WEDNESDAY - 18.3.15

JUE | Music + Art Presents | Jay Electronica & Miss Ko

JUE | Music + Art Presents | Jay Electronica & Miss Ko

Native New Orleans rhyme machine Jay Electronica and Queens hip-hop tour de force Miss Ko meet for the first time in the milieu that is the 7th JUE | Music + Art Festival. The two make up an undeniably compelling and exciting double bill with Iron Mic crews in support!

– Jay Electronica –

‘“When the man rhymes hip-hop stops the party and pays attention.” – Vibe, review of Jay Electronica.

Jay Electronica rippled the musical pool in 2007 with Act I: Eternal Sunshine (the Pledge) and has been swimming upstream ever since. Backed by iconic music mogul Jay-Z (and his label Roc Nation), Electronica has produced tracks that feature the likes of Prodigy and Mobb Deep. His honest and cutting lyrics set against the backdrop of mad rhythms and rhymes serve as a poignant voice for the oppressed in modern American society.

“Floating in the Dead Sea or better yet touching the Sphinx, standing on Mount Everest, or praying with the Monks in India, all manifested not because of what he could pay or because of who he is, but because he was seeking the answer to the most critical question that has been asked for centuries by alchemists, artists, magi, sages and wizards: ‘What is truth?’ The answer he found: ‘The truth is the best of what is in me, the best in us all.’”

– Miss Ko –
“A star who rhymes like no one else on earth.” – MTV

Miss Ko is a rapper/songwriter from Queens, New York who flows fluidly between English and Mandarin Chinese. Ko won “Best New Artist” at Taiwan’s 24th Golden Melody Awards with her debut album Knock Out, cementing her status as not only the first female rapper to release a solo album in Taiwan, but also the first to ever win the prestigious award.

Ko started writing lyrics back in high school and attended Five Towns College, where artists like Wyclef Jean and Maroon 5 began their musical careers. Throughout college, she performed with both local and international acts, and was chosen out of thousands to compete on Hot 97’s Night of the Rising Stars. After graduation, she independently released her first mixtape titled “Industry Makeover.” In 2010, Ko ventured to Taiwan to learn Chinese, and in less than two years – on August 15, 2012 – released her first Mandarin album, entitled “Knock Out,” under independent label Kao Inc. Records. Although Ko left Taiwan just 10 days after the release of her album to start graduate school at New York University, she returned to Taiwan three weeks later,

“The album was receiving great reviews with very little promotion… and despite having already decided to go back to school, it felt it would have been a waste not to go back to Taiwan and promote it even further,” said Ko.

Since returning, Ko has attracted the support of industry icons such as Amei, Leehom Wang, and Run DMC. Ko now lives in Taipei, Taiwan, where she is currently working on her next album and a clothing line.

Line-Up: Jay Electronica, Miss Ko 葛仲珊, Iron Mic
Date: Wednesday, March 18th
Venue: Arkham
Entry: 150RMB Pre-sale // 220RMB Door
Table Bookings: bookings@arkhamshanghai.com
Doors Open – 8:30pm // Show – 9:00pm

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