Lyricist Lounge
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Lyricist Lounge
Lyricist Lounge
GenreHip Hop music
Location(s)United States
Years active1991 - present
Founded byDanny Castro, Ant Marshall

The Lyricist Lounge is a hip hop showcase of rappers, emcees, DJs, and Graffiti artists.

It has spawned the album Lyricist Lounge, Volume One, Lyricist Lounge 2 and Lyricist Lounge & Ecko Unlimited presents: Underground Airplay, as well as a television show, The Lyricist Lounge Show.[1]

The Lyricist Lounge was founded in 1991 by hip hop aficionados Danny Castro and Anthony Marshall. It was a series of open mic events hosted in a small studio apartment in the Lower East Side section of New York City.

West Coast events

Date City Venue Lineup
May 30, 2009 San Francisco, California MIGHTY, 119 Utah St. Featuring Pacific Division, U-N-I, and Mickey Factz. Also HOPE, Tiron, Ayomari & J Billion with DJ Ant Marshall, DJ Haylow (D2S) - with a video DJ set, DJ Strategy

East Coast events

Date City Venue Lineup Attendance
October 2007 New York City Southpaw Lyricist Lounge & Afro Punk Presents: Kings Of Rock showcase. Performances by M.O.P., Game Rebellion & Lordz Of Brooklyn 500
August 2007 Brooklyn, New York Prospect Park Celebrate Brooklyn event with Performances By KRS-One, Lady Bug Mecca, DJ Scratch and others 8000 (sold out)
May 2007 New York City Southpaw CCarte Blanche Tour with Performances by Slum Village, Phat Cat, Illa J (Jay Dilla's brother) & Blitz the Ambassador 350
February 17, 1998 Las Vegas, Nevada Club Rio Hotel & Casino Hosted by Guru of Gang starr. Sponsored by Rap Pages, Willie Esco, Spiewak and U.B. Tuff Clothing. Notable performances by The Roots, Whoriders, M.O.P., Medusa & Bushwick Bill 1200
February 12, 1998 Atlanta, Georgia Club Kaya Hosted by Cocoa Brovas. Sponsored by Loud Records, ASCAP. Notable performances by Dead Prez & Cocoa Brovas. 750
January 27, 1998 New York City Latin Quarter Hosted by Fat Joe. Sponsored by Mecca Clothing, Stress Magazine, and Relativity Records. Notable Performances by M.O.P, Big Punisher, Hussein Fatal, Eminem, Tony Stanz. 2000
December 16, 1997 New York City Latin Quarter Hosted by Lost Boyz. Sponsored by ASCAP, Stress Magazine. Notable performances by Word of Mouth, P-Dap, Jesse West & Nine, Large Professor, Dead Prez, Destruct & Icon. 1500
December 10, 1997 Atlanta, Georgia Club Kaya Hosted by Goodie Mob. Sponsored by Rawkus Records. Notable performances by Eternal Reflections, Company Flow, BHA Enterprize, Mass-Influence, Micronaughts, Ghetto All-Stars. 700
August 22, 1997 New York City El Flamingo Hosted by Common. Sponsored by URB, BMI, and Relativity Records. Notable performances by The Beatnuts, Mos Def, Cipher Complete, Royal Flush, and Rah Digga. 875
May 26, 1997 New York City Tramps Hosted by Buckshot of the Boot Camp Click. Sponsored by Rawkus Entertainment, Rudeboy Clothing, and Urb Magazine. Notable performances by Survival Sounds, Company Flow, Teflon, Natural Elements, Building Block, Supernatural, Cru, & Mr. Complex. 750
Winter 1991 New York City 45 Orchard St. Educated Rapper, Da Bush Babees, Moptops, Doug E. Fresh, Jamal Ski 25

September 2000 tour

City Venue Sponsors Lineup
16 U.S. cities,, Rawkus Records, and Rotating line up of headlining performers include Mos Def, Bernie Worrell (of Parliament/Funkadelic), Slum Village, Bahamadia, Wordsworth, Piakhan, Will Calhoun (of Living Colour) and Dr. Know (of Bad Brains).

November 1999 tour

City Venue Sponsors Lineup
13 U.S. Cities MP3.COM, Tommy Boy Records, Priority Records, and Famous Artist Booking Agency Rotating line up of headlining performers include Slick Rick, EPMD, Outsidaz, Royce da 5'9", Planet Asia and others

September 1998 tour

City Venue Sponsors Lineup
11 U.S. cities House of Blues (LA/Chicago), The Tunnel (NY), Cameo Theater (Miami), Maritime Hall (SF),Avalon (Boston) and Electric Factory (PA). EXSTO XXIV VII clothing, Blaze Magazine, 550 Music/Sony, Relativity Records, Loud Records, Rawkus Records, Tommy Boy/Black Label Records, and Open Mic Records. Rotating line up of headlining performers include Slick Rick, Black Star, Big Pun, KRS-One, De La Soul, Kid Capri, The Roots, Common, The Last Emperor, Defari, Da Matrix, Dead Prez and future superstars Eminem and Royce da 5'9

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