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Lushlife & YIKES the ZERO Opening for Kool Keith at KFN Feb. 19

Legendary alien emcee Kool Keith will be gracing the stage of Kung Fu Necktie once again this evening for a sold-out show. Though he already performed last night (due to popular demand), this showcase is the one you want to be at with its killer local supporting lineup. Multi-talented producer/emcee Lushlife will be coming out of performance hibernation for this special event. Lush has been quiet of late, and we can only hope that it is because he's been focused in the lab preparing to drop a bomb of beats and rhymes on the world with his long-awaited follow-up to Plateau Vision. Also returning this evening to the Front Street watering hole is YIKES the ZERO and his DJ Caliph-NOW. YIKES has been a perfect pairing with our headliner for this two-night run. His eccentric releases and willingness/ability to collaborate with other artists represent what Kool Keith has accomplished throughout his storied career. This event is surely a celebration of the road less traveled in hip hop! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7pm, $20 (Sold Out), 21+ (Lushlife Photo by Meredith Kleiber) - Q.D. Tran


New YIKES the ZERO LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

YIKES the ZERO recently dropped his latest full-length album Yikey The Giant Slayer. The experimental producer/emcee simply doesn't sound like any artist coming out of Philly's underground hip-hop scene, and that's obviously a good thing to us. YIKES will be celebrating the record's release this Thursday, July 24 at Kung Fu Necktie with support from Old Hands, Hang-Up to Flat, and Carl Kavorkian.


YIKES the ZERO Opening for The White Mandingos at KFN Sept. 25

Emcee/producer YIKES the ZERO is a low-key fella. He doesn’t go around taking every chance to promote himself like other rappers who are always waiting to retweet every mention of their handle. Instead, he unassumingly goes about his business everyday while continuing to create some seriously unique tracks. He’s nearly finished with the follow-up to his slept-on 2012 release A Kid And His Monster, and you’ll get a taste of what he’s been working on lately this evening when YIKES opens at Kung Fu Necktie for The White Mandingos, featuring legendary founding member of Bad Brains Darryl Jenifer, emcee Murs and Sacha Jenkins SHR. Also on the bill are hard-hitting, politically-charged locals The Might Paradocs. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $12 adv/$14 door, 21+ - Q.D. Tran


Popular Science w/YIKES the ZERO at KFN Jan. 11

This Friday night at Kung Fu Necktie’s Popular Science party, there are going to be beats, beats and more beats. In fact, beats by way of five musical acts, one of them being Philly’s own YIKES the ZERO. Just think of one of his albums as a single painting by Henri Matisse. The similarities? Abstract approach, flow and contrast. Differences? Well, Matisse paints; YIKES the ZERO rhymes. This isn’t the stereotypical mainstream approach to rap - complaining about the usual bitches, hoes ‘n’ bros - it’s all about addressing hip-hop roots, keeping it light-hearted, informative, and providing that contrast through ominous vox over creative beats. YIKES the ZERO isn’t the only one making this a beat-tastic night. Joining him will be Popular Science masterminds Grimace Federation and Sonkin, Binary Bits, and Houston’s Wheez-ie keeping things bass-y. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front St., 10pm, $8, 21+ - Brandi Lukas


YIKES the ZERO Release Show at KFN July 27

With hazy beats, mesh of samples, and laid-back, yet almost-sinister flow, local emcee YIKES the ZERO sounds primed to take up Madvillain’s mantle as “America’s Most Blunted.” Tonight, his new album, A Kid And His Monsters, gets a much-deserved release party at Kung Fu Necktie. Released via Bandcamp just a couple weeks ago, A Kid And His Monsters is absolutely filthy, a stellar example of abstract, sample-heavy indie hip hop, and a great record that’s sure to translate live. Still not convinced? Opener E.Grizzly has described YIKES the ZERO and fellow performer Tommy Tucker as “nerd rap” on his personal blog because “all these dudes would be unstoppable in a hip-hop Trivial Pursuit tournament.” Philly underground hip hop continues to rise this evening so don’t miss out! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7:30pm, $5, 21+ - Adam Downer


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