Event type: Ages 19+
Tickets are available online now, or you will be able to purchase them at Play De Record starting Feb 16, 2015. VIP Meet & Greet tickets receive: A Moka Only album of their choice, A ILLA J album of their choice, an exclusive Torchlight Commission T-Shirt in their size, and a signed poster w/photo of you Moka and Illa J. (Choices of albums and shirt sizes subject to availability at the merch table) Value =$90.00 Savings of $30.00 CAD. MOKA ONLYʼS BIO If there's one thing that Moka Only's known for, more than his emcee and production abilities, it's his almost unfathomable work rate. In nearly two decades of rapping, the Victoria, BC native has released over 50 albums, worked under multiple aliases - including Ron Contour, The Durable Mammal and Flow Torch - and collaborated with the likes of J Dilla and MF Doom. He's also been a part of several groups, including Code Name: Scorpion, The Dominant Mammals, Cryptic Souls Crew and most notably the platinum selling Swollen Members, which he cofounded and named. It's no wonder they call him "The Most Prolific." To Moka Only, though, that work rate doesn't seem like a big deal."I don't think there's anything special about it," he says "I don't see why it's such a difficult thing for artists to grasp. I hear other people say "How do you do it?" How do you not do it? Music's my only job." Moka Only started first fell in love with hip-hop in middle school. He says there was "nothing else like" the music and culture. He quickly began rapping and writing graffiti, but says he didn't really take it particularly seriously until he was in his late teens. It was then that he opted to put down the spray can and start rhyming full time. "I was really into going out on night missions and trying to make my mark," he says. "I got a little name through graffiti, but when I had to choose between the two, I didn't want to be involved in illegal activities while trying to push a professional music career." In 1995, Moka Only co-founded the Swollen Members after returning to Canada following a stint in San Diego. (He came up with the name in a Denny's, because he liked the double entendre.) That said, he soon left the group to work on his solo material. While Only may have an almost mind blowing number of releases under his belt, his commercial peak came when he re-joined the Swollen Members in 2002. The group won multiple Junos and several number one hits. In 2005, Only left the group again, concerned that it was taking time away from his solo work. "There was a period where, after we had really hit the high point, I grew a bit tired and a bit disillusioned with it and had to go solo again," he says. "I think that had to do with maturity at the time, or lack thereof. I feel now I'd be able to balance things a lot better." Moka Only is also renowned as a man of many names, releasing under pseudonyms like Ron Contour and Torch. He says that the different aliases allow him to tell different stories. "In hip-hop, people expect you to tell the same story you've always been telling," he says. "In other forms of music, it seems like artists are allowed to try on different authors hats. In hip-hop you're just supposed to be telling your autobiography. Other aliases allow me to be different characters, or even different aspects of my own character." Somewhat amazingly, Only says his goal for the coming year is to "go back to being prolific." He says that he felt like he was a little lazy in 2012, only releasing one bona fide solo album. (He also released a collaborative record, as well as the latest edition of his more "sonically experimental" Martian Xmas series.) "When I say I want to put out a project a month, I could do that," he says. "I have a lot of old, unreleased material. I could put out some older material one month, then a new project, and the next month could be an instrumental project." Website: www.mokaonly.net Moka Only Awards: 2001 Best Rap Recording (Swollen Members) Juno Award 2002 Best Rap Recording (Swollen Members) Juno Award 2003 Rap Recording of the Year (Swollen Members) Juno Award 2002 - MuchVIBE Best Rap Video ("Fuel Injected" feat. Moka Only and directed by Wendy Morgan) 2002 - MuchMusic Best Director ("Fuel Injected" feat. Moka Only and directed by Wendy Morgan) 2002 - MuchMusic VideoFACT Award ("Fuel Injected" feat. Moka Only and directed by Wendy Morgan) 2002 - MuchMusic Best Independent Video ("Fuel Injected" feat. Moka Only and directed by Wendy Morgan) 2003 - MuchVIBE Best Rap Video ("Breathe" feat. Nelly Furtado and directed by Todd McFarlane) 2002 - Canadian Radio Music Awards Breakthrough Artist ("Fuel Injected" feat. Moka Only) 2002 - West Coast Music Awards Best Urban Release (Bad Dreams) 2002 - The Georgia Straight Readers Choice Best Urban Act 2003 - COCA Campus Entertainment Awards Entertainer of the Year 2003 - Western Canadian Music Awards Outstanding Rap/Hip Hop Recording ("Monsters In The Closet") 2003 - Western Canadian Music Awards Outstanding Video ("Breathe" feat. Nelly Furtado) Won the first ever RFR broadcast standards award. Won "Most Fabulous Canadian Man" Award in 2009, given by Livia Murray Incorporated. Moka Only Music Videos: 2014 Inside My Heart - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1YTnl8wdck You wonʼt get much higher (Live) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqdYySRM43I 2013 Tighten Up - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvWdopC515Q Dragonʼs Gate w/ Def3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ-u3S0-R3k 2012 Sleeping Dogs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj-4s36nD20 Come Along - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq89zayQ3uA The Mustard Station w/ Ghettosocks, Muneshine, Timbuktu & Jeff Spec - https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFuJDuV5-XU Hustle Hustle Lemonade - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZAoJWU1nGA Wondrous Things w/ Ron Contour & Factor - https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=auBNCONTCXA Crickets w/ Chief - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gmbz0Fonet8 Elephant w/ Evil Ebenezer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2wNkjMZBgY Letʼs Roll w/ Evil Ebenezer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtPB8DVLCx8 Green w/ Evil Ebenezer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3Nhs4EyPzs Elephant remix w/ Evil Ebenezer & Snak The Ripper - https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Ndlzx-JAVzc ILLA Jʼs Bio John Derek Yancey better known as �Illa J� (born October 13, 1986 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American rapper, singer, producer & songwriter. He is a solo artist but was also an active member of Detroit based groups Slum Village and Yancey Boys. He also has another alias �John Regal�. He taught himself how to play the piano, had bass lessons and continuously has vocal training. As an independent artist, he has released three albums, 2008ʼs solo debut album (also the one for which he is the most recognized for) - Yancey Boys, 2013ʼs Evolution (as Slum Village along with rapper T3 and Producer Young RJ) and 2013ʼs Sunset Blvd. (as Yancey Boys along with Frank Nitt and Illa Jʼs big brother, James Dewitt Yancey (1974-2006) aka J Dilla, on the production). Illa J also has two EPʼs, 2007ʼs Illa J, 2010ʼs 4 Past Midnite and two mixtapes 2012ʼs Dirty Slums and 2013ʼs Dirty Slums 2 (both as Slum Village). In 2014 he has been working on recording his next solo album, mostly produced by Potatohead People. He magically has released all this work without being signed. He has done interviews and specials for Sway in the Morning with Sway Calloway, Mass Appeal Magazine, HipHopDX, URB Magazine, XXL magazine, etc. Since 2007, Illa J has toured in Japan, Europe and has had shows in Chile and Canada. As Slum Village, Illa J has also toured many times in Europe, the USA, Canada and have had shows in Greece, Chile and Brazil. However, 2013 has been the busiest year for Illa J in the studio and on the road. With almost 100 booked shows with Slum Village for 2012-2013 he has recorded and released Sunset Blvd and Evolution. He also took part in the Welcome to DillaVille - A tribute to J Dilla Tour along with SlimKid3 from Pharcyde, Guilty Simpson, Frank N Dank and Slum Village. Connect with Illa J Facebook - Illa J - https://www.facebook.com/illajmusic Twitter - @illaj https://twitter.com/illaj Instagram - @johnregal1 http://instagram.com/johnregal1/ Souncloud � Illa J - https://soundcloud.com/realillaj ILLA J Latest Releases Tracks - Illa J � Cannonball (Prod. Nick Wisdom & Noo-Bap) https://soundcloud.com/realillaj/ illa-jcannonballprod- nickwisdom-noobap - Potatohead People � Whatever It is, Itʼs Working ft. Illa J, Frank Nitt & Jon Rogers https://soundcloud.com/nickwisdom/whateverwhatever - Illa J & Potatohead People � Never Left https://soundcloud.com/nickwisdom/ illajneverleft ILLA Jʼs Music/Videos Album: Yancey Boys (Illa J & Frank Nitt) � Sunset Blvd. � 2013 - Quicksand � ft. Common & Dezi Paige https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=3Vhwa5a9WbY - The Fisherman � ft. Vice, Detroit Serious & J Rocc https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=hErWq- TqSuQ ILLA Jʼs Other Music Videos - Slum Village ft. Illa J � The Reunion pt.2 (2010) � https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=M8qTg- RXpn4 - DJ Dacel ft. Illa J & Frank Nitt � Joakings To Detroit (2012) � https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbSN9dtFUbw - Cris Prolific ft. Illa J � Voyage (2010) - https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=TTBlOvNzXzQ ILLA J Interviews Sway In The Morning (2013) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=725KckhdJjI PinBoardBlog (2009) � https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmSQhZc14gA Hip Hop Official (2009) � https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmSQhZc14gA
Cutoff for Advance Online Ticket Sales is Thursday, March 12, 2015 6:29 pm EST unless the event sells out earlier.