This past wednesday night, one of the hottest unsigned rap tickets touched down at The Nick featuring headliners Alfred Banks x Marco Pave' and supporting acts Q Dot Davis, Rapture the Rapper, King Katwell, Kenny G, Dee Villian, Dj Truck, and DJ Quake. Hosted by model Tracia J. The seventeen city River Kings Tour received stellar reviews. The River Kings tour captures the life experiences of two rising rappers, Alfred Banks and Marco Pave'. Both rappers are regulars to press outlets. New Orleans native Alfred Banks has been featured in the Source, Revolt TV and Complex Magazine while Memphis native Marco Pavehas also been featured on SoulTrain.com respectively. Recently, Alfred Banks added Billboard chart-topping artist to his resume.
About the Show:
Alfred Banks opened up his set, receiving a mixed reception from a rough audience. Banks definitely was not afraid of the challenge though. Banks persevered and eventually won the audience over by pushing his emotional lyrics. By the end of the night,many proclaimed Banks as one of best lyricists in the southeast. Banks shared the pain of burying his older brother who committed suicide. The death was contributed to Schizophrenia. Banks continues to draw inspiration from his pain by talking about the hardest part of his life. Closing his set, Banks performed his new single, “Bury Me Beautiful” feat Mickey Factz.Banks reminded the audience that we all should live life with vigor and embrace every moment as if it’s our last.
Memphis native Marco Pave' stepped to the stage and immediately commanded our attention. Standing around 5’9, the eclectic rapper made no apologies for his bold and controversial lyrics. During his set, Pave' shared with the audience that he’s made a lot of sacrifices to follow his dreams. Pave also mentioned that the tour was scheduled to take him back home to Memphis to perform with a full orchestra in a hip hop opera type concert. Pave stands out from most rappers of his caliber. Pave has been featured as part of the TedX Talks series in Memphis. In the highly infuential discussion, Pave explained to young artists how to create a sustainable infrastructure for their careers. Pave also explained how the arts can be used to stimulate economic progress and address poverty by “creating pathways to entrepreneurship.
King Katwell performs his touching single, “Enough is Enough!” Te single opened a platform to discuss domestic violence. Katwell tells lovers to examine their relationships and determine when enough is enough.
Q Dot Davis performed his cult classic, “Love of My Crew”. Davis is also another press favorite that continues to receive features from blogs and local news outlets. Davis was also responsible for the booking of the talent and promotional aspects on the show.
Gospel Artist Rapture Da Rapper holds his own during the show. Rapture made a controversial statement caught everyone’s attention. “They done let Christians in the club!” Closing his set, Rapture reminded attendees that God loved them with an unconditional love.
About Andre J. Tomas
Andre J. Tomas is a 5x Award Winning producer for the hit show, College Talk. Andre is a featured writer for Black Moguls Magazine, GumpTown Magazine, BeatsBangBlog, The Birmingham Times and SwurvRadio. Also is a contributing blogger for The Stardome Comedy Club and serves as the official publicist for rapper Q Dot Davis.
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