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Workingman’s Rap :: #WeirdRapDiscussionGang Focuses In On Midwest Hip-Hop

Everyone in the #WeirdRapDiscussionGang has been a bit on the busy side with personal projects and travelling, but recently we found the time to get back together and start what will hopefully be a smaller series within our bigger picture… brief deep dives into regional flavors of rap.  Our first stop found us examining the Midwest, though admittedly, we may have bitten off more than we can chew in a single visit.  Check us out as we talk Midwest rap (including quite a bit of Detroit rap, though not purposefully), and if you dig what we’re putting down, then leave us a like and a comment before spreading the gospel of the #WeirdRapDiscussionGang around to those you love!


Youth Explosion :: Weird Rap Discussion Gang Studies The Timeline Of Kid Rappers

Be it the gimmicky New Jack Swing mimicry of the early 1990s, the edgier rebellious juvenile rap of the late 1990s, the party-pop sound of the new millennium, or the modern day mini-versions of adults, hip-hop has a long history of child acts with varying degrees of success.  In true Weird Rap Discussion Gang fashion, the crew of Th’MoleBeverly Fre$h and myself took a trip down memory lane and discussed how we feel about the growth of kid rap.  This one was a little different than usual, but like always, it was a ton of fun and relatively insightful, so definitely set aside some time to check it out!  If you like what you see, leave a like and a comment, and if you find yourself thirsting for more Weird Rap content, subscribe to the channel and check out the official website, weirdrap.com.


Plug Tunin’ :: Weird Rap Discussion Gang Does A Deep Dive On De La Soul

Even before news broke that De La Soul may finally see the Tommy Boy portion of their catalog available on streaming sites and digital storefronts as early as this winter, the members of the Weird Rap Discussion Gang had De La on the brain.  After mentioning them at several intervals in the weeks prior, the collective decided to do a special two part deep dive into the Posdnous (aka Plug Won) and Dave (aka Plug Two), the main lyrical components of the groundbreaking hip-hop trio.  For the respective episodes, each member of the Weird Rap Discussion Gang chose their favorite verse from each MC, a monumental undertaking in its own right, and shared their thoughts on what makes each verse so special.  If you’re one of those people who believes that De La Soul‘s place in hip-hop is underrated, if you’re a fan of innovative and forward-thinking lyricism, or if you just love hearing hip-hop heads talk about hip-hop, then check out both of these episodes, leave likes and comments, and subscribe to the Weird Rap YouTube channel for more great content.


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.


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!


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?



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.


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.


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.


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.