Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This Is Not a Think Piece: Turning Outrage into Action from Ferguson to the Twin Cities

After officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO on August 9, my twitter feed exploded with links, articles, calls to action, commentary and analysis. Right here in the Twin Cities, organizations that had been working on issues of police brutality sprang into action alongside new organizations and concerned individuals; events were planned and executed, and activists of all experience levels got to work answering the question “what now?”

While rallies, marches, social media campaigns and protests can be powerful, their power can only be fully realized when tied to long term organizing campaigns. How can we focus the heightened awareness around police brutality into concrete policy change (like, for example, police body cameras)? How can we plug people who have been radicalized (or at least further politicized) by #Ferguson in to the work that is being done? How can we turn this moment into a movement?

What follows is a collection of interviews, links and resources for anyone in our community who believes that change is needed. Racially-motivated police brutality is a national issue, but from Fong Lee to Terrance Franklin to Al Flowers and beyond, it is also very much a local one. The good news is that we can do something about it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sifu Hotman (Guante x deM atlaS x Rube): First Ave Funeral



We're honored to be part of Adam J. Dunn's #LAAB (Lights and a Backdrop) video series. This is the series' 8th (!) season. I also had a song way back in season 2, and I might have a surprise coming later.

This batch also features new music from Toki Wright & Big Cats, Chantz Erolin, Longshot and more. Check out all eight seasons HERE, and get a great look at what makes the Twin Cities music scene so special.

I love this song. Hope you enjoy it. Get the whole album here.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Spoken-Word Tips Part 3: On Performance and "Poet Voice"



As always, these videos are not meant to be "guides" or teach anyone anything. I'm just sharing tools that have benefited me and the stuff that I think about and try to be intentional about. I'm no expert, but hopefully something in here can be useful for you.

This installment focuses on performance, especially if you're someone who doesn't have a lot of experience. It's an enormous subject, so I've really tried to zero in on some basic, foundational stuff.

This is part three in an ongoing series. Catch the the first two installments here. More to come!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

New Music from Friends, Must-Read Articles, Worthy Campaigns: a Few Early August LINKS

I've been in full-on self-promotion mode lately with the new release, but I also think it's important to highlight other people's work. There's always so much cool stuff to share. And since not everyone uses Twitter, I figured I'd collect a few worthy links from the past week here:

NEW MUSIC:
Big Cats made a half-hour mix of ambient and experimental music. I've worked with Big Cats a bunch over the years, and aside from being one of the most purely talented producers around, he also has vision and ambition. This mix is a great example of that.


Monday, July 28, 2014

SIFU HOTMAN (Guante x deM atlaS x Rube): "Embrace the Sun" Available NOW

The Sifu Hotman album is officially out tomorrow, but I realized that we’re not on a label and don’t have to conform to any Tuesday release dates so here it is now:



That’s the new project, including brand new songs, remastered versions of our old songs (which you can still get on vinyl here), and more. If you like it, it's only $5 so please consider buying it.

Monday, July 21, 2014

SIFU HOTMAN (Guante x deM atlaS x Rube): "Matches"



I know new songs have a certain shininess to them, but this is still maybe my favorite song I've ever made. Shout to Rube for providing this beat and deM atlaS for providing his spirit and energy.

And there's more where this came from. Be the first to hear everything at our release show, Friday, July 25 at Intermedia Arts in MPLS. 7pm. All ages. $5. House of Dance Twin Cities will also be performing.

If you're not in the Twin Cities, you can get the whole project, "Embrace the Sun," on July 29. We're all really proud of it. Thanks for listening.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

SIFU HOTMAN: Embrace the Sun (Release Party on 7/25)


As you may know, SIFU HOTMAN is me, Dem Atlas and Rube. Sharp, uptempo hip hop music. We released a self-titled preview vinyl last year, and now we're coming back with a proper debut.

It's some of the best, most soul-affirming music I've ever been a part of, and I can't wait for you to hear it. The new project features remastered versions of the last three songs we made, plus three brand new songs, plus a remix from Lewis Parker (who has worked with Ghostface, Sadat X and more), plus some instrumental tracks from Rube. I am immensely proud of it, and immensely grateful to Dem and Rube for helping to bring it to life.

The music will be available on 7/29, but you can hear it all first on 7/25 at our release party at Intermedia Arts in MPLS. The show will feature solo sets from us, plus a rare collaborative Sifu Hotman set, plus HOUSE OF DANCE Twin Cities. It's ALL AGES, it's only $5, and it's all about the spirit of community, collaboration, and hip hop.

It was really important to me to have this release be an all-ages show, an earlier show, and just avoid the whole late-night club scene. I hope you'll help me spread the word and continue to prove that you don't need a 21+ club to throw a big, beautiful hip hop show.

Also, because Dem just signed to Rhymesayers and is blowing up, and I'm going back to school this fall, this may very well be one of your last chances to see us live. Hope you can make it.