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Rap City: Ghostface Killah, DOOM, Chino XL

When:

Sat 9 Jun 2012, 8:00pm

Where: The Forum, 154 Flinders St, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: 18+

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Rap City launched in 2010 with DJ Premier, The Beatnuts, Masta Ace and Edo G, selling out shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide! Now in 2012 Rap City is expanding nationally to include Brisbane and Perth. The concept of Rap City is to bring high profile hip hop acts out together on one stage, and this year we welcome the co-founder of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan: Ghostface Killah. returning after a successful solo Australian tour in 2009. Joining him is rap's most revered supervillain DOOM and the “Puerto Rican Rhyme Slayer” Chino XL!

The man of many aliases, including Tony Starks, Ironman and Pretty Toney, Ghostface Killah is a founding member of one of rap’s most influential groups, the Wu-Tang Clan. As the most prolific and productive record maker from the Wu pantheon, Ghostface has had a successful career in his own right. His first solo LP Ironman, released in 1996, received platinum certification and hit #2 on the Billboard pop charts. In 2006, Ghostface teamed up with underground artist and Rap City compadre DOOM to produce several songs for Ghostface's 2006 album Fishscale, which debuted strongly in the #4 position on the U.S. charts and was voted Album of the Year in many notable hip hop publications.

With a career spanning 20 years and 16 album releases to date, Ghostface has become noted for both his up-tempo, stream-of-consciousness rap and, later in his career, for his emotionally charged raps and smooth constant flow. His collaboration roll call includes the likes of the Wu family, Redman, Busta Rhymes, The Game, Black Thought (The Roots), Mary J Blige, Styles P, Jadakiss and many more.

After the success of Fishscale and the later release Fish, it was announced that Ghostface and DOOM would team up for the collaboration album Swift & Changeable under the moniker DOOMStarks. A highly anticipated project, they released their first single last year, entitled 'Victory Laps', and are putting the finishing touches on the album.

Following a sold-out Australian tour last year, the masked lyricist, DOOM, is back to show off his superpowers of genius intellect and multi-syllabic rhyming! Dominating the underground rap scene for close to 20 years, the New York native has a passion for hip hop, storytelling, comic books and science fiction.

DOOM’s early career was tumultuous to say the least; after the accidental death of his brother and collaborator Subroc in 1993, he retreated from the hip hop scene for several years, disillusioned by the music business. Since that unfortunate time, he has taken his revenge against the industry through numerous successful releases including his solo albums as MF DOOM, Viktor Vaughn, and King Geedorah.

DOOM has also been a part of very successful collaborations including the critically acclaimed Madvillain (with Madlib), Danger DOOM (with Danger Mouse), and Sniperlite (aka Dilla Ghost DOOM, with J Dilla and Ghostface Killah). During his career he has joined forces with other big-name artists, including De La Soul, Rza, Talib Kweli, Prince Paul, Vast Aire, Peanut Butter Wolf, MF Grimm, OhNo, Thom Yorke (Radiohead) and many more.

Over the last few years it is speculated that impostors have performed in his place. Although there has been no confirmation of this, it may be true - it keeps in line with the story of Dr Doom’s comic books. (A frequent plot device in those comics was to reveal, at a story's end, that the heroes were actually fighting one of DOOM's many robot doubles, either working on his behalf, or a DOOMbot gone rogue impersonating him.) However, Australia can rest assured knowing that DOOM’s robot doubles will have to stay and wreak havoc in his homeland.

One of the most widely recognised names in the rap game, avid body builder and member of Mensa; Chino XL is known for his technically accomplished style, consisting of self-consciously over-the-top punchlines, exaggerated egotism and complex rhyme schemes.