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Legend Haz It

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"Next Concert may be Legend Haz It's..."

DeKALB | Only two years in and they’ve already become legendary.
Legend Haz It will celebrate its two-year anniversary by playing a free show at 9 p.m. on Friday at The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway.
A jazzy septet fronted by MC Keith “Legend Mane” Winford, Legend Haz It has played virtually everywhere in town, even opening for T-Pain at the Convocation Center. Now, with members graduating from NIU, this could be the last Legend Haz It show in DeKalb for quite some time.
The Northern Star recently talked to drummer and senior percussion performance major Dan Pratt about his memories of the band and what the future holds for Legend Haz It.
NORTHERN STAR: This is Legend Haz It’s last performance in DeKalb as NIU students, what’s next for the band?
DAN PRATT: We plan to relocate to Chicago to continue pursuing a career as a band. Several of our graduated members already live there.
NS: What are your best memories of the last two years?
DP: We all agree that our best memories are the first rehearsal that we had -- where the magic happened. We really clicked. Also, our first show was an incredible night. It proved to us that our dreams are possible.
NS: Where was your favorite place to play at?
DP: The House Cafe has been our home turf. The vibe there is always great! However, my favorite show has to be 2010 Huskie Bash. It was just a blast.
NS: Why did you decide to make this show free?
DP: We decided to make this show free in order to give back to our fans and all those who have supported us.
NS: You guys have said that “the music comes first; not money or popularity.” Explain that.
DP: Our main goal is to further and contribute to the “musical canon,” -- to provide something that doesn’t exist yet. Being paid to do it would be great, and honestly, it’s necessary in order to keep the group up and running. At the end of the day though, we’re doing this to make music, not to make money.
NS: Do you think leaving NIU/DeKalb will have any influence on your music?
DP: Our music is constantly changing, so I believe our music will evolve upon relocation. We’ll still be Legend Haz It, though.
NS: You’re playing your senior jazz recital prior to the Legend show. What do you have planned?
DP: I have some tunes planned that I think really allow me to express myself in a jazz idiom. We’re taking it back to our rock roots too, and playing a Led Zeppelin tune that I arranged for a jazz setting. The group will feature Legend Haz It’s rhythm section in a context that many have never seen. It’s exciting. - Northern Star


"Next Concert may be Legend Haz It's..."

DeKALB | Only two years in and they’ve already become legendary.
Legend Haz It will celebrate its two-year anniversary by playing a free show at 9 p.m. on Friday at The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway.
A jazzy septet fronted by MC Keith “Legend Mane” Winford, Legend Haz It has played virtually everywhere in town, even opening for T-Pain at the Convocation Center. Now, with members graduating from NIU, this could be the last Legend Haz It show in DeKalb for quite some time.
The Northern Star recently talked to drummer and senior percussion performance major Dan Pratt about his memories of the band and what the future holds for Legend Haz It.
NORTHERN STAR: This is Legend Haz It’s last performance in DeKalb as NIU students, what’s next for the band?
DAN PRATT: We plan to relocate to Chicago to continue pursuing a career as a band. Several of our graduated members already live there.
NS: What are your best memories of the last two years?
DP: We all agree that our best memories are the first rehearsal that we had -- where the magic happened. We really clicked. Also, our first show was an incredible night. It proved to us that our dreams are possible.
NS: Where was your favorite place to play at?
DP: The House Cafe has been our home turf. The vibe there is always great! However, my favorite show has to be 2010 Huskie Bash. It was just a blast.
NS: Why did you decide to make this show free?
DP: We decided to make this show free in order to give back to our fans and all those who have supported us.
NS: You guys have said that “the music comes first; not money or popularity.” Explain that.
DP: Our main goal is to further and contribute to the “musical canon,” -- to provide something that doesn’t exist yet. Being paid to do it would be great, and honestly, it’s necessary in order to keep the group up and running. At the end of the day though, we’re doing this to make music, not to make money.
NS: Do you think leaving NIU/DeKalb will have any influence on your music?
DP: Our music is constantly changing, so I believe our music will evolve upon relocation. We’ll still be Legend Haz It, though.
NS: You’re playing your senior jazz recital prior to the Legend show. What do you have planned?
DP: I have some tunes planned that I think really allow me to express myself in a jazz idiom. We’re taking it back to our rock roots too, and playing a Led Zeppelin tune that I arranged for a jazz setting. The group will feature Legend Haz It’s rhythm section in a context that many have never seen. It’s exciting. - Northern Star


"From Students to Legends"

Local hip hop is alive and well.
Legend Haz It is a hip hop/jazz band that started about a year and a half ago with most of its members being apart of the NIU community. The band got their notoriety at last year's Huskie Bash, and won a contest to open for T-Pain last October at the Convocation Center. Since then the band has done other gigs outside of DeKalb.
"We are working with promoters in Chicago to play more gigs there," said senior jazz studies major Dan Pratt, drummer for the band.
Legend Haz It's music focuses on shedding light on the positive things happening in the world and to steer away from the negative messages that other music brings to the younger crowd.
"We are all about the music and the message," Pratt said.
Senior communications major Keith "Legend Mane" Winford, the emcee, along with Pratt first came up with the idea to start a band their sophomore year. It seemed that they weren't getting their musical needs fulfilled so they gathered up their fellow jazz major and friends senior jazz studies major Ron Jacoby (trombone), NIU graduate Ryan Nyther (trumpet), Columbia College graduate Tim Ipson (bass guitar), senior jazz studies major Joel Ream (guitar), and junior jazz studies major Collin Clauson (keyboard).
The band has been working to promote their name in the NIU/DeKalb community as well as outside of DeKalb.
"We are kind of spreading the word right now and just doing our best," Pratt said.
The band is now working on a Halloween show planned for Oct. 27 at the House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway.
They hope the turn out will be even better than last year's with hopes for another costume contest. - Northern Star


"From Students to Legends"

Local hip hop is alive and well.
Legend Haz It is a hip hop/jazz band that started about a year and a half ago with most of its members being apart of the NIU community. The band got their notoriety at last year's Huskie Bash, and won a contest to open for T-Pain last October at the Convocation Center. Since then the band has done other gigs outside of DeKalb.
"We are working with promoters in Chicago to play more gigs there," said senior jazz studies major Dan Pratt, drummer for the band.
Legend Haz It's music focuses on shedding light on the positive things happening in the world and to steer away from the negative messages that other music brings to the younger crowd.
"We are all about the music and the message," Pratt said.
Senior communications major Keith "Legend Mane" Winford, the emcee, along with Pratt first came up with the idea to start a band their sophomore year. It seemed that they weren't getting their musical needs fulfilled so they gathered up their fellow jazz major and friends senior jazz studies major Ron Jacoby (trombone), NIU graduate Ryan Nyther (trumpet), Columbia College graduate Tim Ipson (bass guitar), senior jazz studies major Joel Ream (guitar), and junior jazz studies major Collin Clauson (keyboard).
The band has been working to promote their name in the NIU/DeKalb community as well as outside of DeKalb.
"We are kind of spreading the word right now and just doing our best," Pratt said.
The band is now working on a Halloween show planned for Oct. 27 at the House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway.
They hope the turn out will be even better than last year's with hopes for another costume contest. - Northern Star


"Legend Haz It could be legend in their own right"

The past two years have been good to DeKalb band Legend Haz It.
The sextet, fronted by MC Keith "Legend Mane" Winford, has gone from playing house parties in town to venues in Chicago. Last year, the group won a contest and opened-up for T-Pain and Yung Joc at the Convocation Center. If that wasn't enough, a documentary was made about Winford and the band, which premiered at this year's Middlewest Fest.
The momentum is building for Legend -- seriously, the band has almost have a thousand fans on Facebook -- yes, things are going well.
On its self-titled debut album, the band only reaffirms its already established level of success.
Legend Haz It is unlike any band in DeKalb -- and maybe unlike any band, period. When's the last time you heard a dude name-drop Miley Cyrus successfully over a blaring trumpet?
The five-track album puts the skilled lyricist Winford in the forefront while he's complemented by the band's sometimes-understated cool jazz. It sounds a little like A Tribe Called Quest, except the samples are traded in for incredible, live brass and keyboards.
The album begins with "Introducing...Legend Haz It," a song which starts off with Winford chanting "LEGEND" over a piano. The man is a gifted wordsmith, and an intelligent one at that. With lines like "I refuse to use the word ‘finna like you ‘finna do" and "You're Powerpuff, so get off my MojoJojo," he proves he can be humorous and contemporary while still being insightful.
On all of the songs, especially "B.U.," there's underlying themes of self-empowerment. There are positive messages here without sounding like a self-help book. "Why follow somebody who hasn't even found themselves yet?" Winford asks with conviction.
I've already got all of the hooks burned in my brain. I can't stop humming "I'm just trying to get my money right," the recurring line in "Catch My Dreams."
Legend Haz It is a genre-spanning band that could potentially please even the most fickle elitist -- there's too much to like. Being this is their debut and the first five songs we've ever heard from them, it's undeniable that they have yet to reach their creative peak.
Give it two more years, who knows, maybe T-Pain will be opening for Legend Haz It.
- Northern Star


"Legend Haz It could be legend in their own right"

The past two years have been good to DeKalb band Legend Haz It.
The sextet, fronted by MC Keith "Legend Mane" Winford, has gone from playing house parties in town to venues in Chicago. Last year, the group won a contest and opened-up for T-Pain and Yung Joc at the Convocation Center. If that wasn't enough, a documentary was made about Winford and the band, which premiered at this year's Middlewest Fest.
The momentum is building for Legend -- seriously, the band has almost have a thousand fans on Facebook -- yes, things are going well.
On its self-titled debut album, the band only reaffirms its already established level of success.
Legend Haz It is unlike any band in DeKalb -- and maybe unlike any band, period. When's the last time you heard a dude name-drop Miley Cyrus successfully over a blaring trumpet?
The five-track album puts the skilled lyricist Winford in the forefront while he's complemented by the band's sometimes-understated cool jazz. It sounds a little like A Tribe Called Quest, except the samples are traded in for incredible, live brass and keyboards.
The album begins with "Introducing...Legend Haz It," a song which starts off with Winford chanting "LEGEND" over a piano. The man is a gifted wordsmith, and an intelligent one at that. With lines like "I refuse to use the word ‘finna like you ‘finna do" and "You're Powerpuff, so get off my MojoJojo," he proves he can be humorous and contemporary while still being insightful.
On all of the songs, especially "B.U.," there's underlying themes of self-empowerment. There are positive messages here without sounding like a self-help book. "Why follow somebody who hasn't even found themselves yet?" Winford asks with conviction.
I've already got all of the hooks burned in my brain. I can't stop humming "I'm just trying to get my money right," the recurring line in "Catch My Dreams."
Legend Haz It is a genre-spanning band that could potentially please even the most fickle elitist -- there's too much to like. Being this is their debut and the first five songs we've ever heard from them, it's undeniable that they have yet to reach their creative peak.
Give it two more years, who knows, maybe T-Pain will be opening for Legend Haz It.
- Northern Star


Discography

Legend Haz It EP (Released May 2010):

1. Introducing Legend Haz It
2. B.U.
3. Her
4. Friday Night
5. Catch My Dreams

Neptune Deuce (Released March 26th, 2013):

1. Deuces Wild
2. Catch My Dreams
3. Red & Black
4. Legend Haz It
5. One Day
6. Emergency: 911
7. Emergency: Heaven
8. Saturday Night

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Bio

Following the release of their debut self-titled EP, Legend Haz It has made a name for themselves throughout Chicagoland and the midwest. Since the band’s inception at Northern Illinois University in 2009, they have performed extensively and gained a strong following. With the support of their fan base, Legend Haz It was voted the 2011 Chicago RAW Artist of the Year, and in March 2013 they released their debut full-length album, Neptune Deuce--a reflection of their musical growth and a salute to their early experiences as a band.

Within Neptune Deuce, MC Keith “Legend Mane” Winford, molds elements of intellectual/conscious Hip-Hop and commercial Rap into lyrics that prove both witty, catchy, and inspirational. Musically, the foundational groove of the rhythm section, in conjunction with blistering horn lines, provides the perfect support for Winford’s vocals. The diversity of the band is reflected in the variety of musical influences present on the album, with genres ranging from jazz and funk on songs like “Saturday Night” and “Catch My Dreams” to rock and disco on “Deuces Wild” and “Red & Black”. These influences, when combined with Hip Hop vocals, create a veritable hybrid hop that has allowed Legend Haz It to open for acts including Lyfe Jennings, Yung Joc, and T-Pain.

Legend Haz It’s performance credits, along with the release of Neptune Deuce, have created a strong launching pad to a promising career. With the flexibility and appeal of Neptune Deuce, the band is well on its way to creating a sound and message that will maintain the longevity and legacy of a Legend.