Dj Ray Mak and Jett


As a solo artist, Ra Mak has DJ’ed for Cappadonna of Wu-Tang Clan and supported Ghostface Killah and Ras Kaas. He’s also the DJ for Asheville duo Free Radio and with them has opened for Hieroglyphics subgroup Souls of Mischief, Nappy Roots and the revered Bay Area rapper Gift of Gab. In April, he and Free Radio will embark on a monthlong tour of the Southeast with Cee Knowledge of Digable Planets

FTO w King Garbage


Free The Optimus is an Asheville, North Carolina based hip hop collective focused on bringing improvisational lyricism to jazz influenced boom bap soundscapes. Founded in 2008 by Chris Shreve in the mountains of western NC, FTO serves as “a call to action—to set free our optimal ability & our optimistic perspective, and to transform the world around us.”

As described by the writers at Earmilk, “FTO is known for bringing positive and poetic lyrics that flow over jazz influenced hip hop beats that bring in a hint of soul. Their lyrical talent goes above and beyond of what is expected in rap music these days.”

In live performance form, FTO consists of C.Shreve the Professor and Mike L!VE on vocals, DJ Jet on the turntables, and a rotating selection of guest MCs & musicians. The jazz / hip hop mindset of free form improvisation and collaboration is a vital component to the FTO live experience, as songs and structure are often tossed aside in favor of the energy and groove of the moment.

Foul Mouth Jerk w Evil Note Lab


In April 2015 The Jerk released his sixth album “Death By Misadventure”. This release was spearheaded by “Opium Den”, a stop-motion animation, crime drama rap video. The project was produced, directed, shot and edited entirely by Jerk and his production partner Jon Jones, for a new joint venture known as Low Bat Studios. The pair are at work on a sequel to “Opium Den” titled “The Perfect Crime” and have plans to produce several live action videos in the near future. 
Foul Mouth Jerk has maintained a steady work ethic throughout his eighteen plus years as a professional musician, touring & recording with GFE, TopR and as a soloist. He currently has five full length albums with the band and six solo releases, and the Vice Squad project with TopR
Sat August 26th at the Isis Theatre Foul Mouth will release the album “ScoffLaw”, as well as premiering the video of the same name,”. It is a collaborative effort with Fist Fam alum Gus Cutty and San Franciso producer DJ Eons.
He continues to host The Worst Case Scenario with Adam Strange, which is now a podcast available on iTunes and In his spare time he hangs out with his super-genius red-nose pit bull Visenya Applebum and occasionally paints pictures… mostly of giraffes for some reason.

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