Asheville hip hop favorites return to the Emerald Lounge for a Winter Bash!
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CrazyHorse & Colston is a hip hop duo based out of Asheville, North Carolina. As Asheville natives, the two take pride in making good music that a wide range of audiences can enjoy. Both mc’s were heavily influenced not only by Hip Hop music, but also by Rock, Blues, Country, and Bluegrass (among others) and have blended many of these genres together to make their upcoming album, “Backroads & Bonfires” which features local musicians such as Don Lewis of “Sons of Ralph” and members of the popular reggae group “Common Foundation.” Along with their DJ, DJ Kilby, the group has performed at such places as The Garage At Biltmore, The OneStop, the Mackey Mountain Music Festival in Old Fort, and the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, TN. They were recently featured in the Mountain Xpress’ Best of 2011 as one of the best Hip Hop groups in WNC. With an album coming out this spring, the two are already booking shows for this summer and are looking to spread their music to a wider audience.
Free Radio is a crew formerly known as The Ville Boyz, with its roots buried in the core of an highly beautiful & diverse city known as Asheville, North Carolina (The Land of the Sky) which in its essence is one of the soul factors responsible for the birth of the combined forces recognized together as Free Radio.
We all met through perfect circumstance while attending Asheville High School: CB4R, C-Mills, John Boy and I (Dirty Frost). As developing young people in our capitalistic, consumer based society, trying to simply be accepted on any level, is more than enough stress to juggle, without worrying about real problems that have yet to walk right up, and smack you in the face. I think for us though, our motivation stemmed at least partly from the idea that maybe we could smack our problems in the face first. And as far as your social circles were concerned, appealing as they may have been, they just weren’t for us. So we created our own. We would attack a situation before it could attack us, and usually before understanding the repercussions or ripple effects that our actions might create. At least that’s what we would do in the form of music, dirty, grimy, almost always offensive, but yet confusingly awesome rap music.
Just keep in mind that our situation is simply a product of the environmental box that we were raised to live “free” inside of. For one can only grow to the extent that their environment will allow. Understanding that for me was the first step in moving toward some type of real mental freedom, and also motivated me to start poking holes in my environmental box.
These days more than ever, we strive to grow. We’ve begun to incorporate live instrumentation. We’ve recognized a more positive direction to head in and we’ve added a new member to the crew (Smidi).
Smidi was raised in the northwest section of the United States Capital City, Washington DC on Georgia Ave. “I moved to Asheville when I was already raised but became a man in Asheville”, Smidi recalls. For us as a crew Smidi has added many new aspects. In my opinion drive might be one of the more immediately noticeable attributes. There has been a new fire created, as of lately, that has not roared like it now does, probably since the beginning. Since the addition of Smidi we have done shows with Ghostface Killah, Gangstagrass & Ice Cube. The list will only get longer, and the crew will only get stronger. For us, the future is bright.
Austin “Dirty Frost” Haynes