By now, you should know the drill when it comes to the Weird Rap Discussion Gang… the conversation topics span the gamut, and the discussions go deep. Recently, I had the pleasure of inviting the homie Protextor to join Th’Mole, Beverly Fre$h and myself for an episode of the Weird Rap Discussion Gang where we focused on concept albums, which are basically albums with some sort of connectivity throughout that attempt to present an idea in a long-form manner. With Dr. Octagonecologyst, Splendor & Misery, Funhouse and Because The Internet on the table, you know that we had a good time, so check out the episode, leave a like and comment your thoughts or favorite concept album, and help spread the word by sharing this episode around!
Despite 2020 being a stagnant or regressive year for many creatives, a small handful were able to make quick adjustments and continue to thrive, if not exceed expectations. A perfect example of this is the formidable Protextor, who not only continued to record music, but managed to incubate and create a handful of larger scale productions. One that brought attention to his sphere was the UltraLoop-based Twitch stream You Are in a Video Store, a weekly series hosted by Protextor and his cohost Stephanie where the two talk about a wide range of films. After a successful run, including a few streaming awards, Protextor decided to up the ante by creating a theme song for his streaming show. With the help of producer DK Thundah, who made a wonderfully epic beat that sounds like soundtrack fodder, Protextor flexes his film knowledge in rap form while giving viewers an idea of what they are in for when they tune in to the streams. Dig this sonic slice of wonderful, and if it moves you, then definitely tune in to UltraLoop‘s Twitch channel on Tuesday nights for You Are in a Video Store.
Entitlement is a dangerous thing, especially when a previously (minimally) disenfranchised but persistent group finds new validation in the leader of the free world. Speaking about institutionalized racism, unbalanced power structures and the pervasiveness of the victim complex can be an uncomfortable topic, but it’s a topic that can no longer be ignored. Thankfully, Protextor has the wherewithal to not only speak honestly from his perspective, but the foresight and common decency to invite an artist like Doc Brown to share his perspective as well… while the two have a long history of collaboration and a few key similarities in taste, their backgrounds and experience in the world could not be more different, which makes their synergy that much more palatable. It doesn’t hurt, either, that the prolific Bird Peterson lent his production skills to the track, turning it from a heavy dose of medicine to an eye-opening and perspective shifting banger. Stream this, cop this while it’s at a variable price point, and pass it around for others to listen, and in turn, grow from it.
SCDS (formerly Space Camp Death Squad) has never been afraid to take a stand and voice their minds, be it as a collective or as individual members (Doc Brown, Protextor and Secret Levels, respectively). That’s why it’s not surprising that they’ve become the latest on a respectable list of Austin artists to stare racial and socio-economical injustices square in the eyes with their latest single and video, Breakfast of Champions. Not only are the viewpoints on authority and their connection to standard society scathing, but they range in perspective, given the ethnic makeup and diverse backgrounds of the three crew members. The video really brings the idea home, taking an almost obsolete model of television out into the streets and infusing it with a mixture of performance footage from SCDS and old images that, sadly, may never be timeless given the racial climate of America. The video is a hard pill of truth to swallow, but if you’re an honest individual that can deal with the real, leave a like and a comment on the video, and spread it around for others to do the same.
A couple of Fridays ago, the homie Protextor had me on as a guest for the Protextor’s Playhouse segment of Coldtowne Theater Company‘s Twitch-based programming, ColdtowneTV. Over the course of 20 or so minutes, Protextor and myself talked about life during COVID-19, video games, the creative process and much more. Check out this interview (and the whole broadcast if you’re up for being entertained), and be sure to check out ColdtowneTV every Friday night for more entertainment.
Like many hip-hop lovers my age, minds were blown when Wu-Tang Clan popped up in a fighting game on the PS1 in the form of Wu-Tang : Shaolin Masters, so it was only a matter of time before it found its way to Protextor‘s Baby Lion series, the infamous Rappers Playing Games (RPG). The San Antonio-based MC known as Axiom was responsible for bringing the game through, which is appropriate, because he drops tons of knowledge on his perspectives and experience in hip-hop very much in the vein of how many of the Wu-Tang artists look at the world. Most every game and conversation had on Rappers Playing Games (RPG) is enjoyable, but there’s something about this particular combination of game and conversation that resonates on a supreme level. Dig this one and dig it good, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for others to do the same.
Baby Lion is keeping it moving right along with a new episode of Protextor‘s amazing series, Rappers Playing Games (RPG). For this edition, Austin hip-hop scene member and proponent Cort Sikes stopped by to challenge Protextor to a game of Super Mario Kart on the SNES. Cort reminisces on his entry into the Austin hip-hop scene via the Texas Battle League and the peers he met along the way, his introduction to Protextor via the Austin Mic Exchange (AMX), and more, all the while dropping knowledge on the local culture and which racers run the Mario Kart tracks. You already know the drill with this series… like, comment, share and subscribe!
It’s been a short bit, but Rappers Playing Games (RPG) is back at it again with the fresh Baby Lion content. This time around, Laredo-born and Austin-bred rapper Aggie stopped by to pay Protextor a visit for a quick GTA: San Andreas session. The two wreak havoc in the digital world while speaking on stress relief and sentience, and in between the romps with the cops, the two discuss Aggie‘s creative process, as well as his attempts at living in the two very different worlds that are Laredo and Austin (and their respective cultures), and even his attempts at being a good man to those he loves (and who love him). Most every episode of Rappers Playing Games (RPG) is entertaining, but the candidness of this particular interview is eye-opening and stays with you. Check out the series, be sure to leave a like and a comment on this video, and share it around so others can check it out too.
If you don’t already know, I personally think that the Baby Lion series known as Rappers Playing Games (RPG) is one of the best things happening on YouTube right now, and it has nothing to do with the fact that Protextor is someone I consider a friend and a peer. For the latest episode, the infinitely talented no1mportant stopped by for a quick session on the Sega Genesis classic Mortal Kombat 3 Ultimate, as well as a stroll down memory lane. Both of these guys are incredibly smart, cultured and have a diverse set of knowledge, and their conversation certainly reflects that. Get hip to this show if you’re not already, share it around so others can do the same, and feel free to leave a like or comment (if not both) for good measure.
Rappers Playing Game (RPG) recently sat down with Austin local hip-hop legend Willie B over a game of TMNT : The Hyperstone Heist (keeping in line with TMNT Month for the show), and the two had quite the interesting conversation. Topics as diverse as the chemistry of the TMNT team, Willie B‘s numerous creative projects, his musical journey, influences and more are all touched on. (RPG) has gone from being a good idea to a wonderfully insightful bit of programming, and it improves with each episode, so if you’ve not done so already, definitely subscribe to Baby Lion to be in on the ground floor when new content is released. As always, leave a like or a comment, and be sure to share this around!