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On Thursday night, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) held its “Know Them Now”showcase in New York featuring Big K.R.I.T, Ro James and CharlieRED. Recording artists Stacy Barthe and Luke James came out to support the bourgeoning performers at the annual showcase.


An array of hip-hop and R&B talent on the verge of mainstream success commanded the stage at BMI’s “Know Them Now” showcase, held March 21 at The Canal Room in New York.  Sponsored by Monster® Products, attendees were treated to the sounds of DJ Esso and performances by Def Jam recording artist Big K.R.I.T, mellifluous crooner Ro James and genre-bending troubadours CharlieRED. The invite-only event packed in more than 300 guests who convened for a night of must-see, buzz-worthy performances.


Hitting the stage first was Ro James – a smoldering tenor reminiscent of Donnie Hathaway – who set the energetic pace with a rousing performance of songs from his debut EP Coke, Jack and Cadillacs.


Vocalists Rocki Evans and musician Cobaine Ivory, better known as CharlieRED, followed with a commanding set of electro-pop tunes from their eclectic release Religion.



Rapper Big K.R.I.T. nailed the capstone on the evening. Known for resurrecting the rich heritage of Southern hip-hop of the 1990’s, Big K.R.I.T performed several songs from his Cinematic/Def Jam Records debut album, Live From The Underground.


Congrats to all of the performers! It was indeed an entertaining night! 

Photos by: Joshua Sarner

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