Cyclical Inspiration :: Protextor (P-Tek) Creates And Reappropriates

Protextor (P-Tek) of Austin is not only a creative hip-hop artist, he is a creative filmmaker as well.  Back in 2010, he created an instillation piece meant to be played as a loop for Toy Joy‘s Art Show.  The piece was titled Cycle One, and it was a very creative experiment with non-traditional storytelling…

Later that year, on a rainy day, P-Tek decided to make a music video for his crew The Department of Public Safety‘s latest release, Look Up Motherfucker!!  You may recognize an image or two from this expressionistic journey…

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The Whole Story :: Feral The Earthworm’s ‘Definition Of A Rap Flow’

Legendary MC RA the Rugged Man is currently holding a nationwide contest he’s labelled Definition Of A Rap Flow.  MC’s are supposed to either submit an audio track or a video over Rugged Man’s Definition of a Rap Flow instrumental, or any other instrumental in his catalog.  Austin AMX mainstay Feral the Earthworm has thrown his hat in the ring, and here’s his submission… dig it:

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Lo-Fi Magic :: Rez Shows His ‘Feels’

California independent label snowbroth puts out “smallish editions of experimental hip-hoppy lo-fi”.  An offshoot of the Rotifier Cassettes crew, their latest project is a solid beat tape from Houston beatsmith Rez.  Dig it, share it, and I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do.

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly :: Slop Musket’s ‘Fall EP’

FALL (EP)” by Slop Musket

GRADE :: A-
IN A WORD OR TWO :: bold, forward thinking, infinite potential, raw

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THE GOOD :: Slop Musket was already a solid project when MCs anom and Joey Alpha were the lone members, but the addition of a band gives a sonic match to the sense of urgency from the complimentary styles of the two.  The rhythm section is on the same page throughout, and the guitar playing may as well be the third MC of the group, if not a Spliff Star or Freaky Tah style hype man.  The song Drips and Drops is definitely single material.

THE BAD :: The letter E instead of the letter L in the designation of what the project is.  Although this is just a toe in the water of the possibilities that lie before the feet of Slop Musket, it would have been nice to see them expand to a short, 8 song album.  With recent appearances on Van’s Warped Tour under their belt, the timing would be perfect to catch as much energy in the studio as possible.

THE UGLY :: Sometimes, our baby pictures get public.  We all have to start somewhere, and for what it’s worth, for a first recording on a new project, there are moments of solid execution.  Early on, the EP sounds like experiments realized during studio time, but by the second half of the album, the songs sound road tested and more assured.  I’m sure when it’s LP time, none of that will be an issue.

THE FINAL WORD :: Slop Musket as a hip-hop outfit was like Mario… possibly even Mario after he’s taken the mushroom.  Slop Musket as a band is like Mario with the fire flower, or one of the many awesome incarnations he takes on in the many sequels.  It’s nice to see a band evolve so quickly into such a strong direction, and I’m sure that many good things await them.

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Make It Official :: KB The Boo Bonic AKA ‘Farrah Fl$$itt’

KB the Boo Bonic is on the rise… she’s been grinding nonstop in anticipation for her second project, the Farrah Flo$$itt EP.  Some bold steps are being taken, and growth is definitely being shown.  Don’t sleep, because there’s a good chance she’ll be making noise in the near future.

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Lost In The Music :: Ghost Of Electricity Live At The Historic Scoot Inn

A few months back, I played a house party for Frownland Records.  I had the pleasure of seeing many diverse bands and meeting plenty of new faces.  One of those faces that has stood out was Ghost of Electricity.  His approach was unique, and the music was as haunting as it was raw and powerful.  A recent performance at The Historic Scoot Inn of Austin was recently captured, and now it is being shared with you!

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See Them Changes :: Evolve X Pawz One Claim ‘Not The Same’

While recently touring Cali, the homie Evolve called in his homie Pawz One and took advantage of the beautiful backdrop that LA can be for his first music video.  Not The Same is a statement of independent spirit amongst a sea of those willing to sell themselves short.  Enjoy…

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