They Don’t call Z-Man “Greedy Z” for no reason. The hardest working man in the Bay came home from European tour & hit the ground running with 1 video, 4 songs, 3 new albums and countless wardrobe changes (including one as an Asian, Clement St. store owner). This may be the dawn of Z-Man’s “Trapped in the Closet” era. I don’t know. But what I do know, is that nobody is mixing old school technique with truly original styles like Z. Also, I know that only Daniel Boone & Prince Markie D cruised so successfully in coon skin caps. But neither of those things should come as a surprise from a dude whose been on this rap grind since hustling 4-track tapes in 96.
This video, “A Day in the Life” is actually a crash course of tracks from the Gpek produced EP In Case You Forgot (available now), the upcoming Slim Godworthy production All Jokes Aside and “The Art Show”, off the upcoming Opening Act project produced by Elonis. So keep your eyes peeled for the latter two & go pick up the former below:
As if I wasn’t already isolated enough from the majority of the contemporary hip hop scene, underground or otherwise, last week for reasons unclear even to myself I decided that for the foreseeable future I would listen to nothing but Gurp City artists, albums both past & current. It’s as if I won’t be happy until I’m left completely divorced from any and all human relevance mumbling my incoherent ramblings on the subject of rap to my only-est friend, the volleyball with the blood-splattered palm print which I’ve fashioned into a rudimentary face. But thus far I couldn’t be more delighted with my choice. And today I have come to a place of complete vindication. After burning through Free Radio’ “Powers That Be”, Weekend Cult self titled album, and Z-Man’s “Show Up, Shut Up & Rap” I went back over ten years to Sacred Hoop’s 2001 full length “Sleep Over”. Where amongst other way-ahead-of-their-time gems I found a humble little masterpiece called “Worst Person”. A song that boasts possibly the most succinct hook ever in the form of “I hate you, you suck. You are the worst person, even if your mom was the holy virgin”.
So in an attempt to exemplify just how long Gurp City has been ahead of the curve, or possibly simply to justify my increasingly eccentric neuroses scribbled across the internet here is a link to my new favorite song affordably appraised at name-your-own-price.
Ladies & Gentlemen, THE musical extravaganza of the summer is almost upon us. The Epic mini-festival inside a festival known as Gurp Fest 2012 will undoubtedly make affairs the likes of Bonaroo & the rest seem like turds in a punch bowl. And rightly so, as the awesome power of the Gurp City crew is leveled against the livers of Asheville, during it’s biggest public celebration of the year known as Belle Chere. Beginning Friday July 27th and continuing on to Saturday the 28th, the Emerald Lounge will be presenting members of both the NC & San Francisco branches of the Olympic drinking team known as Gurp City. The line up includes Z-Man, TopR, Weekend Cult, Eddie K, GFE, Foul Mouth Jerk, Free Radio, Al lover & The Haters, as well as a myriad of DJ’s, special guests, hot dog vendors and other various delights. But there will be NO, and I cannot stress this enough, NO fire jugglers/dancers and No fucking hula hoops. Please be sure to pack at least one extra liver, and a change of clothes, as you will surely shit your socks.
Well it’s official, the Ville Boyz era is over. Following their return home to NC from several years in San Francisco, and dropping months worth of singles for free download the VB’s are set to release their debut album under their new moniker Free Radio. The album is titled “The Powers That Be” and features appearances by Verse, Jeremy Indelicato, Tellio Prego, Dregs One, Patience & J Eazy of Weekend Cult.
Explaining the album’s concept & by extension the group’s name change producer/rapper Dirty Frost had this to say “Our songs are not untainted by the music industry, but in fact tainted to the point of rebelling completely against it. This album simply speaks from our hearts, and is an option for another path. A path towards unity and the power of people combined. A message of anti consumerism within a progressive culture that so often contradicts its self. For us, it is a step in the direction of breaking the chains that seem to keep new rap predictably similar. In my opinion this album brings the art of passion back to the music, with no regard for trying to be anything other than ourselves. It is socially aware, soulfully dirty, and variates musically between a number of world influences. Its the punk rock, of dirty hip hop. Free the Radio!”
Free Radio will be playing dual east coast/west coast album release parties. The NC show is at the Emerald Lounge in Asheville on Sat. June 2nd
The San Francisco show is at Rassela’s on Fillmore on Fri. June 8th with sets by Z-man, Eddie K, Grand Invincible & Rec League
Following the release of what is undoubtedly the definitive musical work on the subject of the relationship between ferret & vegetable ( did you know a group of ferrets is called a business? True story), with the Johnny Appleseed of Gurp City, Z-Man, White Mic returned to the studio with Bay legends Andre Nickatina and Del Tha Funky Homosapien, for a long overdue treatise on loneliness. And as a birthday present for Hitler (I can only assume) he posted it for free download on 4/20. As usual I was too busy circling the drain to have posted it here on time. But as they say, it’s not a gimmick it’s a lifestyle. So if your drinking problem, nay, adventures are as uproarious as mine & like me missed this one last week. Please have another crack at it…
The master weirdo returns with a positive message for the kids. In my opinion this song edges out Gravediggers’ “1-800 Suicide” for best song on the subject since the soundtrack to the movie “Heathers”. It’s called “Suicide Is Played Out” and is produced by frequent collaborator & beat monster, G-Pek. This is the lead single off the coming album “In Case You Forgot” which is produced in it’s entirety by G-Pek. More importantly as you can tell in this vid Greedy Z is bringing back the coon-skin cap (R.I.P. Prince Marky-D’s tyrannical monopoly on that particular market). Suffice it to say, enjoyable on many levels.
As promised this Friday marks the release party of the Fist Fam’s 3rd album release in less than a year, “Weekend Cult”. The show will be at the Elbo Room (647 Valencia, SF, CA) and will feature sets by a cadre of Gurp City members & affilliates such as Z-Man, Rec League, Grand Invincible, yours truly Foulio Iglesias and others. Spearheading this event is the release of the album’s lead single “Drinkin & Smokin” (which I suspect is actually a prequal to the “Posted” single “Drinkin”) as a free download. These guys can’t stop hitting you over the head with free music, and in my opinion this is the tightest album the Fam has put together to date. So in the words of the immortal (or perhaps just undead) Tame One “Tell a friend, tell a foe. Tell everybody you know”…
Next Friday, February 24th at the Elbo Room in San Francisco marks the album release party for the Fist Fam’s latest full length (yes another one) “Weekend Cult”. That being more or less the starter pistol for a string of releases by the Gurp City South Crew. 2012 will see albums from TopR, Foul Mouth Jerk, Scofflaw, The Ville Boyz, the Worst, and possibly more. So in honor of a future that is startlingly bright for a confederation of potential cirrhosis candidates & to educate these young buckets only just now upping themselves on the science of Gurpology, we take a look back at the history of the Gurp City Crew by posting this link to the in-retrospect-ironically named “Dead In A Year” a remastered compilation of hits from 1999-2004. This noteworthy collection of classics features the distinguished production high-jinks of Verse Murphy, Z-Trip & Radar as well as the superior rap shenanigans of OG Triple OG’s Brandon B, Eddie K, Luke Sick & Z-Man. Aside from being inundated with an overwhelming amount of gems that would hit just as hard if dropped in the distant future, it contains some of the funniest skits ever put to tape. In particular my favorite skit of all time “Coked Out In The 80’s” , few things are simultaneously this funny & historically accurate. So peep the skit & follow it back to the album, which is amazingly, also available for free download.
While I constantly hear people complain that hip hop is dead or that rap is all commercial bullshit, I couldn’t disagree more. While there has certainly been a deluge of craptitude of the 1st order it has become clear to me that one simply has to know how to navigate the sea of turds to find the many gems. In that spirit 2011 was undoubtedly an auspicious year for rock solid rap music especially of the lyrical variety. But I have to be honest with you. There was something missing… something almost intangible, something I just couldn’t quite put my finger on. Then like a punch in the dick it hit me… Who is speaking for the vegetables? Not just for the vegetables, but who is rapping from the perspective of vegetables yet unpicked in the garden? And for that matter who will be the voice of the voiceless rodents out to purloin those vegetables to their own ends, such as the wily ferret? When God, when is the thieving weasels time to shine?!!
Well I should have known better. Just as dark despair seemed to close it’s chilly mitts around me here come Z-man & Bored Stiff’s White Mic with the album I think we can all say we’ve been waiting for “The Vegetable and The Ferret”. For all you not-knowin members of the ignorati, a group of ferrets is called a “business”. Yes a business of ferrets, that is a fact. So this album is appropriately named because Z & Mic are on there business here. The lyrics, the beats, the whole nine. And yes they rap about topics other than delicious produce & it’s known predators, though admittedly I could have listened to an entire album of just that. Now some of you are undoubtedly saying to yourselves “But Foulio, perhaps you just like this because of your known predilection for animal humor” to which I say Fuck You! You just feast your gaze on that album cover & tell me that the Ferret wasn’t the role Z-Man was born to play! Also it’s not just the single, they’re giving you philistines the whole album as a free download. So click the link & get what your life’s been missing.
Beware! That most liquor-fueled, sex-crazed, blood-lusting, drug-addled pastry of the rap game is back on the loose. He’s taking shots at Frisco cops, Kat Stacks, Wiz Khalifa, his biggest imitator Meatwad of the Aqua Teen, and several others. Dude has his “Jack Rabbit Shoes” on thus making him harder to catch than ever. Suffice it to say unless you have accepted Cookie Monster as your personal Lord & Savior you are in danger. The best you can do is enjoy this new leak of his upcoming release “Powder Music”.