Trayce Chapman

Hitmann Presents

Trayce Chapman

Paul Junior, Leathal Weppin

Thu, August 24, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Trayce Chapman
Trayce Chapman
Paul Junior
Paul Junior
Paul Padilla Jr. was born into a Denver household that loved music. His father, a Vietnam War Veteran, was into classic rock and his mother, who worked for a local phone company, loved soul music, and both of them were competitive disco dancers who kind of made a name for themselves in the Denver metro area in the ‘70s. There was no doubt that Padilla would be influenced by music.
“I’ve been singing since I was 2 years old,” Padilla says now. “My parents still have the video tapes of me as a child, in my Denver Broncos sweatsuit, singing along to Michael Jackson.”
But like any kid coming up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, hip-hop grabbed Padilla by the neck and wouldn’t let go. Although he spent his youth playing piano and saxophone, rappers like Eminem, Nas and Andre 3000 influenced him to give hip-hop music a shot. Padilla started rapping around 12 years old and spent a majority of his teens in Denver’s battle rap circuit.
“I was always very witty and somewhat of a smartass so it was definitely something I was good at,” he says. “I entered many emcee battles around Denver and Boulder and people started calling me ‘young upset’ because I was defeating older Colorado hip-hop veterans.”
Around the same time, Padilla started producing beats at his cousin’s house using Fruity Loops production software (now known as FL Studio) and fell in love with it as much as rapping. So much so, that after he graduated from high school in 2004, instead of going to college, he invested in a home studio. He taught himself how to produce, engineer, mix and record vocals using software like Reason and ProTools.
In 2006, Padilla formed his first hip-hop group, On Point with a friend who went by the moniker Authentic. Padilla christened himself as Flawless. On Point released two projects, 2006’s A Beautiful Mic LP and 2007’s D-Town Extravaganza, which added member Fo Chief. Authentic left On Point shortly after the release of the second album, but with Padilla making so many connections in the Denver hip-hop scene, it didn’t matter. He connected with artists like Myke Charles (known as Purpose back then), Catch Lungs, Kontrast, DJ Skip Ripkin, singer Crystal and producer Hi-Res along with Fo Chief to form a new group called Fresh Breath Committee.
The collective released their debut album, CPR, in 2009 and in 2010 Denver’s alt-weekly, Westword, named it Best Hip-Hop album. The crew has shared the stage with such luminary artists as Masta Ace, The Game, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Guru of Gangstarr, Dilated Peoples, and many others. Unfortunately, some members of the crew felt like moving on. Catch Lungs, Skip Ripkin, Crystal all left the group a year or so after the release of the album and MC Big House was added while Padilla changed his name from Flawless to Paul Junior.
“I wanted my stage name to be more distinguished and close to home,” Padilla says. “Fresh Breath Committee released a mixtape called ‘Group Therapy’, which introduced me under my new stage name. I want to be known as more than just an MC/rapper. I want to be known as a musician. My skills and musical sound exceed and go beyond just hip-hop by itself. Don't get me wrong, everything is hip-hop influenced for the most part, but I definitely pride myself into fusing many genres into one.”
The Fresh Breath Committee as it stands now continues to work on new music and book shows with Padilla at the helm.
“Music is a part of me and it always will be,” he says. “It is the true love of my life. I have done, and will continue to do everything in my power to make sure my voice is heard.”
Leathal Weppin
Leathal Weppin
Hi, u may all know me as Vanessa Carter, which is fine. But I'd like u guys to get to know who I really am, which is an artist and a music enthusiast. I been writing music and poetry for eleven years, longer than I played basketball, which is the love of my life.
Venue Information:
Herman's Hideaway
1578 South Broadway
Denver, CO, 80210