New York's Trend-Setting Music Showcase 'Organic Soul' Moves to B.B. King's Club at Universal CityWalk With Performances by Afroman, Warren G and Ms. Toi

Universal CityWalk Teams With Universal Records For

Popularly Priced Live Music Series Featuring Hip Hop and R&B Artists

Sep 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Universal CityWalk

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-platinum recording
 artist Warren G, rap diva Ms. Toi and celebrated newcomer Afroman join the
 roster for Universal CityWalk's "Organic Soul," a new popularly priced monthly
 concert series featuring live performances by both established and emerging
 R&B and rap talent beginning September 20 at B.B. King's.
     Now a bi-coastal showcase, Universal Records' Organic Soul series expands
 from its mid-town New York location to Universal CityWalk's B.B. King's,
 allowing music fans access to some of the industry's most anticipated artists
 in an intimate concert setting for only $10.00.
     Warren G and Ms. Toi will kick off Organic Soul's expansion to the West
 Coast with a launch party on Thursday, Sept 20 from 8 - 10 p.m.
     The series continues the first Thursday of every month with Afroman taking
 the stage on October 4 from 8 - 10 p.m., weeks after the release of his highly
 anticipated debut album "Good Times."
     Originally a loft series created by Universal Records, the Organic Soul
 series was launched in 1998 in New York to bring the label's new and
 developing R&B and rap artists to the attention of the music audience.  After
 three years of trend-setting performances, the series has now grown into a
 coast-to-coast display of Universal synergy.
     A Grammy-nominated artist, Warren G rose from the hot-bed of the Long
 Beach rap scene in 1994 with the release of his multi-platinum debut album
 "Regulate" and its chart-topping title track.
     His upcoming October Universal release "The Return of the Regulator," is a
 return to the melodic, West Coast production style that he influenced and
 coined "G-funk" and features a bevy of talent including legendary funkster
 George Clinton, Warren's half-brother Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Nate Dogg,
 Butch Cassidy, Daz and Kurupt.  Warren G's discography includes three
 successful albums 1994's 4X platinum "Regulate," 1997's 2x Platinum "Take A
 Look Over Your Shoulder," and 1999's Gold "I Want It All."
     Ms. Toi, who will be performing hits from her soon to be released debut
 album "That Girl," is best known for her riveting performance last summer as
 the only female rapper on Dr. Dre's "Up in Smoke" tour.  A native of Chicago
 and now an Inglewood, CA, resident, the talented lyricist emerged from
 Southern California's underground rap circuit.
     "Because I Got High", the no. 1 requested song in the country, is the
 brainchild of Afroman -- born Joseph Forman of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  A
 featured track on Afroman's August debut album "Good Times," as well as Kevin
 Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" soundtrack, the summer anthem was
 sung at house parties and bars before a Mississippi rock station discovered
 it, resulting in the launch of Afroman's budding musical career.
     B.B. King's can be reached at 818/622-5464.
     The recently expanded Universal CityWalk is a unique dining and shopping
 promenade adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood featuring 65 entertainment-
 themed restaurants, clubs, shops and movie theaters.
     Universal Records is the recording label for some of today's most popular
 and successful Hip-Hop artists, including Nelly, Cash Money Records among
 others.  Universal Records is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, the
 world's leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees
 in 63 countries around the world.  Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi
 Universal, a global media and communications company.
     Universal CityWalk is a unit of Universal Studios, a part of CANAL+, the
 TV and Film division of Vivendi Universal, a new global leader in media and
     For further information please contact Meghan Gamber of Universal
 CityWalk, +1-818-622-5985; or Wendy Washington of Universal Records,
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