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!
In a mere 6-ish months, Milled Pavement Records has gone from being on the underground bubble to being a forced to be reckoned with for East Coast-based and forward-thinking artists. With homies like Brzowski, Anthony Maintain and MC Homeless already making appearances on the roster, it was a safe assumption that anything from the collective that crossed my radar would be quality, and Marrow kept that streak going by getting me hip to his latest release, The Damage Done. As a fan of groups like Non-Phixion and Darkleaf, this project hit me right in the feels, and the backstory given for the project makes the lyrical and musical onslaught that much more interesting. Definitely take a moment to read the Bandcamp liner notes when (not if!) you go to check this one out, support if you can, and share it around for other heads to enjoy!
If home is where the heart is, then MC Homeless seemingly exists to contort that concept wholly and totally. For the ironically titled Home, MC Homeless uses that familiarity as a way to explore the idea of facing your fears with an unflinching approach. Over an eerie track produced by Tron Jovi of Guerrilla Ghost, and with an assist by guest vocalist Katana da Don, listeners find themselves being pulled into the sonic dark pit created by MC Homeless and company, and with the level of stimuli and engagement presented, they deep dive willingly. For those that dig dark, alternative hip-hop, Home is a bit like Christmas in July, so don’t sleep on this one.
A couple of Sundays ago, MC Homeless teamed up with HaplogroupX for an online show titled Homeless/Haplo virtual show to end police brutality. Had the goal stated in the title of the event worked, then the team would have done something extraordinary, but what was achieved was the release of Duress, an collaborative EP between the two camps. During the live show, Bernichus and Transplant performed and documented their portion of the live show and decided to share it via YouTube for those unable to tune in to the event. Check it out, leave a like and a comment if you dig it, and share it around if you know somebody that would enjoy this.
If you like your hip-hop reference-filled, sarcastic with a side of hard truth, all over jazzy melodies that hold ill drums together, then Duress has arrived for you like pennies from heaven. HaplogroupX (consisting of Bernichus and producer/engineer Transplant) has teamed up with the formidable MC Homeless to release the project on Milled Pavement Records, and honestly, I’m surprised that this combination did not happen sooner, as it sounds completely natural. Transplant has put together an amazing collection of tracks that are sequenced like a film score, and the MC pairing (along with special guest Anthony Maintain) have put out an early contender for the 2020 Top 10 lists for those smart enough to get hip. Definitely don’t skip this one out… seek it out on Bandcamp to support directly, or find it on your favorite digital storefront/streaming service, and support your local creatives.
Fort Worth-based MC heirMAX looks to be deep into the run-up for a new project, much to the delight of us underground hip-hop heads out here. After a couple of singles dropped in March (which I will probably revisit next week for this blog), heirMAX is coming out swinging in April with a Moodie Black produced posse cut titled Hole. This warning about checking your ego features verses from the homie MC Homeless and Cainam, each of whom drops a very direct set of bars about essentially learning to mind your own business and keeping your house in order while doing you as all of us attempt to rise. Check out the track for sure, drop a buck or two if you can afford to, and share it around so others can do the same!
When MC Homeless dropped the single for his Guerilla Ghost remix of The Depression Swag (with a guest verse by Bad Graphics Ghost) a ways back, it piqued my interest, as his original incarnation of the Sex & Death project was already unique, quality work. The remix, however, is an aesthetic that has taken a backseat in the world of hip-hop culture, so it’s nice to see MC Homeless embrace the practice of a remix album wholeheartedly. Guerilla Ghost does the lion’s share of remix work, with C Money Burns and Riddlore each contributing a song to the project as well. AWOL ONE and Rozanne Combs also join Bad Graphics Ghost on the list of guests. The songs have an entirely different, ethereal feel to them this go round, providing fresh perspective on an already quality project. Check it out for yourself on your favorite streaming service, or just cop it direct from the Bandcamp link above!
Later this month, MC Homeless has plans on dropping a bomb in the form of a remix EP for his recent release Sex & Death. The album has quite the cast for such a tight-knit collection of songs : Guerilla Ghost, C Money Burns and the legendary Riddlore pull up for production duties, while Bad Graphics Ghost, Rozanne Combs and the prolific AWOL ONE drop guest verses. The album is currently up for pre-order, and your reservation gets you the Guerilla Ghost remix of The Depression Swag in all of its electronically lush glory. Definitely support this project by pre-ordering and encouraging others to do the same, which allows MC Homeless and cats of his ilk to continue blurring the boundaries and limitations created by staunch genre application.
It’s amazing how the information age has seemingly done nothing but dumb us down in the grand scheme of things. The smartphone is a powerful tool, but in the hands of the unimaginative or apathetic, it can be a crutch at best, and a hindrance at worst. MC Homeless and Swordplay clearly understand what I’m talking about, and address the sentiment head on in their collaborative single for Cracked Screens. The information they spread is on point, but the real parallels to the peril we face are drawn in the video, which is full of real life clips where humans show our less than stellar side, alongside clips of the manufacturing and selling of cellular phones. For good measure, or maybe just for my amusement, there’s even a dose of Quantum Leap thrown into the mix, to show the hopes we once had for technology and humanity working in harmony with one another. This is definitely a video worth sharing around, so spread it far and wide… and don’t get lost on the irony of folks watching it on the very device that dooms them.
MC Homeless has never been one to shy away from his industrial and hardcore roots, even while affixing himself firmly within the world of hip-hop. While many of his recently released songs and projects wade in the pools of the aforementioned genres, Not A Human is a deep dive with cement boots into both of those worlds. On top of jarring and aggressive production (in the best ways possible) from Death Woods, MC Homeless unleashes a torrent of a statement about being more than your average man. This one is definitely for those tired of hearing the same old, run of the mill hip-hop and rap, and I’m totally on board for seeing him do this live in the near future. Check out the track, share it around, and drop a buck or two when you download it, if you can.