HillMatic Hip Hop Festival: J Swiss, KAZE, SkyBlew and the Digidestined, FLUent, Well$, (J)Rowdy and the NightShift | Local 506 | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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HillMatic Hip Hop Festival: J Swiss, KAZE, SkyBlew and the Digidestined, FLUent, Well$, (J)Rowdy and the NightShift 

When: Sat., Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $7-$10



LOCAL 506, CHAPEL HILL—If you've driven near the west end of Chapel Hill's Franklin Street lately, you've likely noticed that University Square is being demolished. The space is being renamed Carolina Square and will hold three buildings of apartments, offices and retail shops. So, too, goes the private coed dormitory Granville Towers. During his UNC-Chapel Hill years, Michael Jordan slept in that dorm. Where is the love, Chapel Hill? The preservation?

Both love and preservation are in store for Hillmatic, the new hip-hop celebration of Chapel Hill rapper Kaze (ka-ZEE). For class, of course, he borrows the title of the Nas classic. For emphasis, he slapped one of Jordan's childhood headshots on the flyer. No, Jordan has nothing to do with Chapel Hill hip-hop or with Chapel Hill, unless he's cruising down the street in a Lamborghini on his way to a golf game. However, Jordan's aspirational work ethic has been one of Kaze's greatest touchstones since he started carrying the town's hip-hop scene on his back in the early 2000s with his Spirit of '94.  He's since experienced some glory, industry pangs, local beefs and an unexpected shift in his career, as he's the entertainment contributor for WNCN's My Carolina Today.

None of that has kept him from his mission to vitalize Chapel Hill's hip-hop scene while inviting all of North Carolina to take part; even J. Cole (then known as "Therapist") used to drive from Fayetteville to be a part of it. Now there's no reason for folks to come unless they're enrolled in a hip-hop class on UNC's campus or if they want to waste their freestyles in a weekly Franklin Street cypher. Chapel Hill hip-hop is a shell of its former self, but Hillmatic aims to pay tribute to the glory days and to revive them. Kaze's new recruits—Well$, JSWISS and SkyBlew—aren't exactly pledges, but they have the right amount of fledgling enthusiasm to pump their pioneer's agenda to Jordan-like heights. 7:30 p.m., $7–$10, 506 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 919-942-5506, www.local506.com.Eric Tullis



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