Run The Jewels 2 is the best early Christmas present I have ever received. While partying at the BroHaus last night I was put on to this devastating album. Killer Mike and El-P have done it again, yeap. Here they offer examples of crushing beats, über cranial lyrics, and the most unexpected and interesting guest spots of right now. And what do we pay for it? Run The Jewels 2 is absolutely free (if you want it to be). I would say more, but just listen…
Archive for underground hip hop
Just thought you should know. “Good As Gone”; sick production, words, and video… Watch. Thank AKA for the exposure. New Dilated Peoples, enjoy.
Jellyfish Brigade’s Diving Lessons is set to be released June 24th, 2014. Here is a little teaser for the album. More to come soon. The video and the site (below) explain it all. Get ready.
More info on Jellyfish Brigade at http://jellyfishbrigade.com/.
Sometimes I think things need to happen. This needed to happen- I found a video today through a friend on Facebook, C.M.J himself, that made me act. C.M.J is part of the local Minneapolis underground hip hop movement. I met him a few times a few summers back, he threw me a dope CD. This video is full of excitement, and I must admit the beat and flow leave me on the edge of my seat at the library (I am studying). Smooth.
I must run to class (a more in depth post to come later). This is worth a listen, don’t waste your time! Get on it!
Make your day and this song happen. Listen locally.
Waking up this morning, after the run and such, I was brought to a smile by something I so effortlessly had stumbled upon. The smile was from understanding, and newly rediscovering what artistry and creativity had been harboring in my hometown area. I found an artist I had been following for sometime, I had reintroduced my ears to Hyphon.
I was intrigued and pleasantly surprised.
I did something, just a click, and sat back to listen. I found myself mesmerized for the next couple of minutes, and in a better way, more open-minded to my surroundings. I thought of Hyphon’s lyrics, I felt at a coffee shop, reading a book, I felt the general idea of expanding my mind, my situation, and my musical diversity. I felt comforted at the sound of growth, at the use of imagination, and something even more, a piece of La Crosse, at an artist from my birth place stretching the boundaries and producing a unique sound that I could feel comfortable listening to anywhere.
I had been sitting on this song, and then we realize hesitation kills. I had been forgetful when thinking about time I had spent perusing the ever interactive internet, the time we all had spent. I found myself listening to a song by Hyphon, I found myself satisfied with the lyrics (use of words, vocab), sound, and production. He is an acquaintance, an artist, and he has motivated me today, especially, to search for more. To indulge in what we would normally pass up. I invite you to click and listen. You will be taken somewhere, and wherever it is, at least you went. We all go learning something new along the way, learn today that there is artistry everywhere, especially in La Crosse. All one has to do is open their ears-have a listen.
I have probably said enough, maybe not, but you do owe yourself a listen. It is worth your time.
Hyphon brings a bureau of words, ideas, and deep imagery, true underground, fresh…
Listen to this in the morning with coffee, and prepare to have your thoughts provoked.
In a land where musical diversity is a relative secret, a crowd of MC’s (and regional artists) have stepped out front to show what they have to offer. Let’s take a look through some questions and answers- and have some Local Love with Roommate’s Talk-O-Destiny, as they celebrate their album Free Rent release party.
Talk-O-Destiny has been a hip-hop artist in La Crosse, WI for 3 years now…
Artistry and a passion for music comes to mind when concerned with (Brian) Talk-O-Destiny; having worked in a record store (Deaf Ear Records, of La Crosse) for 3 plus years and being a local artist himself (working with various groups of different genres, from Another Exoneration to T.U.G.G.). He has been known to appreciate some underground greats, such as Northern Lightz, Big Zach, Kanser, and Atmosphere, some of these qualities have been conveyed on to Roommate’s new album.
Grab a listen,
You can get a sample of what they are spitting on the Free Rent here: Roommates Official (Free Rent)
So, in my accidental drunken stupor of last sunday afternoon, I stumbled to my phone and emailed Brian. He hit me up with prompt punctuality and we discussed an idea for an article, question and answer style… To get the low-down on the music scene in La Crosse, the upcoming Roommates’ album, and anything of relevance in relation to having a good time all the time.
This is what transpired…
TS: Who is/are Roommates?
T.O.D.: Roommates is Talk-O-Destiny, Guess Prefontaine, and coming soon to Roommates albums, P.C.P. (Pontius Co-Pilot). (Full details of artists and album construction can be found on the Roommates Official link above.)
TS: Firstly, La Crosse has a huge bar/music venue scene-What are the pros and cons of performing in such an environment, what are the best bars to do a show, and what is your favorite venue thus far?
T.O.D.: JB’s, I really like… It’s a good time; the sound is good, the drinks are good. It can be hard getting people to come to the Northside, but it works out. The Warehouse is also a great venue, it is a really great place for the music community in La Crosse… The listeners are more clear-minded at The Warehouse because of the lack of alcohol at the venue. However, lack of alcohol can be a good thing for an artist and a listener, better perception of the music.
The Pros are that people are about your shit, as an artist you want to hear you did a great job, but criticism is welcomed.
The Cons are you don’t always get free drinks… You aren’t always getting paid, and its like wet my whistle (you know)… I get that the bars have to make money too…
TS: What inspires you as an artist about living in La Crosse, WI?
T.O.D.: Being around local bands gives way to creating good music. Also, there is a local community feel; everyone is working together, people are surrounded by great artists of differing genres, and that is inspiring. La Crosse’s music scene has a lot of talented individuals. They don’t tour (as much, outside the area), but they have great musicianship. A place like La Crosse, has a good music scene, people at the top are blowing minds. There is a diverse music community, support for multiple genres, and appreciation for music here… La Crosse has the secret. I may not know what the secret is, but La Crosse has it.
TS: Tell me about the Album (Free Rent).
T.O.D.: It’s the first album in a series of albums from Roommates, the album took a period of about a year to accumulate most of the ideas and material, recording took about 1 month. At the end of summer I wanted something out by October 1st, so it happened. But it took about a year, year and a half to create.
TS: On a perfect day where can we find Talk-O-Destiny performing, or just hanging out… Eating a burrito on your couch?
T.O.D.: One day, I would love to rock First Ave., as a goal, I would love to set foot on that stage… But, definitely, eating a burrito on my couch…
End of Questions.
To say the least, talking with Brian was enlightening; I am proud to be from a region where music is extremely diverse and positive. Brian’s idea for creating music consists of promoting and helping others, while not hating on what’s around. Rather, gaining from the differences, gathering material while being progressive in what you create as an artist next. While reducing pressure and instilling an idea of just having fun Brian has inspired me to indulge in more local music from Roommates, and the La Crosse area as a whole.
The Free Rent album from Roommates is enjoyable, independently manufactured, underground, precise, and inspiring. My head was bobbing for the most part; solid beats, diverse sound, with interesting and personal songwriting abilities are exhibited. Something new.
Good job, I can’t wait to hear more. I would love to see Roommates live.
Saturday, October 13 at 9:30 PM
Location: Jb’s Speakeasy
717 Rose Street, La Crosse Wisconsin
All information on Roommates (the artists and show dates and times) is within the link above.