Over the past 6 months or so, I’ve formed a pretty solid working relationship with Th’Mole. After a few requests to take part in remixes and compilations, he recently reached out to me to collaborate on a full project (keep your eyes and ears open for that down the road), and not too long after that, I was invited to be a part of the #WeirdRapDiscussionGang, a semi-regular YouTube show and podcast centering around discussions about often overlooked aspects of hip-hop culture and music. With my awareness raised on Th’Mole, I recently became hip to his latest project, the instrumental giant Rise of The Mole People. His signature, epic, cinematic sound is present and accounted for, and if one takes the song titles into account while listening, it’s not all that difficult to envision your own movie in your mind to go with the sonic stimulus. If you’ve got a few bucks to support, definitely do so for this project, but at least give it a listen and spread the word about it if nothing else!
The announcement of MF DOOM‘s passing on New Year’s Eve of last year tore a hole in the collective heart of the hip-hop community. It’s hard to find creators on any level from the past couple of decades that where not either directly or indirectly influenced by the legendary wordsmith and producer, so it only makes sense that creatives on all levels would feel the need to pay homage. Recently, Clemits stepped into this realm with his RIP MF DOOM FREESTYLE, a quick blast of tribute released via his YouTube channel. If you dig what he has to say about MF DOOM, or you miss MF DOOM like Clemits (and the rest of us do), don’t hesitate to leave a comment and a like on the video, and share it around for everyone to discover.
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.
Over the past 5 or so years, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Ceschi Ramos and become a member of the Fake Four Inc. family. With a roster full of underground heavyweights and close peers already on the docket, it is a HUGE honor to find myself as an official member now, courtesy of the first #FREEcember release of 2020, The Reclamation Project. During the course of 2020, a span of time where many people where given the opportunity to reflect on their life uninterrupted, I decided to take the process a step further by revisiting two of my previous instrumental releases : Slow Burnout and This Town Has Turned To Dust. I picked my favorite ‘beats’ from these albums, removed previously used elements, and approached them as traditional narrative-structure songs. I am very happy with the final result, and honored to have it be a part of Fake Four‘s yearly tradition. I even made some quick, low budget visuals to go with each song in preparation for Fake Four Fridays, which will air Friday, December 4th at twitch.tv/fakefourinc at 7 PM EST. For those unable to view the stream, or those who are impatient and want to see them immediately, I have created a non-presentational form YouTube playlist.
Download the album for free, donate if you can, and PLEASE share it around, as it would mean the world to me. Thank you in advance to those that do help, and have a great weekend to everyone!
While working on Ryan Darbonne‘s upcoming short film I AM TX, I had the opportunity to meet a number of fellow Austin-based creatives who were all willing to lend a hand and help Ryan achieve his dream. It has been a bonus, therefore, to see people connected to I AM TX continue on with personal success, and the latest of these successes was bestowed upon Chinwe Okorie, whose short film LOVESTREAMS, after a frustrating attempt at film festival placements, has found a home at the Issa Rae Presents YouTube channel. Check out the trailer above, then click the image to see the full short… leave a like and a comment so Issa Rae and company know that they made the right choice, and share it around so that as many people as possible can see the film.
Here we are, seven weeks deep into #DOOMpeerREVIEW, my YouTube-based music video show, and there are no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The last couple of weeks have been absolutely star-studded in terms of central Texas talent, with videos featured from a long list of the homies : Abuzayed the Free, SCDS, Dr. Bobby Banner MPC featuring Muggzy Flowz and No1mportant, A Better Tomorrow, The Teeta, Magna Carda, DdotElles, emcee eats, League of Extraordinary G’z, Parking, Evolve featuring Deacon the Villian and Junclassic, Sertified, JMAC the Dragon featuring Aye Cue / Frank Villa / CA The Commoner, Norman BA$E feauring Prophet Ski and another DdotElles appearance, J Souljah with BLakChyl, Robot Jones, Melat, Retr0gRaDe and myself all appear in this run. Subscribe to DOOMtubeATX on YouTube if you’ve not already, leave likes, comment your favorite videos, and share these episodes around for everyone to enjoy!
Whenever poolboi blu decides he’s ready to be in album mode, it’s a blessing for us listeners, because that almost always means we get a handful of smaller projects before the inevitable big release. This time around, the first volley is songs for shinji, a trio of tracks that I would not be surprised hearing on one of those YouTube 24 hour streaming channels of lo-fi beats. The energy is higher while keeping a mellow mood, and the sound is popping out of the speakers large scale. If this is a sneak preview of what’s to come, then I know we’ve got some high quality tune-age on the horizon. Props to poolboi blu for remaining focused in such a turbulent time, as all of us stand to reap those sonic rewards.
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!
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.
(iN)Sect Records has been busy as of late, with a steady stream of releases hitting the masses in rapid-fire fashion. One of the latest gems is FEEL, a music video from new label artist Rob From Garden Street that embraces larp culture over a lo-fi breakbeat that sounds directly off of a YouTube playlist. Dig the video, leave a like and a comment, share it around, and stay tuned for Rob From Garden Street‘s debut album, which is coming soon.