Last week, Doomtree released their latest album No Kings. Doomtree is a hip hop collective from Minneapolis, consisting of 5 MCs (Sims, Dessa, Mike Mictlan, Cecil Otter and POS) and 2 producers (Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger). Each member typically performs solo, but when they get together there is an amazing mesh of styles. No Kings touts an impressive variety of beats and lyrics. If you even have the faintest interest in rap or hip hop, I would recommend picking up this album.
Here is one of the singles from No Kings, and probably one of three of my favorite songs.
As mentioned, I am pretty wrapped up with my new job, which is going well so far. No time for posters or video projects or photos or sarcastically written posts acting as a thinly veiled suicide note. Instead, please enjoy my new series, which I will be posting for the next few weeks.
This week, let’s discuss Macklemore, a rapper from Seattle. I was introduced to him through his song Irish Celebration, found below:
Recently, Macklemore has been been blowing up with his infectiously catchy single And We Danced, which has a music video that I can only really describe as “late 80s-tastic.”
You can check out more Macklemore on Amazon. His recent mixtapes are less than $5, short and to the point. For anyone in the Boston area, Macklemore will be at the Paradise Rock Club on Thursday December 8th.
March’s monthly poster comes a little early. A few months ago, thanks to the magic of Twitter, I met up with local Boston rapper, HW. I was trying to get tickets to see the Doomtree show in Cambridge, but I was annoyed that even the venue’s site was charging a 50% fee per ticket. I didn’t want to organize an evening out just to get turned away at the door, so I did what any man would do; I mentioned something about it on Twitter. Turns out HW was opening for the show! He responded to me, hooked me up with a free song, and sold me 5 tickets are the door price. Every now and then, we would chat on Twitter and this somehow evolved into me making the logo, t-shirt, and poster for his March tour with Jessie Dangerously and Shane Hall!
The Break a Branch Off the Crazy Tree and Beat Your Dick to Death With It Tour!
Show times can be found here. Be sure to check out HW’s site. He has a few songs available for download! #raplife
Early in 2010, LA-based band Shaimus approached me and asked if I would be willing to animate a music video for them. I was honored to do so. It took me about 8 months, hundreds of photos, a cross country flight, gallons of Jamesons, and no less than 50 crashed Flash sessions, but I did it. Without further build up, here is the fun stuff:
This was an incredible learning experience. Shaimus, thanks for the opportunity! I’ll be billing you soon.