New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Gonjasufi

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Gonjasufi What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

San Diego hip hop artist Gonjasufi was at Amoeba Hollywood recently diggin' through all kinds of records, and clued us into some of the things he looks for while shopping. "I don't know anything about this dude, what really got me was the price: 25 cents," he says pulling out a spoken word record by Low German writer Rudolf Kinau. Many of his picks were chosen by their cover, like Al Sigmund's Guitar Magic, which features the German guitarist playing his axe on a row boat in a lake. "In the water, playing electric, that takes some balls," he comments.

Gonjasufi Mandela Effect Amoeba MusicGonjasufi (né Sumach Ecks) began his musical career with San Diego hip-hop crew Masters of the Universe in the early '90s. A decade later, Ecks had connected with Flying Lotus and the Gaslamp Killer while visiting Los Angeles; his work began attracting attention after a 2008 guest turn on Flying Lotus' Los Angeles LP. Two years afterward, Gonjasufi released his debut album, A Sufi and a Killer, via Warp Records.

Gonjasufi released a well-received split EP with Ras G in 2013. He has collaborated with the Bug, Perera Elsewhere, Awol One and Gel Roc. His most recent release, 2016's Callus, featured contributions from ex-The Cure guitarist Pearl Thompson. This Friday, he will release Mandela Effect, a mostly remix album, featuring some new, original work. European fans can see Gonjasufi touring this spring.

"This is the heat," says Gonjasufi holding up HR's Singin' In The Heart. A big fan of the Bad Brains veteran he was "stoked" to find an original pressing of HR's solo reggae/dub record. Gonjasufi also went through the $1 hip hop bin and found Sunz of Man and Das EFX 12"s, as well as some killer tapes, like CMW's One Time Gaffled 'Em Up. "I'm a big time VHS fanatic and cassette fanatic," he says.

But which reggae/dub artist does Gonjasufi consider "in his own class?" You'll have to watch the video to find out:

Gonjasufi - What's In My Bag?
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