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Wednesday, March 12 • 10:15pm - 10:45pm
Kidz In The Hall

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When Chicago native Jabari Evans began developing his literary gift in elementary school, he'd write short stories, poems, and anything else that would come to mind. By fifteen, he was deep into what would turn out to be his first published piece of work, a book titled “The Straight Jab,” chronicling his life as a middle class, black male on Chicago’s rough Southside. With this writing came an evident passion for turning his words into not just pieces of literature, but songs. And though a standout baseball player all through his childhood and high school years, Evans began devoting some of that extracurricular time to another passion; hip-hop. Meanwhile, as Jabari, aka Naledge, was playing baseball, battling other rappers, and flirting with girls as he made his way through high school, a kid from New Jersey named Michael Aguilar, aka Double-0, was rocking the biggest parties taking place on the campus of The University of Pennsylvania alongside legends like Biz Markie and Kid Capri. A standout track star (who would later go on to compete in the 2004 Olympics in Greece), Double-0 was most known outside of the locker room for his DJ skills, monopolizing the hip hop parties as “THE DJ” to hire if you wanted to have a successful event. During a recruitment visit to the University of Pennsylvania during his senior year of high school, Naledge decided to enter a talent competition and see how his mic skills would hold up against the college kids. After a few freestyles and a clear dominance on stage, he was congratulated as the winner. Many of the students - now fans - urged Naledge to introduce himself to the DJ from New Jersey, Double-O, who at the time was still DJing parties on campus, but had also began dabbling in music production. Naledge, who went by J-Naledge at the time, impressed Double-0 during their brief time together, enough so that before the kid from the Southside of Chicago entered his freshman year at Penn, he and Double-0 formed a partnership that eventually spawned, Kidz in the Hall. After the summer of 2000, Naledge and Double-0 pulled together their resources in efforts to begin recording songs. After creating a makeshift studio inside of an off-campus apartment, the duo made demo CD's and performed at local shows on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey underground hip hop scene. Any opportunity they had to hit a stage or a booth they did. After graduating, Double-0 made a move from the college campus in Philly to Los Angeles with the intentions of being closer to the industry while Naledge finished up at Penn. By the time Naledge graduated and moved out to continue their musical journey, Double-0 had already made some solid connections with industry executives and heavy weights. Most notably was super producer Just Blaze, who after hearing some music, knew that Naledge and Double-0 had something the world needed to hear. He quickly put his stamp of approval on the project and even committed to overseeing their debut album. “Kidz In The Hall is a breath of fresh air in this tired rap world we're living in right now. With the right push they could make a serious impact on what the rap game has become.” (While Double-0 produced all songs on the Kidz album, Just Blaze will be a large contributor to the Naledge solo project as well) After some positive meetings and continued musical growth, the team of Naledge and Double-0 knew it was their time. And the two have not looked back since... Kidz In The Hall's upcoming sophomore LP "The In Crowd" is set for release in March 2008 on Major League/Duck Down Records and the group will be available for interviews immediately. The album features artists Clipse, The Cool Kids, Guilty Simpson, Phonte, Black Milk, Sean Price, Buckshot, and Masta Ace. The music video for their hit single “Drivin Down The Block” will be shot and directed by the acclaimed Rik Cordero. Kidz in the Hall is looking to become one of hip-hop's most admired acts, destined to leave a legacy of artistic brilliance. Double O, the producer/DJ and Naledge, the lyricist/MC, are reviving a format that Gangstarr, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and Run DMC established as the set standard in early-'90s hip-hop. With their debut release, “ School Was My Hustle” Naledge and Double 0 are ready to wow both listeners and critics with not just songs, but anthems about life.

Wednesday March 12, 2008 10:15pm - 10:45pm
Habana Annex Backyard 708 E 6th St

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