Wednesday, April 29, 2009

another new song from the EP; free download

CultureBully posted another song from the "Start a Fire" EP. You can go there and download it for free. It's the "One of These Mornings" remix. Like a lot of people, I really liked the original version, but this one is fun too, especially live.

Remember, EP release party on May 9 at the Nomad! Here's the Facebook event page.

Monday, April 27, 2009

new song from the new EP

Just posted a new song over at It's called "Old English Letters," and it's from the new EP that me and Big Cats! are releasing (May 9 at the Nomad), "Start a Fire."

A version of this song was on my mixtape, but this one has a new hook and is re-recorded and mixed. It's a song about tattoos, but more than that it's a song about how pain, sadness or negativity can create something beautiful, if focused and directed properly. Tattoos are great metaphors for art, maybe even life in general. For more info on the song and the EP, check out this "director's commentary" I posted at the "An Unwelcome Guest" site.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hip Hop Against Homophobia Update

(Photo by Jon Behm for CultureBully)

So a lot of people probably heard about (or attended) the first Hip Hop Against Homophobia back in January at the Nomad with Maria Isa, Toki Wright, Kredentials, Alicia Leafgreen, DJ Shannon Blowtorch, See More Perspective and myself. It was wildly successful-- packed shoulder-to-shoulder by 10pm, had to turn lots of people away, made crazy money for some great organizations.

We also had an all-ages version a few months later at District 202 that featured Chantz, The Tribe and someone else I'm forgetting (I had another show that night and couldn't make it, unfortunately, but I heard it was cool).

Now we have two more in the works: a big one June 13 at the Bedlam Theater w/ Tori Fixx, Johnny Dangerous, DJ Blowtorch and more TBA, and another all-ages one June 27 at the Depot in Hopkins. Me, Big Cats! and our band will be playing the latter one, which is a fundraiser for District 202. Full lineup of acts and sponsors TBA, but both should be pretty big and crazy. Spread the word.

On a related note, apparently the new Rhymefest mixtape is crazy homophobic. Which is a shame, because I've always liked Rhymefest. That's messed up. Spread the word on that as well.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

new song, plus notes on the new EP

I posted a new track last night, it's the "Spirit Bomb" remix that See More Perspective produced for "Return to El Guante's Haunted Studio Apartment," an EP we released this past Halloween. That EP kind of got lost in the shuffle of other releases and stuff we were doing, but we're going to keep pushing it. For now, you can only get it at shows, but it'll be on ITunes soon enough.

Also, I just posted a kind of "director's commentary"
about the new EP that me and Big Cats! are releasing on May 9 at the Nomad, "Start a Fire." Just some notes and thoughts about the seven songs on the EP. Check it out. We'll both be posting a song or two from the EP very soon as well.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Invincible: Ropes video

This was one of my favorite songs on Invincible's album, "Shapeshifters." Really interesting intro too, about how the video was accepted for play on MTVU and then later denied due to its subject matter. Definitely check this out. Hat tip to Midwest Broadcast.

Invincible "Ropes" feat. Tiombe Lockhart from Okayplayer on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I'm playing SOUNDSET '09

i'm obviously excited, though a little concerned that there aren't any women on the bill. stay tuned for more on that.

official press release:


Rhymesayers Entertainment and Rose Presents bring you the second annual Soundset Festival: the official Midwest kick-off of the summer with over eight hours of the best independent Hip Hop music in one day. It all goes down at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN (rain or shine).

Date: Sunday, May 24, 2009 - Gates at 11:00AM CST
Canterbury Park - Shakopee, MN

In 2008, Rhymesayers and Rose Presents brought the first year of Soundset to an outdoor festival setting at the Metrodome parking lot in Minneapolis with over 14,000 people in attendance, including: two stages with over 40 artists performing, b-boy battles and live DJs throughout the day, live skateboard demos and a low rider car show.

Confirmed artists for Soundset 09 include:
Atmosphere, The Pharcyde, MF Doom, Brother Ali, Freeway & Jake One, Sage Francis with B. Dolan, Immortal Technique, P.O.S, El P with Mr. Dibbs & TMQ, Eyedea & Abilities, Abstract Rude + Aceyalone & Myka 9 = Haiku D'Etat with DJ Drez, Prince Paul, Buck 65, Blueprint with DJ Rare Groove, DJ Numark, Heiruspecs, Cunninlynguists, Blue Scholars, Sims of Doomtree, One Be Lo, I Self Devine, Awol One, Mike Mictlan & Lazerbeak = Hand Over Fist of Doomtree, Toki Wright, Grieves, Unknown Prophets, Lil Buddy Mclain, Just.Live, Kristoff Krane, El Guante, Plain Ole Bill, BK One, King Otto, and DJ Nikoless.

Tickets are on sale NOW to the general public through and Fifth Element. General admission tickets are $30 plus applicable fees (parking is included in ticket price), After Party and VIP options are also available.

Visit our websites for the latest Soundset 09 lineup, music and information!

New video of "The Family Business"

courtesy of Justin Schell.

El Guante - "The Family Business" from Justin Schell | 612 to 651 on Vimeo.

It was taken at the Urban Griots Spoken-Word Award Show this past April.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

EP Release Date Announcement

Me and Big Cats! will be releasing our EP, a prelude to our full-length, on May 9 at the Nomad. Details to come, but mark your calendars.

MPD planted a pistol on a dead teen?

Read this.

And this.

Both links from the Pioneer Press.