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Putting Colorado on the map

The Procussions will share the stage at the Universal Lending Pavilion in Denver with hip-hop all-stars

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The Colorado Springs hip-hop scene might finally be breaking the icy curse of provincial obscurity that has doomed most talented local musicians to a life of restaurant work and dead-end day jobs.

On Saturday night, The Procussions, a Colorado Springs-bred hip-hop crew, will share the stage at the Universal Lending Pavilion in Denver with all-stars KRS-ONE, QBert, Raekwon from Wu-Tang Clan, Inspectah Deck and others in what is being billed as the event that will put Colorado on the international hip-hop map.

Like most bands that hope to develop a fan base outside River City, The Procussions performed in Denver and Boulder for years before deciding to make the inevitable move to Los Angeles that most musicians make when they hope to take their careers to warp speed.

But unlike so many bands that make the move to Los Angeles with the hopes of shedding their Colorado skin, The Procussions say they wanted to represent their home base in a place where they were more likely to get noticed.

"Any time we tell people we're from Colorado, people get pretty hyped," said Emcee Resonant, or "Res."

"Let it be known that we are representing Colorado to the fullest. Colorado's already on the map, but we're gonna keep letting people know it."

The move has paid off for them, said Res and fellow emcee Mr. J. Along with a gig at the world-famous Knitting Factory and an appearance on the world-famous Wake Up Show with Sway and Tech, the group said that Los Angeles has been "unusually receptive."

With ... As Iron Sharpen Iron, their first full-length CD set to be released in late August on Basementalism Records, The Procussions hope to briefly return to Colorado Springs for a homecoming show.

-- Noel Black

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