Hip-hop is alive and well in Taos

By Tamra Testerman
Posted 1/30/20

"Taos has a large hip-hop community stunted by lack of venues to support it," according to Taos Mesa Brewery co-founder, president and CEO Jayson Wylie. In response to this shortfall, on Friday (Jan. 31) at 8 pm, TMB and Neight Larcen Productions are hosting the Landon Wordswell and Roar X Arithmetic Tour, a hip-hop showcase.

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Hip-hop is alive and well in Taos

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"Taos has a large hip-hop community stunted by lack of venues to support it," according to Taos Mesa Brewery co-founder, president and CEO Jayson Wylie.

In response to this shortfall, on Friday (Jan. 31) at 8 pm, TMB and Neight Larcen Productions are hosting the Landon Wordswell and Roar X Arithmetic Tour, a hip-hop showcase. "This will be a quality show in terms of talent and production for this genre of music that doesn't get much exposure in our market. It is an opportunity for Tempo readers to see what a quality hip-hop production can offer in terms of energy and vibe," added Wylie.

Wylie is a busy man but agreed to answer a few questions for us about the show.

What's the story behind this showcase?

This showcase is for "The Arithmetic Tour" - Arithmetic is the duo of rapper Landon Wordswell and producer Roar X. Wordswell is a 31-year-old Santa Fe resident from St. Louis, Missouri, and Portland, Oregon. Those cities combined have influenced and crafted the emcee's tenacity, perspective and insight. Landon's stage performance and delivery have been praised on tours for captivating crowd appeal. Wordswell specializes in using intricate rhyme schemes often coupled with tightly knitted personal lyrics and a bold truth. In the true culture of hip-hop, Landon and Taos-born rapper and producer Neight Larcen have been working to build and support the New Mexico hip-hop scene. This led to Neight booking Landon for one of his showcases. The tour support comprises Harvey Listen and Impress from Las Vegas, Nevada, and Izzy Strange from Scottdale, Pennsylvania. Neight Larcen will host the show.

Any plans for future collaborations with Neight Larcen?

We are working on The Slap Frost Revue Tour with Micheal Marshall, Z-man, Dj True Justice, Vocab Slick and Equipto on March 5 and underground rap sensation Taiyamo Denkun on May 16.

How long have you owned Taos Mesa Brewery (TMB) and why do you do what you do?

I've lived in Taos for 21 years. I moved here after college because when I was stationed in San Antonio, Texas, in the Army I would travel through Taos to get to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. I fell in love with the culture and the scenery. I am one of the original founders of TMB and helped build it from the ground up starting in 2009. I started the brewing sector, but have since moved on to become the president/CEO of the company. I continue to work to make sure TMB can continue its positive impact on the community. We employ over 70 people, manufacture a local product in our beer and provide a premium venue to showcase local and national acts.

Anything else you'd like to add?

Performing arts can only survive and flourish if our community will come out and support it.

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