The Partier Live Presents:


Big Zach, Absent

Fri, March 29, 2013

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm


Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 18 and over

You are now about to embark on a unique adventure where time, sound, and reality all have different meaning. No you won't be hanging with Pee-Wee Herman money, your guide for this ride is none other than Reggie Noble BKA Redman, and the place with all the bass just happens to be The Dark Side. There's no need to go into how Redman came on the scene housin' $%&! right ? What! Your memory is failing you? Don't ask somebody, I'm about to school ya. After years tearing it out the frame doing classic freestyles across the Tri-state area, Redman burst out upon the Hip-Hop scene in 1991 by catching wreck with his gift of vocab on the EPMD tracks "Hardcore and "Brothers On My Jock."

Soon after he gained more props by releasing his first funky single "Blow Your Mind" off the now Gold debut album "Whut? Thee Album." It contained gem tracks such as "Time 4 some Akshun" and "Tonight's The Night." Besides that, Redman was also a powerful force in The Hit Squad, a crew in Hip-Hop so revered any mention of the name brought instant respect.But that was two years ago, and a lot has happened in between. In 1993 Redman was voted by The Source as the top rap artist of the year. And Now Redman returns to reveal "Dare Is A Dark Side", his highly anticipated follow-up on Def Jam Recordings.

The title for the new platter came easily as the mc has gone through a barrage of stress, trials and tribulations career wise, in addition to the everyday struggle of maintaining out in society. After a quick trip to the corner store for a couple of phillips, he broke it down to me, "My meaning of the dark side is deep and real. All that shit I was GOING thou, I was like "This don't make sense." So you know what? I may just let shit go on this album to the dark side. Everybody's got a dark side, but they don't let it come out by pretending and grinning up in your face, and when they get home, they're on a whole different note. It wasn't about no gimmick. It's strictly real. The shit is dark but it's still funky."

Ah yes, the funk. That word combined with Redman go together like rice and beans. "Dare Is A Dark Side" packs the same quality head-noddin' funk the Hip-Hop nation came to love about "Whut...", but it also contains if possible a heavier bottom groove on 17 tracks. For example the first single, "Rockafella" contains hypnotizing bassline that symbolizes traditional east coast funk, cleverly merged with snippets of samples that will undoubtedly bring mad love from the west. "Rockafella" is also a personal special jam as it's dedicated to his man Rockafella, who was tragically gunned down just before the process of Redman putting him on. Redman states, "He had mad songs and he gave 'em to me because I was trying to let people hear him and stuff.

So I was like fuck it, I can't do nothing but let the world hear him (on the intro). The track "Cosmic Slop" features Redman gettin' biz with his present Def Squad family members Keith Murray and Erick Sermon the only way they know how. "Can't Wait" is a padlock to be a favorite in the rides as it carries the same vein of the previous butter track "Tonight"'s The Night." The joint "Green Island" finds Reggie Noble flippin' lyrics over a Caribbean -type beat to be believed. Other dope tracks such as "Da Game" and "Slide And Rock On" spotlights Redman doing what he does best, rhyming his ass of while even more importantly, showing us his captivating personality that gets heads open. Not too many mc's can lift the choruses from "Hey D.J." and a Prince jam, and in a comedic fashion, flip them, and be talking about blunts, But the treats don't end there.

The funkadelic devil does a wicked duet with Hurricane G on "Werun N.Y." and every single person that dug the first album "Sooperman Luva." Redman has succeeded again on the production tip. He knocked five joints himself, while benefiting from the fly skills of the Funklord Erick Sermon and coming Funky Noble Productions producer Rockwilder who completed the package with him.
Big Zach
Big Zach
New MC (a.k.a. Big Zach) is a longtime staple of the underground hip-hop movement in Minnesota. As a teenager, Zach jumped on the scene early with his crew the Kanser Troop, playing coffee shop shows and opening for Twin Cities pioneers such as Urban Atmosphere (now known as just Atmosphere, of course) the Abstract Pack, the Micranots, Musab, and others. In 1997 Kanser pushed over 1,000 copies of Now, an album produced on Atmosphere producer ANT’s 4-track and dubbed by hand to cassette. By age 20, Zach was booking/hosting and co-running “Headspin Sundays,” the now-legendary all-ages Hip Hop weekly held at the late Bon Appetit Cafe—it was an event that launched the careers of many in the current Twin Cities hip-hop scene. Groups like Brother Ali, Odd Jobs, Unknown Prophets, DJ K-Salaam, and Leroy Smokes are just a few of the many bands that played Headspin Sundays.

At age 24, Zach reinvented himself by starting a new band called Traditional Methods and featuring Heiruspecs bassist player from Sean McPherson and singer/MC Sarah White. Traditional Methods’ politically-fueled and spiritually motivated music got a quick, hot buzz around the Twin Cities’ Metro area. The release party for their one and only CD Falling Forward drew nearly 800 people to First Avenue’s main room in June of 2004.
“Sarah White is one of the best female MCs in Minnesota and New MC never sounded so good” – City Pages
Just as “Eight Mile” began to raise the profile of battle rap in early 2002, Zach began hosting the most legendary MC battles ever held in Minnesota, events that took place at Dinkytown’s Loring Pasta Bar every third Monday. After stepping down as host, Zach won the one-year anniversary Battle at the Loring in February of 2003. Since that time, he’s won the Midwest Showdown MC Battle at First Ave in September 2003, the MC Battle at the Twin Cities Celebration of Hip-Hop in 2004 and 2005, the regional round of the Scribble Jam MC Battle in Minneapolis in 2004, going on to represent Minnesota at Scribble Jam in Cincinnati.
Beyond all the awards and accomplishments, though, lies more than a need to simply stock his shelves with trophies and albums. Zach reps the Midwest and real rap music with a fierce do-it-yourself ethic and a genuine desire to build with all kinds of people, and that’s what’s led he and his group Kanser to tour harder than ever over the past ten plus years, doing hundreds of shows and selling thousands of records independently.

In 2007 Zach released a solo album called “White Jesus” produced by ANT, Big Jess, 84 Caprise, Buck KAC, and Dillon Parker. White Jesus created a large local buzz that has helped to launch Zach into the higher level of respect among the local rap scene.

Leading into a new decade Zach and the other rapper in Kanser, Unicus have become part of a live, hip-hop band called More Than Tights. More Than Lights have been able to bridge the gap between the festival scene and the underground hip-hop scene in the Midwest. Their first release party in November of 2009 attracted close to 1,000 attendees. After a solid year of touring, playing Midwest shows, and outdoor festivals, More Than Lights’ second release show sold out the Fine Line Music Cafe in Downtown Minneapolis, in January of 2011.

Big Zach joined No Static Records in early 2010 and served as one of the main building blocks for No Static’s growth. Big Zach, Kanser, and More Than Lights are looking forward to the future.
Absent was born a Gemini on May 26th in the land of 10,000 lakes. His love for hip hop began at an early age. By high school, he was freestyling over the instrumentals of his favorite classics. By college, he was frequenting ciphers, rocking house parties and getting his first taste of the battle scene. However, after dropping out of college in 2002, his music was put on the back burner.

Like most people, Absent has suffered losses and overcome many obstacles throughout his lifetime. In July of 2005 he entered a rehabilitation program for drug and alcohol abuse. Shortly after getting his first glimpse of sobriety, he made a decision to pursue his dream of being a successful hip hop artist.

In the fall of 2006, Absent began work on his first project. The 8 song EP entitled “The Birth of a Legend”, quickly created a buzz throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. Absent’s momentum barreled all the way through 2008 with the release of a mixtape entitled “Urban Adventure Vol 1″ which featured him on every song. In January of 2008, Absent recieved an award for being the “Twin Cities Best White Rapper” at the 2nd annual TC Hip Hop Awards. By the end of the year, he had joined forces with a prominent Minnesota indie label called SP Style and continued work on his 1st full length solo album. In the Spring of 2008 Absent was a featured SP Style Spring Break artist and performed live shows in sunny Mazatlan, Mexico.

May of 2009 welcomed the release of Absent’s freshman album, ”Love 2 Hate Me” which kicked off with a sold out release party at the legendary First Avenue 7th st Entry in downtown Minneapolis. The album was executive produced by DJ D.Mil and featured national recording artists Royce Da 5’9” (Shady Records), Lil Flip (Clover G Records), and the SP Style All-Stars. From June of 2010 all the way through June of 2011, Absent was featured on several regional tours with the likes of platinum selling artist Lil Flip, and independent powerhouses Stevie Stone (Strange Music), Hopsin (Ruthless Records), Skatterman (formerly of Strange Music), and more. In March of 2011, Sp Style released a Coast2Coast Mixtape featuring Absent and the rest of the SP Style All-Stars which received over 200,000 downloads and impressions on the world wide web.

Absent is currently touring regionally with upcoming concert dates in Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. He is also preparing to release his 2nd full length solo project entitled “Amber Alert” in the fall of 2011. The album features national vocal support from Royce Da 5’9’’, Glasses Malone, Slaine, Stevie Stone, Skatterman, Phil the Agony, Mr. Gene Poole, and the Sp Style All-Stars. With production from DJ D.Mil, J.Cardim, Lawst, and more. A portion of the proceeds from this project will be donated to a local missing children’s fund.

This talented, humble artist writes all of his own lyrics and is known by his peers to be an extremely driven, motivated and ambitious emcee. In just a short period of time, Absent has overcome adversity and established himself as one of the Midwest regions elite emcees.

*Over the course of his ongoing career, Absent has performed live with the likes of Ice-T, Royce Da 5’9’’, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Talib Kweli, Obie Trice, D12, Too $hort, Twista, Tech N9ne, Do or Die, Yukmouth, Luniz, Chamillionaire, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, Saigon, Lil Flip, Immortal Technique, Haystack, Stevie Stone, Skatterman, Snug Brim, Eydea and Abilities, Rehab, Lil Eazy-E, Bonecrusher, Lil Scrappy, Mims, The Game, Glasses Malone, Wu Tang Clan, Lil Wyte, Kutt Calhoun, Hopsin, Big Boi (OutKast), Redman and more.

*Easy to find on the web: Twitter @absentraps, Facebook/absentraps,, and make sure to check out the “absentraps” channel on Youtube.
Venue Information:
The Cabooze
917 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN, 55404