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Chicago, IL. 60618
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Abbey Pub

Qwel & Maker

Qwel & Maker

Scheme, The Palmer Squares, Epilep[c], RobKilla

Fri, November 30, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Abbey Pub

Chicago, IL


Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

Qwel & Maker
Qwel & Maker
QWEL: Recognized internationally as one of the most skilled and innovative lyricists since Hip-Hop’s inception, Qwel is not your average ambiguous applause monger. Seasoned within Chicago’s unrelenting battle circuit, the Chicago-based MC found his niche among his new found crew at University of Chicago’s WHPK Wednesday night rap show. There he met Denizen Kane and Qwazaar and soon after they formed Typical Cats. After their first album gained both national and international acclaim, Qwel embarked on his inevitable solo career which included the now classic albums The Rubber Duckie Experiment, If it Ain’t Been in a Pawnshop, Then it Can’t Play the Blues, and Dark Day.

After a barrage of successful releases on Galapagos4, Qwel would begin working on the 1st album in his Four Horsemen / Four Seasons series. Partnering with Maker on The Harvest marked the beginning of a collaboration, the depth of which we’re only now beginning to understand. Freezerburner (produced by Meaty Ogre) and The New Wine (produced by Kip Killagain) soon followed, with the series finale coming full circle as Qwel again called on Maker’s production talent for So Be It. The critical success of this album led the duo to make their occasional collaboration official with their 3rd album Owl on Galapagos4.

But even while staying occupied with the Four Horsemen / Four Seasons projects, Qwel still managed to release at least one album per year, including the long-awaited sophomore album from Typical Cats titled Civil Service in 2004. But from his prolific debut to his most recent works, Qwel has proven to be groundbreaking and continues to shatter the molds and preconceived notions set for Hip-Hop.

MAKER: Hailing from a city just 40 miles outside of Chicago named Aurora –known mostly for its advances in streetlight technology– Marco Jacobo (aka Maker) has spent the past 12 years honing his production talent, releasing a barrage of albums/45s/remixes, and spending a lion’s share of his non-studio time on the road.

But despite all this, you may not have heard his name mentioned until recently. Emerging from the vital Chicago underground Hip-Hop community of the late 90s, his role as producer naturally kept him behind the scenes, tweaking levels and digging for ‘breaks,’ yet fans quickly began to associate hard, organic drums and deftly chopped/arranged dusty samples with ‘The Sound of Maker.’

After collaborating on a short series of underground releases with local artists, his beat-making prowess brought upon the attention of Chicago indie Hip-Hop record labels Birthwrite, Galapagos4, and more recently Stonesthrow’s Now Again & Innovative Leisure imprints. As a lead producer he was 1/3 of the group Glue which consisted of Adeem (two-time Scribble Jam Champion) and DJ DQ (Animal Crackers), and over the past few years has released 3 albums with Qwel (The Harvest, So Be It, Owl) as well as the Graymaker album with Grayskull (Old Dominion, Fake Four).

These projects have afforded Maker the opportunity to perform alongside such notable, internationally-known artists like Pharcyde, De La Soul, Masta Ace, Prince Paul, Little Brother, Mike Relm, Mos Def, MF Doom, Cage, Sixtoo, Pete Rock, Afrika Bambaataa, Steinski, Greyboy, D-Styles, Z-Trip, Peanut Butter Wolf, Chairman Mao, Blu, Exile, Opus, DiVinci (Solillaquists of Sound), Daedelus, Edit (Glitch Mob), Gaslamp Killer, and many others with tour routes spanning the US, Europe, and Japan. And specifically, Glue was a featured artist on MTV2 & and showcased on Van’s Warped Tour.
Scheme is a vivid writer with a story to tell and an uncanny talent to point out with precision the realities of life. In 2006, with the help of the Molemen, Scheme delivered his first full length album, For My People, which was received extremely well by the local Chicago scene, as well as worldwide. He followed it up with two mixtapes; one with Visual (This Is Now) and one with Astonish and Decay (The Biz Vol. 1). Both mixtapes were praised as great pieces of work, which helped Scheme catapult himself further into the Hip Hop scene.

In 2009, Scheme released The Manifesto EP which garnered a lot of praise from fans and critics. With an appearance from Jean Grae and production from the Sound Merchants, the EP reached the world and made an incredible impact on Scheme's music career. The video for the song "Chicano" aired on MTV Jams and has gained Scheme a lot of attention on an international level.

In 2010, Scheme kept his momentum going by dropping yet another project; Same Rebel, New Cause (Mixtape) which was presented by Soul Assassins, Molemen, Ruby Hornet, and 2dopeboyz. He also followed that release with; Same Rebel, New Cause (Deluxe Edition), which features new songs, and new collaborations with Mikkey Halsted, Emilio Rojas, and more. Also to put a stamp on the great year Scheme had in 2010 he released the Helluva Year (Mixtape) as a token of appreciation to all of those who helped make 2010 a helluva year!
He's performed alongside; Lupe Fiasco , Crucial Conflict, Big KRIT, L.E.P., Vado, Vakill, Cool Kids, Juice, RhymeFest, Naledge, Qwel, Glue, DJ A-Trak, Fat Lip, Zion I, The Grouch, Mac Lethal, POS, Psalm One, MF Doom, and many more.
Everything is falling into place for Scheme. Hard work and talent is undeniable. Expect nothing less than greatness from this young artist.
The Palmer Squares
The Palmer Squares
Ac and Term have shared a number of things over the years, from a plate of nachos one time, to an unhealthy infatuation with polysyllabic rhyme schemes, to their very first mushroom trip. However, these two sissy boys most recently enjoy sharing various stages throughout the Chicagoland area and posting make out videos on YouTube. They can be considered: in the moment, on the edge, over the top, but under the radar. so turn on, tune in, and drop dead cuntface.
I started DJing at 18 and I have no signs of stopping soon.
IL State of Mind. MVRDER C∆PITAL.
Electric Powered Insomnia Leaves Earths People Conquered.
Rob switched gears towards a solo career after entering college, where his name was raised over a slew of events and competitions. Hundreds watched as he grew from up and comer to showstopper, rocking stages all over the Urbana Champaign and Midwest area.

He has been crowned Battle Rap Champion at the Courtyard Cafe and a known face in the Get Money Rap Battles. Rob has been featured on tracks with the likes of producer Sev Seveer, AMS Agent Mos, and Shaun "SCP" Peace. He has also performed at various local venues such as The Krannert Center for Performing Arts, The Canopy Club and Cowboy Monkey. Rob is know to rock shows with the UCHH Congress and, alongside SCP, has shared a stage with artists such as AMS, Blueprint and Illogic, Skrillex, Milk n Cookies, Hoodie Allen and Dave Coresh.

The Killa is currently in Chicago working on his newest project Kilmore.
Venue Information:
The Abbey Pub
3420 W. Grace St
Chicago, IL, 60618