When the universe speaks, we’ve gotta learn to listen, as you never know what you might end up missing. While searching Bandcamp for something new to post about, I came across Austin-based artist Freeze Frame, and I set his album aside to listen to later. Later that day, OVRLD put out a call for albums and videos released in 2018 so that they can make sure they’re covering all of their bases, and first in the comments section was a music video by Freeze Frame for Who’s the Man?, released less than a week prior. That was all I needed to take the dive, and I was certainly impressed. Freeze Frame manages to capture his aesthetic (his two listed influences are Phillip K. Dick and Slick Rick) perfectly in the video, in my opinion. Definitely check this one out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around.
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Tagged austin, bandcamp, chief, freeze frame, hip hop, ovrld, phillip k dick, slick rick, the doomsday device, who's the man?
While discussing local creatives, Nick Hanover of the OVRLD blog decided to do me a solid and hip me to some unique hip hop in the form of Houston-born, New York-based MC and performance artist Marrshun. The video Hanover shared with me, Prayer Hands, is a meditation on how traditions in the black community that originated from abuse during times of limited human rights have evolved into a form of passivity that puts faith in an interesting juxtaposition of being valid and an empty gesture. The whole idea is visually sold in the form of an interpretation of the iconic opening to the Brady Bunch sitcom, with an interesting family portrayed solely by Marsshun. Based on the merit of this work in a vacuum, I am definitely interested in hearing more songs, seeing more videos, and perhaps checking out a live show one day. Definitely check it out yourself, as this is the kind of art bound to open up lines of dialogue and deep thought.
Lilli, creator of the Born2bLilli YouTube channel, is always down to dish with interesting folks on the Austin scene. For the latest go-round, she sat down with OVRLD‘s Morgan to talk about the Austin-based blog, the music scene, I AM TX and his role as a producer, and much more. Check out the interview, give it a like, share or comment (if not all three), and be sure to subscribe so you can stay dishing with Lilli and company.
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Tagged austin, born2blilli, chief, i am tx, let's dish, lilli, morgan, ovrld, the doomsday device, youtube
Morgan from OVRLD will tell you… on one of Moodie Black‘s last trips into town, they were playing new tunes. When they dropped Sway, us fans and the new listeners got H Y P E. With the specter of the Lucas Acid album release on the horizon, I am happy that Sway is the pre-release single, and even more happy that K is getting to voice the experience of efforts to bring trans-awareness to the table. This song could shape up to be both the jam and a possible benchmark moment all in one.
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Tagged chief, k, lucas acid, moodie black, morgan, ovrld, sway, the doomsday device
There’s something about a good hip-hop song that is majorly enhanced when guests MCs jump on… especially if everyone brings their A-game. That is most certainly the case with The Real, a recent Ben Al and Iso collaboration with a who’s who of guest MCs invited to the track : Read Richarts, Lace Tunes, Marcus J, DdotElles and Karma Jones all bless this banger with top notch bars. I’m feeling bad because I already turned in my Best of the Year 2017 list for OVRLD, and had I heard this prior to forming that list, this track would have made it hands down. Consolation prize? Regardless, check this one out, heart it, comment on the track, and help boost those play numbers, because Austin deserves the chance for it’s dopeness to shine.
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Tagged austin, ben al, chief, ddotelles, iso, karma jones, lace tunes, marcus j, ovrld, read richarts, the doomsday device, the real
Many months ago, an OVRLD hosted show was my introduction to the duo NGHT HCKLRS, and I was instantly impressed. I only DJ’d that night, so they had no idea what I did lyrically, but I knew immediately that I wanted to collaborate with these guys. I kept in touch with them over time, and last week, they hit me up with some tracks and an opportunity to perform with them at Kick Butt Coffee in Austin. Needless to say, I jumped on the opportunity. Above is the live video of that portion of the show, and hopefully it is the beginning of what can be a powerful collaborative project. Stay tuned, I will certainly keep you in the loop with any possible developments. Enjoy this for now, like it, and share it, and maybe we’ll see more of this in the future.
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Tagged chief, kick butt coffee, nght hcklrs, ovrld, the doomsday device
Once again, Ovrld comes through with another dynamite edition of The Hot Conversation. This go-round, Austin MC turned new New Yorker Abuzayed the Free stopped in to talk about her music, her philosophy, and her general outlook on life, among other things. Lots to digest here, and definitely worth your listens.
Ovrld, Protextor and special fill-in host Morgan put Kayleigh Hughes, one of the better scene writers, movers and shakers, on the hot seat for an informative conversation. I could go on and on, but you know how The Hot Conversation gets down.. check it out for yourself.
OVRLD‘s The Hot Conversation podcast is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite podcasts out there, local or otherwise. The latest episode contains almost the perfect storm of ingredients and topics : Protextor and JRo (as per usual), Scuare and no1mportant (…&more…), and topics ranging from DVD rot to racism in the Star Wars universe to Star Trek color shirt significance to sexy Prince posters, and all kinds of fun stops in between. This had me laughing so hard at work, I had to make sure to keep the laughs down. Great stuff.
The awesome guys and gals at OVRLD.com have always been wonderful and supportive people, and they have gone out of their way on numerous occasions to shine alight on the work of Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice. Earlier this month, however, Morgan gave me a compliment he may or may not have even realized he was giving me by inviting me to take part in OVRLD‘s spin on the end of year list, Our Austin Music Friends Picks For Best of 2016. While explicitly stating these were the music friends, one thing that the guys at the OVRLD blog have always hammered in to me is that they love my blog over here, and Morgan never lets me forget that I have built up quite a bit of blogging clout I may not even realize I have.
Cut to yesterday, when the article drops. There I am, top placement on the list, setting the tone for the entire article. Then I began to notice other folks reaffirming choices I made on my list, almost automatically. Then the props for the Butcher Bear and BoomBaptist collaboration video I did started rolling in. THEN the thank you’s begin to roll in via social media for the local choices I made. Yesterday was truly a gratifying day, and I owe it all to Morgan and the folks at OVRLD for finally allowing me to see what’s been in front of me the entire time.