Hip-Hop with a heart

Four rap/hip-hop bands take to the stage Friday night for Laurel

Dirty Frazier is set to open Friday night for Alpha Omega and Emotionz at the Occidental.

Four rap/hiphop bands are performing live at the Occidental, Friday, Oct. 30 in a fundraiser Hip-Hop for Laurel to help out  Laurel Taylor and her family.

Laurel became very ill at the end of 2014 and her mother took her to B.C. Children’s Hospital where she was later transferred to Children’s Hospital in Toronto to be assessed for a possible lung transplant. She had a successful double lung transplant on Mothers’ Day, however while waiting for her transplant she suffered several strokes which left her with a brain injury. It has also recently been discovered she developed a form of cancer common in patients who have undergone organ transplants. The three members of her family are by her side but the hardships are many including maintaining a home in Toronto and Quesnel. The family remains optimistic but they need the community’s help and Dirty Frazier, a local rap artist was committed to helping.

In putting this show together, there are two co-headliners and two local bands performing beginning at 10 p.m. Live DJ music starts at 8 p.m.

The co-headliners are Alpha Omega featuring Neph from BAXWAR and artist Prevail, who is one half of the four-time Juno Award winning, four-time Western Canadian Music Award winning and five time Much Music Video Award winning group, Swollen Members and Rapper/Beatboxer extraordinaire hailing from Vancouver, Emotionz who has performed more than 2,000 times through 12 countries. He’s now gearing up for international tours in the fall as well as releasing new music videos and collaborations.

Busy writing, recording and performing, local rap artist Dirty Frazier is one of the opening artists on Friday night along with Exile who are currently recording their first album. Dirty Frazier has recorded five solo projects, along with two group efforts, that are all available for free download through his website www.dirtyfrazier.com. His latest project entitled The Dirty One EP has received constant radio play and countless positive reviews. One of the songs on this EP has recently won an Akademia Music Award for Best Rap/Hip-Hop song for September 2015. The Dirty One EP is available on iTunes and all major digital retailers as well as the artist’s website.

Dirty Frazier is currently scheduled to open for Mike Jones in the Lower Mainland on several of his tour dates.

“Music is keeping me very busy but I’m firmly rooted in Quesnel,” Dirty Frasier said.

He added a very special thank you to Barry McKillcan and Exile for jumping on board this fundraiser from the very beginning.

“I would also like to thank my wife Krystie Beaudry for everything she does to help support my life, especially musically,” he said with deep gratitude.

Tickets for Hip-Hop for Laurel fundraiser are $15 at the door and there will be a donation box as well.