Friday, October 5, 2018

Funky Friday: Stay Wavy by Cee Nario x Instigate


On some Fridays I'm gonna try to do something a little funkier and highlight a project in which singing is central....


             Think Jack Johnson meets Ginuwine- this Stay Wavy EP produced by Instigate is chill, light and sweet full of crackin' hip-hop breaks, fresh polished production and silky melodies for days from Cee Nario a talented So Cal vocalist. The first song "Be My Baby" will be stuck in your head endlessly, slappin' with that summer night energy. "Bliss" finds Cee Nario barring out and then effortlessly slipping into a 311-style chorus of powerful tunes. The chill but agile sounds remind me of reggae, Bone Thugs and Nate Dogg. Instigate's production is top-notch: layered and full of sneaky synth lines, Instigate has a modern west coast style and flair on every cut. Cee Nario's podcast partner Jo Well comes to deliver some fly left coast rhymes on 2 tracks of this swift but memorable 6 track project from a singer that is too smooth and dextrous to be slept on by a people hungry for vibey tunes- bang it one time this weekend.

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, October 4, 2018

EoTRSDAY 10/4/2018

There are a lot of reasons I give EOTR Network their own weekly day on Jooseboxx- they're dope, they're entertaining, magnetic and likable when recorded but also because they represent a new wave of Mexican-American hip-hop artists fighting to be heard that thousands of Latino youth in Cali and beyond can relate to. I want to associate myself with the side of cultural history that embraced this wave. Note how the Hollow Visions and Vile videos work in tandem with their (at the time) upcoming music releases; take notes kids....

Hollow Visions has a new travelogue story series, pull up a chair or just sit cross-legged.

Don't miss Kiddo and Macks on this gritty but fun knocker by Badson Beats.
Never to be outdone or stagnant, the Soul Providers bring you a new literary discussion series on Youtube for your perusing convenience! 
    
    Between the last EoTRSDAY installment and now these foos made a video for this track so peep it one time! Chill ass banger.
                                   
  It feels like Mescal drops a new definitive manifesto every year and this year is no different- each time they feel like the ultimate one so let's see if he can't top himself in 2019....Had the pleasure of seeing him rock this one at Blackbooks & Rhymebooks in July and haven't quite had it out of my head since.

Til next time....

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

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Weird Wednesdays: Gam3 Dork by Nonsenze

A couple Wednesdays a month I'm gonna try to show you guys something off the beaten path that I'm bumpin'....

"Battlestar galactica or Battlestars in Africa?"

I'm glad to have come across this insanely dorky but barsy and flavorful Torrance, CA based MC/producer Nonsenze. His latest project Gam3 Dork: Eat Sleep Kill Aliens is unabashed nerdcore revelry. This record feels like a dense mixtape with layers of melody, rapping, noise samples and electronic madness. Each fantastical scenario his strong concept-having songs paint finds our protagonist panicking and reacting hysterically, hilariously and descriptively throughout the narrative.

"Pub G don't judge me I'm not a mod"

Nonsenze refers to everything from online sci-fi shooter games, obscure comedy, the Simpsons, comic books, and more all while deprecating his own distance from the mainstream normalcy he feels the world is always encouraging him to. 

"If you do drugs then don't do too much"

Every song begins with an earworm of a sound or melody loop that drops into Nonsenze the Dork Genius earnestly explaining a piece's nerdy concept. By the middle of the track he's picked up the pace and doubled the agility in his delivery and internal rhymes. He stays on the balance between smart and fun in a ridiculous and straightforward way.

"Nerdcore's been in this since the beginnin'"

Nonsenze proclaims on The Rain Part 3...and when one re-examines how steeped in kung-fu movies, comic books and Star Wars even the earliest rappers were, it's a wild claim that makes more and more sense...kind of like the man himself

"When it comes to this nerd shit I am a God"

On tracks like "Planet Space Man" and "Zombies ate my neighbors" and beyond Nonsenze repeatedly displays his mastery familiary and openness to every kind of nerd. There's something here for every kind of weirdo obsessive.

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, October 2, 2018

2 Fire Tuesday with Theez

Most Tuesdays I'ma try to show y'all something that was too fire to wait until Wednesday....

This week I wanted to highlight two vids by the homie Theez who stays droppin' fire with heady bars over universally appealing bangers. The first is his wild ass Get the Strap challenge video.

Secondly Theez returned to Youtube Space LA to link up with his fam at the Cypher Effect for us all to enjoy -peep. 


Whether it's with English Class Project, solo or with his new brand Peep Game, Theez always has some flame for that ass so stay ready.

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, October 1, 2018

MUSIC MONDAY WITH KID PRESENTABLE, FAIMKILLS, CA$HONLY, NOA JAMES, FREDO, CAM GNARLY, DOPE KID DANNY AND MORE

Earlier this summer we're just getting over Ca$hOnly dropped this new remix revisiting a favorite from the Noa James / Fredo L.I.T. album - even though summer is over I suspect y'all will find a night in the near future this track hits the vibe for.
This past Spring as my unplanned medical sabbatical began, Kid Presentable sent me this chill boom-bap gem produced by Haunted Days; full of sharp words and a matured sadboi darkness- soak in this and puff one if you can catch a moment.
Earlier this year Cam Gnarly hit us with some more posi-waves I couldn't neglect to mention- peep this catchy melodic slapper featuring Aye Brook and produced by Pantsu.



I am still going through Faimkills' discography but this song barsily tells his lifestory and working class aspirations as a teacher in a way more thorough than I've otherwise ever heard him do on a record before. That undersells the visceral bangingness of the song though, peep for yourself and see what's really good. Produced by Dope Kid Danny. 




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

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