Ever since the Ville Boys returned from San Francisco they’ve had Asheville in a headlock. Their music has always been good, but MC/producer Dirty Frost has refined the group’s sound, the crew have dialed in the lyrics right along with it and the live shows have gone bonanza. Everything I’ve seen & heard from these guys lately just proves to me what a key role they are playing in the reanimation of the once nearly dead Asheville rap scene. They’ve been banging away in the lab lately & we will be bringing you a series of free singles as they are released. Below is the 1st track in that series, the appropriately titled “The Music Defines Us”… So in the words of Tame 1 “Tell a friend, tell a foe, tell everybody you know”
It has begun to appear that some sort of resurgence of golden age hip hop has started to take hold in Asheville this summer. The aforementioned Artifacts will be coming through July16th. Chub Rock of all people is playing a west side hole in the wall about two blocks from my house July 3rd. And as you can see from the above photo, we piled in the Run-GMC and headed out to Cherokee casino & caught a free show from honorary Vice Squad member and Digital Underground front man Shock G, this Friday night. The Hump threw a killer show for a very enthusiastic, mostly redneck crowd, shut it down with “Freaks of the Industry” then took requests. (surprisingly, the casino’s last two Fridays have hosted Tone Loc & Young MC, respectively)
This was followed by a Saturday night opening for Dead Prez at the Grey Eagle in Asheville, along with The Secret B-Sides & Mr. Invisible. A sold out show that smashed all the way through. Great work to everyone involved, especially the crowd of 500+ who turned up & got live.
So we’ve added a few southern dates to the drunken juggernaut that has been the “Back Up On the Scene Tour”. TopR Holiday & I will again be joining the Artifacts at all three shows, as well as a whole sordid cast of disreputable characters at each of the different dates, including Gurp City South/Worst Case Scenario’s own Adam Strange, Cesar Comanche of Justus League, Project Lotus, DJ Football and many more…
Come drink with us, in Raleigh, NC on Thurs. July 14th at Volume 11 Tavern
In Greenville, SC on Fri. July 15th at The Handle Bar
and in Asheville, NC on Sat. July 16th at The Emerald Lounge
Further info on these and any “Gurp City South Presents” events can be found on events calender page of this site. And anyone in the Asheville, NC area this Sat. june 25th should come out to the Grey Eagle to see me, Secret B Sides & Mr. Invisible open for Dead Prez
Recently I’ve become increasingly concerned that one of Fist Fam producer Al Lover’s family members has been kidnapped by some archfiend that is using that loved one’s life as a bargaining chip in some sort of nightmare “Speed” meets “Hustle & Flow” scenario, in which Al is forced to perpetually make beats at an alarming pace or the ticking time bomb will explode. And that if you go to his apartment you will find him hunkered over his MPC in some frayed, coffee-breathed condition continually muttering the phrase “cant’ sleep… must make beats”.
Or not, that’s just the only way i could justify the amount of music this guy is putting out. Here’s a link to another instrumental album of “psychedelic reinterpretations of contemporary rock & roll” or more conveniently, “garage-hop” for free down load from Cool Al Lover. Who recently produced the entirety of the Fist Fam’s last full-length “Posted”, Gus Cutty’s double single All Mine/Part of the Game, as well as several other instrumental discs.
Friday night’s Fist Fam Asheville album release party… sold out show, hot chicks making out in the front row, police out front with bull horns screaming at drunk fans to clear the street or be arrested, dudes chompin down thizz in the ladies room, and I’m relatively confident that Philo broke the record for consumption of alcohol by a land mammal, and still performed (more or less). Not to mention that this night was preceded by a killer episode of Worst Case Scenario Radio Show (ashevillefm.org every Thurs.10pm-12am) and was followed by two more days and nights of near fatal inebriated cook outs.
All in all I’d have to say a job well done gentlemen. Special thanks to all the performers, The Ville Boys, DJ Football, Smidi, TopR, myself (Robert Fouly Jr.) The Fist Fam and all you ruckus ass fans & fine ass frauleins that came out & made this the rowdiest night in town yet this summer. And a pat on the back to us here at Gurp City South for throwing & promoting this event. This was debauchery & hedonism at it’s finest. Gurp City South is in full motherfuckin effect.
I’m not sure when exactly they put this out but I’ve always been a big fan of re-appropriation. At it’s essence, that’s pretty much the heart of hip hop. This video is basically a well edited collage of mostly anime and the occasional strategic use of live action shots. Not surprising really, as Sacred Hoop has always been masters of well placed sampling, of music, vocals, visuals & ideas. They’re a lot like a Caucasian Bomb Squad (as in Shocklees & Saddler, for you young buckets) that way. If you need proof, go to any track on the “Go Hogwild” album.
My hat is off to you gentlemen. In the era of boundless bullshit, you have once again shown what this game is supposed to be. Grumpy old men fucking rule.
As some of you know Fist Fam swam their way around the SXSW Music Festival in Austin this year in a roving pool of Jameson & Lone Star Beer. At some point, on the advice of El Da Sensei I made my way over to the Unique Squared/Quality Control mobile studio bus & spit 32 ounces of cold Henessy into 16 bars of hot math.
That verse (track 15), along with The Artifacts’ “Turn It Out” (track 3) and 29 other tracks full of hungry hooligans got smashed into the “Unique Squared/Quality Control: Official SXSW Mixtape”. Now available to you, the listener right here:
The shit is crackin, I highly recommend it.
You’re not artsier than the Fist Fam, as evidenced by the fact that they staged this miniature Burning Man Festival of their own, for this video featuring the vocal stylings of Dan Allen. The festival, which I will now baselessly speculate is named Burning Dan– or possibly Burning Fam, will undoubtedly showcase gurp scouts, laser boobs, shroomz & chicken biscuits, and will certainly conform to “Stanford standards.” So until next year’s festival just enjoy this new video “Civilized Freakshow” which I am pretty sure was shot in watercolor, off the brand new Fist Fam album “Posted”.
And if you’re in the Asheville, NC area on June 10th, don’t forget to come to the “Posted” east coast album release party at the Emerald Lounge, brought to you by Gurp City South. Long live the Weekend Cult… SnappyDamnTom.
While we at Gurp City South are obviously deeply saddened by one of our childhood heroes, Randy Savage snapping into that Big Slim Jim in the sky, we would respectfully posit our theory that it was not so much a loss as a calculated sacrifice. As we all know, this past Saturday May 21st was predicted by some religious zealots to be the date of the biblical apocalypse. When the world remained for the most part in tact (sorry Missouri), most reasonable people considered it proof of the prophecy’s illegitimacy.
We would counter that the prophecy was true. And that Jesus was attempting to return & cast down the heathens, sodomites, sinners & nonbelievers (basically all Gurp City affiliates & fans) into the lake of fire. But that OUR Lord & savior, appeared in the afterlife just in time to open up a can of Macho-Madness on the Lamb, He who is know as I AM. And judging from the above artist’s rendition of these celestial events, we are obviously not the only ones who believe…
First Ricky The Dragon Steamboat, now Jesus. Is there anyone you can’t vanquish? Thank you Macho Man Randy Savage. Thank you.