Birthday Bash 2015: The-Dream, ‘Empire’s Yazz & More
Summer is fast-approaching and that means one thing: WPGC’s Birthday Bash. This year, we’re bringing in some big names in music and TV to bring down the house at Howard Theatre.
It’s a free, ticketed event — which means listen to 95.5 and come to our ticket blitzes to get in.
Who: The-Dream, Yazz (of ‘Empire’), TK-N-Cash, The Junkyard Band, Jidenna, DJ Young Music, Chedda da Connect, Fat Trel and Cool Amerika
Where: The Howard Theatre
When: Wednesday, June 3 | Doors open at 6 p.m. | Show starts at 7 p.m.
How: Listen to Win | Ticket Blitzes
Social: Use #BdayBash and follow @WPGC on Twitter and @WPGC955 on Instagram.
The-Dream has always transcended genre and category. From working with Celine Dion to switching gears and working with JAY Z, The-Dream is easily one of the biggest powerhouses in the game. Currently, he is promoting a pair of EPs, Crown and Jewels. “Crown is more modern R&B, and Jewel is more what you might think of as my songwriter side, the songs I might have given to other artists before,” The-Dream explains. “If you put me in a box, Jewel is more what you get when that box is open. But I’m not limited by any box I’ve been put in — every year I’m expanding and growing, and it makes for a more interesting plot.” The-Dream has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the world – Beyoncé, Jay Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Drake, Janet Jackson and dozens more. He will bring the hits to Birthday Bash unlike any other.
Yazz the Greatest
Bryshere Gray, also known to the world as Yazz the Greatest, is a Philadelphia-born artist influenced by the likes of Will Smith and Kanye West. This young hip-hop star quickly rose through the ranks as his Twitter and Instagram following grew exponentially. After sending in an audition tape to Fox, Yazz was flown to Los Angeles to audition in person for their hit show “Empire.” After running lines with Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, he was offered the role as Hakeem Lyons. “Empire” has grown to be one of the No. 1 new shows and continues to pull in massive ratings every week.
When TK met Cash, it was an instant musical connection. After forming TK-n-Ca$h, the duo formed Banq Boi Entertainment and began performing around Atlanta. After partaking in a talent search for Disturbing Tha Peace Records (Ludacris’ label), the two won and were offered a record deal. From that moment, TK-n-Ca$h have been consistently working on music and released their current No Handouts Mixtape. Their new single, “Mind Right,” is available now.
The Junkyard Band
A name given at birth, Jidenna means “embracing the father,” in the Igbo language. His music is a testimonial to the contrasting experiences that have shaped, complicated, and ultimately defined his life – an origin story that covers multiple continents, coasts, and calamities. Often described as a millennial version of Andre 3000, with the lyrical acumen of Kendrick Lamar and worldliness of Stromae, Jidenna continues to cultivate a singular approach to arts, culture and community.
DJ Young Music
When most six year olds were mastering the art of ramp jumping on their BMX’s, DJ Young Music was taking notes from Grammy-nominated producers such as Kevin “Khao” Cates (T.I., R. Kelly), who shared with him the importance of learning beat counts. By 11, he’d become seasoned enough to earn a tour invite from R&B crooner Ginuwine, then was subsequently promoted from roadie to official tour deejay at 16. Now at the tender age of 18 years, DJ Young Music is among D.C.’s most desirable assets.
Chedda da Connect
Coming out of Houston with a hardcore party rap sound akin to the work of Gucci Mane, rapper Chedda da Connect hit in 2014 after he released a steady stream of mixtapes. With producer Fred On Em behind the boards, Chedda released the singles “Flicka da Wrist” and “Why Not?” in 2014, sourced from his Catchin Playz 2 mixtape. The mixtape also featured a guest appearance from UGK member Bun B.
With robust cadence and an airtight flow, Fat Trel delivers a no-holds barred knockout blow every time he takes the mic. It’s a style that he cultivated while coming up at open mic nights in underground clubs at 18-years-old and he’s sharpened it. In 2013, fellow D.C. native and longtime friend Wale made an important phone call that would change Trel’s life. In the midst of Summer Jam concerts together, Wale handed his phone over to Trel — on the other end was none other than Maybach Music Group C.E.O. Rick Ross. He’s since been signed to MMG.
Cool Amerika duo, Bally Baby and Stunt, have been best friends since their families relocated to the Eastside of Atlanta, Ga., when they were kids. Their undying love for making great music and shared affection for high-end fashion remain key qualities that bind the group together. However, it would be their lingo and intoxicating stage presence that would lead to the group signing with one of Atlanta’s fastest-rising record labels Alliance Music Group (AMG), headed by veteran music executive “T-Money” and A-town rap legend “Baby D.”
Birthday Bash 2014
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