Tag Archives: WEIRD RAP

Tagging In :: Chief And TheDoomsdayDevice Feels In Last Minute With DJ Set For The Weird Rap Radio Show

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… the opportunities I’ve gotten as a part of the Weird Rap collective have been extremely fun and fulfilling.  With the creation of The Weird Rap Radio Show, many of the artists and creatives connected to the Weird Rap crew have gotten a chance to share music they dig, and I was scheduled for a July set.  Me being the DJ that I’ve been for decades, I knocked out my set weeks ago in anticipation of making sure I was putting my best foot forward.  As the people say, “the best ability is availability”, and my availability came into play when a scheduled set suddenly fell through this weekend.  The call came through to me, and I was able to fill in with little to no notice.  The set is now on Mixcloud, so check it out above, and tune in to SPAZradio every Sunday evening for the live airing of The Weird Rap Radio Show.

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Deep Diving :: The #WeirdRapDiscussionGang And Friends Go In-Depth On ODB’s ‘Return To The 36 Chambers : The Dirty Version’

Being a part of the #WeirdRapDiscussionGang has been a true honor, but of all the episodes we’ve done, the one that really meant the most to me was our discussion centered around Ol’ Dirty Bastard and his debut album, the instant classic and Grammy nominated Return to the 36 Chambers : The Dirty Version.  Th’MoleBeverly Fre$h and myself welcomed Skiz Fernando and Tokyo Cigar to the fold as we all provided our insight and personal experiences with the album, and then Th’Mole went the extra step of contacting and interviewing Buddha Monk for additional insider insight into Dirty‘s art, craft and the making of his debut.  Definitely check this one out, leave a like and a comment, share it around for everyone to enjoy, and most importantly, subscribe to the Weird Rap YouTube channel so you never miss out!

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Hard Selling :: Andrew Mbaruk & Th’ Mole Unleash ‘Papier​-​Mâché Chalet’

From the digital desk of Andrew Mbaruk & Th’ Mole :

Papier-Mâché Chalet is not for everyone.  It’s not for most.  It supposes an audience familiar with literary modernism and postmodernism, approaching its topics as Gertrude Stein approaches objects, food and rooms in Tender Buttons.  So, it’s probably not for you.

Following hundreds (possibly thousands) of self-published songs and a dozen books, poet Andrew Mbaruk, in collaboration with composer Th’ Mole, presents Papier-Mâché Chalet as a kind of sonic effigy – it’s a record of who he was at the time of its recording, and a record you’ll likely love to hate.

Despite disinterest upon disdain, the Weird Rap label continues to herald Mbaruk (previously known as Lil Ghostwriter) as a post-post-postmodern literary genius and considers Papier-Mâché Chalet a masterpiece of high art rap.

In partnership, Audio Recon, Weird Rap, and the artists humbly unveil Papier-Mâché Chalet this May the 19th without regard for acceptance, much less popularity.

But that is a lie.  In truth, our hearts contain a dim hope for a small, appreciative audience.  For those few disposed listeners, if they exist at all, Papier-Mâché Chalet awaits.”

With such a rousing endorsement from the creators, why not take the plunge?

-chief

 

Critical Acclaim :: Darko The Super And Weird Rap Present The ‘Bonafide Rap Weirdo’ Short Film

From the digital desk of Weird Rap :

“The film that won the coveted Golden Space Doo Doo Pistol at the annual Weird Rap awards for best short film or variety show, Bonafide Rap Weirdo, directed by David Lynch.  Okay, not David Lynch, but we wish he did, that’d be cool and much better.  Instead it’s Drako?  Darko?  Whatever, just watch it.

Starring Darko The Super, with performances by Homeboy Sandman, Donovan Days, Harvey Cliff, Torito, Hot Talent Buffet, Godzilla, King Kong, and my girlfriend’s grandpa as Poppy.  Featuring Alora Eisen from the off-broadway hit Frankie and the Amazing Zircon Encrusted Tweezers.

Edited by cool guy Bryan “Mister” Lackner, music by BLKrKRT, Alien Trilogy, Darko The Super, Saxsquatch & Bridge Band.”

Definitely check it out, because it’s super dope.  Leave a like, comment your favorite part, and make everyone you love (or even remotely like) watch it.

-chief

Weirding Out :: The #WeirdRapDiscussionGang Keeps The Momentum Going

Having the honor of being a core member of the #WeirdRapDiscussionGang is truly amazing, as it affords me at least one opportunity a week to complete go untethered in terms of my love for hip-hop music.  We’ve been putting in a lot of work over at the Weird Rap YouTube channel, not to mention expanding our reach for the #WeirdRapDiscussionGang series into the podcast world, and our latest few episodes have been dynamite… we’ve recently covered science-fiction-based hip-hop, went down the rabbit hole of viewer suggestions with super special guest David Liebe Hart and did a deep dive into the work of Philly-based MC Tierra Whack.  If you love hip-hop music, YouTube commentary or sincere entertainment, then get locked into the Weird Rap network sooner than later, and if it really speaks to you, then be a supporter over at the Weird Rap Patreon page.  Big ups to Th’Mole for putting everything together and to Beverly Fre$h for always having an interesting point of view.

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Shop Talk :: #WeirdRapDiscussionGang Keeps Momentum Going With Episodes On Billy Woods And The Pharcyde

Being a part of the Weird Rap‘s YouTube and podcast series #WeirdRapDiscussionGang has not only been an honor, it has been extremely educational, insightful and inspirational.  As a lover of hip-hop and an ex-record store employee, the need to indulge in deep conversations about music and culture has been ingrained into my DNA, and thanks to Th’Mole#WeirdRapDiscussionGang has served as the perfect way to scratch that itch.  Our last two episodes featured an in-depth look at the incredibly dense mystery of an album that is Hiding Places by Billy Woods, as well as a discussion of the first two albums and overall career of Los Angeles hip-hop icons The Pharcyde.  If you love hearing nerds talk that nerd talk about moving music, then do yourself a favor and subscribe to the Weird Rap channel today, because it feels like this boulder is preparing to gain some momentum.

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Talking Shop :: Weird Rap Presents The #WeirdRapDiscussionGang On YouTube

One of my personal highlights of 2020 was the development of a working and social relationship with the super talented producer and social media influencer Th’Mole.  After a long period of social media interaction on the Weird Rap Discussion Group, as well as other random online meetings, he approached me with an opportunity to collaborate on a project (which is currently in the works).  Not too long after this opportunity was presented, he followed up with something I’d been dying to be a part of for quite a while : the chance to be a talking head on a YouTube series dedicated to talking about hip-hop albums and artists that may have been overlooked or underappreciated.  The series, which eventually became known as the #WeirdRapDiscussionGang, features Th’Mole, myself, Beverly Fre$hOxygen Elmo and Nosaj of New Kingdom, and so far, episodes have been posted focusing on Freestyle Fellowship‘s Innercity Griots, our favorite songs by Tricky, and Blowout Comb by Digable Planets.  If you dig what you see in these episodes, be sure to like them, comment on them and subscribe to the channel, because we’re just getting started.

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Hard Truths :: Lil’ Ghostwriter Releases ‘A Song For The Police’ On Weird Rap Recrods

After dropping Interdependence, a compilation curated by Weird Rap in hopes of raising money for those impacted by COVID-19Th’ Mole found himself caught between new and refreshed connections with a handful of talent, and a world devolving into a breaking point of racial tension and minority/police interactions filled with struggle and strife.  With such a striking crossroads laid out, it only seemed logical to address both of these things directly, and with Lil’ Ghostwriter‘s Inner Plenum EP on the verge of release through Weird Rap Records, the duo decided to address the issues and ills with urgency.  Over a chaotic, edge-filled production by Th’ MoleLil’ Ghostwriter lays out a laundry list of facts and observations dealing directly with the blemish-filled past relations between police and minorities.  With the long road to change just now coming into view, songs like these are of utmost importance, so check it out, share it around, and leave a like and a comment if you hear what’s being said.

-chief

Weird Therapy :: Weird Rap Releases ‘Interdependence’ Benefit Compilation

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From the digital desk of Weird Rap :

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is a collectively-run, decentralized volunteer network supporting marginalized communities during crises, including the current COVID-19 pandemic, by providing resources, boosting local efforts, and sharing knowledge and skills.  Acting as an autonomy, with a loosely-based, adaptable structure, alone or with other groups, MADR is able to focus and maximize its energy, efficiently responding to events as needed while avoiding pitfalls of traditionally-structured non-profits.  The principle of “solidarity, not charity” means that actions are based on the stated needs of the communities it serves, working cooperatively rather than administering from above.

Weird Rap explores the exceptional, unusual, or otherwise “weird” currents of rap music, new & old.  Across various platforms, we seek to nurture discussion, share new and old music releases, and spread general awareness of out-of-the-ordinary rap artists.  Aside from social media, we host Weird Rap TV on YouTube, Weird Rap Radio on Spotify, r/WeirdRap on Reddit, and Weird Rap Records on Bandcamp, with a podcast currently in the works.

In cooperation with fellow underground hip hop labels Audio Recon and Hecticrecs, Weird Rap’s Interdependence compilation is Weird Rap’s first full-length music release.  A response to the pandemic we all know and hate, 100% of its profits are being donated to Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, supporting their efforts around COVID-19 and future disasters.

With the generosity of the artists involved, we’ve hand-picked what we consider to be an amazing array of exclusive music including experimental rap pioneers : Kool Keith and Rammellzee, art rap legends Awol One, Beans, MC Paul Barman, Mike Ladd, Mestizo and Staplemouth, and contemporary mavericks Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice, Clipping, cunabear, Duncecap, Lil Ghostwriter, Mr. Yote and War Church.’

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Peer Review :: Chief And TheDoomsdayDevice Gets Spotify Playlist Placement Courtesy Of WEIRD RAP

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Quick shoutout to WEIRD RAP for not only showing Panic Ruminations love, but following through by placing my music on a massive curated list of alternative and fringe hip-hop artists, many of whom inspire me greatly.  I am honored to have my name in this group of artists in any capacity.  Definitely check out this list, and spread it around so we can get some numbers!

-chief