Clyde Carson & Skinny Pete with Dboi LTD, Pynt, Juma Blaq, Liko Don Dada, Savelle Tha Native

December 1, 2017 - 9:00pm

On Friday, December 1, the Community Center for the Performing Arts, University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA and Loyal To The Soil Presents welcome Clyde Carson and Skinny Pete to the WOW Hall along with special guests Dboi LTD, Pynt, Juma Blaq, Liko Don Dada and Savelle Tha Native.

Highly respected Bay Area rhymer Clyde Carson is hitting the road to further his already wide-reaching fan base with the "The Loyal To The Soil" Tour.  After touring with Skinny Pete on E-40's "On One" Tour, Clyde felt it would be fitting to enlist Skinny Pete as main support on the "Loyal To The Soil" Tour.

Clyde Carson has set the bar high as one of the lead voices hailing from the California Bay Area.  Clyde has amassed over 15 million views on the popular "Slow Down" video and has recently released the Mozzy assisted "Bring All Your Friends" visual from his most recent project Something To Speak About -- which features E-40, Keak Da Sneak and more.

After a decade in the business, Carson delivered the biggest record of his storied career in “Slow Down”, an every-city street anthem that earth-quaked west coast radio in 2012.  The lead single on Clyde’s popular S.T.S.A (Something to Speak About) mixtape, “Slow Down”, was the most played song on the Bay Area’s KMEL radio and held the number one spot at Power 106 in Los Angeles. With over one million views on YouTube in its first month and nearly two million views to date, the video screens like a Hyphy-crazed episode of Fast and Furious.  Crafted as a summer cookout classic, the “Slow Down” remix featured Gucci Mane, E-40, Game and Dom Kennedy.

With the media buzz and national fanfare of Clyde’s latest hit single, one might gather the false impression that “Slow Down” was his first single to impact radio.  Not true.  As a member of The Team, the Moe Doe show runner released “It’s Getting’ Hot” in 2004, “Just Go” and “Bottles Up” in 2005, and “Hyphy Juice” in 2006.  All four tracks charted on urban radio, leading to the national success of The Team’s group album World Premiere, which peaked at number 50 on Billboard’s Top Indie Albums and number 95 on Billboard’s Top Hip-Hop Albums charts, respectively.  Moreover, the LA banger “Who’s Next”, Clyde’s highly anticipated collaboration with legendary producer Dr. Dre, took west coast rap by storm in 2009.

As a youth, Clyde shuttled between Berkeley – a city known for its university Cougars – and neighboring Oakland, known more for its untamed crack epidemic.  Raised by a loving, strong and strict single mother who wanted more for her only son, Clyde was involved in sports, focused in school, and active in the areas eclectic concert scene.  By the age of 11, however, Oak Town’s decaying communities and growing social pathologies began to take their toll.  Many of Clyde’s friends succumbed to the crime infested, drug riddled street scene.  The very home he grew up in, his Grandfather’s home in Oakland, had itself been converted into a crack house.  Clyde’s mother, a hard-working and dedicated single mother, opted to move her son to various cities in the surrounding Bay Area in search of a safe haven.

At the time, this seemed an impossible social challenge.  With every move Clyde changed schools and was forced to make new friends and establish new local relationships. In the long run, however, this would pay off, as he developed numerous associations – which later would become business contacts and fan bases – at nearly every stop in the Bay Area.  From San Jose to East Palo Alto, Richmond to San Francisco, and without question in his hometowns of Berkeley and Oakland – there was not a stop he could make and not be known.  It was as if his mother had a plan, and that plan would pan out perfectly as it later related to her son’s music career.  He was not narrowly considered an artist representative of one city, like most. Rather, he was considered a Bay Area artist, and later, a Cali artist. And he would soon be well known on the entire west coast.

In high school, Clyde played varsity basketball in Vallejo and received a scholarship to play at Solano College. After a semester on campus, though, the swingman had already achieved statewide success as a player on another team – The Team: Clyde Carson opted to channel his efforts into music.

In 2002 the group began to release a series of sports-themed independent albums on Moe Doe, beginning with Beyond The Glory (later re-released as The Preseason), The Negro League, and later World Premiere -- which received Billboard chart success.  The kid with the quick crossover had quickly crossed over to urban radio hits, street anthems, and club shows with stage presence and a distinctly smooth and direct delivery noted for its articulation and seamless ability to speak on top of the beat, as opposed to underneath it. Listen to a Clyde Carson song and feel as though you are riding next to him in a sports car with the music playing while he is talking to you.  He was that good.

Now with the momentum from “Slow Down” carrying Clyde’s S.T.S.A mixtape into the New Year, listeners are quickly selecting their second and third favorites from the project.  In LA, the Problem featured “Outta Pocket” has taken off.  In the Bay Area, the E-40 featured “All The Way 100” and B Legit featured “Let Me Know” are club favorites.  Of course, the any city alcohol anthem “Henney In My Red Cup” has become a social media chat topic with many of Clyde’s fans requesting a video for the song.  

From Hyphy to Hollywood, Clyde Carson’s new artist buzz, in what feels like a second coming, is reminiscent of Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz who emerged as a star after more than a decade on his local scene.  Like the wine-raised in the Napa Valley wine country overlooking his native San Francisco Bay Area, Clyde Carson is a rapper who continues to get better with time.

 

SKINNY PETE

 

Skinny Pete is an artist from Eugene now living in Portland.  He credits as inspirations Mac Miller, Atmosphere, Eminem, NWA, Tupac and The Palmer Squares.

Pete’s music videos have combined for over two million views in the past year. His projects include Minute Made the Mixtape (2010), Troubled Minds (2013) and The Turning Point EP (2016).  Pete has been working hard building his buzz through recent concert dates with Lil Wayne, Fetti Wap, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and more, as well as the recently released visuals for "Doin Dirt " and "No They Don't Know" featuring Mooky.

Skinny Pete released his latest EP Doin Dirt this fall.

The Loyal To The Soil" Tour is set to hit 15 cities including Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, Seattle and Sacramento.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.

 

 

Door Time: 
December 1, 2017 - 8:00pm
Cost: 
$15 Advance, $18 Day of Show