Hip-hop artists from Athens and Louisiana team up for the Black Outside tour

If you missed 2022 Athens Music Walk of Fame nominee Ishues’ performance at AthFest last month, you have another chance to catch the local hip-hop legend on stage when the Black Outside National Tour kicks off next week downtown rolls.

Ishues and fellow Athens artist DK, along with Southeast Georgia’s Kid Arsenic, will perform for Louisiana MCs Alfred Banks and Marcel P. Black at The World Famous on July 12 at 9pm.

The concert is a partnership between the venue and ATHfactor-Liberty Entertainment, signaling a reimagining of First Tuesdays, a monthly hip-hop music and networking showcase that ran from 2016-2020.

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Banks recently completed three legs of a North American tour with fellow New Orleans musicians Tank & the Bangas, who were nominated for a 2020 Grammy for Best New Artist. Black, who hails from Baton Rouge, has shared the stage with hip-hop heavyweights Common, Jay Electronica, Mobb Deep and Run The Jewels among many others.

Kid Arsenic, who currently lives in Athens, started freestyle rapping in his school cafeteria when 16-year-old D’Sean Owens developed his hard-hitting and introspective lyrical style. Owen’s anti-bullying anthem “Birds” was featured in hip-hop publication Respect Magazine.

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The Black Outside Tour will next visit Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama before returning for dates in New Orleans and Lafayette, La, with local artists featured at each show. The July 13 concert at Smith’s Olde Bar will feature DJ sets by Atlanta turntablists D. Horton, Dolla Black and Rey Morado.

DK released his latest single “Get Out” back in February. Ishues is currently working on a follow-up to his 2020 album The Anti-Rapper.

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“It’s not just going to be a show, it’s going to be an experience,” said Montu Miller, CEO of ATHfactor-Liberty Entertainment, who will host the July 12 concert with DJ Chief Rocka. “This event will continue to bring additional exposure to Athens-based artists, many of whom are not recognized by mainstream Athens.”

The World Famous is located at 351 Hull St. Admission to the Black Outside Tour Show is $5 at the door. Music starts at 10pm

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