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.
“Epochis an emotional record about being mentally compromised during COVID. I started writing Epoch in July of 2020 with production by Big Lo (Pensacola, FL). The goal was to document the feelings that kept revolving in my mind, all the terrible/beautiful thoughts wound together creating a timestamp for my depression. These feelings are valid and need to be nursed and if not faced they can become monsters you find under the bed. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to release this project for Freecember this year. It was a light at the end of the tunnel with so many detours in between, 2020 has been a challenge for all of us and I sincerely hope you find something in this project that will keep you going like it did for me. Thank you for listening, thank you for the support, peace love and light.”
Anthony Maintain, Virgil Wolfe, Two Weeks Notice (Mikal Khill and TribeOne) and myself recently joined K Death on the Moodhouse Podcast to discuss any and everything #FREEcember and Fake Four Inc. I could go into details here, but conversations like this are best experienced via direct listen. Check out the link above, or catch the Moodhouse Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts online.
I’ll let the homie Anthony Maintain break it all down…
“Ghost Pipes (Monotropa Uniflora): Herbaceous perennial plants native to temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America. Their lack of chlorophyll gives them their characteristic translucence which lead to the common names of ghost pipe, corpse plant, ice plant, and ghost flower. These rare heterotrophic plants can grow in near total darkness since, unlike photosynthetic plants, they do not draw nutrients from the sun. They instead pull sustenance from surrounding tree roots and forest brush via mushroom mycelium. This relationship is not symbiotic, it is more parasitic in nature. Though the ghost pipe does not contribute anything of known value back to it’s host, humans have discovered valuable uses for the plant. While the entire plant is technically edible, this is not the best use. Through extraction, M. Uniflora has been found to create an effective pain relieving tincture helping those with both physical and emotional suffering. It is said not to erase the pain entirely, but to put the person beside the pain in a more cognitive sense of acceptance.
These songs are ghost pipes for myself and others.” – Anthony Maintain
This year’s #FREEcember is off to a bang, and I am not only happy to know that Ghost Pipes can finally be heard by the masses, but honored to be sharing a split LP consisting of Anthony Maintain‘s EP on one side and mine on the other. You can download the digital album for free (or donate) at the links above, and if you choose so, you can pre-order our vinyl. Major shout out to Fake Four Inc. for helping make all of this happen!
Over the past 5 or so years, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Ceschi Ramos and become a member of the Fake Four Inc. family. With a roster full of underground heavyweights and close peers already on the docket, it is a HUGE honor to find myself as an official member now, courtesy of the first #FREEcember release of 2020, The Reclamation Project. During the course of 2020, a span of time where many people where given the opportunity to reflect on their life uninterrupted, I decided to take the process a step further by revisiting two of my previous instrumental releases : Slow Burnout and This Town Has Turned To Dust. I picked my favorite ‘beats’ from these albums, removed previously used elements, and approached them as traditional narrative-structure songs. I am very happy with the final result, and honored to have it be a part of Fake Four‘s yearly tradition. I even made some quick, low budget visuals to go with each song in preparation for Fake Four Fridays, which will air Friday, December 4th at twitch.tv/fakefourinc at 7 PM EST. For those unable to view the stream, or those who are impatient and want to see them immediately, I have created a non-presentational form YouTube playlist.
Download the album for free, donate if you can, and PLEASE share it around, as it would mean the world to me. Thank you in advance to those that do help, and have a great weekend to everyone!
Pawn Shop Entertainment & 33 1/3 Clothing Company present the 2nd annual PAWN TAKES KING festival!!!
A FREE , ALL AGES festival featuring 2 stages full of the dopest in experimental hip-hop, beats, electronic, and more. Plus a big graffiti exhibition for your visual pleasure.
LIVE HIP-HOP STAGE:
Busdriver . Awol One & Factor . Ceschi . Dark Time Sunshine . Blue Sky Black Death with Nacho Picasso . The Locksmiths . Paranoid Castle . Grey Sky Appeal . Esh the Monolith . Brainbusters (MC Homeless & Joey Alpha) . Moe Pope . Ecid . Brzowski . PremRock & Willie Green . SelfSays . HW . Wide Eyes . Shane Hall . JE Double F . Greenlander . Icebox . Cainam . Who MI?
BEATS AND ELECTRONIC STAGE:
Zavala . Maker . Lazerbeak (Doomtree) . Edison . Void Pedal . Crushcon7 . Cozmos . Maintain . Trust . Taskam38 . pOSH . soundfounder . Ntropy . Lo Phi . Kinder . Jawa . MFKNRMX . BoomBaptist . Hobo D . 4th Wall . Kid Slyce . C More . Haris . Swindles
SOUND SYSTEM FOR THE BEAT STAGE PROVIDED BY MOVIN’ DECIBELS!!!
Plus special guests to be announced later!!!
Metropolis is a really cool apartment complex in the East Riverside neighborhood of Austin. They cater to musicians and artist types and provide a chill atmosphere for people to live, create, and party. The show is in the center of the complex, where there is a pool and volleyball court. The pool area has a stage and some BBQ pits as well. The 2nd stage will be on the other side of the building, in a roped off parking lot. The volleyball court becomes our graffiti exhibition area.
THE PEOPLE OF METROPOLIS ARE KIND ENOUGH TO LET US DO THIS, SO PLEASE RESPECT THE PROPERTY AND DO NOT VANDALIZE ANYTHING. NO GLASS CONTAINERS ALLOWED.
Brought to you with the help of these great people: