Wednesday, April 11, 2018

King Dice - Oroku Saki (Music Video)



King Dice drops the long-awaited visuals for Oroku Saki from his project Shalu Avenue. Produced himself, Oroku Saki is shot and edited by Konami Homi & directed by Konami Homi and M16.Let us know what you think of it in the comments below.


Monday, March 26, 2018

Love in their Holsters: review of 43rd and Excellence by Aceyalone and DJ Fat Jack

               



Aceyalone and Fat Jack's new LP 43rd and Excellence is a triumph. A brief but meaty masterwork from two Blowed originators and veterans, the immense musicality and quality of each track can't be overstated. It's also some of Ace1's strongest and most tightly composed poetry ever in my opinion. He literally hasn't missed a beat since the All Balls and Human Language classics too many haven't listened beyond.

As a pretty curse-free stony MC myself I can't help but notice and admire that the lyrics here are almost entirely free of profanity but most folks would never know it from the irreverent brutal truths about life Ace smoothly rattles off with every other stanza.

Sonically, every flow is pocket, every snare crisp beyond belief, each melody a proper earworm. Aceyalone chillactimously delivers some of his sharpest and most perfectly metric rhymes ever on Fat Jack's pristinely produced boom-bap, jazz and even more contemporary sounding double-time beats making for an album whose level of melody, subtlety and poetry are seldom matched.

                                              



                                     DJ Fat Jack image from Fifth Element on YouTube

Standouts are the the opening 2, "Circled Days" and the drippingly cool "Bang Bang" on which Aceyalone lays out Thursday through Sunday for an MC and working class hero like himself are like; with "the world on his shoulder" and "love in his holster". This dichotomy of the feeling the pressure of life but also feeling empowered by your own perspective and positivity is one of my favorite things about Aceyalone's work. It is a reassuring sense, the balance he is aware of and verbally creates.

"The Cool" is a slick meditation on the culture of lyricists and underground rappers. I love that Fat Jack and Ace end "Hollywood" the way they do, abruptly but logically, the way some relationships indeed do end. Moments like this are employed sparingly but effectively. "We've Arrived" is another immaculate low-key banger. I love the relatable west coast life lyrics about hotboxing the Chevy before stepping on the scene.
                                               
"Shooting Star", "Trouble in front of me", "I Told You Ace" are more examples of Acey's masterful knack for storytelling and introspection. "Scott Joplin" is a clever percussive classic that also includes the lyric, “Willie Lynch? Of course he will…” Aceyalone continues to make some of the wildest shit sound just right.

"Doing or Judging" is a rare glimpse into the kind of aesthetic philosophy that might motivate Fat Jack and Aceyalone who indeed have reminded me of Coltrane and his contemporaries once I actually started to examine their work. “When y’all ready” is a deft and jammy summation of how ahead of their time Aceyalone and Fat Jack have always been, waiting for the world to be ready for them. "Hambone" is so quirky but so killer. I love when Ace says "and I bought my DJ a brand new knife set..." as a transition for Fat Jack to "cut it up"- the duo walk the impossible line of staying true to the old school while never sounding dated. Each track sounds fresh, imbued with purpose, love in their holsters.
                                          
                                                Aceyalone Image shot by Gad Zooks


I've listened to the record 8 times or more, many more times for my favorite tracks and it is up there with my favorite Aceyalone albums. Having heard his whole discography - his journey of exploring other genres through the lens of hip-hop, his re-affirmations of mastery of his mutant bastard style children's idiolects, his epic team-ups - it all led to a moment like this when him and Fat Jack could seemingly drop such a soulful wise and nourishing record without even breaking a sweat. How patient and Jedi-like that these life-long collaborators waited until this moment to finally make a full album length collaboration like this and how mighty the bond they've forged that we're lucky enough to revel in for 40-something minutes with this album.

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is staff writer for JooseBoxx, a youth hip-hop and poetry tutor, and member of the Inland Empire nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers. Catch more of their work at westcoastavengers.com, follow Tristan on Twitter @Tanjint or e-mail him at tristanacker@gmail.com

Thursday, March 22, 2018

EoTRsday Volume 2 with Hollow Visions, Kiddo, Soul Providers, Zzay, Macks, Mescal and more!

Before you see them open for Felipe Esparza tomorrow night in L.A. check out a sampling of what the EOTR network has been up to if you weren't aware....


How does Muds One keep topping himself? Check this ridiculously entertaining piece featuring Hollow, Zzay and many more from the EOTR Network.

   The EOTR Vlog continues apace as the anchor show of their TV channel so to speak- the saga continues!

                  
With the breezy intimacy of a snapchat story, Kiddo has begun the second ongoing webseries on the EOTR network YouTube channel. Muds is pretty incredible at this shit so that Kiddo decided to try her hand at it anyway is a sign of her bravery and example of the kind of work ethic the EOTR squad has. That it's funny and engrossing is a sign of their dynamism and her sense of editing and humor as well- enjoy!

 The Soul Providers are cooking something new and in the meantime they're gonna tease you with weekly poetic doses of hip-hop city life rawness- this duo will always surprise you for the better.

                                      Falcon 9 with Mescal, Macks, Zzay, Rokem and Ras Austin is another example of the kind of withcraft these folks brew on the regular- vibe out to this!

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for JooseBoxx, youth hip-hop writing instructor with CHORDS Enrichment Youth program (chordseyp.org) and member of the Inland Empire nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers. Catch more of their work at westcoastavengers.com, follow Tristan on Twitter @Tanjint or e-mail him at tristanacker@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

RASJOSH BEATS PRESENTS SERIOUS BEATS SHOWCASE AT SAN BERNARDINO'S SERIOUS CARTOONS RECORDS AND TAPES IN APRIL


Heads up- Saturday April 7th RasJosh Beats will be throwing the second installment of the poppin' new beat showcase at Serious Cartoons Records and Tapes on E street in San Bernardino. There will be barbecue, dabs, performances, vinyl and more so don't miss this!
As you can see dozens of dope producers, beatmakers and performers will be doing their thang for your enjoyment, the fun starts early so come post up!

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is staff writer for JooseBoxx, a youth hip-hop and poetry tutor, and member of the Inland Empire nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers. Catch more of their work at westcoastavengers.com, follow Tristan on Twitter @Tanjint or e-mail him at tristanacker@gmail.com

Monday, March 19, 2018

Music Monday with Noa James, Guccidamus, Asend, Calligraphy, OhGoshLeotus, and Notiz Yong



The flip side to the February "Phone Rang" single, an original and sweet mood expressing stoner serenade, spark one to this.
Some crazy new beat sounds from the homie Guccidamus and his collaborator Infinity- take a walk into darkness if you dare.
                                    Chilltastic new instrumental from the I.E. vet Asend!

Speaking of I.E. vets, Calligraphy has always been a distinctive quirky and intellectual voice in the community and I am happy to hear this OhGoshLeotus produced gem of a single recently dropped to add some flavor and rhythm to your winter nights. 


I love the double meaning Notiz employs here as he figuratively journeys his way to fatherhood on the track- peep the blood vessels on this self-produced piece.

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is staff writer for JooseBoxx, a youth hip-hop and poetry tutor, and member of the Inland Empire nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers. Catch more of their work at westcoastavengers.com, follow Tristan on Twitter @Tanjint or e-mail him at tristanacker@gmail.com

Thursday, March 15, 2018

I Want This For My People: Tanjint Wiggy's raves, nitpicks and thoughts on Black Panther

Black Panther art by Mark Texeira
Black Panther is that rare movie that ScreenJunkies probably can’t make a good faith “Honest Trailer” about. They could poke fun at the politics and over-the-top-ness of its allegory but as far as a critique that really pierces something this movie did wrong or poorly? I certainly can’t think of one. I count this as Marvel Films’ 8th classic film in 10 years. The story was original despite having shades of Shakespeare and Lion King, the color palette of purples and blacks was a delight, the effects, acting, editing and directing was all pretty flawless. There are no boring parts and it’s probably the least corny movie Marvel has yet to make. There are seriously probably less than 5 genuine dialogue cringe moments which is amazing for superhero fare.

My critiques for Black Panther have more to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s slavish addiction to McGuffins. It bothers me that every power is the ultimate power, every substance is the ultimate substance. This makes none of the powers and magical gem McGuffins feel very special at all. Before it was the Arc Reactor or the Mind Stone and now it’s vibranium.  Vibranium has always been a very valuable resource in the Marvel universe but it wasn’t a healing elixir and wound cast and all the other thousands of things they did with it in this movie. I’m also tired of hearing “we’re the best spies” from characters in movies by the same people gave us 18 Sam Jackson after-credits clips  bragging about all his backup plans for the backup plans when his ass got ultimatey got taken by surprise by Robert Redford and has done pretty little to be helpful to the Avengers since Age of Ultron. No one was supposed to know about S.H.I.E.L.D but clearly people did. Now we’re being told no one knows about Wakanda but clearly Klaw, Howard Stark and others knew something at some point.

So Black Panther is pretty perfect but the way the MCU is handling tech is driving me a little nuts. We’ve been seeing these super-scientists create and develop technology that would save and revolutionize the world a hundred times over about 5 times now over 10 years…it’s time to stop acting like most of the world wouldn’t start to look like Wakanda at this point. Or are the hero-scientists all Teslas being stopped by the government from sharing this world-changing tech?
I heard talk that Killmonger is the best Marvel villain yet. He is as good as Vulture who is second only to Kingpin in my opinion. Kingpin is the greatest MCU villain so far because he is an original character with compelling pathos and truly dangerous and surprising. Most of the other villains are predictable versions of the hero. Killmonger isn’t as predictable as some but he’s certainly Dark Panther. He’s also wildly well done which is why ultimately I still rank him quite high.

It makes me chuckle that people who consider themselves Afrocentric or sympathetic to Malcolm X brag about thinking “Killmonger was right”. He is bait. It’s a trap. Killmonger was the most American character in the film, he is the dark side of what CIA agent Everett Ross does made explicit. Killmonger’s ideas about conquest and victory and revenge, opportunity, living nice and fixing the world- American as apple pie. His whole frame is poisoned by the western imperialism he decries. People who think they are showing their rejection of American strong-arming in pledging allegiance to Magneto, I mean Killmonger, are actually showing just the opposite. 

Then there's that iconic scene at the end where an Oakland youth asks T'Challa who he is. This was a pretty perfect ending and its execution made true and clear what so many said this movie promised: superhero role models for a black youth long hungry for them. We knew that scene was coming but it was still breathtaking and emotional. I think every  young(ish) nerd of color in the audience around the world thought at that moment, "I want this for my people". I certainly did.

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is staff writer for JooseBoxx, a youth hip-hop and poetry tutor, and member of the Inland Empire nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers. Catch more of their work at westcoastavengers.com, follow Tristan on Twitter @Tanjint or e-mail him at tristanacker@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

2 Fire Tuesday with Matthew Golden the Vision

I've talked about my admiration for the G.I.A.N.T.S. Music crew in articles on this website before but it can't be overstated. Vision aka Dr. Knox aka Medicated Music is probably the best freestyle rapper I know but that doesn't cover what makes him a veteran crowd-pleaser of the community by a long shot. 

He's a beast on the mic whether it's off the dome drunk as fuck outside of the beat showcase, rocking with his Grizzly State counterpart Os One, making beats with Mando the DJ or hosting an event with artists and stoners, at the tender age of 30 Vision aka Matthew Golden is an MC's MC who has garnered respect from OGs far and wide.

Being a nerd for content by the Giants squad, I couldn't help but notice the uptick in work from Mr. Golden as of late, firstly with his new battle with Taz on King of the Dot...truly a brutal sight to behold. He spazzes but stays in control, he goes psycho but stays intentional and most importantly he raps his ass off while being funny as hell. You don't want to battle the Vision, trust me.

Secondly his new single with Beazie Beats and Young Freaza "Flippin' Packs" goes hard af, is also stony and chill, and most importantly is supposed to the single to his upcoming new EP?? Make sure you peep that and the EP to come, this I.E. vet doesn't disappoint.  

Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is staff writer for JooseBoxx, a youth hip-hop and poetry tutor, and member of the Inland Empire nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers. Catch more of their work at westcoastavengers.com, follow Tristan on Twitter @Tanjint or e-mail him at tristanacker@gmail.com