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Kirko Bangz, JL b. Hood and Joey Cool, Kevin Mitchell bring a big week for local hip-hop fans

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Houston-based emcee Kirko Bangz will headline Sunshine Studios on Sept. 30.
  • Houston-based emcee Kirko Bangz will headline Sunshine Studios on Sept. 30.
Local music devotees looking to take in some soul and hip-hop this week are in luck, especially with the wide spectrum of hip-hop set to be on display. Here’s a closer look at what’s in store for the curious:

The week’s proceedings kick off with two artists from Tech N9ne’s Strange Music label, Kansas City-based emcees JL B. Hood and Joey Cool, hitting the stage at The Social on Thursday, Sept. 27. This show marks the latest in a series of Strange Music artists making Colorado Springs stops, with Krizz Kaliko, Murs, Ces Cru, Stevie Stone and, of course, Tech N9ne himself making appearances within the past year.

Then you can catch modern soul outfit Jungle, a seven-piece London-based ensemble led by J (aka Josh Lloyd-Watson) and T (Tom McFarland), who play the Black Sheep on Friday, Sept. 28. Their sophomore LP, For Ever, released merely two weeks ago, expands upon their electronic-heavy, prismatic sound, which puts a modern sheen over ’60s soul, two-tone ska, and certainly a bit of the great Prince and his esteemed, associated cohorts’ Minneapolis funk. In support of Jungle is the dreamy, groovy indie-pop of Los Angeles duo Neil Frances.

Meanwhile, at the Triple Nickel Tavern on Sept. 28, you can celebrate the birthday of prolific local emcee, activist and author Kevin Mitchell with a free, all-ages event. There will be spoken word presentations by poets Christopher Beasley, Ashley Cornelius, Lyric, and special guest Stephanie Vivian Yu — Los Angeles-based artist, poet and author of The Landscape Is Always Changing.

Of course, the evening will feature plenty of music as well, with performances from Mitchell himself with DJ Lord Damage, Emily Strange, aprilFRESH, the Tejon Street Corner Thieves and many special guests. Also, mark your calendars for the record release of Company 8, the local hip-hop supergroup featuring Mitchell, Lord Damage, Emily Strange, MILOGIC, Stoney Bertz, Reflecshaun, Frank G. and Producer Naj, who drop their debut full-length album Born From Ink on Nov. 24.



The following night at the Triple Nickel, Sept. 29, features a stacked lineup of indie hip-hop, led by the Seattle-based Onry Ozzborn. Ozzborn, a founding member of Grayskul, Dark Time Sunshine and Oldominion, has had an ever-experimental career and collaborated with the likes of Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, P.O.S. and Atmosphere’s Slug. His latest LP, Nervous Hvnd, was released earlier this month. Also performing are the Bronx-based Rob Sonic, Portland emcee IAME’s band Wool See (per their bio, “a prolific indie-rap band with an unsettlingly low member count”), Seattle’s Diveyede (aka Divide the Poet) and local emcee Earsiq.

Finally, on Sunday, Sept. 30, Houston emcee Kirko Bangz makes his triumphant return to Colorado Springs, this time taking the Sunshine Studios stage with Klass, E.De La, Zuleika, Deviant Methods Ent, Young Sour, TRU and yet more in tow.

Bangz released his first mixtape, Procrastination Kills, in 2009, and has gone on to release 10 more, along with two EPs. When the emcee’s music came to mainstream attention, it did so in a dramatic fashion — his first official single, “What Yo Name Iz?” spent 27 weeks on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Charts, peaking at No. 41. His next single, “Drank in My Cup” — an ode to both the Houston chopped and screwed scene and, well, purple drank — topped the U.S. Hot Rap Songs, hitting No. 28 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and has since been certified platinum.

Since then, Bangz has collaborated with the likes of Big Sean, Nipsey Hussle, Paul Wall and Meek Mill, and has recently teased an upcoming album, Soul Food.

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