You might know Jonathan Owens aka Casual as the co-founder of the Oakland based supergroup Hieroglyphics. However, If you look deeper, you learn that he is a self taught historian, linguistics expert, and highly heralded as “your favorite rappers favorite rapper." Casual leaves listeners inspired to define their musical experience referencing current events, ancient Egypt and just about everything in between. Known for his fierce battle tactics and unique wordplay, he established a reputation for dissecting even the hardest MCs.
In addition to touring globally, Casual has been active on the business side, starting a production company, “Wetworks Films," launching the “Hiero Day Festival,” and most recently pioneering “Hiero Coin” - a new digital currency.
Twitter: @Smashrockwell | IG: @casualrapgod
Z-Man (given name Zamon) is an underground rapper and painter from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has released many full-length studio albums, several of which were self-recorded and released, and he has worked with numerous underground Bay Area rap legends. He is a frequent collaborator with other artists in the Gurp City collective, composed of Sacred Hoop, Grand Invincible, G-Pek, Conceit, topr, MC Oroville and Bay Area legend Eddie Def. He has also worked with Hieroglyphics Crew, Disflex.6, and Refill Records.
Z-Man is also a painter with a broad body of acrylic-on-canvas paintings that portray cartoon-style hybrid creatures in vibrant, bold color schemes that often have thematic references to black culture. He paints all of his album covers and T-shirt designs, and has painted and drawn many album covers for other hip hop artists.
Twitter: @Zmantheoriginal | IG: @zmaineyzdazzle
DJ True Justice
DJ True Justice’s ambition is to showcase the amount of talent that he has worked with and cultivated in the last 23 years. While still in high school, True Justice was a hip hop dancer for the Oakland, CA super-group A.P.G. (Action Packed Gangstas), and at the age of 16, he found himself doing concerts with the likes of Digital Underground, Capital Tax, and K-Cloud. This DJ witnessed 1st hand the birth of the independent hip hop game in the culturally rich Bay Area. He has since gone on to tour with Living Legends, Mistah F.A.B., Zion I, Paris, The Alkaholiks, Jeru The Damaja, Lords Of The Underground, The Beatnuts, Onyx, Redman and EPMD, among others. In 2015, True orchestrated the first annual - and highly successful - Slap Frost Tour with Paris and Locksmith. True is now appearing throughout the USA and Europe supporting his sophomore effort, The Man of Steel, on Guerrilla Funk Recordings.
Twitter: @djtruejustice | IG: @djtruejustice
Vocab Slick is an Emcee Residing in California’s North Bay Area, and founding member of the Hip Hop group Distant Relatives. In 2007, their album This Changes Everything was released and gained nationwide attention. In 2014, Vocab Slick kept busy by completing both The Somethin’ Slick EP, and the LP Issues and Episodes, with the former featuring Martin Luther and Opio of Souls of Mischief. College Radio & Internet Markets nationwide have embraced both efforts. He co-founded the Slap Frost Tour alongside DJ True Justice and Z-Man, which has included performances from fellow Bay Area heavyweights Locksmith, Paris, Planet Asia and Chino XL.
East Coast raised and influenced, Save 1 recently burst on the scene with his new EP, Save 1 Mash-Ups. This charismatic, quick-witted, and thoughtfully honed rhymer has leapt on the scene and forged new paths with logical insight, sincerity, and the backing of Jonny P., the infused genius for all things magical in music and production. The syncopation of those elements combined have brought Save to this point, and now, he's building a name and a brand for himself.
Twitter: @Save140124265 | IG: @Save1trueschool
Swelly, owner of the upcoming Swollen Ant brand, hails from the city of Lafayette, Louisiana. He has released multiple LPs under this moniker, including a new Tonite Show album from the popular series by the Bay’s finest, DJ Fresh and other individual releases, such as the What It Ain’t EP and a popular single with DNA, “Know What I’m Sayin." Swelly has been producing beats for himself and other artists for over a decade and has been a performing artist since 2004. He’s shared the stage with the likes of Big Pooh of Little Brother, Jay Worthy, Planet Asia, A-Plus and Casual of Hieroglpyhics and Aceyalone. He brings a strong set of skills to the studio and has a masterful delivery. Swelly Swell has a knack for a witty flow and complex rhyme schemes & a vocabulary to put most to shame. He holds it down and does it for the culture, daily.
Twitter: @swellmc | IG: @swelly_swell