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Local rapper hosts big graduation party

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- When people graduate college, it is a given that the family is firing up the smoker and throwing a backyard party.

That backyard gets a little bigger come Saturday.

When Tevin Courts graduated with honors recently with a computer tech degree at ITT Technical Institute, he wanted to think beyond himself and give something back to the community.

Courts, whose hip-hop name is Mr. Gold, is hosting Mr. Gold's Graduation Celebration that is set to roll from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the A.D. Lewis Community Center, 1450 A.D. Lewis Ave., Huntington.

Open to the public, the celebration will feature free inflatables for the kids, hot dogs, hamburgers and rib dinners (for sale), and of course, a fresh look at some of Huntington's best hip-hop.

Hosted by DJ Twin with performances by Mr. Gold (Tevin Courts), with a full backing band, as well as Bru Marsh and veteran rapper Jason Moore or D.O.C. Tickets are $5 advance at Now Hear This, 1101 4th Ave., or by calling Tevin Courts at 304-972-9243.

Courts, who just dropped a new 10-track mixtape, "Gold Project, Vol. 1," under his hip-hop name, Mr. Gold, with D.J. Twin and special guests such as Sirod, Corleone and Tone Reign, said he is excited to be doing his songs at the celebration with a live band that features his uncle Troy Collins (drums), Mike "Nemo" Pleasant (bass) and Kebo Cyrus (guitar).

"It's is a whole different experience with them adding to what you already got," Courts said. "It takes it up 10 different levels because there's so much energy."

Courts, who went to Marshall University for three years where he was part of the Doulton Gang that recorded the bumping anthem, "U Herd," a hip-hop song that stayed at No. 1 on the WMUL-FM hip-hop charts and got blasted through the speakers inside the Joan. C. Edwards Stadium, said he just wanted to celebrate education and positive things with friends.

Courts said he would like to thank MaRia Hill who let them use the field for the community event as well as D.O.C., Bru Marsh and D.J. Twin for being willing to share their gifts with the community.

"I believe in the carpe diem model. That's my mission statement, and I want to put together the community and good music so why not have a celebration on your graduation," Courts said. "We're celebrating education and positivity. That's basically what it is."