I often find myself so busy these days with my numerous musical, film and blogging ventures (not to mention consistent gig schedule) that I often neglect the practice that got me where I am today : the mixtape. Luckily for me (and hopefully for the masses), I found some time this weekend to get in a mix I’ve playfully titled a collection of songs artisanally blended in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Hip-hop will always be my bread and butter, and it is certainly represented on here by the likes of Pop Smoke, MIKE, Tyler the Creator and Lil’ Wayne, Pharrell, Kenny Mason, Isaiah Rashad and Lil’ Uzi Vert, but I wanted to make sure that a wider spectrum of music got some shine, hence the inclusion of songs from Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Leon Bridges, Thundercat, Ariana Grande, Cautious Clay, KAYTRANADA and many more. If you find yourself trying to cool down on one of these warm summer evenings and think you’re in need of a soundtrack, reach for this mix! Donate if you choose, download if you like, stream when you can and share as often as possible!
Shout out to BigBlackGuyReviews for once again letting me take part in a collaborative review! This one is just as hilarious as part one, so jump on it immediately, drop a like and a comment, and share it around!
By now, you should know the drill when it comes to the Weird Rap Discussion Gang… the conversation topics span the gamut, and the discussions go deep. Recently, I had the pleasure of inviting the homie Protextor to join Th’Mole, Beverly Fre$h and myself for an episode of the Weird Rap Discussion Gang where we focused on concept albums, which are basically albums with some sort of connectivity throughout that attempt to present an idea in a long-form manner. With Dr. Octagonecologyst, Splendor & Misery, Funhouse and Because The Internet on the table, you know that we had a good time, so check out the episode, leave a like and comment your thoughts or favorite concept album, and help spread the word by sharing this episode around!
Even before news broke that De La Soul may finally see the Tommy Boy portion of their catalog available on streaming sites and digital storefronts as early as this winter, the members of the Weird Rap Discussion Gang had De La on the brain. After mentioning them at several intervals in the weeks prior, the collective decided to do a special two part deep dive into the Posdnous (aka Plug Won) and Dave (aka Plug Two), the main lyrical components of the groundbreaking hip-hop trio. For the respective episodes, each member of the Weird Rap Discussion Gang chose their favorite verse from each MC, a monumental undertaking in its own right, and shared their thoughts on what makes each verse so special. If you’re one of those people who believes that De La Soul‘s place in hip-hop is underrated, if you’re a fan of innovative and forward-thinking lyricism, or if you just love hearing hip-hop heads talk about hip-hop, then check out both of these episodes, leave likes and comments, and subscribe to the Weird RapYouTube channel for more great content.
I can’t lie, I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time, and have been very excited to share it with the world. For those who know, they know the wheels of entertainment turn a bit slower on the film side, so after a successful production, an impressive run at the film festival circuit, and a bit of unplanned time on the shelf due to COVID-19, it brought me great pleasure when Ryan Darbonne let all of the I AM TX cast and crew know that the film was finally ready to share to the world. It stars the multi-talented Jonathan K. Horstmann from BLXPLTN, Urban Heat and much more, Pleasure Venom lead singer Audrey Campbell and myself, and featured the talents of many Austin-based members of the film scene. We’re very proud of what we made, and even prouder to share it with everyone, so please take a moment to check it out, and if you feel inclined to do so, let us know what you thought and share it with others.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… the opportunities I’ve gotten as a part of the Weird Rap collective have been extremely fun and fulfilling. With the creation of The Weird Rap Radio Show, many of the artists and creatives connected to the Weird Rap crew have gotten a chance to share music they dig, and I was scheduled for a July set. Me being the DJ that I’ve been for decades, I knocked out my set weeks ago in anticipation of making sure I was putting my best foot forward. As the people say, “the best ability is availability”, and my availability came into play when a scheduled set suddenly fell through this weekend. The call came through to me, and I was able to fill in with little to no notice. The set is now on Mixcloud, so check it out above, and tune in to SPAZradio every Sunday evening for the live airing of The Weird Rap Radio Show.
Recently, the homie Big Black Guy Reviews and myself decided to tackle a review of the Richard Pryor classic Bustin’ Loose in the wake of Cicely Tyson‘s passing. Ironically, what started as a quick examination of a seemingly light-hearted Pryor offering not only sent us down a number of rabbit holes, but ended up taking so long that it became bookended by the passing of Richard Pryor collaborator and friend Paul Mooney… and once you hit the end of the video, you’ll realize the madness is far from done.
With that collaboration under the belt, not to mention a number of projects outside of the film realm being wrapped up or nearing completion, I turned my attention back to the DOOMonFILM YouTube channel and decided to produce a re-entry video of sorts. Rather than jumping headlong back into some crazy observation or theory video, I decided it might be beneficial to share a short list of films that I currently would hold as my top ten, and thus, my latest DOOMonFILM entry was created :
If you enjoy either of the videos (or maybe even both), then like them up, comment then up and share them around! If you’re really into what we’re putting down, then don’t hesitate to subscribe to Big Black Guy Reviews‘ YouTube channel and DOOMonFILM, and as always, support your local and independent creatives!
Being a part of the #WeirdRapDiscussionGang has been a true honor, but of all the episodes we’ve done, the one that really meant the most to me was our discussion centered around Ol’ Dirty Bastard and his debut album, the instant classic and Grammy nominated Return to the 36 Chambers : The Dirty Version. Th’Mole, Beverly Fre$h and myself welcomed Skiz Fernando and Tokyo Cigar to the fold as we all provided our insight and personal experiences with the album, and then Th’Mole went the extra step of contacting and interviewing Buddha Monk for additional insider insight into Dirty‘s art, craft and the making of his debut. Definitely check this one out, leave a like and a comment, share it around for everyone to enjoy, and most importantly, subscribe to the Weird Rap YouTube channel so you never miss out!
One of the best aspects of being a native Austinite and growing up in the central Texas area is the wealth of creative and highly driven individuals that populate the area. One of my long-standing friends and creative collaborators, Deuce Malone of The World of Deuce online, clearly mirrors that sentiment, as he is known for sharing posts all across social media sharing the secrets behind his rise into an industry position that suits him well. After a recent spotlight in Voyage Austin, Deuce decided to immediately pay it forward (and in some ways, pay it back) by dropping a video on his self-titled YouTube channel called How I Got a Job in Radio that breaks down the importance of not only creating a network of like-minded individuals, but how key it is to maintain that network as well as just how easy it can be to create one if your intentions are correct. If you’re looking for business tips, entertainment insight or sincere motivation, then subscribe to Deuce Malone on YouTube, but regardless, check out this video and make those key adjustments in your life!