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We knew Eminem got all of the glory when D12 dropped “My Band,” but I bet Slaughterhouse wasn’t considering the possibility they’d be in a similar situation as the Dirty Dozen when they formed the hip-hop supercrew sans Shady yet signed with his record company.  The deal with Shady Records definitely gave the sum of Slaughterhouse more popularity than its parts had achieved on their own, and Em and Royce Da 5’9”’s Bad Meets Evil project propelled that success even further.

(Written by Eso Tre: one-half of Los Angeles Hip Hop duo, Substance Abuse. Check them out!)

If you are a true Hip Hop fan, chances are, you know of the legendary NY-based underground rapper, Percee P. Gaining notoriety in the underground scene thanks to years of success and perseverance, as well as legendary battles with Fat Joe, Eminem, and Lord Finesse (among many others), Percee P is one of the innovators and originators of today’s DIY Hip Hop scene. Read a fantastic interview by Substance Abuse’s Eso Tre, and learn a little about the origin of old-school Hip Hop: Underground style!

It’s been done with movies in decades past, but for a while I thought it’d be an interesting experiment for a modern filmmaker to make a Hollywood blockbuster that completely lacked musical accompaniment.  Then I watched Ingmar Bergman’s The Silence and I almost put the one Hans Zimmer mp3 I have on my phone on full blast just to deal with the uncomfortable lack of noise (and that movie’s title is completely unrelated to it’s score… there’s still music in the movie… in between looooooooongggggg periods of, uh, silence).

I was first introduced to Speak! in the wake of the Odd Future hype frenzy that took place earlier this year, and I immediately followed his continual internet updates.  Like his compadres in the now world-renowned LA hip-hop collective, Speak makes unapologetic, dark, humorous, angry, vulgar, drugged-out and rebellious hip-hop.  He hangs with the up-and-coming rappers that create similar sounding music— Speak was the ghost-writer for Kreayshawn’s infectious viral hit “Gucci Gucci,” and all songs on his latest album were recorded, mixed, and mastered by Odd Future’s Syd Tha Kid.  He’s also a part-Mexican, part-Jewish rapper that dresses in thrift-store garb and displays an impressive beard.  His hilarious twitter account consists of WWE references, boasts about sleeping with American Apparel models, drug-related anecdotes, and angry rants about popular hip-hop.  He calls himself the “34th best rapper alive” as well as “The Craigslist Killer” and “Art Goon.”  In short, almost everything about the persona Speak has created (either intentionally or unintentionally) is captivating and intriguing.  It’s easy to become a fan of the rapper without ever hearing his music.

It’s Labor Day weekend, time to relax and take at least one week off from having a case of the Mondays.  In honor of the federal holiday, I’ve compiled a list of hip-songs about rappers that had jobs.  We all know the famous union and working songs a la Woodie Guthrie, but plenty of MCs have given their two-cents on the 9-5 grind.

Devin The Dude— “What A Job”

The 20th anniversary festival of Lollapalooza is now over, and the thousands of fans have abandoned Grant Park.  For many things about the festival I am grateful, such as the affordable water and convenient refilling stands.  For other things I am not so impressed, such as the large, sometimes unruly crowds.  No matter your preference, however, it’s undeniable that Lollapalooza is a unique festival.  It’s held in downtown Chicago.  It ends at 10pm.  After that, the city is filled with both official and unofficial after parties.  Rather than an isolated experience surrounded by nature as is the case with Bonnaroo or Coachella, the backdrop for Lollapalooza is the architecturally appealing Chicago skyline.  Here are my thoughts on some of the bands that I saw today.

Exhaustion from a long day 2 at the hot Chicago festival prolonged this post, but here is a recap of Saturday’s Lollapalooza festivities.

Black Lips

Black Lips are known for their wild performances.  They have urinated on crowds before.  Thankfully, that level of ridiculousness did not occur during their 3pm set yesterday.  But the group was by no means boring.  They shotgunned numerous Bud Lights.  They played guitar with their teeth.  They spat upwards and caught it back in their mouths.  They threw up multiple times without missing a beat (a quite impressive accomplishment, actually).  When I say “they” I’m mostly referring to guitarist/vocalist Cole Alexander, perhaps one of the craziest young live musicians in the industry today.  Although the band is often regarded for their ability to entertain the crowd through those types of crazy acts, they have great songs as well.  The crowd was receptive to their older songs like “Dirty Hands” as well as the songs from their latest album Arabia Mountain.

Imagine if your thoughts, feelings, emotions, fashion sense, and political outlook, along with numerous other aspects of your personality, were permenantly recorded on various forms of media to be distributed and digested by the masses.  Such is the case for recording musicisans.

The problem with the relationship between artists and their recorded work is that, inevitably, people change.  Believe it or not, musicians are people.  And when something’s recorded, it’s there forever.

When something’s there forever that people love, people are likely to listen to it, in some sense, forever.  Songs from the 40s are still being broadcasted on radio stations throughout the world, still considered classics.  Numerous other examples exist.

A few albums to look forward to this Tuesday…

Bad Meets Evil— Hell The Sequel

Royce Da 5’9 was featured on Eminem’s Slim Shady LP song “Bad Meets Evil” in the late 90s, but the talented duo had a falling out not too long after that.  Their career paths diverged and the world was robbed of their lyrical chemistry.  Thankfully, the two reconnected a few years ago and have been working on new projects together.  Their latest effort is this EP to be released under the moniker “Bad Meets Evil.”  The group has slowly been releasing songs and videos that show off their lyric-based, classic Detroit hip-hop.

A few years ago Kanye West made headlines for delaying his Bonnaroo performance until 4am.  Apparently it was still a great set, but hopefully Eminem and Lil’ Wayne wont take a repeat course this year.  If you’re attending the festival and do happen to wake up with the Tennessee sun, here are some lesser known bands that you should check out.  Because of Bonnaroo’s unique scheduling set-up not all of these bands are in the early morning time slots, but they are located near the bottom of the festival bill.

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