The Animal Crackers w/ Color of Life and Ginga Ninja
MVP Sports Grille & Cafe, 6923 Plainfield Rd, Silverton, OH, 45236
$5 cover, show time 9:30pm, 21+
Facebook event page – http://www.facebook.com/events/321890991196756/
The group, originally just DJs, formed in the early nineties. The founding members of The Animal Crackers are Casual T (DJ/Producer/Engineer), King SMO (DJ/Producer), and The Cincinnati Kid (DJ/MC). As DJs, they first began in 1995 by playing out at local venues. They expanded the group by having Mike B (DJ) and DQ (DJ) both Cincinnati locals, join in, and a consistent growing fan base furthered their exposure.
By 1999, their fan base had grown so much that they were forced to play at a higher capacity venue. At the larger venue they began to perform live routines and hosted emcee battles. The Animal Crackers success grew rapidly in the music scene of Cincinnati during this time. They won the City Beat Cincinnati Entertainment Awards twice, and became Cincinnati Enquirer nominees. Upon recognition of those titles, Unseen (MC,) from Dayton, Oh and Dirty Ru (DJ/Producer/MC) from Connecticut joined the crew. The latest addition to the Animal Crackers is Topspeed (DJ) and extended family include; Mr. Dibbs, Nobody and Haiku.
Also this highly gifted collective manage their own recording studio and label entitled Manimal Records, also based out of Cincinnati. They are involved with MC Paul Barnman and legendary Bootsy Collins. The Animal Crackers have been official DJs for Scribble Jam since 2000, Scribble Jam is one of the most popular underground hip hop events of the year.
As extremely talented musicians they have gained the US title of the DMC’s 2006.
Their first releases include a break-record entitled “Animal Cracker Breaks Vol.1”, on Stereotype Records (March 2001) and a studio recorded collection of live routines called “Just Add Water.” Their second break-record entitled “Vanilla Hater Breaks” (July 2003) collectively ensures their taste in selection of samples. Solo projects include DQ’s, “Where The Sidewalk Begins” and Casual T’s “Random Xtract.”
Casual T (DJ Tobotius) with Freekbass 12/31/11, Peachs Grill, Yellow Springs, OH