I didn’t have access to beats in 1989, so for this “Mother’s Day Rap” I used two tape decks to loop the open section of a De La Soul song. A segment of this old recording appears on my “Personal Journals” album and now that we’re celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of its release it’s as good time as any to release this old recording in its entirety. It’s not the best rap in the world but it was better than just signing my name on a Hallmark card. I dedicate this to all the moms who let their kids play in the mud as well as the moms who make their kids clean up their act. My mom stayed supportive and let me explore my creativity, but she also pushed me to do good in school, work hard, and she didn’t put up with any BS.
In 2011 I recorded a slew of features for other people’s albums. It’s part of the reason why I don’t have an album of my own to release this year (i.e. I will not be doing any more collabos until my next album is finished.) Anyway, I’m proud of the features I recorded and I’m excited that they are finally beginning to surface. This Wild Wild West song (for Kristoff Krane’s“fanfaronade” album) is a favorite of mine. I do the first verse, Kristoff does the second verse, and then Sadistik caps it off. It’s one of those kind of songs where we said, “Fuck a chorus. Let’s just rap hard and get it in.” No one really said that, but the most obvious truths often go unspoken.
On the eve of my flight to Texas, while preparing for my 4 shows there with B. Dolan, I’ve been thinking about my past experiences in the Lone Star State. One thing is for sure…there’s never been a dull moment.
The last time B. Dolan and I played Houston (show review here), we were on my LI(F)E tour. On this particular evening we were surprised to see that a popular national bank had set up a booth inside our venue. Apparently Read the rest of this entry »
But when we feel in the mood to freestyle, we do the damn thing. Total off-the-top improvisation. Below is one of the favorite cypher sessions I’ve ever been a part of. 2001’s “Orphanage Freestyle” on the Break of Dawn radio show (KFAI) = Eyedea, Slug, Sage Francis, Aesop Rock, Blueprint, &Illogic with beats being spun by DJ Abilities.
“Lost Loves” is a song that literally took 20 years to complete. The first half was recording in 1991 and the other half was recorded in 2011. Thanks to my pack-rat ways since an early age, I’m now able to trade bars with my younger self.
Finalizing this song involved salvaging a 20 year old recording from a 2nd generation cassette dub, filling in the blank lines, and twisting what was originally a tale of unrequited love into a bizarre story about a man who thinks it’s appropriate to woo his lady with battle raps.
To top it all off, this is the long-awaited return of my nasty alter-ego, Xaul Zan…so don’t expect anything sweet. “It’s got to do with lots of lovin’ and it ain’t nuthin’ nice.”
The artwork for this digital single is by Pat Jensen.
We lost a great writer, journalist, debater, intellect and free thinker to cancer on December 15, 2011. Much can be said about Christopher Hitchens, some good and some bad, but rather than speak in his defense I’d rather just let the man speak for himself. No one can do it better.
This 38 minute tribute is a collection of audio clips taken from Hitchens’ debates, interviews & speeches. Similar to previous Godcasts, the music is a mishmash of various genres and song clips, ranging from the familiar to the obscure, all arranged and edited by yours truly. You can download it for free by clicking the “down arrow” on the Soundcloud audio player.
Offended Every Day Hitchler F*ck ‘Em or Fleece ‘Em Genital Mutilation Vicarious Redemption Breech of Taste A Most Subtle PSA The Argument that Never Goes Stale It’s Called Culture Limerick Roll The Original Repudiation Theresa Cult Vs. Empowerment of Women The Clever Clever Question Dropkick Me Jesus A Final Note