Cruel Winter Fest to Showcase Cleveland’s Hip-Hop Talent
The city of Cleveland has been a hotbed for hip-hop talent for years, going as far back in the annals of time when MC Brainz and his “Oochie Coochie” reigned supreme. Of course, there’s the monstrous success of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and in more recent years, artists like King Chip, Kid Cudi and Machine Gun Kelly have been able to gain widespread recognition and respect. However, for every Bone Thugs and MGK, there are hundreds of Common Aves and Case Barges out there chomping at the bit to make their mark at a local level.
Wallace Settles aka Dirty Jones was one of those artists looking to leave his imprint on the world through music but found that doing so came with a heap of difficulties and with no viable solution in sight. He’s the promoter behind the local showcase Cruel Winter Fest, which takes place at the Grog Shop on Dec. 20. The lineup for this year’s incarnation features the likes of Tribe Untitled, Young James & Toby, Mondo Slade, Creez Mob, Phrazes, Walker OG, Zell, Don Purp, among others. Tae Miles and Ray Ave share top billing, with music by Elliot Nash and hosting duties handled by Kris Hilton.