A mini Rock The Bells in Orlando

Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek)
Slaughterhouse (Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″, Joell Ortiz, and Crooked I)
Slum Village (reunion performance with T3, Baatin, and Elzhi)
Hosted by Supernatural and Pete Rock

when: 6 pm, Saturday, July 25
where: Club Firestone 578 N. Orange Ave. Downtown Orlando
tickets: $ 20 advance tix available from Park Ave CDs, Ticketmaster and Club Firestone box office
ages: all

Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek

Since 1997, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek have achieved critical success as the rap & producer collaboration known as Reflection Eternal. After meeting in Cincinnati, the two signed to the legendary hip-hop label Rawkus Records. The 1998 release of Black Star, a rap duo of Talib Kweli and fellow rapper and friend Mos Def, gained Kweli additional acclaim. That album also included production by Hi-Tek and set the stage for the monumental 2000 release of “Train of Thought”, Reflection Eternal’s first CD, with the popular singles “Move Somethin’” and “The Blast.” Following “Train of Thought”, the two continued their successes individually. Talib Kweli has since released three popular and creative albums (2002’s Quality, 2004’s The Beautiful Struggle, and 2007’s Ear Drum), has had numerous hit songs like “Get By”, “I Try”, and “Hot Thing”, and has worked with, amongst others, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Common, and Justin Timberlake. Not to be outdone, Hi-Tek has had an equally successful individual career since the release of Reflection Eternal’s first album. Hi-Tek has released three solo albums (2001’s Hi-Teknology, 2006’s Hi-Teknology 2 – The Chip, and 2007’s Hi-Teknology 3: Underground), has had many popular songs like “Round and Round” and “Where It Started At (NY)”, and has worked with the best in the industry, including Method Man, Mos Def, and D12. Hi-Tek has also worked as a producer for Dr. Dre’s famed Aftermath Entertainment. Having established their success with individual careers, Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli are set to release their long-awaited follow-up album in 2009 entitled “Reflection Eternal.”

Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I

Slaughterhouse is a hip-hop supergroyp that formed in late 2008 after Crooked I, Joell Ortiz and Royce Da 5’9″ appeared on the song “Slaughterhouse” from Joe Budden’s album “Halfway House”. They took their name from the song. The group will release a full-length album August 11, 2009 on the label E1 Music (formerly Koch Records). During July ’09, each member will release an EP of original material. First will be Royce with “The Revival” followed by Budden with “The Escape Route”. No word yet on the title of Crooked’s or Ortiz’s EP’s. All this will coincide with the annual “Rock the Bells” tour. The group is notable for the lyrical abilities of all four members and their large internet following.

reunion performance with T3, Baatin, and Elzhi

When Slum Village emerged in the late 1990s, the highly regarded Detroit trio of T3, Baatin and Jay Dee made a startling admission: their group was a liquid association with members coming and going during the group’s evolution. True to their word, Slum Village has already gone through a number of line-up changes. Rapper-producer Jay Dee left after the group’s first national album, 2000’s Fantastic, vol. 2 (Barak) and rhymer Elzhi was added to the mix for 2002’s Trinity: Past, Present and Future (Barak/Capitol). Now, with the release of Slum Village’s new and best album, the stunningly impressive Detroit Deli (Barak/Capitol), the group features T3 and Elzhi. Throughout the changes, Slum Village’s musical mission has remained constant: to deliver soul-stirring sonics that represent Detroit to the fullest. That vision is fully realized on Detroit Deli. Throughout the sensational 15-cut collection, T3 and Elzhi give listeners an intimate look at life in The D, from where they shop, hang with friends and eat to the type of cars they drive (check “Zoom”) and what clothes they wear. For “Rock The Bells”, they have reunited with original member Baatin for what is sure to be an amazing performance of songs spanning the group’s history.


He revolutionized rap production through groundbreaking studio wizardry. He made remixes matter more than the original songs. He established ad-libs as a standard recording asset. He introduced dramatic, forceful horns to rap’s sonic discussion. Pete Rock has notched these achievements during his impeccable recording, producing and remixing career, one of the most distinguished in rap history and one that includes collaborations with Nas, Common, Mary J. Blige, Ghostface Killa, Busta Rhymes, Public Enemy and Run-DMC, among many others.


Supernatural has been on the scene for more than 15 years, earning worldwide props for his high profile battles and freestyle showmanship. Constantly blowing audiences away with his on-stage magnetism, he was featured on the Word of Mouth tour alongside Dilated Peoples, Jurassic 5, & the Beat Junkies, and also toured with Linkin Park on the Projekt Revolution Tour.

at Park Ave CDs, Ticketmaster or the Firestone box office.


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