This summer, Decon Media launches the Fresh Rhymes and Videotape tour. The multimedia company is long overdue for a showcase. It has created several dynamic projects over the years, from Common’s classic “1-9-9-9” video to Dilated Peoples’ The Release Party DVD and Aceyalone’s overlooked Lightning Strikes.
In 2008, Decon has continued to drop innovative albums such as Kenny Segal’s Ken Can Cook and Plantlife’s Time Traveller. But for Fresh Rhymes & Videotape, Decon will offer a preview of perhaps its biggest project to date: 88-Keys’ The Death of Adam. For the past two years 88-Keys has promoted his big solo breakout moment, which comes after producing for artists like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Beanie Sigel and other NY MCs. It’s slated to drop in August, and is executive produced by Kanye West, thank you very much. Guests include Redman, J*Davey, Bilal, Phonte Coleman and Just Blaze. (You can download 88 Keys’ “Platinum Dreams” mixtape from the Decon Media website.)
While 88-Keys will getting an official introduction to the backpack masses (some may remember from the Tribe Called Quest reunion last year), Fresh Rhymes and Videotape will be anchored by Dilated Peoples, who are still figuring out their next move after splitting with Capitol Records last year. Aceyalone and the Alchemist round out the bill, but Decon promises multimedia exhibitions and special guest appearances, too.
The tour dates for Fresh Rhymes and Videotape are below.
- 6/02: Neumo’s, Seattle, WA
- 6/03: Berbati’s, Portland, OR
- 6/05: House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
- 6/06: The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
- 6/08: House of Blues, Dallas, TX
- 6/09: Emo’s, Austin, Texas
- 6/11: Center Stage, Atlanta, GA
- 6/13: Irving Plaze, New York, NY
- 6/14: Club 5, Washington, DC
- 6/15: TLA, Philadelphia, PA
- 6/17: Higher Ground, Burlington, VT
- 6/18: Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore, MD
- 6/20: Double Door, Chicago, IL
- 6/21: St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI
- 6/23: Fox Theater, Boulder, CO
- 6/24: Belly Up, Aspen, CO
- 6/26: Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA
- 6/27: House of Blues, Hollywood, CA
- 6/29: Belly Up, San Diego, CA