ABK & Blaze DRIVE BY TOUR

Bands: 
ABK
Blaze
Sixx Digit
JO2
THC
LiteW8
Restriktid
Bolic
Date: 
Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Price: 
$12/$15

ABK
Blaze
Sixx Digit
JO2
THC
Litew8
Restriktid
Bolic

Psychopathic Records' back-story for Blaze Ya Dead Homie (born Chris Rouleau) suggests that he is a reincarnated gangsta who was originally killed in the late '80s at the beginning of gangsta rap. Albeit fictitiously, this explains Blaze's fusion of Psychopathic horrorcore and abrasive gangsta rap on his records. Blaze's underground career began as Psycho C, a member of the Detroit duo 2 Krazy Devils, later renamed the Sleepwalkaz. Their friendship with fellow shock rap cohorts the House of Krazees prompted HOK member the R.O.C. to produce 2 Krazy Devils' only album, Flipped Insanity, in 1996. The group eventually folded, as did the House of Krazees; however, when former HOK members Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child formed Twiztid, they signed to Psychopathic Records and brought Blaze along with them. Despite the ups and downs with his label, his core audience grew with each successive record -- 2000's Blaze Ya Dead Homie EP, 2001's 1 Less G in da Hood, and 2004's Colton Grundy -- as the 2004 album sold the most units out of those three and was ranked on four different Billboard charts. Taking advantage of the ripe circumstances, in June 2006 Blaze released the Deluxe G Edition of 1 Less G in da Hood, which contained songs from the self-titled debut, the 2001 album, and plus additional new bonus tracks. In between the first two full-lengths, he also worked with close friend and labelmate Anybody Killa, forming the tag team Drive-By; however, that project was short-lived, only producing the Pony Down (Prelude) EP, since Anybody Killa left Psychopathic Records in 2006. Blaze released a couple other Psychopathic albums, Clockwork Gray (2007) and Gang Rags (2010).

Masked MC Anybody Killa first emerged from the Psychopathic Records/Insane Clown Posse collective in the late '90s, contributing to tracks from like minded types like Twizted, Blaze Ya Dead Homie and Esham. ABK also appeared on ICP's The Wraith: Shangri-La. A slew of 2002 concert appearances (most notably at that year's Gathering of the Juggalos) prepared the world for Killas's full-length debut, and in April 2003, Hatchet Warrior finally dropped. The album intersected imagery drawn from ABK's Native American lineage with bloodthirsty gangsta philosophy, and laced its raps with the usual Psychopathic stew of gallows humor, pro-marijuana shout-outs and references to Faygo soda and the city of Detroit. That summer, ABK toured in support of the album with a reunited Body Count.

See them both onstage at Headliners, on the Drive By Tour 2013 !!! 

Style of Music: 
Alternative
Hip Hop
Rap