"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.
One of KDHX's few hip-hop DJs, Wil Wander shows off the finer side of the genre during his show "Elevated Rhymestate," which can be heard early on Thursdays from 3 to 5 a.m. Central. With a focus on laidback or smooth sounds and poetic lyrics, Wil picks from the early rhymes of the 1980s or '90s, as well as newer releases, including some hip-hop from around the world.
For the past few months, M.I.A. has been just that. She first began teasing her fourth album, "Matangi," in November 2011, released the track listing in August 2012, and in August 2013, threatened to leak the album if Interscope took any longer to negotiate a release date.