Far too often, hip hop is reduced to the arrogant, masquerading circus we see on TV, which further perpetuates stereotypes and continues to give hip hop a bad name. Not the KneeHighs. They single-handedly bring hip hop’s potential back into focus – and they have a great time doing it. The hundreds of hands in the air, bodies grooving, and voices hollering the choruses validate the success of the KneeHighs goal: to entertain. Talent plus showmanship has become a rare commodity in a time when everyone has a band and hopes they are as good as the idols they are desperately trying to imitate but, that isn’t where it ends with the KneeHighs. They also bring a craftsmanship into their songwriting which is as rare as a desert oasis for real hip hop thirsty fans.
During their live shows, your eyes can never rest in one place for too long, as all four members bring very different personalities and contributions to the stage. While Talls is known for his off the wall antics, DayDay complements him with his relaxed, laid back style. You wont mistake Dalton’s twangy melodies and rapid-fire flow, and DJ GarGar’s hype and energy rings throughout each song. Collectively, their stage presence and seamless interactivity cannot be more evident. Both on stage and on record, one thing is clear: not only do The KneeHighs know how to have a good time; they know how to make you have a good time, and are helping bring hip hop back to its roots in the process.
They’ve opened for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Talib Kweli, DJ Quik, Tha Alkaholiks, Del The Funky Homosapien, Sage Francis, L.A. Symphony, Ugly Duckling, P.O.S, Lyrics Born, Pigeon John, Blowfly, and Grand Buffet. Their albums include Global Warming (2005) and Rise and Shine (2007).At the 2007 San Diego Music Awards, the band took home the trophy for “Best Hip-Hop Album” for their record Rise and Shine. They were nominated for another SDMA in 2009
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