Category Archives: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Album reviews.

Week Ender :: Kydd Jones Closes Out The Week With ‘Harpoon’ Release

Generally, I try to listen to tracks before I post about them on my blog, but in the case of Kydd Jones, his track record of quality material has earned him the right to get the auto-post.  This blog entry is serving as more of a reminder to myself to check out his new single Harpoon this weekend, but since I made this personal to-do list public, why not go ahead and check it out for yourself?

-chief

Snack Attack :: BoomBaptist Reveals More From ‘Komfort Food’

After Juicy the Emissary dropped Yumy/Muny last week, the anticipation for the upcoming Komfort Food project hit hard nearly instantly.  Before my post even saw the light of day the following Monday, however, the homie BoomBaptist swooped in with not only the Komfort Food cover art and merchandise pre-orders, but he dropped two additional tracks from the project : his classic track Toucan Wing, and an Elaquent track titled The Official.  At this point, I’m definitely hype for the January 29th release of Komfort Food, and I hope you are too.

-chief

Shelter Skelter :: Bogan Villa Taps Marcus Morales For ‘Quarantine Blues’

Like the vast majority of us, the fellas of Bogan Villa and the homie Marcus Morales have been patiently waiting for COVID-19 and the ever-changing shelter-in-place orders to be a thing of the past.  As professional musicians, it can be tough when not only your livelihood but your main outlet are suddenly taken away from you.  As 2020 came to an end, however, both parties decided to combine forces for Quarantine Blues, a topical jam session clocking in at just over ten minutes.  If you’ve got the time, give it a listen… if you’ve got the funds, cop it in support… regardless of what you choose to do, share it around so others can enjoy!

-chief

Special Feature :: Chief And TheDoomsdayDevice Visits The ‘Back To The Feature’ Podcast

Friends and fans of Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice are likely aware that film is just as important to me as music.  Recently, after weeks of behind the scenes work from the homie Conwaythewhale, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Justin and Edward of the Back to the Feature podcast, where the duo generally reviews film, talks topics and interviews Texas-based movers and shakers.  Over the course of about an hour and a half, we talk about my short films, some of the upcoming projects I have taken part in, my collaborative efforts with Jeffrey Garcia, my recent top films of 2020 list from the DOOMonFILM blog and much more, and in all honesty, it felt like we could’ve kept going on and on.  If you’re a fan of film and have some time to spare, I highly recommend giving this one a spin on Spotify, or wherever you stream your podcasts!

-chief

Groove Food :: Juicy The Emissary Hits Listeners With ‘Yumy/Muny’

Are you ready for a super-collaboration from some of the dopest producers around?  After hearing Juicy the Emissary‘s latest single, the super groovy Yumy/Muny, I know I am… it appears that this single is the opening salvo off of Komfort Food, an upcoming collaboration between Elaquent, BoomBaptist and Juicy the Emissary.  I don’t know when it’s coming out, but I promise you I will be posting about it when it does, so keep your eyes and ears open.  In the meanwhile, why don’t you check out this track, share it around, and drop Juicy a buck if you’ve got it?

-chief 

Talking Shop :: Weird Rap Presents The #WeirdRapDiscussionGang On YouTube

One of my personal highlights of 2020 was the development of a working and social relationship with the super talented producer and social media influencer Th’Mole.  After a long period of social media interaction on the Weird Rap Discussion Group, as well as other random online meetings, he approached me with an opportunity to collaborate on a project (which is currently in the works).  Not too long after this opportunity was presented, he followed up with something I’d been dying to be a part of for quite a while : the chance to be a talking head on a YouTube series dedicated to talking about hip-hop albums and artists that may have been overlooked or underappreciated.  The series, which eventually became known as the #WeirdRapDiscussionGang, features Th’Mole, myself, Beverly Fre$hOxygen Elmo and Nosaj of New Kingdom, and so far, episodes have been posted focusing on Freestyle Fellowship‘s Innercity Griots, our favorite songs by Tricky, and Blowout Comb by Digable Planets.  If you dig what you see in these episodes, be sure to like them, comment on them and subscribe to the channel, because we’re just getting started.

-chief

Sonic Playground :: Kinder Creates ‘VHS’ During Shelter-In-Place For (iN)Sect Records

The summer of 2020 gave a lot of creatives space to explore, and with COVID-19 causing him to be laid off from his day job, Kinder had plenty of time to explore said space.  In addition, he had just acquired a MV8800, which, in his words, “allowed (him) to completely change my work flow by sequencing out of the box”, meaning that his world of synthesizers and drum machines were no longer constrained to their sequencing abilities and could be combined prior to digital export.  Now, it’s not like Kinder needs additional tools to excel, but with new freedom allowed to a mind already renowned for pushing equipment to its limits, it makes sense that the output would be nothing short of mind blowing.  Synthesizers, drum machines and live instrumentation are blended together with vocal samples and textures from a handful of unique public domain sources.  If you’re in to mind expanding music, click on the album cover above and check it out.

-chief

Unlocking Life :: Corduroi Releases ‘ISO/Vex’

From the digital desk of Corduroi :

ISO/Vex serves as a hopeful, inward exploration and invitation to ponder both the immense daily trials we face individually, together, and separately as the human race and the insatiable curiosities of life or potential thereof in other places of the universe.  Recordings are built and layered with a mangled soiree of hardware drum machines, synthesizers, modular experiments, breaks, fragments of circuit bent 8-16bit game consoles, NASA recordings, my cat, and nods of inspiration drawn from some of my favorite records and video games of all time.  All of this used to create a cyber-jeweled odyssey of electro, idm, techno, industrial, and ambient breakbeat.”

Check it out asap, support if you can, share it around, and support your local genius creatives!

-chief

New Life :: Chris Conde Releases ‘Mariposa’ Video

Despite the lasting effects of COVID-19 and its crippling impact on the live music industry, there are a handful of artists who have continued to persevere in spite of, and Chris Conde is a shining example of this steadfast dedication.  Over the majority of 2020, Conde found ways to stay in the public eye, be it video releases, live stream performances or acoustic performances.  As 2020 transitioned into 2021, Conde made the announcement that an album was coming on Fake Four, Inc. in the spring, and if the Lazerbeak-produced Mariposa is any indication of what’s to come, then hip-hop heads should prepare themselves for more of Conde‘s signature honesty and insight over some high energy production.  Definitely check out the video, run up the numbers and engagement stats, and support your local creatives.

-chief

Fantastic Four :: Two Weeks Notice (Mikal kHill + Tribe One) Finalize #FREEcember With ‘A Calm, Measured Response’

from the digital desk of Fake Four, Inc. and Mikal kHill

Two Weeks Notice was originally proposed by Tribe One (Niles Gray) in 2015 in the same way most of my duo projects have started… we were doing shows together constantly and started hyping each other’s sets and eventually decided we should just create a project that way.  Niles is known for taking an incredibly long time to write, once spending literally 16 hours agonizingly rewriting the same 4 bars at my kitchen table, but we managed to create our first album in two weeks, while simultaneously booking the tour.  Ceschi asked us to create a Freecember release a few years ago and we had already been working on two LPs off and on since 2015 so we knew we had more than enough material.  Once again, though, we found ourselves scrapping everything we had in advance and ground out 6 new tracks on the spot for our first Christmas-Day release as a duo.  I think the result is an EP to speaks to our isolation in the age of COVID-19, our lives as fathers and husbands and also as two emcees still at the top of their game, over some of my best production.  Thanks for listening.”

-chief