Local hip-hop acts Riders Against the Storm (R.A.S.) Kydd Jones, Crew54, and Bavu Blakes feat. C.J Edwards are all opening up for Mos Def aka Yasiin Bey at Emo’s East on Tuesday, October 30. They recently stopped by Studio 1A to remind us that Austin has a vibrant hip-hop scene, that is too good to be overlooked. Listen to the performance and interviews RIGHT HERE!
This husband-wife hip hop duo operates from a boundless space and time. Being as Fly & Fresh as possible are also always two parts of the equation the duo never forgets. Therefore, RAS doesn’t leave anything behind as they send themselves and their audiences into new portals of light and life. You have to get up to get down!
“#NoResume” [audio:https://kutx.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Riders-R.A.S-1A.mp3|titles=R.A.S 1A]
Born and raised in Austin, TX, Randell Jones, aka “Kydd”, is no stranger to music and is hailed for his lyrical ingenuity. Music was his first love as a child and soon took center stage in Kydd’s life. Kydd is a three-time SXSW Showcase artist and an A3C 2012 showcase artist. He has also toured numerous times, including The Red Bull Skooled Tour, LRG Homegrown Tour, Yelawolf Texas Tour, Big Sean College Tour, Sneaker Pimps Tour, and with The Cool Kids.
“Jungle” [audio:https://kutx.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Riders-Kydd-in-1A.mp3|titles=Kydd in 1A]
It all pretty much started in Austin, TX, where Bavu got a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Texas, hosted “Bavu’s Revue” on KAZI 88.7 FM and a TV show called “Smooth”, served as Urban Music Director of Music and Entertainment Television, rapped and sang on 14 vinyl records, performed at music festivals including Austin City Limits and South by Southwest, freelanced a bit for the Austin American-Statesman, taught an after-school program and kept busy. Blakes has shared the stage with and/or interviewed many artists including Wynton Marsalis, Blackeyed Peas, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg, The Roots, Dallas Austin, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, Common and many more. After a brief stint in L.A., we’re so happy to have him back in Texas.
“Southern Man” [audio:https://kutx.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Riders-Bavu-Blakes-in-1A.mp3|titles=Bavu Blakes in 1A]