Downstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM
Thursday May 16, 2019
A product from the Harlem music scene, S’natra is paving his way to stardom while staying grounded to the city that raised him. Being raised by Dominican immigrant parents, S’natra found his connection to music through his father’s record collection, hearing Frank Sinatra's voice bouncing off the walls of his family home. Through his early days navigating the New York rap scene, S’natra had released two mixtapes before ending up in the studio with Ivan Jackson of the Grammy-winning Brasstracks to start working on what would later become his first official full length project, Subject To Change. Following the release of Subject To Change, S’natra found himself opening for artists such as Isaiah Rashad, performing at Coachella, and playing at venues across the US, resulting in him signing with CAA.
S’natra’s debut mixtape Subject To Change was premiered by Okayplayer and met with critical acclaim. It draws inspiration from his roots in Harlem and his Dominican heritage and pays homage to New York’s classics such as Nas’ "Illmatic". DJ Booth claimed Subject to Change was, “one of the year’s most lively and resonant releases.” NEST HQ claimed, “S’natra rides a dextrous flow, slipping between slow singing and rapid rhyme flipping.” Hypebeast said that Subject to Change, “put the game on notice” and Deli Magazine said that, “S’natrais one of the few emcees who is simultaneously fighting against and indulging in contemporary techniques, and it’s a winning combination.” Tracks like “Off Key” show off S’natra’s unique ability to switch up his style and flow allow for his storytelling to shine. His ability to go from a more trappy style into a soulful song like “Number One” allows for fans of all ages to agree that S’natra is on to something special.
S’natra recently appeared on Young Thug protégé and signee T-Shyne’s debut album The Immaculate on the song “9 Lives” where the two tell a very real and nerve racking story about life in the streets. Earlier this year S’natra performed at Live Nation’s Ones to Watch showcase and is headlining a show at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right later this month. S’natra is an emerging artist with humbled roots traced to the city of Harlem where a growing community of fans, artists, and producers are rooting for him.
Rising lyricist Akinyemi [ah-kin-yeh-me] has grabbed the attention of audiences with his unapologetically honest take on the struggles and beauty of the human condition. The Nigerian 23-year-old’s name means “fated to be a warrior” in Yoruba. Akinyemi embodies that inner warrior in his music. Although his sound mirrors hip-hop legends such as A Tribe Called Quest as well as newer artists like Mick Jenkins and Anderson Paak, he creates original and experimental melodies that include sounds and samples considered foreign in hip-hop. Akinyemi, who lives in Queens, recently opened for acts Berhana, Sylvan LaCue, Heems, GASHI, Chester Watson, Mal Devisa, and many others. His debut EP, Summers, has received global recognition; it’s even in rotation at Adidas flagship stores worldwide. Akinyemi has been featured in The Village Voice, Mass Appeal, and Huffington Post's "BARS" (which drew over a million views via Facebook), and many others. Akinyemi also has also dabbled in modeling, including for Spike Lee's clothing line, Defend Brooklyn, and for Steve Harvey, among others.