“You know what the Midwest is? young and rest-less.”- Kanye West, damn right and Locash Magazine is no exception. We plan on keeping the underground circling until we spin this bitch into a cyclone, this time we’re smashing bandcamp like a trailer park. We have put together 2 Kill Bill themed mixtapes for your enjoyment. Vol.1 (((Hattori Hanzo Cuts))) and Vol.2 (((Go-Go’s Secret Tracks))) contain 24 new BANGERS from various artists that have supported us, many are sneak preview exclusives from albums to be released this summer! Step 1, turn the volume up to 11, step 2 discover and download what you like, step 3 leave a dollar or whatever you want to support underground MUSIC, JOURNALISM, and ART while giving yourself some good karma, it’s all name your own price, enjoi. ~Sikboy and the Locash Collective Artists~
Jonathan Toth From Hoth and Tucker Booth battled the heat this summer by spreading the frozen word from Saint Louis to L.A. and many spots along the way. Created in 1999 their first official release Jonathan Toth from Hoth’s Brainwashing was released in 02. Starting from the brain trust of Artist/Producer/Engineer J-Toth and Artist/PR director Tucker Booth, the Frozen Food umbrella now covers around 20 artist with styles galore. Since its conception the FFS has released over 40 projects from various artist. From Digital to CD’s and Vinyl, you can pick up nearly a decade of spirited indie Hip-Hop here http://www.thefrozenfoodsection.com/purchase.asp also many projects are available for free download at the crews various bandcamp sites I’ll list below.
This year brought 3 official ice-cold releases from the FFS as well as some mixtapes being circulated by Tucker. Kamatoth Cocktails with Kama from the Earthworms the Men With Beards album produced by new Frozen producer Mike G and The Book Of Toth, the 4th solo release from J-Toth. “I love pressing music, although it’s not always possible, some products are digital. We make as much music as possible and then pick through what sounds good” proclaims Toth.
The newer Frozen label mates Tax Free, Tenacious the Terrist and Underated all have new releases in the works all mastered at The Cooler the infamous FFS studio/HQ in the heart of the U-City Loop in Saint Louis. As for the new talent Toth says “We’re into finding good talent that wants to excel at just being good, we try to consistently crank out good, original, precedent setting music. We want to keep out name in people’s mouths and our music in their ears, We’re the Frozen Food Section it only gets better!” The FFS is definitely making moves including a shiny new website on the way.
On the West Coast front FFS West Director Tucker Booth has taken it back to his roots and that is playing Guitar in the streets and emcee battle mode at a fever pitch. Winning the S.L.U.M.fest 2011 battle in STL this summer and last month’s Sounds of the Cave battle in L.A., Tucker’s on a winning streak with another L.A. battle scheduled in October. Check out these rounds in L.A. Tucker Booth Vs. Profane from Hustle or Die.
This battle spawned a mix tape session with Tucker and the Hustle or Die Crew featuring Profane,Gambit and C.A. San Pedro, CA. emcees with a strong following of their own. “It took everything I had and then some to beat these guys, 9 rounds with Gambit 5 with Profane, I was sweating it all the way. We had many extra rounds, it was often to close to call it” Tuck Truth also appeared on the Sounds of the Cave internet radio show on the www.killradio.org network. Also on that network is the Radio Sendiddy show which Tucker has Co-hosted several times with Dj and Radio personality Dj Bob-E. (see killradio.org in articles)
As for playing guitar in the streets Mr. Fly Folk Rapper as he’s sometimes known says “It’s a round about way to break into the business, but it’s still bearing fruit.” I have also heard many times from Tucker that it just something he loves doing. Playing at Farmer’s Markets is how he met Dj Bob-E and it gives him an outlet to sell FFS CD’s and promote his shows and besides who doesn’t like tips for doing something you love?
All this recent activity has been documented by videographer Blu, who has been bombing You Tube like a B-52, with footage of all the battles, radio shows, and mix tape sessions. A new Video blog by Tucker and Blu called Suffering Lessons had also recently hit the web. The new Video series interviews of emcee’s from everywhere remembering their favorite battles along with exclusive footage and each one ends with an on the spot freestyle session with each guest.
“I’m super stoked about my new video blog Suffering Lessons and the whole idea of remembering rap battles (big or small) from throughout hip hop history. I know that I have played a microscopic but nonetheless entertaining role in the development of St. Louis’s talented battle rap scene and look forward to carrying the torch as most unfuckwitable emcee on into my proper middle age. Can you imagine a 40-year-old man still whipping 20 year olds at battling? Think Jay-Z except goofy and white and autistic…..WTF??? Tucker says about the new project.
You can check it at http://www.youtube.com/user/MrBluwho. The FFS has been putting in some serious work and it’s polished like James Brown’s shoe’s. Anybody like free music? Check out the Frozen Bandcamps here, Much love ~ Sikboy
Frozen Foods Section Artist and Director of PR, Tucker Dale Booth (TDB) recently appeared on the Radio Sendiddy show with Dj BoB-e, which is on L.A.’s most unruly anti-corporate internet radio network Killradio.org. This 3 hours escapade starts with some Amy Winehouse talk and is followed by some brand new tribute music from Big Shug of the GangStaar camp in celebration of Guru’s 50th birthday. Through out the show Tucker and Bob-e drink and play tracks from Tucker’s whole discography from the early ”Will rap 4 Food” album to the Brand new “Men With Beards” project. Tucker also speaks on the History of the Frozen Foods Section and his partners Jonathan Toth from Hoth and the late, great Helias. Tucker also kills 2 freestyle sessions over X-cutioner instrumentals and closes out the show with some acoustic jams a Nina Simone/Fugee’s medley and the frozen classic “Smoke Blunts.”
Being a Frozen Foods Section/STL ambassador Tucker spreads plenty of Midwest love throughout the show not only to Locash Magazine and the SLUMfest organization but also his Frozen label mates Jonathan Toth of course as well as Jonezy and Hearz Kra-z. His Men With Beards counterparts are also represented Mike G, Dusty Wallets and Black Spade are talked about. It’s a hella entertaining 3 hours you can down load it here under the get mp3 link at the bottom and be sure to check out the Sendiddy show and Killradio.org
As our planet spins, the lunar trajectory shifts and a very specific domain is created on the Earth’s only natural satellite. In this dark and hazy atmosphere of low gravity and high fidelity you can find the Men With Beards, and they cordially invite you to walk with them on a journey of sound and enlightenment called “The Dark Side Ep.” This eclectic group of artist which includes nearly a dozen members, is the brain trust of MikeGDAMMIT of “Waiting For The DJ” fame. Mike orchestrates all the tracks which are mixed and mastered by Jonathan Toth from Hoth. This duo keeps it bouncy and fly you through the stratosphere with no fear of falling.
The 8-track Ep follows the template of the classic “Dark Side of The Moon” album by Pink Floyd, layed gently into 808 kicks and seductive high-hat lines backed by pianos and angelic melody. Lead vocals this time out are handled masterfully by S.L.U.M. fest 2011 battle Champion Tucker Booth who is accompanied by Chicago poet Harold Green, also making an appearance on “Gloomy Sunday” is the one and only Black Spade. This ep takes you where you didn’t know you wanted to be, but your sure glad you got on that spaceship. This project was very recently released on bandcamp under the ultra cool “name your own price” system, so cost wise it comes down to “are you a good tipper?” The Dark Side Ep is a preamble to the full length Lp coming soon from the BLK MKT/Frozen Foods Section camp of which our bearded heroes pledge alligence. Check out the first video “Memories Burned” from the full length LP.