Survival of The Illest Tour @ Roseland + WIN Tickets | July 24

(Win a pair of tickets to this show. Look at end of the post for details)

Posted by Sara Moskovitz

Survival of the Illest Tour with Slick Rick, Rahzel, The Beatnuts

Rahzel Iron Man

80's babies beware: This could be one of the livest hip hop shows to embrace a Portland stage 2009 has witnessed. In a well-rounded representation of the golden era — that brief but saturated and glorious time in hip hop's infancy when emcees told bed-time stories, could simultaneously beat box a song's melody and chorus and a group could maintain unity past their initial 15 minutes of fame — the Survival of the Illest tour hits the cavernous Roseland stage this Friday representing three out of five New York's boroughs, grimy lyrical tactics and neck cracking beats.

Sponsored in part by PDX Hip Hop, Rockstar energy drink, Lunatik clothing, non-profits SEI (Self Enhancement Incorporated) and the Oregon Food Bank, the tour enters the ring with a 3-round K.O. promise, showcasing English-accented (the country, not the language), bling and eye patch donning Slick Rick (fingers are crossed he performs Ricky classics like "La Di Da Di" and "Children's Story"), master of impressive throat noise techniques Rahzel (fingers are crossed that he covers Aaliyah's "If Your Mother Only Knew") and South America's most wanted duo JuJu and Psycho Les as The Beatnuts (here's to their sing-a-longs "No Escaping This" and "Off the Books").

The concert will also make space for the following featured artists:

Dime Piece | Eye popping profile photographs and city scenery. Look out for her show shots, which will be taken live during the concert.

Tayze318 | Wild Style early era hip hop graffiti pieces (spray paint murals where a word or image is surrounded by an elaborate decorative frame) and detailed drawings that are Warhol-esque with a heavier urban edge.

Marshall | Intricate drawings of radio rap focal points like Lil' Wayne and curvy Chicano chicas poised against low riders.

Mo | Color drenched abstract paintings of gritty city shots and solemn human moments.

Friday, July 24th. The Roseland, 8 NW 6th Ave, 224-2038. All ages, 21+. 7:30pm. $25.

Win TICKETS: We have a pair of tickets to give away for this show. Comment on this post with why you would like to go. We do a drawing on Friday @ noon and email the winner. If you haven't gotten an email by 2PM, then you have not won.

(Reminder: We give out free tickets every week to our Portland Facebook Group including to THIS SHOW & many of the top music and art venues in Portland. Join it if you like free stuff.)

Related: Portland EVENTS LIST

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24 Responses to Survival of The Illest Tour @ Roseland + WIN Tickets | July 24

  1. Jelo Roc July 23, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    I would like to go because it’s Slick Rick the ruler! What other reason do you need?

  2. CJ July 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    i need to honor thy rapper and praise the best beat boxer of our generation!

  3. schuyler July 23, 2009 at 1:48 pm #

    If your mother only knew… That you were trying… To give me tickets…

  4. Aaron July 23, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    Because it’s off the hook this year.

  5. Tamara July 23, 2009 at 2:08 pm #

    MC Ricky D (before he was Slick Rick) is just about the coolest man to rock a bedazzeled eye patch…EVER!

    And everytime I hear “Teenage Love” my heart breaks…just a little :-)

  6. Cupcake Jones July 23, 2009 at 2:32 pm #

    Because “Bedtime Story” is the #1 most played song of all time on my iTunes. Seriously. I can show you!

  7. Nikki portela July 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm #

    I wanna go because I live and breathe hiphop. Slick rick and rhazell are classic performers who had a huge influence on my appreciation and love for musical creativity and hiphop as a music style. Tickets would take me over the moon.

  8. MC July 23, 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    La-di-da-di, I like to party!

  9. kahlil July 23, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    I would like to give the ticket to my son who is 13, a dj, a drummer and a dancer and we are doing our best to breathe in hiphop here in Portland whenever it’s an allages show, especially when all the elements are represented. But times are tough on single moms these days and I cant afford two tickets so was gonna pass. We have been talking about Slick Rick for months, ever since the tribute show, and my boy really wants to experience a real legend, an elder of the hiphop tribe, and be nourished by the soul food of the rhythm and not just the commercial fast food flavors of the month that they hiphop are feeding to the youth generation

  10. zeb gregory July 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    i would love to go see slick rick on friday july 24 because for one its my birthday and two i grew up with slick rick THE RULER! lody lody we likes to party

  11. Habibi July 23, 2009 at 5:35 pm #

    I found there website this show is going to be amazing not only is this group bringing the legends of hip hop and beatboxing but they are bringing many different types of added goods. They will have live art, breakdancing, emcees, and a great after party at a club called Studio One, I heard rumors some of the preformers are going to end up there. I already bought my tickets and want to support real shows like this to come to town so I hope everyone here is able to either get there tickets now or some tomorrow!

  12. Makers July 23, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    This show is going to be dope! Combining the four elements of hip hop into one show is an amazing idea and I’m super stoked about it.

    I already have my ticket, so I should win so I can give them to Kahlil, so she can take her kid.

    Sweet about the after party rumor, too.

    • Habibi July 23, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

      Yea man I would give her my tickets too, the thing I really want is every to let there friends know about this, its been a long time since I have seen such a good show so I hope people turn out to support whomever is putting this on. I hope to see you there I been telling everyone I know so this promotional company I never heard of sticks around!

      • Makers July 23, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

        Exactly, dude. I’ve been talking this up like you wouldn’t believe. I really hope the turnout is as good as it should be. These guys have been working so freaking hard.

        Hope to see you there! (Even though I won’t know it if I do.)

  13. DJ Cooks July 23, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    Because my lady has got my shit on lock…i need to get out!

  14. Jared July 23, 2009 at 9:07 pm #

    Razhel, specifically for the chorus and melody at the same time. I’ve heard it on Make the Music 2000, but I’d love to see it live.

  15. Katherine July 23, 2009 at 11:33 pm #

    I would love to win tickets because I am 9 months pregnant and would love to get out of the house one last time before the new baby comes…and I love, love, love the Beatnuts.

  16. bloodbath32 July 24, 2009 at 8:10 am #

    i would like to attend because its the beatnuts who i thought broke up and slick rick because who know how much longer he has it in him to be touring the country and since i been a fan for as long as i can remember from lost angels you get a lot of chances to see acts of this caliber but bein in portland for tha last 3 years you gotta take em where you can get em. so give me the tickets.

  17. Lee July 24, 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    Been a fan and continue to be.

  18. Katie July 24, 2009 at 12:14 pm #

    CLASSIC!! this show is not to be missed…I got to pump my fist for Dead Prez and will be Reflecting Eternally when the RTB show slides threw…Basically I make it a point to go out and learn the lessons that should be passed on to the next generation…REALL HIP HOP will live forever, and I want to be a part of that history!

    Slick Rick, Rahzell, and the Beatnutz together again!
    Seriously Not to miss!

  19. Greg July 24, 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    Slick rick is my favorite MC on the earth. and i’m broke as shit. and i can bring this girl i’m trying to impress ;)

  20. how to make hip hop beats July 25, 2009 at 1:51 am #

    I like his sound, Thanks for posting the video in this. I want to try this.

  21. Lara August 13, 2009 at 9:35 am #

    I need to win these tickets! my fiancé LOOOOVES Pearl Jam and I’ve never been to their concerts. It would be awesome to go and surprise him with these tickets :)

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