For nearly twenty years, Milwaukee’s Cactus Club has been among the finest live music venues in the Midwest, featuring such acts as The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, Interpol, Death Cab for Cutie, The Sword, High On Fire, The Faint, Bright Eyes, Eyedea & Abilities, Red Fang, Sylvan Esso, Redd Kross, Sharon Van Etten, Polica, Russian Circles, King Tuff, and countless other national, international, and local bands.
BLAX, always has had a passion for the spoken word. Over time and after finding his place in Hip hop, BLAX utilized rap to establish himself as an artist. Early on he began to pave his own lane and established himself as one of the Midwest’s rising emcees. In 2010 BLAX made a move to NYC where he landed an internship with Dame Dash at his former DD172 gallery/studio.
BLAX worked closely with Dame Dash, producer Ski Beatz, and the Jet Life family - mostly working behind the scenes. In 2011, after establishing himself in the Big Apple, BLAX released his first project on the East Coast - a double mixtape - that garnered nationwide appeal. Tastemakers from sites such as DJBooth and Allindstrom gave their nod of approval, while AllHipHop added BLAX (real name Adebisi) on their “Top 25 Underground Artists” list from 2011-13.
In March (2017) BLAX released his latest full length ep Be Well via his imprint Level 13 Entertainment. The album, which premiered on media giant HipHopDX was met with praise and has been featured on prominent media outlets such as TheSource and Therapfest. Most recently, the album Be Well was nominated for album of the year by 88.9 Radio Milwaukee.
CRASHprez was born from lonely musings in a suburban basement in Prince George’s County, MD. The “CRASH” originates from a poetry event in Baltimore in the summer of 2010: he almost passed out from dehydration and the homies clowned him for it, giving him the nickname. The “prez” comes from his time at Kettering Elementary: the school nurse told him he could be president one day.
CRASHprez is a hip-hop project rooted in the traditions of protest music, remix culture and digital DIY. Through an intersectional lens, he interrogates the triumphs and turmoil of modern society from the vantage of a millennial Black man in the United States. He’s shared stages with Chance the Rapper, Danny Brown, Vince Staples, Ab-Soul, and Lil B the Based God among many others.