Posts Tagged ‘Hip-Hop’
When life hands you lemons, you make…hip hop? For Michael LaCoste, aka Da Mac, his history has become fuel for connecting with people through the medium of rap music. Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri and recently teaming up with Rottweiler Records, Da Mac has been working on diverse projects the likes of Cornerstone, adding live drummer Foday Mashburn and teaming up with rock group Jagged Row.
While many go to college to experience of the free life, you went off to Mizzou and found Jesus, what were the biggest changes in your life at that point?
DM: It’s interesting how that worked out! I was in my sophomore year when I started following Jesus. The biggest changes in my at that point was my daily activities and my circle of friends. I went from going to classes and parties on the weekend to going to weekly Bible studies. I got plugged into a campus ministry, Christian fraternity, and a local church. I even went on my first mission trip during spring break. It really felt like I was a new person because everything around me was new.
You grew up with secular rap and are trying to make your mark in gospel rap, how do you combat the stigma that Christian rap just isn’t up to par with mainstream?
DM: That is an excellent question! I was once on the other side of the spectrum. I grew up listening to Tupac, Ice Cube, Tech N9ne, DMX, and Eminem. A high school teacher once gave me a DC TALK album. Looking back I realize that he was trying to witness to me. I never played the CD because when I was it told that it was Christian rap, I assumed that it was going to be lame. I too was once “that guy”. The best way to combat the stigma is to make high quality music. It’s important, however, never to sacrifice the message. As a Christian rapper, it has to be my mission to not only grow in the Lord everyday, but to also grow in my craft everyday. Once the Christian rap genre takes that approach as a whole, I strongly believe that it will end the stigma. I think Lecrae and his crew are raising the bar and setting that tone.
What have been some of the highlights of your run at the rap game thus far?
DM: It’s been an awesome journey so far! I’ve had some really cool experiences. To name a few – I met rapper Tech N9ne (I’m a childhood fan), I won the New Band Showcase at Cornerstone Music Festival 2011, I performed at Six Flags Great America, I opened for David Crowder, Family Force 5, Tenth Avenue North, Trip Lee, and Jimmy Needham. I will never forget the day that I opened for Christian rap artist Thi’sl. He too is from St. Louis, MO and I look up to him a lot. I opened for him at a church down in Lockport, LA. He watched my entire show and afterwards he came up to me and told me that “I killed it!”. It meant a lot to me.
How would you describe your music?
DM: My music is honest. The thing that I love most about rap is you can literally take your life experiences and lay it on a track. And there is always someone out there who can relate to it. So, when I make music, I always write from the heart and I always deliver it with passion. I try to structure my songs so that the listener can feel like they’re right there with me. I also like to experiment with my music. So, one song might be bass heavy, the next song might sample Johnny Cash. You never know what to expect when you pop in my CD. I think my supporters enjoy that.
As you develop your craft, how do you go about putting the right flow with the best beat?
DM: I hear that everyone’s creative process is different. I don’t know if there is a right or wrong way, but I have been doing it this way for years. I like to map out what I’m going to talk about on songs before I write them. Then, I go to producers and listen through their catalogs. I try to find beats that have the right feeling or sound for specific song ideas. Once I find all of my beats, I start writing songs. I recently finished writing my first Mixtape and I used this process.
You are spear heading a large local production under the title of The Unite In Light Youth Rally, how did this idea come together?
DM: Unite In Light Youth Rally is something that has been on my heart for a long time! I do a lot of concerts and kids usually want to stay connected after the shows. So, they send me friend requests on Facebook. Well, every time I log into Facebook and look at my news feed, I always see several posts from kids talking about how they feel alone, confused, abandoned, and lost. That’s when I realized that something had to be done. I wanted to bring the youth together and encourage them and remind them that God is always with them. That’s when I came up with the idea of Unite In Light Youth Rally. The mission of Unite In Light is to unify the churches of south central Missouri to encourage and enlighten the youth. The key bible verses for Unite In Light is Colossians 3:14 and Deuteronomy 31:8. We’re going to have three professionals bands, a guest speaker, and a worship band. This is the first one ever so we’re excited to see what God has planned for it.
When and where will UILYR be?
DM: The first ever Unite In Light Youth Rally will be April 12 at Genesis Church in West Plains, MO. Unite In Light will feature DA MAC, Jagged Row, Point5, & special guest speaker Brock Caldwell. Doors open at 6pm and the event starts at 7pm. Unite In Light is free and open to the public. We are on Twitter: @uniteinlight13 and we have a promo video on Youtube:
Da Mac aka Da Music About Christ (St. Louis, MS) is Hip Hop currently as part of the Rottweiler Records lineup. See more at wearedamac.com
Through creativity and drive, Lafa Taylor has put his energetic stamp on a variety of ventures from solo hip-hop artist, DJ FreakFunk, Vibration Clothing and experimentation in a variety of musical styles. Hurdcore.com first became aware of the name Lafa Taylor after being introduced to the video for “Rollin’ Dough”, where Lafa challenges himself to take words that sound the same and use them with different meanings to create a very intriguing rhyme with seamless flow. Lafa is preparing to return to his home turf in Eugene, bringing the party once again to the WOW Hall as he continues to focus his efforts this summer in his solo music. We stole a few minutes with Lafa for this hurdcore.com interview.
How would you describe what you are about and what you are trying to accomplish with your music?
Lafa Taylor: I am about life experience… the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly.. and about communicating that through usually danceable music..
I usually focus on the beautiful and sometimes comical but its all there…
music unites.. music saves.. music educates, music excites
Lafa has evolved into many projects, which ones are you focusing the bulk of your current energies in?
LT: Right now I am in full focus on the return of Lafa Taylor.. the singer the emcee, the producer
As a young hip-hop head in Eugene, how/when did you go from spectator to creator?
LT: I played my first real show towards the end of my high school years… First show was as “DNLT” with my homie Dan Millar.
How has moving to California expanded and/or changed your approach to music?
LT: Well, the bass music scene in the bay area has definitely influenced my music, as well as the sunshine, and active artist community in the bay.. and beyond..
Mixed Emotions is the latest EP, available for FREE download, is quite a bit more low key than previous Lafa offerings, what is the essence of this album?
LT: I wanted to explore some new sides of my musical self as well as some new sounds.. I wanted to experiment w more bass music as well as some more minimal rnb style production.. the content is about life and love..
We are excited to see you back in Eugene at the WOW Hall on 4/28/11, what else is on the agenda for Lafa in 2012?
LT: Excited to be playing lots of festivals this summer (10 or so).. and continue to release more new music…!! I will be releasing my summer schedule in a few days in my Facebook music page Here: http://www.facebook.com/LafaTaylorMusic
also I will be releasing a new original song when I reach 2,222 likes, to like if you like!
In many ways hip hop has become a caricature of itself, where so many rappers are playing and singing hard but living soft. Not to say that the “hard life” is a desirable style, but it is inspiring to meet someone who has walked the dark roads, found the light and works through music and motorcycles to help others to change course. Whether its hitting the road with the Gorilla Gospel MC, writing rhymes cast in real life for Gorilla Gospel Records, or speaking in venues from prisons to schools with Gorilla Gospel Ministries, Todd G is putting his life story and talents to work to bring good news where it can change lives. Todd G’s latest album, The Light, is available now stacked with 11 tracks of the signature method and message of Gorilla Gospel Records featuring artists such as JB The Don (A.K.A. Preacher J), KB The New, Cool Nutz, Arjay, J-Philly, Michael Kay, Hi-Q and more.
People often hear Christian rapper and are quick to dismiss it as second class to “real rap”, how do you maintain the essence of hip-hop and share a positive message?
Todd G: I have always just rapped about my life and what I am going through. I did that as a secular rapper, and I now do that with the music I make as well. I just put the truth as I know it above everything else and record. Like Cool Nutz once told me, “There is no recipe for being real, you just are or your not.” That’s what’s up.
You are proud and ready to share your life story with others, what did it look like in your life when you first felt God moving in your life?
TG: When God first began to move in my life I didn’t want to move with Him. I had been in a groove of negativity and crime for so long that I was more comfortable there. But, God is bigger than that and had other plans for me. All the credit goes to Him because I pretty much didn’t do anything but obstruct His plans.
How do you keep fresh in your pursuit of Christ and the purpose you believe He has designed you for?
TG: I follow what we call the three legged stool. Three things: Prayer, Reading His Word, and fellowshipping with other believers. I feel like you gotta practice all three with consistency in your life to maintain balance – like a three legged stool. If things start going haywire, I can usually pin point it back to one of those areas lacking in my life. Me, personally, I gotta read my Bible everyday. Even if it’s only for a few minutes. It’s necessary, for me….and as far as His (God’s) purpose, I find that you gotta slow it down pretty often, get away, get in the quiet away from all the noise of the world that keeps us distracted. God will speak to you, it’s our job to get to where we can hear Him…Word?
Where do you draw inspiration from and who keeps you accountable to your purpose?
TG: I have a Men’s Group Bible study that meets each Tuesday. It’s basically an accountability group. I also lift weights with a guy that helps me be accountable in the gym and in life…I get inspiration from Church, The Bible, other believers, and sometimes from music. I just listened to a Lecrae album the other day and it was major as far as getting spiritually “fed”.
Gorilla Gospel is one aspect of what you do, for those who are unfamiliar with these efforts – what is Gorilla Gospel and what are you and your team doing through this medium?
TG: Gorilla Gospel is our ministry, record label and MC (Motorcycle Club). We put out records and the club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity where we ride hard and help our brothers get assimilated back into healthy lives after prison, crime, drama, whatever. It’s a brotherhood for guys like us who are headed towards the right direction and want to make our lives and the world better. Give, rather than take. My Gorillas have done a lot of taking. Now we give back. I still travel and do speaking engagements as well.
You’ve been involved with Northwest hip-hop since 1989, what have been some of the most significant changes you have seen in the scene?
TG: Shoot, the Northwest has went from a few rappers to a few rappers on every street. That’s cool. Although it does tend to get a bit over saturated and at times the over all quality of the music suffers. Home studios were the best and worst invention ever for Hip Hop. But I will say that I love the Northwest and I represent that culture and vibe world wide, literally.
You have performed locally, nationally and internationally, what are some of the fondest memories from touring outside of your base here in Oregon?
TG: My fondest memories of touring are the first time I performed over seas in a huge venue. The crowd couldn’t even speak much English but thousands of kids were chanting my name, thanks to the Norwegian host leading them, and I stood back stage holding my cordless and tried not to cry for real. I was overwhelmed with where God had taken me to share what He has done in my life and I knew in my core I really didn’t deserve it. A second chance, a second life. It was crazy. Then I went out and chopped it up! It was good. My second tour over seas “Gangsta Boogie” with Cool Nutz was amazing. We had so much fun every day and Soren, who was the chief editor of Source Magazine came with us to cover the tour for the magazine…let’s just say before we even touched down on foreign soil, the flight attendants had asked us more than once to quiet down. We argued about who the greatest rappers ever were almost the entire flight! All in good fun though. *Next time you interview Nutz, ask him about turbulence above Greenland. Now THAT’S a story.
To Die For Records is your own label, when did you start TDFD and who do you work with to produce music?
TG: To Die 4 Records was started by me, Balou The Sasquatch and Tone Only back in 1999 to release Lisa Towner’s self titled debut CD. After that, Tone went to prison for murder and we moved out of the R&B game and got back into rap. We knew that market better and we had tried to market a pop/r&b project through hip hop channels and avenues and it quite honestly didn’t work. It was fun though. Then we put out Northwest Game the Compiliation – back when independent records actually sold with very little promotion. The rest is history.
The Light is your latest release dropping in 2011, will this be classic Todd G or do you have some new elements to unleash with this album?
TG: The Light is out now. And it is an album I am very happy with. It is a bit more aggressive in parts, but again, it is very true to where I am at right now. All my records really document the time and season of life I am in. Chopper Music is Gorilla Gospel album #7 and it’s crazy! It’s like hardcore west coast rap for new school bikers mixed with my testimony and our club biz. It’s cool. At least I think so. lol.
What else is in the mix for Todd G in 2011?
TG: This year we are going hard with the motorcycle club. We just got back from the Laughlin River Run in Nevada and we are on a roll. We got a lot of runs and events coming up soon. Check out www.gorillagospel.com for the updates.
Todd G (Hip Hop – Porltand, OR) latest album The Light (Gorilla Gospel Records) is available now at CD Baby, keep up to date at www.toddgministries.com
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He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
Jew Jersey has long been recognized as one of the fertile grounds for developing hip hop talent, that said growing up in such an established arena does not mean every performer who tags himself as “rapper” will realize his dreams. While many rail against “the scene” it is the proving grounds upon which every artist must begin his grind, or as stated by our latest interviewee, hip hop artist GDP, “If you’re a rapper and it is seeming like an uphill battle, maybe that hill is trying to tell you something.” GDP has worked with hip hop allstars the likes of Young Zee, RZA and Wu Tang while also building a diverse following with the punk hardcore scene working with bands such as Trap Them and Blacklisted. GDP’s latest full length album Useless Eaters (Run For Cover Records) is infused with lyrical depth and fistfuls of sass with an honest perspective that lurches on the dark side. Teaming again with long time collaborator and fellow Slangcorp alumnus Pistol, GDP prepares to skate and perform through America as his latest tour brings him into Portland, Oregon at the Ash Street Saloon on April 21, 2011. Special thanks to Jerry Graham @ The Musebox for setting up this interview and continuing to promote local music.
What does GDP stand for?
GDP: Getting Donkey Punched
Growing up in New Jersey were you always around good hip hop and encouraged in your performance pursuits or is rap and uphill battle in your hometown?
GDP: I was around a lot of good hip hop growing up, Newark is a hip hop mecca as far as I’m concerned. I am fortunate enough to make music with some of my earliest influences out of Jersey. If you’re a rapper and it is seeming like an uphill battle, maybe that hill is trying to tell you something.
Do you remember the first artist/album that grabbed your attention and set you down the path of hip hop?
GDP: I got into hip hop really young. I remember The Box was a local television station that you would call in and pay like $2.95 to request a video and then they’d play it. Got into a lot of cool music that way. My man Papi Pere’z older brother Jacob was always playing Nas, Wu Tang, The Fugees were huge when I was in elementary school, by middle school I started really doing my research.
You recently completed the “Fxxx The World Tour” – are you an equal opportunity hater or are there certain people/things that set you off?
GDP: GDP is committed to equal hate opportunity without unlawful regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, gender identity, gender expression, domestic violence victim status, military or marital status or arrest/conviction records.
As you travel, what have been some of the most inspiring and/or fun places to perform hip hop?
GDP: California is always a fun time, Canada is beautiful, New Mexico too. Looking forward to Oregon round 2, last time show got ruined and it was a lot of driving but I skated Mt. Hood and it was sick. Getting to ride my skateboard in new places is also excellent.
Your latest album “Useless Eaters” has been described as a loose concept album touching on the end of society. Is the album apocalyptic or more your take on what is wrong with things?
GDP: A little bit of both, not complaining just explaining. Humans are a selfish breed and we deserve whatever we have coming to us.
The album is the upside down cathedral, you have a song “No Gods” and your personal website is embedded with 666 – do you and religion have a history?
GDP: Me and religion go way back. Ever since I realized Santa wasn’t real I knew I wanted to go to hell.
How did you get involved with Slangcorp and what made this rap-pack a good fit for you?
GDP: It was just the next logical step as Division East Records was about winding down. Peace to Division East. Pistol put the pieces together on Slangcorp, connected the dots if you will. We were all friends and collaborators beforehand and now Slangcorp is where we showcase that. Go to Slangcorp.com for some of the best hip hop music available.
You are pretty open through your music about drug use, when did drugs become a part of the life cycle for you?
GDP: Everything is a drug; oxygen, opium, water, whiskey. Pick your poison.
What is your approach to writing, composing and producing music – what are you trying to accomplish with your brand of hip hop?
GDP: The songwriting process is different every time but my approach is ferocious. What I’m trying to accomplish is total world domination.
What do you see as the main disconnect(s) between commercialized candy rap and real hip hop?
GDP: Technology has really blurred the line between the ‘mainstream’ and the ‘underground’. I try not to concern myself with those sort of things and I know neither do the people I make music with. Popularity has never been an indicator of talent or ability in terms of artistic expression but perhaps the main difference is that the commercial cats are making ends meet off ghost-wrote garbage while some of the best rappers I have ever heard are living like paupers.
GDP (Hip Hop – Newark, NJ) recently released his latest full length album “Useless Eaters” on Run For Cover Records. Keep up to date with GDP and NJ local hip hop through slangcorp.com.
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Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3
DramaCausinProductions Presents: Live Hip Hop Monthly!
Birthday Bash for Roseburg Hip Hop artist and promoter Drama Causin Poet with full roster of local Oregon hip hop artists. Drama Causin Productions hosts monthly hip hop at Last Call Bar & Grill in Roseburg, Oregon.
Performances by: Shortround MC, Drama Causin Poet, Suganuts, Yung Royal, Crisiz, L7, Mac & Marv Music, The Heavyweights, Gums, Cerebral Coretext, Starbuks, BMK, Sleeping Bandits Moon, L&A Music, Povertys Posterboy, and more…Hosted by Dizzy D.
What: DramaCausinPoets Birthday Bash (Monthly Hip Hop)
When: Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 8PM
Where: Last Call Bar & Grill
1969 SE Stephens St – Roseburg, OR
(from Drama) OK, ARE YOU READY FOR THIS ONE? I ALREADY HAVE LOTS OF FREE DOOR PRIZES FROM…MO LOVE CLOTHING & APPAREL (T-SHIRTS); “EUGREEN” CLOTHING (T-SHIRTS); HIGH PRIESTESS PIERCING AND TATTOO (FREE GIFT CERTIFICATE GOOD FOR ONE PIERCING FEE – *YOU PAY FOR JEWELRY OF YOUR CHOICE); PLUS FREE CD’S, AND MORE! ONLY THE FIRST 100 PEOPLE WILL GET TICKETS TO BE ENTERED INTO THE DRAWING!
Local bands, artists and events from Northwest and Midwest. Hurdcore.com is promoting local music, art, entertainment and related news from our base in Eugene, Oregon and Moline, Illinois. Whether hardcore, punk, indie or rap. Check in throughout the week, friend us on myspace and join us facebook.
Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3
J Philly has been known for sometime throughout local hip hop circles within the Southern Willamette Valley, but for the aspiring artist 2010 was a year of leaps and bounds. From mainstay at Eugene hip hop extravaganzas such as Summer Jam, to charismatic host of Oregon Duck flash mob inspired Flock The Village to feature tracks on Eugene Weekly’s Next Big Thing, J Philly and his Phil-Da-Beast Records are taking tremendous strides to Reach The Top of the music mountain. Now joining forces with Balou The Sasquatch to form the rap duo known as Cave Dwellers, J Philly is making feel good music that gives more than lip service to faith and doing hip hop in a positive way. J Philly is vested in every aspect of music, making his mark with crisp beats, fresh flavors and tight flowing rhymes that are rooted in classic hip hop. Keep an eye out for the Cave Dwellers debut album Out Of Hibernation dropping late Spring 2011.
There is a lot of thanking “God and my mother” within rap, what is different about your approach faith and hip-hop? I use Hip-Hop as a ministry tool, so my faith in God gets thrown into a lot of my music. As far as bringing the people closer to Christ, I leave that up to them, not pushing my views, but opening doors. I try not to push my faith on anyone, kind of like honey to vinegar, because nobodies trying to hear an arrogant Christian Rapper.
Do you remember the first album/song that got you hooked on hip-hop?
Yes! Sir Mix-A-Lot’s first album “Swass”. As cheesy as it was, I was only 4 years old and didn’t know any better but, Posse On Broadway and Iron Man were definitely the prime cuts, then I moved onto De La Soul’s 3 Feet High And Rising and developed an obsession.
You talk about “the original elements of hip hop,” what is hip-hop to you?
Hip Hop to me is another way to express yourself through a vastly growing culture; you always have to stay relevant and know what sounds good. If you come out with something wack, you’re automatically labeled as “just another wannabe” or “not serious with your music”.
Is there a difference between hip-hop and rap? Yes, there is. Which pertains to your last question. Rap is just one element of the Hip Hop culture. Rapping is what an MC does, where as you’ve got the DJ on the turntables, Graffiti artists, B-Boys and B-Girls break dancing, beatboxing, and knowledge of the culture, so study up!
Are you at a point where hip-hop is paying the bills or do you still have the 9 to 5? I am happy to say that I quit my job a few years ago to focus on my music! It’s been a great ride so far, and I don’t see myself going back. My wife keeps a 9 to 5, but the ultimate goal is to make enough doing what I love to let her stay home.
Phil-Da-Beast Records is another venture of yours, are you involved in all aspects of recording? Phil-Da-Beast Records is a label I started back in 2007. I needed the business aspect of things to give it a professional feel and push myself out of a 10-year slump. I do everything including production, editing, recording, mastering, DJing, and self-promotion. I’ve always gone by the independent rule, “do as much as you can, for as long as you can, then ask for help”.
Do you produce artists other than yourself? I’ve produced for a bunch of artists, mostly local, but if you want a taste of the Phil-Da-Beast flavor, you can check out Todd G, The Cave Dwellers (Balou The Sasquatch and myself), Incyte, Endr Won, The Reward System, Mack Dub, KB The New, Brittani G, Fish Martinez, and recently a 12-year-old singer named LeLe. I’m always looking for people to collaborate with as well.
Your last release was a Mixtape titled Leak Of The Week, was this a compilation of previous songs or all new material? It was all new. I wanted to come out with something to get a buzz, and to stay relevant, something for the fans between LPs. I decided to leak a free downloadable song to anyone that wanted it every Friday for 3 months. I gained quite a few fans from around the way, and got a lot of people to admit they know me, haha!
Obviously in these parts the Ducks have always been a big deal, but this past year was one for the ages. How did you get involved with the Flock The Village event? I was brought in to the project because I had auto tune, an effect needed for the track. The song we did was a rendition of The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Got A Feeling”, so they needed to make someone sound like Will.I.Am. They also wanted me to be the hype man-rapper guy. They didn’t really know much about me until I started suggesting crucial ideas, then I became the vocal editor and go-to what sounds good advisor. I even gave the band the name “4toFly”. That event went so well that there’s talk of doing an annual pep rally for the fans. Being a part of that project also stemmed off so much business for me, I’m still reaping the benefits.
2010 was a big year for you with popular local shows, Flock The Village and inclusion in Eugene Weekly’s Next Big Thing compilation album. What did you learn/discover in 2010 that you want to expand upon in 2011 as an artist? I really got a feel for how to conduct myself as an artist here in Eugene. I received loads of respect and head nods, and plan to keep pushing the envelope, giving the people what THEY want and not exactly what I want to give them. It’s an ongoing balancing act, but I think I’ve gained more knowledge of how to keep my music personalized, yet catchy.
With all that you were involved with in 2010 – what are some of the “must attend” events for local music coming up in 2011? Here in Eugene, the must attend Hip Hop event is always “Summer Jam”. That’s where they bring out all the heavy hitters. There’s talk of The Cave Dwellers opening for KJ-52 so be on the look out. Other than that, anything that Cool Nutz is at and anything that doesn’t involve a janky promoter.
When/how did J Philly and Balou The Sasquatch become The Cave Dwellers? Actually, it started with a weekly bible study. After each study, we would talk music. We became best friends and decided because we collab so much, it might be a good idea to do a project together. Thus, The Cave Dwellers were in full effect!
Is there any meaning or story behind the selection of the name? Yes! Since Big B is a Sasquatch and I am a Beast, we wanted to come up with something mutual. The only thing we could find was a cave. It’s for the people too! I believe that we all feel like we are stuck in a cave in some point in our lives, so it’s a metaphor for finally seeing the light and doing something about it.
How close are we to seeing an EP/LP from The Cave Dwellers? Very close, in fact it might be available before this interview comes out. We have a 17 song LP slated for April/May 2011.
J Philly (Hip Hop – Eugene, OR) solo hip hop artist as well as member of the rap duo The Cave Dwellers w/ Balou The Sasquatch and point man for Phil Da Beast Records. Look for Cave Dwellers to release their first full length album, Out Of Hibernation, April/May 2011.
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What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul? - Jesus
In it’s seventh year of showcasing some of the best hip-hop from Portland to Eugene, SummerJam 2010 gave the WOW Hall in the heart of Eugene, Oregon a full menu with flavors from Northwest’s old and new schools of rap. With premiere acts the likes of Cool Nutz, Endr Won, Maniac Lok, Mackdub and Todd G as well as rising local talent such as Absoloot, J Will, Drops, Philosophy and J Philly, to name a few. Willy Mays aka Mackdub, has been pushing Oregon’s hip-hop scene for over 20 years and has been working with local rappers to elevate the Northwest.
Caught the last song of the night for Drama, the sound live was laid back. There must have been a lot of performers that had places to go because many of their backups were wearing various backpacks – “Hey dude, thanks for having me in the show but I gotta jet.” I got away with one of Drama’s CDs and there is a characteristically low key vibe with just enough flavor to keep things interesting. DJ Shimmy and Crisis hit the ground running, introducing the first Hispanic flavor of the night, spicing his rhymes hot like habanera with some rapid fire cholo-chops. Crisis began to awaken the crowd, getting the people moving but also drawing out one tactless detractor eager only to hear his favorite rapper which didn’t happen to be the act at hand.
Arriving with a posse both on the stage and in the crowd, Absoloot animated the stage with enthusiasm and a smooth delivery of some heavily street influenced lyrics. Sporting the signature “Got Guap”, Absoloot spins a tale of the darker side of life in Eugene. If the depictions of E-town life presented by Absoloot and other artists are correct, party-goers in Eugene might be henceforth be warned – B.Y.O.B.B (Bring Your Own Body Bag) as the local atmosphere in the Southern Willamette Valley is pretty heavy through their street tinted glasses. Keno’s sound progressed with heft as his performance warmed through the set. SummerJam was happily broadcast as an international gathering of local talent, the African native now rapping as Young If (pronounced eef) mixed in some multicultural elements but otherwise fit into the backdrop of American hip-hop quite snuggly.
While there was diversity in sound from the artists who performed prior to the arrival of Philosophy, it seems the college graduate was unique in his attempts to elevate the room by delivering something other than the sex-money-drugs formula so often repeated in much of mainstream music. Philosophy was also the first to bring his own accompaniment and appeared to have produced the beats for many of his own tracks. Through innovation, showmanship and energy Philosophy got a majority of the crowd moving, shouting along with his Northwest inspired lyrics while bodies were bouncing up and down. The chorus line for Kent B’s homage to the ladies in the crowd, “You Don’t Know How You Make Me Feel” was perhaps the most sing-along-friendly hook of the night. Drops and the Green State crew had a fluid blend of styles with Mackdub and proud uncle Dustin Fuller contributing on several tracks.
Eugene’s reformed and born again pimp Todd G brought some old school flavor with his Gorilla Gospel. Fresh on local soil after having recently returned from touring Europe with the premiere of Northwest hip-hop, Todd G has built his own celebrity with features in publications like The Source and Vibe, you can dig more into his personal story of streets-to-redemption at www.toddgministries.com. Todd G shared the stage with a cameo from Rated X who flawlessly delivered the only freestyle rhyme of the night. Rapper J Philly and Sasquatch have joined forces to create the hip-hop super group The Cavedwellers, and the crowd was responsive to their unique take on old school spits. In addition to his role as the organizer and MC of SummerJam 2010, Mackdub kept the party rolling by inciting the crowd with a few raps of his own. J Will was constant in his role of CEO of beats for the night and stepped from behind the turntables to kill the crowd by raising his own mic.
Northwest A-List Rap Celbrity Cool Nutz took the stage like a pro with Maniac Lok and DJ Fatboy tearing things up. For whatever reason, either Eugenian hip-hop heads are all on 11:30PM curfew or just don’t have a lot of respect for those who are really pushing the Oregon scene at the highest levels, but the crowd thinned out during one of the best performances of the night. Just in case the reader is unaware, Cool Nutz aka Terrance Scott, helms The Northwest Radio Breakout Show, Oregon Hip-Hop Festival and founded Jus Family Records with business partner Bosco Kante. Cool Nutz and the crew will be returning to E-Town on October 3, 2010 at the McDonald Theatre when Tech N9ne comes to town. Taking center stage in his hometown, Eugene’s own internationally known son of swag, Endr Won torched the stage with blends from his earlier and admittedly darker themes as well as the lighter, while still not cuddly, side of his more recent music. Endr Won was all pro even amidst the flippancy of Eugene’s too good for what’s good magically evaporating crowd.
SummerJam 2010 was a fun and full bodied blend of some of the best old and new school Northwest hip-hop available. Mackdub and the WOW Hall were enthusiastic hosts and our introduction to the venue left us hungry for more. Keep tabs here at hurdcore.com as we follow up with artists from SummerJam and prepare for more live performances here in the Willamette Valley.
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We’re late to the party but just discovered this Northwest treat from Portland-by-way-of-Eugene, Oregon hip-hop artist Lafa Taylor and his concept driven play on words. The lyrics, delivery and video are fun as well as engaging as you listen for the double meanings. WARNING: Some Explicit Lyrics.
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Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor — sick people do. I have come to call sinners to turn from their sins, not to spend my time with those who think they are already good enough. Luke 5:31,32
If you never roll the dice, never risk something, then you’ll never reap the reward of having first learned and second expanded your opportunities to grow. Oregon’s First – The Everything Show set out with an ambitious goal to host a night that would offer “something for everyone.” Without catering to any specific crowd or scene, The Everything Show’s promoter Danny Morgan, Jr. (aka Suganuts), assembled a diverse blend of Oregon’s finest local talent for a night of musical variety. There was no doubt that most of the bands that came understood the vision for bringing such an ecclectic group together and responded themselves by giving 110% in their performances. Meeting several of these unique artists, who came from all over Oregon and were in various stages of their evolution as performers, it was inspiring to discuss the common pursuit of chasing their dreams through the expression afforded via their music.
Being the first act, has a certain dichotomy, where an artist bears the honor and burden of opening a show to set the tone for the night. While Pynt Syze brings a unique touch and high energy, between technical difficulties and a youth crowd confined to the distant balcony the response wasn’t up to par with what the young performer might have hoped for. KTR has a great sound with a meld of classic and modern rock, their compositions seamlessly rotate to brandish the talent of each musician. The play between percussion, acoustic and electric guitars provides KTR with a full bodied sound and the dual vocals gives a smooth dynamic that keeps things interesting in the melodies. If you don’t like ska, be careful stating such around Eugene’s Wetsock as their drummer dangerously resembles karate’s most notorious iconoclast, Chuck Norris. Wetsock brought high energy from the start that didn’t let up for a moment, with a spectacular blend of ska, punk, surf, reggae and swing. Treu aka Tha Hustla is the consummate professional, knowing that if the crowd isn’t warm sometimes you have to manually ignite them. Diversity was definitely on display when you consider that by this point in the show we’ve gone from 14 year old hip-hop local prodigy, classic rock, ska/punk and gangster style hip-hop.
Greenlander has a polished sound and look but don’t let the ties fool you, these gentlemen are ready to get down, with heavy riffs, pace changes and a crisp rock tone. October Rising has carved a local presence with their acoustic indie rock which elegantly plays with instrumental and vocal harmonies. Where time constraints and technical difficulties had prevented Will Woodruff from firing up his microphone for a full scale comedic assault, when intermission made an opening for The People’s Comedian to deliver, the crowd responded. Cracking jokes about his troubles with women and the societal disparities in perceptions of men driving mini-vans. Will is very personable, his comedy and beat-boxing skills played well with an Albany crowd. It’s wild to observe that the band that traveled the farthest, whom has the most momentum going for them currently and perhaps has played on the biggest stages of any of the acts, also delivered the deepest onslaught of musical mayhem for the night. It’s clear why Medford’s hardest working hardcore band, Tallboy, has been able to make such waves, as these young men put on a clinic of passion and professionalism, going all out as well as ALL over the place. DJ Unofficial was totally into the night, spinning and working with artists to add spice to a show that always brought something new.
The great thing about a live experience is that even when you aren’t used to a particular style of music, it is hard not to appreciate the work that goes into writing, composing and performing a song live. There is an energy to live performances that doesn’t always translate through recordings, so whether you are seeing your favorite band live or getting to experience something new, the opportunity to see such talented local artists on display is a blessing that shouldn’t be taken for granted. While there weren’t as many people on the dance floor as some would have liked, the crowd was always responsive, interacting with the bands and even cheering heartily throughout their sets. The biggest response of the night came for the shows organizer, seasoned local hip-hop artist Suganuts (aka Danny Morgan Jr.) who demo’d several of the rough cuts for his upcoming album ‘Natural’, which likely will be releasing later this year. Flo closed the night with her beautiful voice and classy R&B sound. On a night which envisioned a little of “something for everyone” the reception was creatively encapsulated by the t-shirt designs from The Sign Express which displayed a crunked out Charlie Brown and turn table spinning Linus. Oregon’s First – The Everything Show perhaps planted a seed, a vision/tone for what can happen when fans, promoters and artists are willing to color outside of the lines.
What more could be said, props to Suganuts for his vision and the amazing local performers who poured themselves out for this one of a kind show. Huge thanks to the sponsors for The Everything Show: Riley’s Bar & Grill is a spacious and beautiful venue with so much potential; KC Productions & Entertainment for stretching and laboring to make everything work; The Sign Express for designing and sponsoring the awesome Everything Show T-shirts; J Photography for getting into the action and capturing so many of the memories; Downtown Tattoo & Piercing for always being good to Albany music; Hightides Pipe & Tobacco for their generous support; Jack & Jill’s Barber Shop for your support and great hair cuts; Go Figure for all you do for Albany women and your willingness to get right into the mix; Nancy of The Entertainer for helping spread the word on all things local; Noah of The Alchemist for sharing your platform and working hard to help local art thrive; Paradox Production for pushing quality local hip-hop; Magnolia Audio & Music; Movies & Magic; Ciddici’s Pizza; AND EVERYONE WHO PASSED OUT FLIERS, TOLD SOMEONE AND CAME TO THE SHOW!
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