Four emcees. One deejay. Five elements.
Pizarro, S3LF, Flavius, Mr. Lingo, and DJ Rated R are Live Manikins. Five individuals that came together in Sacramento over a decade ago to create music. Sharing a love for hip hop and the music that influenced the genre’s golden era, the group quickly found a sound that fit each of their unique personalities, leading to local recognition from other artists as well as publications.
After injecting themselves into the music scene by performing numerous shows around Northern California, Live Manikins released their first album, Still Life, with the help of Thought Process Recordings. The momentum eventually paved way for their first Sammie nominations—music awards given by the Sacramento News & Review. The group not only performed at the award ceremony at the legendary Crest Theater, but also picked up Critics’ Choice Awards for Outstanding Deejay and Best Live Performance across all genres.
The group’s energetic live act and strong debut album made way for shows with some of the biggest names in the industry. From Gym Class Heroes and Hieroglyphics to Slick Rick and Marc E. Bassy—in addition to well-known Sacramento artists like Rasar (formerly known as Random Abiladeze), Righteous Movement, and The Cuf—Live Manikins was regularly booked at venues across California.
Even though the group became busier than they ever had been, the music didn’t stop. Years later, Live Manikins, with the help of close friend J. RockIt, released their sophomore album, Full Canvas. Mixed and mastered by Freqy Music Group, the group’s second outing resulted in a more experimental sound and a string of live shows backed by a full band.
10+ years, over a dozen award nominations and wins, and hundreds of shows after the group’s first performance, Live Manikins are getting ready to release their third studio album. Due out in May 2017, the new record pays tribute to the California hip hop sound that each of the members fell in love with while growing up in the Golden State. Tonight featuring Mike Mitchell and California Livin’, the album’s title track, are available now through major streaming services.