Lately I’ve had the rare pleasure of seeing several of my friends & esteemed colleagues getting a fair amount of promotional love from some of the bigger hip hop blogs. It has been additionally refreshing since these particular associates are musicians with actual skill, who put worthwhile content into their songs and not the seemingly endless rehashed fruit-bat poppycock & baloney show that defines the lion’s share of what I usually tend to see on those sites. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that most of that shit is a bunch of hooey. And in case I have to tell you my feelings towards hooey… I vote no on that shit. It’s a refreshing change of pace to see some music (especially rap music) that is dare I say, toothsome getting a bit of spotlight, instead of toiling in obscurity as it often seems to for far too long.
So without further ado I would like to introduce one of my personal homies from Mystika Music’s Problemaddicts, Vorheez working in cahoots with Stone’s Throw’s Homeboy Sandman & and another Gurp City frequent collaborator, El Da Sensei of the Artifacts. The song is called “Place to Be” and it’s off Vorheez’s forthcoming full length Say Anything. Click the link & keep an eye for more releases from the Mystika team cause they definitely have some fly shit on deck.
In case you didn’t know, the triple OG homies & Gurp City road dogs The Artifacts are officially back together. After their wildly successful European reunion tour this spring they have headed back to the studio to mount the most earth-shattering comeback since Kenny Powers. I haven’t been this delighted since I decided not to believe the Big Daddy Kane AIDS rumor of the late 80’s (side note: Kane is totally alive, well & HIV-free in the ‘012, & I, Foulio am joyfully vindicated). So in honor of this celebrated return I have posted the “Everyday In the Street Remix” the group’s 1st official video back (well except for that 1 they did for Foul Mouth Jerk’s “Back Up On the Scene” single… and um also that other one they did for the Alcametric clothing Co. “Coming From” ft. Foul Mouth Jerk & some dude in a genie outfit… both of which are available for your viewing pleasure on the video page of this site), from El Da Sensei’s Nu World Order 2 remix project. Also posted below is the link to their 1st official re-Artifactation single “Easter”.
Undoubtedly, the most powerful element of the video is the videological return of the rap game’s most under appreciated mixologist/comedic genius DJ Kaos. The only thing missing is that tribute to the legendary Boyd Jarvis, but nobody’s perfect. So roll a dutch & pour yourself a gin & pineapple & click on them thangs.
On my recent trip out to The Bay I had the good fortune to sleep off most of my benders fully dressed, in Ronnie Mac’s lazy boy. One of the fringe benefits of Pappy’s upright slumber suite is that his room mate is S.F. underground stalwart & Gurp City production genius Optik. Probably best known for producing the entirety of TopR’s “Cheap Laughs For Dead Comedians” album, Optik has also produced UG classics for the likes of Z Man, Fist Fam & more. Shortly after his work on Cheap Laughs he began work on a his own album, featuring an all-star team of the rappers with whom he frequently collaborates. I had the good timing to be in town during a few of these sessions & ended up on a couple of the joints that were recorded for the album. As often happens with independent music some time has passed & for whatever reasons the album has yet to be released. So rather than keep all these gems to himself Optik recently began leaking a few of them on his “The Chillout blog” & soundcloud etc. This week’s release is called “Times”(The End is Near) ft. Foul Mouth Jerk, TopR & Word Smiff. You can can grab the download below along with a few other unreleased Optik rarities.
Greenville SC's Project Lotus crew celebrates it's 10th anniversary with a live extravaganza at The Handle Bar in G'ville. Starring The Artifacts (Tame 1 & El Da Sensei), Foul Mouth Jerk & TopR (aka Vice Squad), and a litany of special guests & collaborators. All Ages are invited.
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