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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 15, 1993)
Lincoln. Omaha m_
to compete in Rapfest ‘93
By Greg Schick
he University ofNe
campus will rock
Saturday night when
Rapfest '93 takes
hold of the Nebraska Union Ball
Sponsored by the Afrikan
People's Union and Alpha Phi Al
pha, the festival highlights area rap
groups as they compete for cash,
trophies and air time on a local radio
Nasim Fariqsu Suhayb, a UNL
sophomore business major and
chairman for Rapfest, said the two
hour show, which begins at 7 p.m.,
will "basically be a compilation of
Lincoln artists and some Omaha
"There are a lot of rap artists in
the Lincoln and Omaha area who
have no outlet," he said.
Suhayb, who is also APU’s sec
ond vice president, said he wanted
to help rappers showcase their cre
Artists scheduled to perform in
clude: Flow E-Z, Ray Rae, Deja
Ranks, Jacques, the Basement Soci
ety, the Prime Minister Wisdom, Da
Sistazz, the Almighty C, King Solid,
Baby T and Suave.
While all of Rapfest’s artists are
now based in Lincoln or Omaha,
many did not grow up in Nebraska.
Points of origin include Chicago,
Mississippi, the Bahamas, Houston
and the Bronx. But they all came to
Lincoln for one reason or another.
many to attend UNL.
The artists also have different
reasons for getting into 04) music
and for participating in Rapfest.
Some will be there just for fun,
while others see it as a step towards
a career in rap.
Jerel Ford, a sophomore art ma
jor from Omaha also known as Flow
E-Z, plans on making rap his pro
be had r
fession. Ford said he had recorded
some demos, but that his work hadn’t
appeared in record stores yet.
Ford is part of die duo Su
preme Soloists. His partner is
out of town at another college
so he will perform alone Sat
“I didn’t know there was a
rap scene in Lincoln,” Ford
said, “but in Omaha there are
shows every once in a while.”
Another scheduled performer
is Ernest Ray Jones, also known as
Jones, a freshman architecture
major, hails from Chicago, but he
moved to Omaha when be was in
Jones, who plans to become an
architect, not a rapper, said rap was
a hobby for him.
“I just have fun,” he said.
Jones said his influences included
rappers Ice Cube, Snoop Doggy
Dogg and MC Eiht. Consequently,
his rhyme style leans toward die
hardcore. ___ ..
See RAP on 10
Lincoln hairdresser spends nights making
'soul-funk-lounge-type music ’
□ y day — a mild-mannered
hairdresser who takes a little
off the side, shaves the neck
and sends you on your way.
By night—a soulful fiinkster,
bom to perform.
He is Tom Ficke, owner of Mr.
Tom s Lincoln Hair. He is
also the lead singer and
bassist of the Tom Ficke
Group, which will be ap
pearing at The Edge on
Ficke, a Lincoln native,
has been interested in mu
sic for quite some time. In
fact, he said he originally
intended to make it ms career.
“When I started off, music was my
direction. Eventually I decided to learn
hair as a trade — to help support me
while I did music on the side.”
Ficke has cut hair for about six
years, the last three in his own shop at
1417 O St.
Over the years Ficke has played in
a number of local bands, as well as the
Chicago-based group “Think Tree.”
He met Richard Eggar Jr., when the
two played together in the local band
Nearly seven years laier,
the two continue to enjoy
making music together.
Eggar is the Tom Ficke
Group’s drummer and the
only other member of the
Having only a bass guitar
and drums makes for a dis
tinct sound, Ficke said.
it is reauy a unique orana oi mu
sic,” he said. “It is a kind of soul-funk
lounge-type music. It’s very danceable
— and it is fun to watch.”
Ficke said he didn’t want to com
pare the group’s sound fo any other
“We have our own sound — there
isn’t a good comparison,” he said.
The group performs all original
material, Ficke said. He and Eggar
work together to compose the music;
then Ficke pens the lyrics.
“Most of the lyrics are improvised,”
he said. “Mostly they just happen —
they come from the soul.”
Ficke said the group was working
on its first CD. He hopes to have it
available for purchase in the near fu
Until then, fans will have to pay for
a haircut — and hope he sings — or
else catch the group live.
The band opens Saturday night’s
over-21 show at 9:30. Also scheduled
to play are Straw Dog and Such Sweet
Thunder. Cost is $3.
MalaeM is a scaler aews-cdltorial major and
the Dally Nebraskaa Arts £ Entertainment
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