The Cypher Effect continues to powerfully echo through the underground terrains of hip-hop. The YouTube series started out with a simple concept: Film up-and-coming rhymers spitting their best bars in black-and-white while promoting the hell out of their social media profiles. The Cypher Effect expanded outside of its Southern California stronghold to film MCs across the nation with a new Mic Check spot to keep things fresh. The series comes to OC for its 3rd annual live show event—hosted by 2Mex with DJ Javie Lopez, Cypher Effect rappers will rock the stage at downtown Santa Ana’s Yost Theater. Underground heavy hitters like Reverie, Gavlyn, Phora, Self-Provoked, Rics Rumble, Sage One and Gremlin round out a line-up that’s guaranteed to keep the hip-hop heads entertained ‘til midnight.
Sun., Oct. 5, 5 p.m., 2014
Gabriel San Roman is from Anacrime. He’s a journalist, subversive historian and tallest Mexican in OC.