Basement Upstairs

Basement Upstairs

BandHip Hop

Your friendly Neighborhood Emcees!


Basement Upstairs is a collective group of four hip-hop m.c.’s hailing out of Kentucky’s Capital City, Frankfort. The group’s name and meaning were derived from their early recording history, which started in a home basement studio and was later moved to an attic. The name is also a metaphor to signify a person(s) rise from the “bottom to the top” in life situations. It is those stories of struggle and triumph along with a shared interest in music that brought the four and their talents together nearly 10 years ago.

The group released their first official album “Feel Good Music” regionally, in September, 2006. This album was a formal introduction to the Basement Upstairs brand name, filled with a variety of topics from “world issues” to “a night out at the club.” With this album, the group was able to establish an awareness of hip-hop artist(s) on the Frankfort music scene, a scene which had been exposed to very little of the musical genre performed on a local level in years prior. This led to the group getting numerous show opportunities not only the locally, but regionally in Kentucky cities such as Louisville, Lexington, and Bowling Green. In addition, their music has also allowed them to perform in out of state locations such as Indiana and West Virginia. A new venture for the Basement arose, when the group recorded a track used for a television commercial ran locally, for the Frankfort based car accessories store Ky. Pro-Tints. Following off that, they’ve since recorded music used in locally aired commercials for the rebroadcasting of local high school football and basketball games on Frankfort’s Cable 10 television station. Nationally, their music was also featured on Fox Sports Radio personality, J.T. the Brick’s weeknight show, as part of his “Myspace Monday” music segment.

The future of the Basement Upstairs is one of hopeful promise, in which the group will continue their current trek of recording, performing, and self-promotion in order to spread their sound to a larger audience. Currently, the group is working on a follow up album to “Feel Good Music” which they’re planning to release in April, 2009.

2009 “Support the Troops” Benefit Show – American Legion Post 7, Frankfort, Ky.
2008 “Going Green” Festival - Frankfort, Ky.
2008 Frankfort High School Diversity Day Program – F.D. Wilkerson Gymnasium, Frankfort, Ky.
2007 Western Hills High School Prom – Berry Hill Mansion, Frankfort, Ky.
2007 Capitol Expo - Frankfort, Ky.
2007 “Festival of Heroes”/St. Jude’s Benefit Concert - Western Kentucky University’s Diddle Arena, Bowling Green, Ky.
2007 Frankfort/Franklin County “Relay for Life” Event - Frankfort, Ky.
2007 Kentucky State University Homecoming Concert - Frankfort Convention Center, Frankfort, Ky.
2007 Private Halloween Engagement – Frankfort, Ky.
2007 Midwest Car Show – Eagle Lake Pavilion, Lawrenceburg, Ky.
2006 Kentucky State University Talent/Fashion Show – K.S.U campus, Frankfort, Ky.
The Brick Alley - Frankfort, Ky.
Flirts Nightclub – St. Albans, Wv.
Miguel’s Restaurant – Frankfort, Ky.
Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, Ky.
Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, Ky.
Rustic Frog Nightclub – New Albany, In.
Petra’s Nightclub – Louisville, Ky.
T-Bomb’s – Richmond, Ky.
“Franktown Live” Music Showcase Series – Frankfort, Ky.
Mark’s Bar and Grill – Frankfort, Ky.
Uncle Pleasant’s – Louisville, Ky.
Brooklyn Pizza – Lexington, Ky.
Expressions of You Coffee House – Louisville, Ky.
Wick’s Pizza (Highlands Location) – Louisville, Ky.
The Bottom Bar & Grill – Frankfort, Ky.
The HighLife Lounge – Lexington, Ky.

News Features:
ME Music Entertainment Publication (Album Review), April 2007 Issue
Bowling Green Daily News, September 15th, 2007
Frankfort State Journal, June 28th, 2007

On Air Appearances (In Person):
1490 AM WKYW, “Frankfort Today”, September 12th, 2008

On Air Music Features:
“J.T. the Brick” Show, Fox Sports Radio, “Myspace Monday” Music Segement, July 3, 2007
The Frankfort Plant Board’s high school basketball and football television commercials (Locally ran from 2007-present)
Kentucky Pro-Tints television commercial (Locally ran from 2007-2008)


“Feel Good Music”, September 2006

Set List

Our set lengths usually vary depending on show type and/or performance guidelines set up between a venue and the group. A typical set would usually contain around 30-35 minutes of music.