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Grammy Nominated Duo The Foreign Exchange and Hip-Hop Legends Dead Prez to Headline Cola-Con, Oct. 25-26, 2013

By Shawn Scott Smith| September 26, 2013 | Comments Off on Grammy Nominated Duo The Foreign Exchange and Hip-Hop Legends Dead Prez to Headline Cola-Con, Oct. 25-26, 2013


Sept. 24, 2013 (COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Cola-Con, the nation’s only hip-hop and comics convention,

announces that Grammy-nominated duo The Foreign Exchange and hip-hop legends Dead Prez will

perform at the annual family-friendly, two-day festival, scheduled for Oct. 25-26, 2013 at the Columbia

Metropolitan Convention Center.

Homegrown in Columbia, S.C., Cola-Con’s goal is to keep it moving with the positive DIY energy that

created hip-hop culture.

Dead Prez

Influenced by revolutionaries like Malcolm X and Public Enemy, the two Dead Prez frontmen are both

involved in political and social activisim such as progressive education. Fun Fact: Kanye West credits

Dead Prez in helping him “understand how to make raps with a message sound cool,” in reference to

his song “All Falls Down,” according to the New York Times.

Dead Prez consists of two political MCs/rappers, M-1 and Stic.Man, who released their first album,

“Let’s Get Free” in 2000, followed by second album “RGB: Revolutionary but Gangsta” in 2004, and

have worked on numerous other mix tapes and collaboration projects since then with the likes of Nas,

Erykah Badu, Outlawz and Chuck D.

The Foreign Exchange

Snagging a Grammy nomination after just seven years of work together, The Foreign Exchange has

produced four albums since their formation in 2002. Their first, Connected, was released in 2004 to

positive reviews and was praised by legendary DJ’s such as Jazzy Jeff, King Britt and DJ Spinna for

its inventive mix of hip-hop, R&B and electronica.

The Foreign Exchange features rapper/singer/songwriter and North Carolina native, Phonte Coleman,

and Holland ex-pat and producer, Nicolay. The two started trading music files via online hip-hop

community and completed their debut album before they ever met each other in

person. Their sophomore album, Leave It All Behind, met even more success with a 2009 Grammy

nomination for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

The Word from Cola-Con HQ

After two successful years hosting this one-of-a-kind national event, Preach Jacobs, founder of ColaCola-Con | Mo’ Betta Soul, 7324 Sara Dr., Columbia, SC 29223 | 803.917.0040 | | @colaconsc

Con, is excited to present these two headliners.

“The only event of its kind, Cola-Con is getting an increasing amount of national attention as we go

into our third year,” notes Jacobs. “To be able to spearhead such an event in Columbia, S.C., means

the world to the many creatives from this city who already are making internationally recognized work

in the realms of hip-hop music, comics and the graphic arts.” Jacobs continues, “Only greater things

are to come. We’d like to thank our community for accompanying us on this journey.”

The cross-cultural festival will feature several other performers and will highlight dozens of vendors

from as far as New York, Chicago and Minneapolis, displaying everything from hip-hop to sneaker

culture, graffiti to comics and much more.

Vendor applications are still being accepted. Visit for more info.

Featured 2013 comic artists and graphic novelists:

Carl Jones: producer, THE BOONDOCKS, animator

Matt Bors: artist, WAR IS BORING, editorial cartoons

Ed Piskor: artist, HIP HOP FAMILY TREE

Blue Delliquanti: artist and writer, OH HUMAN STAR, queer cartoonist

Eric Darnes: colorist

Dre & Sammy Lopez: artists, Piensa Art Company

Sanford Greene: artist, ARMY OF FROGS

John Pading & Shige Kobayashi: artist and writer, PRINCESS CALABRETTA

David Axe: writer, WAR IS BORING

Afua Richardson: artist, illustrator

Jeremy Love: artist, BAYOU

Keith Miller & Chuck Thomas: artist, Tri-Boro Tales

Ronald Wimberly: artist, PRINCE OF CATS, Black Dynamite Animated Series

NOTE: Hip-hop artist Big K.R.I.T. was originally scheduled to headline Cola-Con 2013, but he

recently was asked to tour with #1 hit-maker Macklemore (“Thrift Shop”). Cola-Con leadership

believes that no one should say no to such an opportunity.

Tickets for Cola-Con 2013 are $20 for one day and $30 for a two-day pass. Buy tickets online at http:/

/ Tickets will also be for sale at the door. Cola-Con hours are noon to 10 p.m. on

Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center is located

Cola-Con | Mo’ Betta Soul, 7324 Sara Dr., Columbia, SC 29223 | 803.917.0040 | | @colaconsc

at 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201. Follow @ColaConSC on Twitter with the #ColaCon hashtag

or visit

About Cola-Con

Cola-Con is the only hip-hop and comic book convention in America. Part festival, part “con,” this

two-day confluence of hip-hop and alternative culture features live concerts by top national hip-hop

artists, as well as comics vendors from as far as New York, Chicago and Minneapolis. Homegrown in

Columbia, S.C., Cola-Con’s goal is to keep it moving with the DIY energy that created hip-hop culture.

Founded in 2011 by Preach Jacobs of Mo’ Betta Soul and Sounds Familiar Records, Cola-Con has

hosted performances by Talib Kweli, 9

from A Tribe Called Quest. The convention also has featured heavy names from the graphic novel

industry, from Marvel Comics editors doing portfolio reviews to panel discussions with some of the

best animators in the country, including LeSean Thomas, the executive producer of “The Boondocks”

and “Black Dynamite Animated Series.”


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