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Long Overdue His Time In The Spotlight, Art Rap Lyrical Master Open Mike Eagle Forges Ahead With Each Unique New Project

Posted by Billyjam, September 13, 2016 09:44pm | Post a Comment

Open Mike Eagle
, whose latest project with producer Paul White Hella Personal Film Festival (also on LP) was ceremoniously launched earlier this year with an in-store at Amoeba Hollywood is a hip-hop wordsmith who transcends the genre with his clever wordplay. More importantly he is an artist long overdue his rightful time to shine in the spotlight. Yes Open Mike Eagle is well known (and rightfully respected) in underground, alternative hip-hop circles, especially in LA where the Chicago transplant came up in hip-hop over the past decade. But he is not nearly the superstar rapper that he deserves to be. He possesses ten times more lyrical skills than the average pop rapper today.  Many say that he slowly is getting the attention he deserves, especially with the new album collaboration with Danny Brown producer Paul White. His label Mello Music Group (MMG) just recently published the accompanying music video for the pair's album track "Smiling (Quirky Race Doc)."

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Homeboy Sandman, Open Mike Eagle, ElZhi, Elucid, Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, Ghostface Killah

Posted by Billyjam, May 16, 2016 05:20pm | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Top Five 05:16:16

1: Homeboy Sandman Kindness For Weakness (Stones Throw) (avail as LP)

2: Open Mike Eagle & Paul White Hella Personal Film Festival  (Mello Music) (LP version)

3: ElZhi Lead Poison (Glow 365)

4:  Aesop Rock The Impossible Kid  (Rhymesayers Ent.)

5: ELUCID Save Yourself (Backwoodz)

With so much amazing music from bygone eras in hip-hop's rich history to listen back to and/or catch up on for the first time, it's easy for hip-hop fans in 2016 to ignore all the new music being made. But to do so is to miss out on some incredible ground breaking music in the still unfolding genre. Simply put contemporary hip-hop is in an incredibly healthy state right now! This I can confirm from recently listening to a stack of new albums, mostly releases of the past few weeks such as the ones listed in the above top five list. On each the production is dope,  but it is the emcees who truly blew me away. Each effortlessly display innovative forward-thinking lyrical finesse coupled with top notch mic delivery skills. 

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Album Picks: Brian Eno, Aesop Rock, dvsn

Posted by Billy Gil, April 29, 2016 08:03am | Post a Comment

Brian Eno The Ship

brian eno the ship lpBrian Eno’s latest album combines the minimalist approach to his ambient work such as Music for Airports with the intrigue of his more pop-oriented work. On opening track “The Ship,” individual tones, thick, thin, solid and wavering create a transfixing horizontal drone. Vocals enter after a few minutes, deeply intoning strange truisms behind some swan-diving notes and radio noise that sound like a TV left on in another room. “The time is still, the sky is young,” the voice says, and the music feels eternal while the found sound of advertisements feels ephemeral. Through its contemplative, extended tracks, The Ship is a little unsettling but ultimately gives a sense of peace, a reminder of our short time on a greater vessel that sets us free from our preoccupations. Includes a gorgeous cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free.”

 

Aesop RockThe Impossible Kid

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20 Vinyl LPs to Look For in Late Spring

Posted by Billy Gil, April 19, 2016 05:00pm | Post a Comment

20 vinyl lps late spring list

 


Aesop RockThe Impossible Kid
Out April 29

aesop rock the impossible kid lpAesop Rock’s follow-up to 2012’s Skelethon is produced by the rapper himself. If you’ve ever wondered what’s going through the motor-mouthed MC’s head, watch the video for “Rings” below.

 

Brian EnoThe Ship
Out April 29

brian eno the ship lpLegendary producer and artist Brian Eno’s latest is an ambient work inspired in part by the sinking of the Titanic and World War I. It also includes a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free.” Hear the title track below.

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Illogic & Blockhead Discuss Their Brand New Album "Capture The Sun" (Man Bites Dog)

Posted by Billyjam, April 16, 2013 08:03am | Post a Comment

Columbus, Ohio poet/emcee Illogic and New York City producer Blockhead, who first collaborated back in 2000, recently teamed up again to record two EPs and their first full length album project together - the TK via Man Bites Dog release Capture The Sun which arrives in Amoeba Music today. The 16 track album is an all killer, no filler hip-hop release that finds these two talented artists at their best with select special features from such artists as Slug (of Atmosphere), Blueprint, and Abstract Rude. I recently caught up with both Blockhead and Illogic to chop it up with them about the new album that I learned is dedicated to Illogic's grandmother who, he told me, passed away just a few weeks ago after battling cancer for the past few years. "Even before that [though] I was planning on dedicating this record to her because the whole album title and the concept is inspired by something she would always tell me. And that is that your dreams that are delayed are not denied. And that is something I try to impart to my family as well; just to go after their dreams and no matter how long it takes that they can always achieve them. And that is something that my family has imparted in me as well," said the father of three sons who holds family dear to his heart. In fact his mother, who when he was just a little kid used to give him the  dictionary to study, has being perhaps the most influential person in his life as an artist. "My mom is an interesting person," shared the emcee/poet. "She was a black nationalist in college. She studied Islam. She was very intellectual. And I actually learned to speak French before I could speak English. She always made sure that I understood the power of language and the power of words. And that is something to this day that I am grateful for because here I am: Illogic the rapper, the writer, the poet. And that is mainly because of what my mother instilled in me at a young age."

"With the concept for Capture The Sun Blockhead was the perfect producer for what I was trying to accomplish," said Illogic noting that what has always attracted him to Blockhead's production style is his meticulous attention to detail. "He will take a two-second part of a song and put it into a beat. And he will take a whole bunch of those; two, five, ten second parts and create a complete backdrop of something completely beautiful that you have never heard before…..he just makes a symphony out of everything that he does!" 

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