Pizza Pulpit feat Monitor @ The Back Bar

The Crocodile Presents:

Pizza Pulpit feat Monitor @ The Back Bar

Rasheed Smiley

Sun, April 8, 2018

6:30 pm

The Crocodile

Seattle, WA

Free

This event is all ages

Monitor
Monitor
Monitor is a Seattle band comprised primarily of Dave Raskin, Connor Smith and Pete Fitton. After years of writing and performing songs as a primarily acoustic singer-songwriter, Raskin was approached by former bandmate Connor Smith to start a project that would focus heavily on the use of sound design, multi-instrumental arrangement and rich production to elevate and complement their unique songwriting. Connor picked up his life and moved to Seattle where the two began working full-time on what would become Monitor’s debut LP, ‘Memorand.’ After recording the album in Brooklyn, NY with producer/engineer Kyle Joseph and percussionist Rami Sticky, the duo returned to Seattle with the album in hand. The final piece of the puzzle lay in bringing the album to life, and for that Raskin and Smith reached out to songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer Pete Fitton who provided his 10+ years of experience touring and arranging to help craft a live experience that is as rich and compelling as the studio original. The band plans to tour in promotion of ‘Memorand’ in Summer 2018.
Rasheed Smiley
Rasheed Smiley
Rasheed Smiley is a rapper/singer/producer from Seattle, WA. His talent for music comes naturally from his upbringing, with a mother who was an opera singer and brothers he used to freestyle with for hours as a youth. Rasheed first began to write poetry and raps at age 14, but placed more importance on singing around friends and at local talent shows. Around the same time, Rasheed started to spend more of his time boosting and doing petty licks with his friends, which eventually caught up to him, and he didn't graduate high school on time because of it.

At 17 Rasheed was introduced to the spoken word community through two of his friends who convinced him to get serious about his talent. He began to do performances with all around the city at local open mics, slams, and eventually began getting booked for festivals with his friends, as a part of a group called Poets With a Purpose. As he delved deeper into the scene his passion started to blossom and he started recording raps over popular beats and instrumentals at his friends house daily. Rasheed began to write and record daily until December 2014 when he was arrested and locked up until May 2016, serving two stints back to back.

While incarcerated, Rasheed spent almost every day not only writing lyrics but writing out beats on makeshift sheet charts. Upon his release May 2016, he went straight to work and built a buzz for himself, dropping singles and doing shows locally--and most notably, releasing a fire album titled "Ballads and Genrebenders"--. Rasheed is not only one of the more focused rappers in the city, but one of the most talented, fusing together sounds from every end of the spectrum-- from electric pop to gritty rap to synths and 808's reminiscent of Kanye West--, all peppered with incomparable rhyme schemes, pockets, and stories. Rasheed's sound cant be matched or imitated. He is a once-in-a-lifetime artist.
Venue Information:
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
http://www.thecrocodile.com/