Rap Legend Jesse Dangerously is a hip hop artist from Halifax. 2011 was a busy year for the artist, which saw the release of his solo album, Humble & Brilliant, along with the debut album from his crew, Backburner. Dangerously sat down with us during the 2012 Nerdcore showcase at SXSW to discuss feminism, Halifax hip hop, and how to make an album with a large group of people.
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Now with enough sleep under my belt to think straight and illness in decline, it’s time to look back on SXSW 2012. Lot’s of new friends were made, old friends were seen, and many, many tacos were eaten (shout outs to Tacos Selene, Takoba, Papa Tinos, La Cocina d‘Lolita, and Mi Madres). Most importantly, a lot of amazing hip hop performances happened this year, from a wide range of artists. Some older artists hinted that their best is yet to come, while some younger artists gave glimpses of interesting directions that hip hop may be headed.
About two years ago, the world of hip hop lost Roc Raida, a pioneering deejay who made his mark as part of the X-Men and X-Ecutioners. This year, his friend Rob Swift is paying tribute to his memory with a mixtape entitled Roc For Raida. Rob Swift recently took the time to talk to us about Raida's legacy and his tribute to him.
And the end of last year, Doomtree, the Minneapolis hip hop collective, released their second full length album as a group, No Kings. 2012 has been spent almost entirely on tour in support of the record so far, only the second time all seven members have toured together at once. During their stop in Madison, Lazerbeak, Mike Mictlan, Paper Tiger, P.O.S., and Cecil Otter took the time to talk about the record, touring, food analogies, and future projects.
For some reason, British artist DJ Format never caught on in the States they way I thought he would. He’s certainly respected by other artists, as evidenced by his collaborations with the likes of Mr. Lif, Edan, Chali 2na, and Akil. He also worked with Ruben Fleischer to drop one of my favorite videos of all time. Maybe if Format came up through the L.A. scene, we’d be talking about him amongst contemporaries like Cut Chemist or Z-Trip. Whatever the reason, Format is back once again with another album of solid hip hop.
Upon arrival in Madison, it didn’t take that long before I was pointed in the direction of F. Stokes. While he hasn’t actually lived there in quite a while, he still comes back often to play shows and see friends and family. His back story of overcoming hard times is easy to dwell on as a writer, but that only gets you part of the way there. It's the way he uses talents as both lyricist and performer to transform past pain into current joy that really separates him from the rest of the pack. If you haven’t yet been turned onto the power of F.
Originally only available as a perk to those buying advanced tickets to the Therapy at 3 Tour, Eligh and Amp Live have now made their remix album available for free to all. Naturally, I was excited to hear it, as Therapy at 3 was one of the stronger releases of last fall. And not to worry, we get exactly what you might expect from a remix album - a way to rediscover and reinterpret songs we like, learning about new producers along the way.
Sixo is the latest artist to join the Fake Four roster, and this EP is our introduction to the Texas producer. I wish I could tell you more about him, but that’s about all the information that’s been made available at this point. That’s fine, though, because it forces an unbiased look at what really counts - the music.
For the longest time, I felt sorry for Wiley, since he was a victim of bad timing in America. After Dizzee Rascal made a splash in America in 2003 and people were hungry to learn more about grime and U.K. hip hop in general. Unfortunately, nobody anticipated this very well, as there were no immediate follow ups in the States to Boy in Da Corner. When Wiley’s debut, Treddin’ On Thin Ice, finally reached the States about ten months later, it was of course unfairly held against Boy in Da Corner in comparison and deemed a failure.
A few years back, Philly emcee Random reinvented himself as Mega Ran, and nothing's been the same since. Taking the music from the Mega Man video game series, it set in motion a new style of hip hop that would blur the line between the worlds of hip hop and gaming, with Forever Famicon with K-Murdock and Black Materia becoming nerdcore classics. He recently took some time to talk with us about combining his two loves, freestyling, and of course, Jeremy Lin.