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J-LIVE in Hamilton, Sunday, Jan.29th


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Circadelic presents:

The Steel City debut of indie hip-hop renaissance man


(Brooklyn, NYC)


In a special DOUBLE THREAT performance-- a live vocal set and a DJ party set of classic hip-hop and funkafied rarities. J's stage presence and ability to flip seemlessly between the mic and the turntables must be seen to be believed!!!

With special guests:

3rd Sun (formerly of Fresh Pro)

JVL & Skol'r (New North)



38 King William St, Hamilton



$12 advance/$15 door

19+ /Limited all-ages

Doors at 8pm

Advance tickets available inside Pepperjack Cafe, Dr Disc, Screamin Mimis

Brought to you in association with:

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Brooklyn MC J-Live first garnered notice with the release of his 1995 single "Bragging Writes." Delivering his thoughtful lyrics with confidence and ease, J-Live's rapping was strong and his soul-inflected grooves immediately appealed to fans of underground hip-hop.

A year later he followed up with another hit, "Hush the Crowd," and started to generate a palpable buzz. With tracks produced by luminaries such as Prince Paul, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock, the release of J-Live's full-length debut The Best Part was hotly anticipated and the future looked promising for the ascendant MC. At this point, though, J-Live was beset by a host of troubles. Amidst constant label shuffling and plagued by a series of illegal bootlegs, the release of The Best Part was delayed for five years. There was some talk that J-Live was behind some of the bootlegs -- a few of which were of extremely high quality -- and the ongoing saga became something of an underground legend.

In the interim, J-Live worked as an eighth grade teacher in Brunswick and continued to embellish and refine his debut. He kept good company, making cameo appearances on strong albums like Handsome Boy Modeling School's So How's Your Girl? and J Rawls' The Essence of J Rawls. The Best Part finally enjoyed its official release in the fall of 2001. All of the Above followed one year later, and 2003 brought a two-part mini-LP-tribute to his early days, Always Has Been and Always Will Be. His latest release is 2005's Hear After.

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