The homie Curbside Jones is becoming a sonic jetsetter right before our eyes. It was just this July that he dropped Gyakusou Vol. 1, a collaboration with Japanese producer Ballhead, and here we are three months later looking at a collaboration similar in spirit. Floating In Between, a collaborative effort with Japanese producer Dhrma, finds Curbside Jones covering a surprisingly vast array of sounds and feelings within the span of three tracks. When you go to check this one out (which you most definitely should), don’t forget to check out the insight Curbside Jones provided into each track, and while you’re there, cop it if you can, and share it regardless so others can enjoy it.
The YouTube momentum isn’t stopping anytime soon for Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice. This week marks Episode 004 of DOOMpeerREVIEW, the weekly music video show featuring a heavy dose of Texas artists from a wide spectrum of styles and influences. For the latest episode, the lineup is stacked as usual : MC Homeless + Chris Conde, Third Root with Grupo Fantasma, Mad1ne, Kydd Jones, Spy Coastal, BLXPLTN, Curbside Jones, YNGLDY, Chuck Duze + You F. Oh + The Elephant in the Room + DMT, and of course, Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice. If you like the show and want to support it, leave a like and a comment, subscribe to DOOMtubeATX on YouTube, and share the content around for everyone to enjoy!
The list of my hip-hop/rap peers that I respect is a vast one, but the club of my hip-hop/rap peers that truly inspire me is a very exclusive one. One of the longest standing members of this club is the Austin-based legend Curbside Jones. Since the day I discovered Wolves’ Clothing, every single bit of creative output from Curbside Jones has been amazing, be it music, videos, animations, clothing, photography or whatever he chooses to dip his toes into. Gyakusou Vol. 1, the brief but powerful collaboration with Japanese producer Ballhead, is further proof of Curbside Jones‘ ability to make nothing less that concept albums. Check the Bandcamp page for a complete breakdown on the origins and inspiration for the project, and cop it while you’re there, because it’s a bonafide banger.
If I had to sum up the style of Curbside Jones succinctly, I’d have to say that I see him as a ‘fly philosopher’. He is not only very in touch with his creative side, as his unfolding musical narrative, visual aesthetic, clothing designs and photography prove, but his art is bathed in a very humanist realm, with continued reflections on self and pinpoint application of these reflections onto a broader scale. With The Glow, a collaboration with producer EyeLoveBrandon, Curbside Jones takes the upbeat track and uses it to bolster his message of staying focused and keeping your eye on the prize, despite the pitfalls that life continually puts in front of us. To really help drive things home, Digsbot was called in to help animate the affair :
Check it all out, leave likes and comments where you can, and share it all around so everyone can benefit.
“Kwamé Vol.01 is a compilation of moods that I’ve been going through expressed through house music. I grew tired of creating the same style of music and decided to branch out and find myself again in a new lane. Each song represents conversations I’ve had with others and myself; themes of love, appreciation, doubt, miscommunication, self-care, and solitude.”
I’m definitely feeling that, and I know you will too. Check out the new project, share it around so others can do the same, and cop it if you have a few extra bucks.
If the motto of an age that has passed on was ‘ignorance is bliss’, then maybe we should adopt a new one in our age of information and social media : ‘clarity is bliss’. It appears that Curbside Jones may agree with me, as the topic and title of his latest genre-shifting single mirror my sentiments via the statement Let’s Be Clear. Curbside Jones puts it beautifully in the song’s liner notes :
“Let’s Be Clear was created after multiple thoughts and conversations about how my generations treats relationships; romantic and recreational. We tend to expect more than we give and we often have a hard time understanding where we stand with people. These feelings could be linked to the online culture we have adopted or just a lack of empathy. When these feelings go unchecked we end up with a sense of entitlement to others time and energy.”
Amen to that… we must realize that all communication, spoken, written or otherwise, leaves an impression and makes an impact on those around us.
As for Let’s Be Clear, it’s the lead single off of the upcoming EP Kwamé Vol.1, and if this is an indication of Curbside Jones stretching his creative wings, I will definitely be here to reap the benefits of those results. Check out the track, share it around, and cop it if you’ve got a spare buck lying around.
I’ve had my eye on Curbside Jones for a minute now, and his level of creativity seems to be hitting an unparalleled stride recently. After releasing a book and doing quite a bit of traveling, Jones has returned to the Milk Tea Chronicles with his latest installment, Madshepperey. The narrative is continuing from the previous two releases, with our main characters trapped in a portal between our reality and the Candy Paint Kingdom, hence the slightly psychedelic and off-kilter nature of the beats and vocal performances. The final result, however, is brilliantly trippy, and it definitely has me ready and waiting for the next installment. Check it out, share it around, and drop a few bucks if you can to support Curbside Jones and his artistic endeavors.
Curbside Jones, possibly more so than any other Texas hip-hop artist, continually finds ways to reinvent himself and sound fresh while keeping a signature feel to his sound. On his latest drop, the Lupin single pack, Jones offers up a quick banger with clever wordplay and a methodical track with some weight to it, and as a bonus, he gives an acapella for anyone wanting to mix (or possibly remix) things up. Even the cover has a flare and style of its own while simultaneously mirroring the aesthetic of classic jazz albums. For a buck, what have you got to lose?
There used to be this range of time in hip-hop, I’d say from about 1992 to about 1997, where ‘backpack rap’ was at one if its apex points… hip-hop artists from every region where flexing strong in both the lyrical and production realms, and despite being overshadowed by gangsta rap in the mainstream, this movement helped solidify and bolster the culture. Curbside Jones recently dropped a sneak preview single from his latest installment of the Milk Tea Chronicles titled Milk Tea Chronicles : Madsheepery, and the vibe it gave me put me right back in that headspace. The cool thing about it, however, is that the whole vibe is updated in terms of references (vibranium, SKRRRRRT, etc.) and production style (DeJohn Linward provides a lo fi beats to study to vibe with a bit of teeth behind it), and even the cover and installment title give visions of Madlib and MF Doom, both of whom continue to reposition the bar in regards to quality hip-hop. If this single, Sitting Gorgeous In My Fortress, is an indication of what Madsheepery has in store, consider me sold.
One of my favorite things to do as someone with a modicum of a voice in the Austin hip-hop culture is to share other creators that I find high caliber and inspiring. Doing this through mixes has always been a favorite way to do so, but it’s been a while since I dedicated time to doing so. With so many talented acts from or based in Austin, it’s impossible to get them all in one sweep, so Escapism : Southern Comfort reaches for the vibey side of things… all of my peers are substance-based, but these are acts that I consider high style as well. Direct peers like Riders Against the Storm (RAS), Cory Kendrix, anom, PNTHN, MC Homeless and Chris Conde, wallaby and bobbes, Ddotelles, Click-Clack and more get shine alongside established acts with Texas roots like BROCKHAMPTON and Travis Scott. I’m happy with this one, and hopefully folks dig it enough to spread it around!