Saturday, January 25, 2014

Two big links: I'm featured on Upworthy again, PLUS the Ganzobean remix of "Limb from Limb" with Dem Atlas

Two big updates, even if they don't have much to do with one another.

"The Family Business" is probably the best spoken-word piece I have. Following in the footsteps of my poem "Ten Responses to the Phrase Man Up," it's been featured at Upworthy. Grateful for the signal boost. I like to think that the title of the post is actually about me, and not the character in the poem, haha.

Also, wildly talented producer Ganzobean (Musab, Abstract Rude, etc.) took a crack at remixing the Sifu Hotman song "Limb from Limb" and it's a banger-- and a FREE DOWNLOAD. Listen to me and Dem Atlas (who just signed to Rhymesayers, in case you haven't heard) get venomous. The beat changeup when the third verse hits is just gorgeous. I got another song or two with Ganzo coming soon, not to mention another song or two with Rube, who produced the OG version!

I think my favorite part of this update is looking at how different these two pieces of art are. It's good to keep your listeners on their toes I guess. Any re-posts, shares, links, etc. of EITHER piece are greatly appreciated!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

New video via Button Poetry for "Cherry Spoon Bridge to Nowhere"

So this poem has been online for a minute in one form or another, but now we get a definitive recording courtesy of the good people at Button Poetry, who continue to provide absolutely essential signal-boosting services to spoken-word poets all over the country.

For my extended thoughts on race, representation and the Twin Cities, check this out.

In somewhat related news, two things:
Lots of frustrating things happening, but lots of GOOD things happening too, as those three bullet points illustrate.

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Invisible Backpacker of Privilege (Official Video) and some extended thoughts

Guante & Big Cats featuring Chantz Erolin and Rapper Hooks:
“The Invisible Backpacker of Privilege”
from the album “You Better Weaponize”
directed by PCP

Generally, artists make videos for the songs that they think people will fall in love with. With this one, however, we decided to make a video for what is definitely the most divisive song on the album. “The Invisible Backpacker of Privilege” features me, Chantz Erolin and Rapper Hooks talking about how whiteness functions in indie hip hop and beyond, exploring concepts of appropriation, privilege and responsibility. Good times.

The title of the song is a reference to Peggy McIntosh’s “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of Privilege.” The term “backpacker” is casual slang for underground hip hop fan.

Depending on the listener, I’d imagine, it’s either extremely straightforward or quite frustrating and confusing, so I wanted to take this opportunity to dig a little more deeply into what the song is trying to say. Because we live in the future, I’ll use bullet points: