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Fire Starter :: Chris Conde Blends Exploration Of Pride And Culture With ‘Summertime Heat’

As a Central Texas-based hip-hop artist, it’s no secret that Chris Conde has been exposed to a blend of different musical and cultural spectrums from several of the different racial groups that populate the area.  As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community as well, it seems like Conde figured that Pride Month would be a perfect opportunity to help bridge any gaps that may exist between these different spectrums, and with the help of the legendary Cumbia producer El Dusty, he has done so in the form of Summertime Heat, a Cumbia-heavy banger meant to keep parties going strong all summer.  Definitely don’t sleep on this one.

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Touching Down :: Chris Conde Releases ‘Engulfed In The Marvelous Decay’ Via Fake Four Inc.

From the digital desk of Chris Conde and Fake Four Inc. :

“As an openly queer rapper, TexasChris Conde combines the classically detached spheres of hip hop, indie rock and avant-garde experimental art punk of the drag variety.  In their sometimes hysterical but always poignant bars, Conde strives to relate to their audience through an honest communication of their personal narrative of overcoming drug addiction, internalized homophobia and self-acceptance.

Chris Conde is a Fake Four Freecember 2019 Alum who has received press shoutouts from NPR’s Tiny Desk series, the San Antonio Current, Texas Music Magazine, and Hip Hop DXEngulfed in the Marvelous Decay features Ceschi Ramos and offers up production by K Death of Moodie Black, Lazerbeak of Doomtree, and Whatever Cecil with artwork by SqualloscopeChris’s honest storytelling ability, beat selection, and sharp technical skills displayed across Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay are sure to move you and resonate on multiple levels.”

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Summertime Sadness :: Chris Conde Taps Ceschi For ‘The Summer Of Our Discontent’ Video And Single

Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay, the upcoming Chris Conde release from Fake Four Inc., drops this upcoming Sunday, and with Conde doing the work in terms of promotional rollout, it makes sense that his third (and seemingly final prerelease) single would feature a guest appearance from the always stellar and compelling Fake Four label-head and foundational artist Ceschi.  Over a very somber and spacious beat, Conde and Ceschi open up their minds and hearts about attempting to stay motivated and creative in a world that gives us reasons to believe otherwise.  The Summer of Our Discontent could soundtrack these bleak and uncertain times we’ve been navigating through lately, so if you feel like you could use a sonic remedy, check out the video, leave a like and a comment, and spread it around for all to take in.

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Daily Operation :: Chris Conde Clues Folks In Via ‘Everyday’ Official Video

Anybody with half a brain understands that nobody is perfect, and that all of us are out here trying our best to navigate the world and make some sort of positive impact without causing damage or issues to others.  It’s this exact energy that fuels Everyday, the latest single and video from San Antonio MC Chris Conde from his upcoming Fake Four release Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay.  With a little help from video director Wayne Fau, Conde is able to capture a down to Earth, slice of life presentation of his do-good manifesto, possibly in hopes of inspiring others to order their steps in a similar fashion.  With the April 4th release of the project rapidly approaching, be sure to keep your eyes and ears open and tuned to Chris Conde‘s social media so that you can be hip from day one.

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Core Sounds :: Chris Conde Releases ‘Earth’ Single And Video

It’s funny how ahead of the curve some MCs can be.  Chris Conde released Conde Digital as a part of Fake Four Records FreeCember promotion, and nearly six months later, his second single Earth is so pertinent that it could have been written yesterday.  Over an ominous, ambient, grimey track courtesy of Moodie Black‘s KDeathConde goes in with some extremely urgent and direct pleas to reason as he breaks down just how interconnected we are with the Earth against how neglectful we tend to be.  Thanks to collaborator Wayne Fau, the message is delivered without Conde‘s signature visual flashes, instead opting for minimal effects and portrait-style presentations of Conde‘s vital message.  Dig the video, leave a like and a comment if you’re feeling it, and share it around for all to experience.

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Upward Movement :: Moodie Black Preps ‘Fuzz’ Release With ‘Jesus Bound’ Video Premier on Dead End Hip Hop

Moodie Black is about to knock the dust off of 2020, and if Jesus Bound (the first single from their upcoming Fake Four release Fuzz) is any indication, their going to do it with a sense of urgency and immediacy that the era has not only created, but demands.  K is no stranger to confrontation, and with hip-hop already being a firestorm of a breeding ground for transforming turmoil into art, it comes as no surprise to me that Jesus Bound plays as her unapologetic clapback to all the real-life and social media misgendering and misidentification of her art.  Add to that her penchant for stark and striking visuals, and it makes sense that Dead End Hip Hop would jump at the opportunity to premier the video, hopefully allowing avenues of discussion to open up as a result.  I’ll be ready for when Fuzz drops at the end of March, and if you’re smart, you’ll keep your eyes and ears open as well.

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Data Blend :: Chris Conde Drops ‘Conde Digital’ Visual

Hot off the heels of his FreeCember debut, Chris Conde has dropped a music video for Conde Digital, the title track off of the aforementioned Fake Four-released EP.  The video is a black and white, up front and personal collage of stock footage overlayed and juxtaposed against Conde performance footage.  The black and white aesthetic gives the whole thing a David Lynch-style feel, and thanks to the self-direction of Chris Conde and the editing of Scott Newman, the frentic call to action about finding personal freedom leaves images burned onto the brain.  Definitely a strong video to represent a strong project, so leave it a like and a comment, give it a share, and keep supporting indie creators!

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Free Spirit :: Chris Conde Drops ‘Conde Digital’ For Fake Four’s FreeCember

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For fans of independent hip-hop, December is a chance for Fake Four to bless us all with a gift-giving season known as FreeCember.  This year, the homie Chris Conde sets it off with Conde Digital, a lyrical firestorm produced in entirety by Moodie Black.  The combination of sounds works together, more than likely due to both artists being free spirits that are unafraid of (or possibly unaware of) boundaries or what they represent.  This one won’t cost you anything but time, so definitely take advantage and cop it.  Spread the gift around for others to do the same.  And, above all, support your independent creatives.

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More Savage :: Moodie Black Unleashes ‘M B I I I’

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As cutting edge and ahead of the curve as Moodie Black can be, they have one consistent quality about them : an EP release following each full length release.  These four song gems have always been high-quality work, and I I I keeps the tradition going while pushing the envelope in terms of K‘s vocals (both in the topic choices and the way they are mixed into the track, which is much more up front than normal).  The sense of urgency found in this collection of songs matches the times, but the sound stays fresh and unique, something that us Moodie Black fans have come to love and expect.  I imagine this is the predecessor to another full length project, and I know has been lacing all kinds of folks (myself included) with production, so I know she’ll be on point for whatever Moodie Black has lined up next.  Dig this one and dig it good.

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Vice Principles :: MC Homeless Drops Fake Four Debut In The Form Of ‘Sex And Death’ EP

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When I caught wind of the fact that MC Homeless had a handful of Moodie Black-produced beats and was working on an EP, I knew that we were all in for something memorable.  Over the past year, MC Homeless was showcasing tracks off the project, but there’s something about finally getting to experience a fully realized creation that not even the arresting nature of live performance can capture.  Sex and Death is part examination, part celebration of the trappings that come with the creative spirits.  Sex, depression, drugs and death form the four corners of the framework for Sex and Death, and the instantly iconic artwork is pitch perfect.  Definitely download and share this one around, and if you can, get a hold of the limited edition vinyl, which is equally dope.  Props to Fake Four for putting this one out.

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