They call our city Nap because it’s the most slept-on city in America.
This is Native Sun’s answer to the question of how Indianapolis came to be nicknamed Nap Town. All too often, Indy locals lose faith in the spirit of their city and insist it’s named so because it’s a sleepy metropolis in the Midwest with nothing to do or see. This cultural crippling has subdued the drive to create in much of the city’s talent by bogging down artists with despair and leaving them with little hope for a chance to gain national recognition.
But the native sons of Native Sun have a different outlook on their city of Nap. It is their belief that Indianapolis harbors a wealth of talent, particularly in the vein of hip hop. Leading by example, the band envisions that traditional hip hop elements (compelling lyricism, dusty samples, dope beats) paired with the versatility of live instrumentation has the potential to create music that sounds like nothing before it.
Leveraging more than 20 years of combined experience as professional musicians and performers, B Meeks (bass), Sleepy (drums) and B Young (emcee) began to intertwine their musical backgrounds within the context of hip hop when Native Sun formed in 2008. The resourceful musicians draw from their familiarity in gospel, rock, electronic, jazz and soul, creating music that sounds much bigger than what one would expect from a 3 piece act. It is this solid foundation in live music (as compared to produced beats) that sets Native Sun apart from other hip hop groups.
Through their vision to be an example of success to artists in Indianapolis and similar places, Native Sun has earned a reputation as a first call backing band in the Indianapolis hip hop scene. They’ve had the honor of performing with Elzhi of Slum Village and DJ Logic, as well as opening for Foreign Exchange, Musiq Soulchild, Mayer Hawthorne, Black Milk and Muhsinah. After putting in more than 30 hours of grinding in the studio, Native Sun released its full-length debut album, Step Into The Light in August of 2012. Continuing to further push their creative limits, the band looks forward to releasing, The Undeniable EP and subsequent tour to follow in the Spring and Summer of 2014.
B Jazz & The Jazzhop Movement
LCP, as they’re called by their fans, have toured Europe twice and played venues across the U.S. The have hosted many shows including tributes to John Coltrane & Miles Davis (featuring trumpeter Pharez Whitted and emcee John Robinson), Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Guru and Motown’s 50th Anniversary. Collectively and individually they have played alongside Roy Hardgrove, K’Naan, Eric Roberson, Ghostface Killah, Rick Ross, Dwele, Raheem Devaughn and Isaac Hayes. They can found regularly playing at some of Columbus’ finest venues and festivals including Vonn Jazz, COMFEST, The Columbus Arts Festival, The Columbus Jazz & Rib Festival among other places.
Band members J Rawls (producer/deejay), Brandon “B Jazz” Scott (keyboards/producer), Rob Riley (drummer) and saxophone players Eddie Bayard and Charles Cooper, rotate special guests including DJ Krate Digga, singers Talisha Holmes, Renee Dion and Tia Stewart, emcee Speak Williams and guitarist Brandon Chapman for a distinct sound every time they play. They have released two albums collectively, The Liquid Crystal Project and The Liquid Crystal Project 2 and are working on a third album this summer. Well sought out as producers and sidemen, the musicians have also continued to produce individual projects for many local, national and international artists.
G.Finesse & Black Eagle
G. Finesse and the NS is a band from Columbus, Ohio with a unique blend of Hip Hop, Soul, Jazz, Funk and Reaggae sounds. They perform not only for the true Hip Hop heads, but for music enthusiasts, dancers, dreamers, young at heart, the driven and the elite. G. Finesse and the NS is the one of a kind live experience the game needs to pursue the Hip Hop instauration.