Upcoming Asian American Hip Hop shows & album drops

Yay Area— there are so many amazing musicians kicking off 2019 STRONG with album drops and performances! Check out these incredible artists and watch them live:

Saturday, January 19: VERSOUL

Versoul’s album release party for her debut album, “Soul Rise” will be taking place at Thee Parkside in San Francisco, with Amihan, Bettina, and La Niebla on the line up.

versoul soulrise

TICKETS: Thee Parkside
Instagram | Youtube

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Saturday, January 19: RUBY IBARRA | BALIKBAYANS

After delivering an amazing one-year anniversary performance of Circa 91, Ruby Ibarra and her band, the Balikbayans, will be bringing the show to the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. With DJ ET IV, Faith Santilla, and performances from Bootleg Orchestra, Travis Atreo, and surprise guests.

TICKETS: Eventbrite
Ruby Ibarra: Instagram | Twitter
Balikbayans: Instagram

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Saturday, January 26: ROCKY RIVERA

Rocky Rivera will be screening her iPhone X-shot video, “Best Shot,” at Apple Union Square in San Francisco, with director @Been.Milky. Additionally, they will teach a demo on shooting your own music video with just your phone, and have a special performance with the legendary DJ Celskiii.

Pro tip: RSVP when Apple posts the event on Today at Apple
Instagram | Twitter

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Saturday, February 2: LEXICON

To kick off 2019, Lex the Lexicon Artist dropped a new project called
Special: A Mob Psycho 100 EP, on January 7th, with badass graphics for cover art!! In addition to her brilliant smart rap, Lex is also a bonafide event organizer, and offers the Bay another line up of great musicians, featuring Richie Branson Shubzilla x Bill Beats, and Chris Songco, at the Elbo Room in Oakland on February 2nd.

Instagram | Bandcamp

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Saturday, February 16: BAMBU

Bambu will be embarking on a three-city tour with DJ Phatrick, Golden Age Society, Faith Santilla, and Sendai Era, coming to the New Parish in Oakland on February 16th. The tour continues in Seattle at The Crocodile on February 20th, and in Los Angeles at Bootleg Theater on February 23rd.


For tickets, visit BEATROCKMUSIC.COM
Bambu: Instagram | Twitter
Faith Santilla: Instagram | Twitter
Golden Age Society: Instagram
Sendai Era, previously on SOUNDBITES

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Albums & Projects

DJ Flow— producer and videographer— of At The Ave Records dropped a special project named “Winter Sketches” on December 28th, featuring Mani Draper, Spote Breeze, Pass, Moe Green, and Idiogenius. There are many ways to express needing time and needing space to get through what’s got you.. this 16-track album is a storm of heavy beats made for carving out that much-needed time. Loved the Innerludes… “you texted me 2 minutes ago, but you don’t pick up my phone call?” Available now on all streaming platforms.


Instagram | Spotify

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Rocky G— Following his 2016 album, The Other Side, Rocky’s 5-track project, “The Mixtape” dropped on January 13th, and is now available on iTunes and Spotify:

assimilated, immigrated, but our soul still hurt//
one hundred generations later, what have we become,
make the world a better place, teach our daughters and sons//

— Rocky G, “YGB” (Young, Gifted, Brown)


Instagram | Spotify

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Chris “Paper Son” Woon-Chen— filmmaker and music producer— presents his first project as a solo producer, The Four Year Storm, which drops on January 22nd. With features from PC Munoz, DEM ONE, Squadda B, and Dope G of Green Ova. Also check out his previous work as an award-winning filmmaker: Among B-Boys (2011)

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Instagram | Spotify

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Klassy— after dropping a new song and music video for “Inside Out” in 2018, we anticipate Klassy’s debut album, Dirty Cortez, which drops on January 28th.


Instagram | Website
Klassy, previously on SOUNDBITES

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