Poet, singer and actor Saul Williams showcased his gift for mixing art, music and politics in a show that was part rock but all hip-hop and heart.
One night in December 2013, while many people were getting ready to turn in for the night, and others took to Facebook and Instagram for some late night reading, a quick scroll past singer Beyonce's page revealed she had released a surprise album. You couldn't hear it, but you could hear a collective OMG across the Internet.
"I can't believe three years ago I was dancing on stage with this guy at the Gramophone," spouts a cohort between gasps of belief. "And now I'm watching him sell out the Pageant."
I get a call from a telephone number with an unfamiliar area code. A brief, exponentially warm bump of dialogue rises as G-Eazy's PR assistant Andrew links me to a several second wait where I wonder if Andrew is in fact the world's softest golden retriever puppy.
SomeOthaShip Connect Music is an indie music label started by singer-songwriter and producer Georgia Anne Muldrow and longtime music collaborator and rapper Dudley Perkins aka Declaime. At Blank Space on Saturday night, the lineup showcased a hybrid of rap artists such as Philadelphia emcee Bahamadia, energetic DJ and producer Kankick, local electro-soul duo Hawthorne Headhunters, young rapper Con, KDHX's own Nappy DJ Needles, as well as special guests.
Sunday night at the Firebird was a geeks dream come true.
"Live wire, shine brighter/Death be the only way I get to retire," raps Atmosphere's Slug on the title-track remix of the duo's eighth album. Produced by Ant, the other half of Atmosphere -- and featuring a long list of artists including Haphduzn, Nazeem and Mike the Martyr -- the stripped down and smoothed out song pays homage to Minneapolis' south side, the place where the duo has worked and called home for much of their 17-year career.
Ask me how much I know about East Coast hardcore hip-hop and I might as well just not answer. I know where the East Coast is. I'd say I'm as familiar with hip-hop as your average music lover might be. It's that hardcore designation that escapes me.