Hip Hop artist/producer Topiq (the Smooth Prophet) was born in Philadelphia, PA but grew up in Fayetteville, NC. He is a part of the No9to5 Music conglomerate, a hip-hop collective based out of Chapel Hill, NC. Topiq is a lyricist that seems to have some sort of chip on his shoulder as he laces all instrumentals with the upmost lyrical prowess. This upcoming artist has much to offer with his style of collaborating with those he deems dope, and his own skill.
- Chillin in the Driveway VII (July 25th)
We are bringing Chillin in the Driveway back once again with the SEVENTH straight show. That’s a show every summer and winter since 2010. That’s almost as consistent as the sunrise.
We’re combining EDM and Hiphop for this show, breaking down barriers between genres and bringing people together.
We will have a DJ set from a skilled local DJ duo to kick it off, then a DJ set from Viking Breakdance, and then a Hiphop show from No9to5 Music.
We are promoting this show heavily, passing out flyers around town, and going to different cities freestyling and passing out flyers and CDs.
Official Lineup and admission price will be announced this week. #gethype
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- No9to5 x World’s Fair x Two-9
No9to5 Music will be opening up for World’s Fair and Two-9 at Local 506 on June 25th. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. Tickets are $15 and you can purchase them here. The show’s bout to be DOPE!
- No9to5 Music Workshop/Show with MusicianCorps
No9to5 Music will be teaming up with MusicianCorps in NC on June 28th hosting a Hip Hop workshop with the music education organization BUMP The Triangle. There’s a show at MotorCo in downtown Durham following the workshop!!! Check the event out here!
- Chillin in the Driveway Part VI: Return to Form – 12/14/13
December 14th not only marks the release of Topiq’s Out of Questions, but is also the date of the sixth installment of our “Chillin in the Driveway” performance, taking place at the Stars Theater & Arts Center. Cayso, J. Rowdy, Topiq and Optimus Rhymes will be joined by SkyBlew, Whiz Kid, B.C.P BackPacker, STAN Dolo and Alex Aff. Tickets are only $5 and the show is scheduled from 8-10PM, don’t miss an unforgettable night.
- Big Beat Dance (Apple Juice Kid, ChocQuibTown and No9to5)
What is this, you ask? Dance music with a bunch of horns and drums, including congas and timbales? Who are all these people on stage? Is that the Latin Grammy Award-winning group, ChocQuibTown, performing with the incredible Apple Juice Kid? Are Cayso and Topiq up there, killing it on-stage, too? Well, the answer to all of your questions is yes.
When he’s not juggling time between his own music career, teaching and running the Beat Making Lab, Stephen Levitin – aka Apple Juice Kid – has also been kicking off his Big Beat Dance project. Be sure to keep an eye out for some future collaborations between Apple Juice Kid and No9to5.
Apple Juice Kid: DJ
Beverly Botsford: Congas
Brevan Hampden: Timbales
Atticus Reynolds: Drums
November 21, 2013
UNC-Chapel Hill Memorial Hall
Chapel Hill, NC
- Topiq the Smooth Prophet – Same Drug, Same Time
Topiq and two other artists – Mark Hanley, DJ, and Emily Musolino, Bass, Drums, and Vocals – were invited to take part in DURTY Durham Art Collective’s Chaos Theory project. Every week, a group of random artists in the Durham area are invited to come by the DURTY studio and record a track together; they are given one hour. If “Same Drug, Same Time” could be conceived and recorded in a single hour, there’s no telling what’s in store for everyone on December 14th, when Out of Questions is released.
- Topiq the Smooth Prophet – My My My
Out of Questions drops December 14th on 2DopeBoyz, but Topiq has already dropped a second track off the upcoming album. “My My My” is produced by Chapel Hill’s hilghly talented Fourth Shift and showcases a raw side of Topiq not seen on many of his other tracks.
- (J) Rowdy – Jedi(s) On Broadway
Two weeks into his #MasterPlanMondays series, (J) Rowdy is back with another track for you. Produced by Topiq the Smooth Prophet, “Jedi(s) on Broadway” is a sleepy, hypnotic showcase of Rowdy’s flow. Once again, big thanks to Whiz Kid for the artwork. The project is being mixed by Cayso.
- No9to5 Music – Clockwork (Benefiting ‘Turkeys For DURM’)
As a reminder, back at the end of September, No9to5 Music came together to release a single, “Clockwork“, benefiting Turkeys for DURM. Turkeys for DURM is raising money to provide 100 Thanksgiving turkeys for needy families around Durham, NC. Every dollar spent towards this single goes directly to the charity organization, which will collect all of their donations on November 19th; please join us in making a difference.
- Topiq The Smooth Prophet – Can’t Take It
The idea behind this record is to not be afraid to be yourself on an explosive level. Don’t worry about class, race, sex, or any other made up category people try to use to separate each other. If there are others that can’t take it, then they are better off just letting it go.
Shouts out to AltAir aka Uncle Secret Agent Rascal Mike, who produced the first single off the upcoming Out of Questions, due December 14th.