My boy Ciej always drops gems on us. This new smoothness was inspired by an artist’s subconscious and women in general. With a Bonita Applebum vibe, Ciej let’s the ladies know they are appreciated… so far I hope you like rap songs…we see you ladies. Ciej told me about this new track and said, ” It’s a nice, lovely, jazzy track. It’s produced by bug seed and just in time for the season of love, flowers, valentines, poems, and more mushy affectionate forms of the like. “this dream i had” is a pretty self explanatory track though, I had a pretty sweet dream about a pretty sweet chick, and I wanted you all to know how it went. So fellas, close your eyes and imagine the best day ever with the girl of your dreams and vibe. Ladies, picture the man of your dreams coming home to yo fine ass and your warm embrace, just like that dream you had.”
EYECON The Academic – The One ft. CAPO & IntellectEMCEE ~track 3~ from ALMOST NAMELESS
I for one, do not subscribe to the notion of Hip-Hop being dead. However, I do think that commercial rap bullshit is flourishing, not everyone can have good taste I guess. Those of us that expect more than the current fast food rap market can offer, know where to look and that’s how I found myself at Jim’s Pool Room.
The proprietors of this Midwest crew are EYECON the Academic, Capo and SV. These three artists run the establishment although, there are many regular players that add to the smokey atmosphere and laid back vibe. Jai Davis, DJ Trog, Gauge and Intellect Emcee are all frequent collaborators with lifetime bar tabs. Originally hailing from Boston producer SV is the founder of the crew and according to EYECON “He personifies the spirit of the whole group.” Making frame of mind music is a standard for JPR. “It’s all about going in the lab, sitting down with some respectable emcees, and writing a track start to finish to a beat that sets the mood. This is the way you get a track that has a soul to it, it connects more than having a topic already picked out” Says Producer/Emcee Capo on the JPR music making process.
“I love the Boom Bap Sample Driven Filtered out Raw Shit! Some of the Sickest Producers of all time: E Sermon, Dilla, Diamond D, Lord Finesse, Large Pro, RZA, Kanye, Madlib, 9th Wonder, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Easy Mo Bee, DJ Honda that whole class of 90′s Golden Era Producers who set the stage for what Hip Hop can and should sound like.” Capo elaborates. To me, listening to that concept come to life on a JPR album is like hanging out in your favorite local bar in he dead of winter. It’s entertaining, comfortable, and where you feel like you should be. When the albums over, your mood is so much better than it was before. Like when you stomp out of the bar into the bitter cold and your heavy buzz has you giving a fuck less.
Real talk lyrics cut with tales of redemption and conquest, are balanced nicely with hard knock anthems and party music for the heads. Emcee and all around businessman EYECON raps in a baritone flow. He often fits lyrical puzzle pieces together in a way that shouldn’t fit but somehow do. This tapestry is woven with no hesitation and somehow it all makes perfect sense, it’s truly a style all his own. Capo’s classic rapper voice and style, even when the guys just talking, speaks with a certain cadence seeming to be in his blood. These guys grew up with Hip-Hop and it shows.
Bringing a fresh take on Hip-Hop’s foundational vibe, JPR keeps the music state-of-the-art. EYECON speaking on JPR’s current endeavors, ”For 2013 you can expect to see us trying to spread our name to new STL audiences. There is an EYECON ep on the way called ‘what day is this?’ An album called EYETUNES that is all Capo beats and a multi-disc series called ‘The SV Links’ that’s all SV beats only.”
”Also, I will be translating rhymes from the future of an earthling named THOUGHTS ORBIT and through and extra terrestrial traveler named Sci(NON)Fi. The barrier of translating a language from the future and piecing it together after being chopped up in a vortex, makes it hard to release more than a few songs at a time. It’s like reverse engineering..the first installment of those translations ‘The Terra Firma Chronicles’ is also available on massoccur.Bandcamp.com. Our catalog has accumulated almost 300 songs in the last 3 or so yrs and not even 100 released yet. People will know who the fuck JPR is by the end of 2013″ Enough of me telling you how Jim’s Pool Room rocks, I’ll let them tell you themselves. ~ Hensley
A necessity these days to stand out in the saturated Hip-Hop market is a dope video. Whiteout and Tef Poe realize the importance of this. When Tef and Whiteout collaborate on tracks it’s always explosive. When you add the production of iKlevah and visuals byRotting Peach Pictures it really ties the project together, like the rug in The Dude’s living room.
This track is from Whiteout’s latest mixtape Kush and Kung -Fu which is just one of the latest efforts from East Saint Louis crew Doorway. It’s always refreshing when the underground tells the industry “Shut the fuck up, you’re out of your element.” Did these guys just pull out a firearm during league play? Yep, peep game. – Hensley
Get Issue 3 directly from us, directly to your doorstep, shipping INCLUDED in price. (USA) Issue 3 features exclusive interviews from the one and only DJ Nappy Needles and also Loose Screwz from the enigmatic new record label/art firm Farfetched. Also scorching these pages is the hottest photography out there in our Salute to the Modern Pin-Up, Holla.
Saint Louis game changer Tef Poe just released his highly anticipated new album War Machine 2. It has been in the top 10 datpiff downloads for it’s first few days of release. This project is like taking the red pill, embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality…and raising your fist. It’s your choice to listen or remain unaware.
The Midwest Avengers have written a song as a dedication to the men and women who serve in the American Armed Forces. This song represents different aspects of soldier’s lives in the military. For that reason they have decided to donate half (50%) of all the proceeds from this song to:
It’s the least we could do to try to help the people who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country and insuring our rights and freedom. This is the first single off of our newest album “Hurry Up and Wait” which will be released later this summer! The single will be available for download on iTunes, Google Play, AmazonMP3, Zune, Rhapsody and Spotify! Thank you and don’t forget to share this song with your brothers and sisters in arms. ~ Midwest Avengers
Lord Kash a.k.a Kash Flow became artistically self-aware through the Saint Louis underground scene. Focusing his skills for a decade in the group Honors English along side STL game changer Tef Poe. This was a perfect armor hardening training ground for both of them. Both artists are currently on solo paths, but plan on working together again when the time is right. The second solo joint from Lord Kash is called Rebel Sound System and it’s hittin the streets like an alien invasion. This album is a ten track power move from a veteran emcee. The impressive production from various high voltage sources reverberates through your body, while cerebral line after line fires synapses through your brain. Kash’s clever, conscious flow and rebel rock flair are tuned to a classic rapper frequency that shines on this refreshing new project. REBEL SOUND SYSTEM…..Engage. ~ Hensley
“Consider this a freebie, the next one’s gonna cost ya” – Lord Kash
Ω** REBEL SΩUND SYSTEM **Ω
Lord Kash ft. Shomriya, Realistic
ARZA, DJ Reminise, Blade Gordon, Black Spade, JBJR, Enferno Muzik, Tech Supreme
Farfetched is an independent music and art imprint based out of St.Louis, MO. We specialize in creating thought-provoking, honest, and innovative content for all
Featuring Sonic Engineers Sanguinite, Standing Sleep, Scripts and Screws, Midnight Giant, Blank Generation, Wino Willie, Micheal Franco, Scrub, EkleKtrip, Air Haze, Jai & Ebony, Crayon Stars, Whiteout , Kepra, Thelonious Kyrtonite, Symphonique, Port Side and Helen Marie.
Download the debut project PROLOGUE from the new label ***FARFETCHED***
Reo Iammusic dropped a ton of videos on us recently from his youtube channel realresistencetv. There are definitely a few nicely polished gems in there. Revenge of the Nerds and Pursuit of Happiness are standouts for me. There is always something awesome when someone melodically sings “fuck you, fuck you, fuck you.” Both tracks are from his ambitious upcoming project The Collage.
About Reo Iammusic in his own words. “My style is diverse, I have multiple styles to meet whatever your musical preference is. Im a regular dude that came up rough and decided to take the high route rather than the down hill slope that most of my peers take. I love music, Fly ass cars, fre$h ass clothes and evolution…my team (T.R.E x WinnerCircle) is putting on for SaintLouis in a huge way!”
Right, speak on it homie. A lot of people say that though, you gotta show and prove right? This isthe video that really grabbed my attention.
Any Questions? Check out his new new shit here ~ PEACE, Sikboy
932 Crew is sicker than your average. Always coming slicker and more precise than the myriad of groups battling for music fans attention these days. Made up mostly of DJs and producers the production value on their projects is locked in professionalism and loaded with style. This multifaceted crew can often methodically spark your brain with an approach that you weren’t aware that you liked, but now you know. Some of the current 932 soldiers are Splitface, Alleyes Manifest, DJ Self Help, Hearz Kra-Z, Jonathan Jinx, DJ Sonryze and the Solkon Familia among others.
This uncommon crew had a very common and humble beginning I asked Co-founder Splitface how it started to which he replied ”932 was founded in 2002 when we hosted a weekly emcee battle in a basement in Belleville, IL. Eventually people were driving from St. Louis to come and hang out and let loose on the turntables and microphone every week. I think it worked because we accepted any and all, let them party and kept it free. That’s how all of the original members met including where I met Michael Bridgmon a.k.a. Alleyes Manifest.”
932 has since moved out of the basement, some of them out of the midwest and they have definitely moved into other artistic areas. A strong visual presence has emerged, from live lighting presentation to video directing and graphic design. They have also always maintained a strong graffiti art presence to keep the word literally on the streets. When I asked Splitface “What’s up with today’s 932?”
He replied “I was talking to a friend and frequent music collaborator from St.Louis, Jus Time last winter when the idea came up to make the crew into a record label. It felt like the natural next step for 932. I brought the idea to Michael (Alleyes) and he was immediately onboard. He became the label’s aesthetic administrator. In 2011, Crew 932 began functioning as a small record label. Since 932′s roots are in hip hop, electronic, punk, hardcore and so forth that helps keep us diverse and open-minded. The vision is to focus on releasing great music from a variety of genre’s while putting an emphasis on mirroring regional spirit and becoming a resource for fans and artists.”
The latest release from the Crew is the joint effort Bloody Blvd. From Alleyes Manifest and Splitface. The duo flow through the 8 track EP like the ocean, with even melodic flows and also exciting violent crashes. Moving through verses and breaks symbiotically, it’s quite obvious these tracks and rhymes were constructed for each other and fit like a well-tailored suit. Split’s sonic mastery resonates from a million directions as Alleyes explores both the raucous and righteous sides of a revolutionary mind as he raps and sings his way through this project. When I asked Alleyes how he balances those sides of his persona he said “I see what goes on around tv, people, and capture that emotion. I love God so that will always shine in” righteous indeed. Alleyes also handled the slick contemporary graphic design for the hard copies that comes with a couple stickers inside (at least mine did).
Here’s the break down, Track 1 Mission Statement is just that, split brings it back to that old boom bap with a rebel rock flair and Alleyes rocks it with aggression and solid lyrics standing strong with the confidence of a Chuck D or Nato Caliph. No.2 Lost and All Alone is a modern-day hip-hop blues song haunting piano lines and harmonica (I think) with Alleyes crooning about losing his soul he seems to channel Howling Wolf himself. I envision this record crackling through a phonograph while Alleyes drinks whisky on a rickety bayou porch, debating with Beelzebub over his mortal soul.
No.3 Wicked and Witty is a bragadocious track about St. Louis. Alleyes and special Guest Mathias of Indyground both come off, you know the steez on this one, can’t fuck with STL. No.4 Reading Life Split is sounding like late era Gravedigga’s on this one, Alleyes keeps the art of story telling alive taking you through the strife of existence. No. 5 Life on the Road this ones for the artists as well as the fans if you have ever been on any kind of tour, this ones for you. The freedoms and the restrictions of road life are told from a first hand view, with verses from STL alumni J-Toth and Jus Time. This should be on every touring crews road trip mixtape.
No.6 is called Bloody Blvd and is also on the EP, not my favorite one, judge for yourself. No.0 7 Fly Away is straight up beautiful, whether you’re a thug or not or a Thugernaut (yes I make up words) if you don’t think this is a cool track you should broaden your horizons. No. 8 time for some classic Splitface shine this instrumental makes me want to cop a bag of shrooms and drive through the desert in a stolen Camaro Firebird, check out the promo video by Jonathan Jinx.