Denver Regional DMC DJ Battle at Casselman’s w/DJ Chris Karns, Guilty Simpson, a Soul City Studios showcase & lots more!!!

SATURDAY, 3/29 -> Rane in association with Casselman’s, DJ Lazy Eyez & The Solution present The 2014 DMC DENVER Regional DJ Battle featuring special guests DMC World Champion DJ Chris Karns, Guilty Simpson and a Soul City Studios showcase. Partyrockers: DJs CurlyOne and Low Key. Hosts: DJ Lazy Eyez, Mane Rok and Panama Soweto. Doors at 7pm. Show 8pm-2am @ Casselmans 2620 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205. ph: 720-242-8923. All Ages/21+. $10 adv. at www.casselmans.com. $12 day of. Judges include Chris Karns, DJ Chonz, Fast Forward and more tba! *No Filming is permitted. For more info on DMC DJ Battles, please visit www.dmcdjchamps.com and https://www.facebook.com/groups/dmcusa

FORMAT
This is DMC’s classic solo showcase style DJ battle: DJs will each perform a 2 min. routine for the elimination round. Judges will select the top 6 to advance to the final round. The top 6 will each perform a 6 min. routine. The champion of this battle will advance to the 2014 DMC US Finals (date and location tba)

EQUIPMENT
For the 2014 DMC Regionals, we will use Rane Sixty Two mixers – but a Rane Sixty One mixer or Rane TTM 57 will be available upon request. Rane mixers will be supplied by DMC. DJs must bring their own headphones, slipmats, needles, records, laptops, cords, control vinyl and/or laptop stands etc. Promoter/sound will supply Technics turntables.

DJS MUST REGISTER TO BATTLE by answering EACH of the following questions and send them to DMC USA’s Christie Z-Pabon at usa@dmcworld.com – no later than March 28th, 2014 – but it’s best to register early so you can get the info you need to know!

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 Events, Guests No Comments

Saturday, 3/15 from 4pm to midnight -> The SX Solution Showcase w/Exile, Dag Savage, Tanya Morgan, Tree, Tef Poe, Black Spade, YC The Cynic, Boonie Mayfield & lots more at La Barbecue!!!

SATURDAY, 3/15 from 4pm to midnight -> It’s that time of year again, things are warming up, it’s feeling like spring break and we’re beyond excited to announce this year’s SX Solution Showcase at La Barbecue (recently named the #13 new restaurant in the entire country by GQ Magazine, and it was pretty much the only one that wasn’t over the top fancy)!!! We’ve teamed up with one of our favorite music blogs/sites, Potholes In My Blog, our good friends at Akomplice Clothing and the one and only Leann Mueller Photography to build on last year’s unforgettable SX704 Solution Showcase and feature even more amazing talent from all over the country. And oh yeah, free beer all day with no cover, RSVPs or wristbands necessary to get in. So with no further delay, take a look at the ridiculous lineup for the party:

Exile + Dag Savage featuring Choosey (Dirty Science / Los Angeles)

Tanya Morgan (New York)

Tree (Chicago)

Tef Poe (St. Louis)

YC The Cynic (New York)

Boonie Mayfield & Audiopium (Colorado)

Yonas Michael (Los Angeles)

Black Spade (St Louis)

Weekend Money (New York)

Theophilus Martins (Los Angeles)

CRL CRRLL (Denver)

Spec Boogie (New York)

Family Affair (St. Louis)

Catch Lungs (Denver)

Nick Menn (St. Louis)

JUST ADDED:

Ken Rebel (New York)
CharlieRED (New York)
Turner Jackson (Denver)
Slangston Hughes (New Orleans)
Bodega Brovaz (Dallas)

+ more TBA

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While Austin’s known for BBQ and there are many exceptional establishments in town, La Barbecue has a more renowned pedigree and pitboss than almost any spot in Texas (the yelp reviews explain things well here) and is generally considered to run neck and neck with Franklin’s (the one from the current Mastercard commercial with Chef Nobu) for the #1 spot in the Austin/regional BBQ hierarchy. Here’s a little more about La Barbecue:

“After one bite, I was convinced this is the best brisket in existence.” – AustinFoodstyle.com.

“His name may not (yet) carry the same level of recognition as Aaron Franklin or John Mueller, but make no mistake, John Lewis makes some of the best barbecue not just in Austin but in the state of Texas. From his massive handcrafted smoker on South First Street, Lewis produces tender, subtly smoky brisket with a bark that doesn’t get carried away with its bite. And his pulled pork has no peer in town.” - Austin360.com

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P.S. If you came out to last year’s event, please note that La Barbecue has moved locations & they’re now much more conveniently located on 1200 E 6th St, right around the corner from the Fader Fort.

Fader Fort to La Barbecue

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 Events, Guests 2 Comments

Friday, 3/7 -> The Solution w/Lazy Eyez & special guest Sounds Supreme celebrates the birthdays of Denver favorites Qknox (Bigwheel/Girlgrabbers) & Spenser B (Spirit Of Hip Hop) at the Meadowlark!!!

FRIDAY, 3/7 -> We’re welcoming Solution co-founder and Denver favorite Sounds Supreme back for a guest set with Lazy Eyez (DJ Low Key’s on the road w/Tanya Morgan this week) to celebrate the birthday’s of two Colorado hip hop mainstays, Spirit Of Hip Hop co-organizer Spenser B & musician extraordinaire Qknox (of Girlgrabbers & Bigwheel fame) the Meadowlark. Solution photogapher Knower Of The Ledge will be in the spot and after all of last month’s craziness for #TheSolution7, the fun should only continue on at “Denver’s best hip hop party” (c) Dear Denver, come see why!  2701 Larimer St / 9pm / 21+ / No cover until 11, only $5 after.  More info on the party on Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr/Instagram.

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 Events No Comments

Wednesday, 2/26 -> The 2014 Solution Beat Battle Contestants! Catch all 12 plus a ridiculous amount of talent showcasing at The 2014 Solution Beat Battle at Beauty Bar Denver!!!

WEDNESDAY, 2/26 -> This year’s Solution Beat Battle had more entries than the previous two and it was tougher than ever for us to narrow it down to a dozen entries (hence the half a day delay in posting the contestants, sorry to keep y’all waiting). We got a ton of top notch beat submissions and appreciate everyone who entered; some were really dope just a little too relaxed for a battle, some showed a lot of potential but needed a little refinement and someone had to be the tough 13th person who was super close to making it, so if you submitted and didn’t get in, definitely don’t think it was because your beats were wack. Big up everyone who entered, everyone who’s competing and best of luck to all of you tomorrow and in the future!!!

AG Flux

Al Kelly

Broken

Cliff Cage

Diles

DJ Matt Cassidy

DJ Paradox

DMD

Infamous Jones

Mikey Fresh

Rhyme Progression

Skizzaz Skullface

P.S. Don’t forget about The Solution Beat Workshop

WEDNESDAY, 2/26 from 5-7pm -> We’re excited to holding our first Solution Beat Workshop, featuring Chicago producer/MC extraordinaire Brandun Deshay (production credits include Chance The Rapper, Danny Brown, Casey Veggies, Curren$y, Dom Kennedy, Tanya Morgan & lots more), Denver favorite Big J. Beats and 2013 Solution Beat Battle winner DJ Spyda T.E.K. talking production techniques, creative processes, equipment and software, the business side of beatmaking, answering questions from the crowd and more before the battle gets going.  The focus will be intermediate and advanced techniques, but all ability levels are welcome.  The workshop is free with a $10 ticket to The Solution Beat Battle.

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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 #TheSolution7, Events, Guests No Comments

Friday, 2/28 -> The Solution Beat Swap & Fashion Show w/an Akomplice Sample Sale, Judith & Joe, Family Affair, Karma Leigh, Xencs L. Wing, choice records from 10 top Denver Diggers, Moontower Tacos, guest host Brandun Deshay, DJ Low Key, Lazy Eyez & more at the Meadowlark!!!

FRIDAY, 2/28 at 7pm -> UPDATE: Acclaimed Chicago producer/MC Brandun Deshay (collabs w/Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Rockie Fresh, Danny Brown, Mac Miller & more!) is gonna guest host and rock a few songs at the party!!!

We’re excited to be wrapping up a ridiculously fun month of events for #TheSolution7 in grand fashion (no pun intended…LOL) with a the first ever Solution Beat Swap & Fashion Show!!! We’ll be combining music and fashion with styles by Akomplice Clothing, Family Affair, Karma Leigh & Xencs L. Wing, records by ten top Denver diggers and both gear and vinyl from the lovely ladies at Judith & Joe Fashion & Records mobile boutique. We teamed up with the crew at Akomplice for sample sale back in December, which was a hit despite sub-zero temperatures all night, so we decided to bring back the sample sale for round 2; with a great selection of one of a kind items, rarities and more great Akomplice gear on sale at deeply discounted prices (tip: come early at 7pm for the choicest record & gear selections).

Combining music and fashion is just the start though, Moontower Tacos will be back at the Meadowlark too, bringing their uniquely delicious Austin-style tacos to the party. Solution residents DJ Low Key & Lazy Eyez will be on the turntables, Knower Of The Ledge will be catching the fun on film and the night’s gonna be so much that we’re gonna start early at 7pm. Should be a perfect way to cap off a fantastic month of events to celebrate our 7 years of bringing Denver the best in hip hop & lots more, hopefully we’ll see you there!!! 2701 Larimer St / 21+ / No cover until 11, only $5 after.  More info on the party on Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr/Instagram.

#TheSolution7

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Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 #TheSolution7, Events No Comments

Great Winter Goodness/The Solution’s 8th Annual J Dilla Celebration recap by Black Sock Productions…

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Very dope video recap of last Sunday’s Winter Goodness w/DJ Low Key & friends/The Solution w/DJ Low Key & Lazy Eyez’s 8th Annual J Dilla Celebration on The Meadowlark’s patio by Black Sock Productions ltd..

The weather was better than we could have ever hoped for, the crowd was filled with a ton of regulars from the Summer and smiling faces, Moontower Tacos blessed us with great food, Judith & Joe brought the records & gear, and most importantly, me, DJ SpydaTek & DJ Lazy Eyez had an opportunity to play Dilla for 8+ hours; it was about as good as a Sunday gets.

Goodness returns (in grand fashion) on May 4th…Until then, catch The Solution w/DJ Low Key & Lazy Eyez every Friday night at the Meadowlark!!!

#TheSolution7

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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 #TheSolution7, Events No Comments

Wednesday, 2/26 from 5-7pm -> The Solution Beat Workshop w/Brandun Deshay, DJ Syda T.E.K. & Big J. Beats at Beauty Bar Denver! Free with a ticket to The 2014 Solution Beat Battle!!!

WEDNESDAY, 2/26 from 5-7pm -> We’re excited to holding our first Solution Beat Workshop, featuring Chicago producer/MC extraordinaire Brandun Deshay (production credits include Chance The Rapper, Danny Brown, Casey Veggies, Curren$y, Dom Kennedy, Tanya Morgan & lots more), Denver favorite Big J. Beats and 2013 Solution Beat Battle winner DJ Spyda T.E.K. talking production techniques, creative processes, equipment and software, the business side of beatmaking, answering questions from the crowd and more before the battle gets going.  The focus will be intermediate and advanced techniques, but all ability levels are welcome.  The workshop is free with a $10 ticket to The Solution Beat Battle.

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Friday, February 21st, 2014 #TheSolution7, Events, Guests No Comments

Wednesday, 2/26 -> The 2014 Solution Beat Battle w/special guests Brandun Deshay (Chicago), Fast Forw4rd, DJ Spyda T.E.K., Big J. Beats, DJ Low Key, Lazy Eyez & more at Beauty Bar! Catch a dozen of Denver’s top producers battling for the title & prizes!!!

WEDNESDAY, 2/26 -> UPDATE: We just added renowned Chicago producer/DJ Maker (of Qwel & Maker fame) to the bill! Still only $10.

Ahhh, February. You noticed right, that is the sound of fresh, new battle-ready beats you’ve been hearing out of basements and studios around the city as producers, beatmakers and instrumentalists get ready for The 2014 Solution Beat Battle at Beauty Bar Denver (608 E. 13th St)!!! Last year’s battle was a blast, with DJ Spyda T.E.K. edging out Cliff Cage and ten other ridiculously talented producers (recap here via HipHopRollCall.com) to take the 2013 title. This year a dozen producers will be battling for the crown, plus a ridiculous prize package featuring:

-$250 in Akomplice gear

-A $100 Zengo gift card

-$100 in gear from Family Affair

-An interview with internationally acclaimed site, PotholesInMyBlog.com

-A photo shoot with official Solution photographer Knower Of The Ledge

-A paid guest feature at an upcoming Solution Showcase & more TBA

The competition is always thick and the camaraderie is always off the charts, so head down early and catch Denver beat-making community shining on one of our favorite nights of the year. The main focus is on Denver’s scene and the battle, but we’re also excited to welcome some other ridiculous talent down for the night.

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Chicago’s own Brandun Deshay, who’s produced songs for everyone from Danny Brown to Chance The Rapper to Casey Veggies, on top of ripping mics on his own, will be back in Denver after performing at The Solution Showcase last year to rave reviews. He’ll be joined by brilliant one man band and musical genius Fast Forw4rd, 2013 Beat Battle winner DJ Spyda T.E.K. & Denver mainstay Big J. Beats in showcasing music for the crowd, while Solution residents DJ Low Key & Lazy Eyez hold down the turntables and hosting duties for the night.

$10 cover gets you into the battle & the afternoon’s Beat Workshop (details below). 21+ / More info on the battle & The Solution on Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr/Instagram.

The Solution Beat Workshop

Wednesday, 2/26 from 5-7pm -> We’re excited to holding our first Solution Beat Workshop, featuring Chicago producer/MC extraordinaire Brandun Deshay (production credits include Chance The Rapper, Danny Brown, Casey Veggies, Curren$y, Dom Kennedy, Tanya Morgan & lots more), Denver favorite Big J. Beats and 2013 Solution Beat Battle winner DJ Spyda T.E.K. talking production techniques, creative processes, equipment and software, the business side of beatmaking, answering questions from the crowd and more before the battle gets going.  The focus will be intermediate and advanced techniques, but all ability levels are welcome.  The workshop is free with a $10 ticket to The Solution Beat Battle.

Producers, beatmakers, musicians & such, if you’d like to enter The 2014 Solution Beat Battle, here’s what you need to do by midnight on Sunday, 2/23.  Please send either:

-A soundcloud link to 3+ of your beats
or
-An e-mail with 3 beats attached
or
-A streaming link to a project you produced

and

-a photo of yourself (to be posted when the competitors are announced)

and

-a short bio

to:

thesolutionbeatbattle <at> denversolution (dot) com

No application fee necessary.  Once again, the submission deadline is Sunday, 2/23 at midnight.  Participants will be announced on Monday, 2/24.

#TheSolution7

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Thursday, February 20th, 2014 #TheSolution7, Events 1 Comment

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Friday, 3/14 in Denver at 9pm: Special guests DJ Deft & DJ Discord join Lazy Eyez at The Solution at the Meadowlark.



Saturday, 3/15 in Austin from Noon to 4pm: Austin Goodness w/DJ Low Key & friends at La Barbecue featuring special guests Dayta, DJ Sober, DJ Dozen, DJ Clockwork, Deejay Theory, DJ Expo, DJ A-Minor & more, hosted by Donwill & Von Pea (aka Tanya Morgan).



Saturday, 3/15 from 4pm to midnight: The SX Solution Showcase w/Exile, Dag Savage, Tanya Morgan, Tree, Tef Poe, Black Spade, YC The Cynic, Boonie Mayfield & lots more at La Barbecue.


Friday, 3/21: The Solution w/DJ Low Key & Lazy Eyez at the Meadowlark.


Friday, 3/28: The Solution w/DJ Low Key & Lazy Eyez at the Meadowlark.


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Also, don't forget to check out djlowkey.com, djsoundssupreme.com and djlazyeyez.com to see what Low, Sounds and Lazy are up to...

The Art Of Records III: Enter The Marauders, curated by DJ Low Key & Dunn The Signtologist…

Check out the acclaimed art show at Family Affair Denver (downtown at 2049 Larimer St) through December 2013, featuring a dozen of Denver's best artists re-imagining the album & 12" artwork of A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders & Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), right on time for the two iconic hip hop albums' 20th anniversary.

Every Friday Night: The Solution w/DJ Low Key, Lazy Eyez & friends at the Meadowlark…


The best in hip hop & a whole lot more.
Complimentary photo booth.
Food by Year Of The Snake.
Beautiful patio.
No cover until 11 / Only $5 after.
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9pm / 21+ / 2701 Larimer St.

The Solution named “Best Club Night Return” in Westword 2013 Best Of Denver…



At this point, the Solution is well on its way to becoming a Denver institution. But it isn't just our town's longest-running and most revered hip-hop night — it's also a testament to quality and resilience. Despite having moved virtually all over town since it was founded half a dozen years ago by DJs Low Key and Sounds Supreme, the Solution continues to draw a faithful crowd wherever — and however — it goes. Even after the Solution took a hiatus from weekly parties, the Solution crew continued to offer showcases featuring a parade of the best local MCs and producers, along with lauded acts from elsewhere. And last month, when the Solution returned to a weekly format at its new home at the Meadowlark, all was right in the cosmos again. - Westword

DJ Low Key & Sounds Supreme – The Solution Tape #1 (hosted by U-N-I & Ro Blvd)

Featuring exclusives and world premiers from Von Pea, Ilyas and Donwill of Tanya Morgan, Exile, DJ Day, Che Grand, Kooley High, Median, Donnis, Ro Blvd, Mike Baker, 1 O.A.K., Whygee, Kid Hum, 8thW1, Adad, Buff1, Waajeed, Moe Green & more. Get your copy at the Solution or download it for free by clicking the cover above.

 

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