David Castillo 1 p.m., April 18
RIYL: Da Brat, Busta Rhymes, Addiquit, MC Flow, MC Lyte, Special Ed, Gangstarr, Nice & Smooth
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Inception: San Diego, 2011
Influences: YoYo, MC Lyte, Public Enemy, Lauryn Hill, Nikki D, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Digable Planets, Brand Nubian, Jill Scott, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Minnie Ripperton, Special Ed, Gangstarr, Nice & Smooth
50/50 is a duo featuring Miki Cale and Kandi Cole. Oxnard, CA native Vale was chosen by the editors of Billboard magazine in 2007 as one of six finalists in DiscMaker's Independent Music World Series, the same year she was nominated for a San Diego Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Artist and Best Hip-Hop Album.
Cole is an L.A. native, highly influenced by Da Brat and Busta Rhymes. Her southern California hip-hop rock group is called the (Sis)Tem. Vale is the co-founder of the UPliftment Project, which sponsors events by socially aware artists. Also a DJ and event host. In early 2011, she released “The New Dope,” the first single off her debut full-length solo album. Around the same time, the KanKick 7 inch “Yes Yes (Suite 3)” featured Vale as guest vocalist.
In late 2011, the duo uploaded a new video, “Black,” to their YouTube page.