Twiztid roll out Bootleg Banner tour in Milwaukee

Twiztid – 2014 Bootleg Banner Tour
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/15/2014

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

Twiztid - 2014 Bootleg Banner Tour

Horrorcore rap duo, Twiztid, kicked off a Midwestern tour at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wis., on April 15. Blaze Ya Dead Homie and Smokehouse Junkiez provided support while a handful of other acts provided entertainment as a crowd began to gather at 5:30 p.m.

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In Photos: Lupe Fiasco at Soundset 2012

Lupe Fiasco
Soundset
Shakopee, MN
5/27/12

Lupe Fiasco Soundset 2012

2012 marks the five year anniversary of Soundset. This festival was jam packed with music, B-Boys and B-Girls dancing the day away, a car show and graffiti art. Two Main Stages and the Fifth Element Stage delivered 40 artists performing nine hours of music. Unfortunately the fest was cut short due to tornado warnings. It was looking pretty ugly out during Lupe Fiasco so I cut out early. Boy am I glad I did! While walking to the car the winds started to kick up and the rain was on its way. By the time we reached the highway it was torrential downpour. The clouds moved fast and we could see a funnel cloud start to form. Shit was getting real out there!

Even though Lupe didn’t get to finish his set he came out with some awesome energy. Out of the entire festival he definitly made my top 3 acts!

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In Photos: Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz at Soundset 2012

Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz
Soundset
Shakopee, MN
5/27/12

Aesop Rock Rob Sonic DJ Big Wiz Soundset 2012

Ian Matthias Bavitz better known as Aesop Rock was at the forefront of the new wave of underground and alternative hip hop acts that emerged from the 1990s and early 2000s. According from his bio his name Aesop came from a movie he had acted in with some friends that stuck. The Rock part came later just from throwing it in rhymes. Yesterday he hit Soundset with Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz.

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In Photos: Chief Kamachi at Soundset 2012

Cheif Kamachi
Soundset
Shakopee, MN
5/27/12

Cheif Kamachi Soundset 2012

Cheif Kamachi hit the Fifth Element Stage at Soundset yesterday. After years of touring Europe, Canada and the US and appearing on countless records Kamachi is out promoting his 2011 album “Rise and Rhyme Vol. 1″.

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In Photos: The Tribe & Big Cats at Soundset 2012

The Tribe & Big Cats
Soundset
Shakapee, MN
5/27/12

The Tribe & Big Cats Soundset 2012

The Tribe & Big Cats bring it to Soundset 2012! They make rap fun with catchy lyrics and beats that make ya nod your head. If you haven’t seen TTxBC you should! They are one of my top picks for Soundset 2012.

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In Photos: Long Doe at Soundset 2012

Long Doe
Soundset
Shakopee, MN
5/27/12

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Long Doe Records is from the Southside of Minneapolis the trio of BIG WIZ, Mike The Martyr and Tony Bones rocked Soundset playing solo material as well as group tracks.

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In Photos: Action Bronson at Soundset 2012

Action Bronson
Soundset
Shakopee, MN
5/27/12

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Action Bronson took the stage on a hot and steamy Soundset Sunday. His stage name derives from gangster William “Action” Jackson, and tough-guy actor Charles Bronson. Before entering the rap scene he was a respected fire-flame gourmet chef in New York City, and frequently raps about food in his songs. I don’t know if he has anything knew but he used to host his own online cooking show entitled “Action in the Kitchen“. Action Bronson released his debut studio album Dr. Lecter last year and is available in digital download and also on CD. You can find them on his website. Follow Action Bronson on Twitter

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In Photos: Mac Miller at the Hangout Music Festival

Mac Miller
Hangout Music Festival
Gulf Shores, Alabama
5/19/2012

Mac Miller Hangout Music Festival 2012

Mac Miller took the stage at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama on Saturday.  Photos of his set are below.

http://www.macmillerofficial.com

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B96 Summer Bash Line-up and Ticket Information

B96 Summer Bash
June 16, 2012
Toyota Park
Bridgeview, IL
Tickets: Start at $50 to $100 plus service fees

B96 Summer Bash 2012

The summer concert season has already started with the likes of the Hangout Music Festival and Rock on the Range taking place this weekend and Summer Camp next holiday weekend. What is now a staple of B96.3FM, the B96 Summer Bash is right around the corner.  The Bash takes place June 16th at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois and the bill is a hot one with Flo Rida, The Wanted, Big Time Rush, Sean Paul, Dev, Mike Posner, and internet sensation, Karmin taking the stage and more to be announced. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for free Summer Bash ticket giveaways at locations around Chicago.

The Line-up:
Flo Rida
The Wanted
Big Time Rush
Sean Paul
Dev
Mike Posner
Karmin
& more!

Ticket information from Ticketmaster:

FIELD SEATING
US $50.00 – US $125.00
US $50.00 Ticket + US $10.20 Fees =
US $60.20US $125.00 Ticket + US $12.95 Fees =
US $137.95

LEVEL 100 SEATING
US $25.00 – US $85.00
US $25.00 Ticket + US $7.60 Fees =
US $32.60US $85.00 Ticket + US $11.05 Fees =
US $96.05

LEVEL 200 SEATING
US $9.63
US $9.63 Ticket + US $7.25 Fees =
US $16.88

The Dirty Heads and Matisyahu Co-Headlining Tour

Dirty Heads

Photo by: Dove Shore Photography

The Dirty Head’s new album, Cabin By The Sea, will be released on June 19th via Five Seven Music and nothing goes better with an album release than a headlining tour. The exception is a co-headlining tour with Matisyahu.  Together the two artists will hit 40 plus cities across the US starting July 8th. Tickets go onsale May 11th and the dates below are just the first round of tour dates announced. Be on the lookout for more dates soon.


The Dirty Heads Tour Dates:

7/8 – Vienna, VA – The Filene Center
7/9 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
7/10 – Boston, MA – House of Blues                         
7/11 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
7/18 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
7/19 – Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights                        
7/21 – Atlantic City, NJ – Showboat Atlantic City House of Blues
7/22 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage                   
7/23 – Huntington, NY  – The Paramount Theatre
7/25 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
7/26 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
7/29 – Randall’s Island – Catalpa Festival
7/30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
8/7 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
8/8 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
8/12 – Des Moines, IA – Simon Estes Amphitheater
9/6 – Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Casino; Stir Cove

More dates to be announced.

More Dirty Heads:
Official Site - dirtyheads.com
iTunes -  http://bit.ly/wpN4jk
Facebook - facebook.com/DirtyHeads
Twitter - twitter.com/dirtyheads
YouTube - youtube.com/user/DirtyHeads

Soundset Music Festival 2012 Line-Up and Information

The Soundset Music Festival
Canterbury Park – Shakopee, MN
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Doors: 11 A.M.

SoundSet 2012 Music Festival flyer

The fifth installment of the Soundset Music Festival is just over a month away.  The festival kicks off the summer music festivals in the Midwest.  The day will host today’s hottest indie hip hop artists and DJs.  There will be two mainstages and the Fifth Element stage with over 40 artists delivering nearly 9 hours of music.  The electronic/hip hop music fest features headliners, and hometown heroes, Atmosphere and Lupe Fiasco along with Ghostface Killah.

It’s not only about music; the grounds will feature over 200 custom cars. Also on the grounds will be a live painting exhibit, Last of the Record Buyers Production Showcase, and the Skateboard showdown.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased through Ticketweb here. General admission tickets are $28.00 and VIP tickets are $87.00, but only for patrons 18 years or older.

Soundset 2012 Line-up:
Atmosphere
Lupe Fiasco
Ghostface Killah & Raekwon
Kendrick Lamar
Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz
P.O.S
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Grieves & Budo
Danny Brown
Big K.R.I.T.
Evidence
Prof with Dj Fundo
Action Bronson
DJ Premier
I Self Devine
Astronautalis
Bambu
J-Zone (DJ Set)
Medusa
Chief Kamachi
Grynch
Chuuwee
Paten Locke & Willie Evans Jr are DUMBTRON
Villa Rosa (Muja Messiah & Maria Isa)
The Tribe & Big Cats
Audio Perm
Long Doe (Tony Bones, Big Wiz, & Mike The Martyr)
Auddio Draggon (Gene Poole & Xilam Balam)
Tomorrow Genius
BdotCroc
DJ Stage One
DJ Kool AKIEM
LAST WORD
Kid Cut Up
Superbrush427
DIVINCI (of Solillaquists of Sound)
Los Boogie

Hosted By Brother Ali, MaLLy & J Pratt

www.soundsetfestival.com

 

 

Chilly Gonzalez hosts the “Piano Talk Show” at Brooklyn’s Bell House

Though not many people may be familiar with Chilly Gonzalez, there is no doubt you’ve heard his work.  He is the Grammy-nominated producer behind Feist’s The Reminder, as well as her most recent album Metals.  His tune, “Never Stop,” became ubiquitous with the iPad commercials.

Born Jason Charles Beck, Gonzalez is a musical genius that transitions between melancholic piano virtuoso to playful comic lyricist.  This was beautifully displayed on Friday night at the Bell House in Brooklyn.  With accompaniment from the string section named Fuck Lucks, Gonzalez was part musical lecturer and hilarious host dressed in a satin robe and slippers.  First, there was a discussion about major and minor keys that stemmed from his use of the Flat E minor.   He compared the major keys to the right wing and the status quo, while the minor end coincidentally embraced by the minorities.  Gonzalez played well known tunes, such as “Happy Birthday” and “Frère Jacques” in minor keys to demonstrate the somber reversal of fortune in a simple change of scale.

From major and minor, Gonzalez shifted gears to the rap genre and how it taught him about ambition.  He sang “Beans” as a comic play on the ghetto fabulous lifestyle of excess.  Rapping sick lyrics like, “And when the beans talk, I hear the echo / Speaking to me in the voice of Mr. Gordon Gekko.” Gonzalez continued his musical education covering music counts from 4/4 to 6/8, identifying the latter count sequence as “kinda rapey”.  Throughout his musical lessons, he had members of the audience join him at his piano, playing side by side.

Given the choice of another long drawn out somber piano piece or a story on how he worked with Drake, the audience chose Drake.  Drake had sampled Gonzalez’s work in “Outro” for his So Far Gone Mixtape without giving Chilly his due.  Needless to say, Gonzalez wrote a reactionary song, “The Grudge” to cope with the episode, which he never shared with Drake.  But as fate would have it, the fellow Canadian had coincidentally bought a condo in the same building as Gonzalez’s father.  Drake’s people arranged a meeting for the two and a face to face collaboration was realized when they performed together at the 2011 Juno Awards.  No bad blood after all.

The show closed with Gonzalez atop the piano playing tunes with his feet, which somehow is not surprising from such a musical genius.  Chilly Gonzalez is releasing Solo Piano II later this year via Arts & Crafts.  Let the education continue.

KISS 103.5′s Fantabuloso Line-Up and Information

KISS 103.5 Fantabuloso
Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
May 18, 2012
TIME: 5:30 P.M.
Tickets: $25 to $95 (ticket information is below)

Fantabuloso 5 18 KISS 103.5’s Fantabuloso is always a good time and filled with today’s hottest acts and this Fantabuloso lives up to its name.  Last year Pitbull headlined with Far East Movement, and Jessie J also on the bill. Check last years show coverage including photos here.  Artists that are currently scheduled to appear this year are:

Enrique Iglesias
Gym Class Heroes
The Wanted
B.o.B
Cobra Starship
Havana Brown
DEV
Neon Hitch
Carly Rae Jepsen
Karmin
Adam Lambert

Ticket information:

MAIN FLOOR
US $55.00 – US $95.00
US $55.00 Ticket + US $10.65 Fees = US $65.65
US $95.00 Ticket + US $11.65 Fees = US $106.65

LOWER LEVEL
US $25.00 – US $85.00
US $25.00 Ticket + US $9.90 Fees = US $34.90
US $85.00 Ticket + US $11.40 Fees = US $96.40

UPPER LEVEL
US $25.00 – US $35.00
US $25.00 Ticket + US $9.90 Fees = US $34.90
US $35.00 Ticket + US $10.15 Fees = US $45.15

For more information about the event, head to: http://www.1035kissfm.com/pages/fantabuloso2012/

Twiztid & Kottonmouth Kings Join Forces for “Kaos & Kronik” Tour

Twiztid & Kottonmouth Kings 2012 tourThis spring, two of the biggest acts in the underground will come together to wreak havoc on the road for one of this year’s hottest tours. The stars have come into alignment as Psychopathic Records’ Twiztid and Suburban Noize weed smokers the Kottonmouth Kings will unite for the “Kaos & Kronik” Tour with special guests Blaze Ya Dead Homie and Big B.

“Psychopathic Records and Suburban Noize have been allies in the underground for a decade, but this is the first time Kottonmouth Kings & Twiztid have come together on a national tour,” says Kottonmouth’s Brad X. “We asked Big B and Blaze to join us on this tour to help bring the thunder and ensure every show is pure insanity.”

See below for the full tour schedule, and stay current on all things Twiztid by visiting www.psychopathicrecords.com and following them on Twitter.

TWIZTID & KOTTONMOUTH KINGS “Kaos & Kronik” TOUR DATES:
Apr 13 – Kansas City @ Midland Theatre
Apr 14 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
Apr 15 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
Apr 16 – St. Paul, MN @ Myth
Apr 18 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
Apr 19 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
Apr 20 – Mount Clemens, MI @ Emerald Theatre
Apr 21 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
Apr 22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Apr 23 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
Apr 24 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
Apr 25 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
Apr 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
Apr 28 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Apr 29 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Apr 30 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva Theatre
May 03 – Winston Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s
May 04 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 05 – Clearwater, FL @ Gaoline Alley
May 06 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
May 07 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
May 09 – Little Rock, AR @ Jaunita’s
May 10 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
May 11 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
May 12 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
May 13 – El Paso, TX @ Buchanan’s Event Center

Twiztid Only Dates
Mar 31 – Las Vegas, IL @ The Extreme Thing, Desert Breeze Park

The 13th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos Tickets on Sale Now

Gathering of the Juggalos 2012 sale

The 13th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos has been announced, and tickets to the one and only ‘Juggalo Island’ are available now at the event’s official website, juggalogathering.com.  The music festival, curated by Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records, will take place August 8th-12th in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois at The Hatchet Landings (AKA Hog Rock), and will feature performances by Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, ABK, Boondox, Mike E. Clark, and many other acts to be announced.

Ticket packages for the Gathering include a five (5) ticket deal, a combo pack, a Big Balla Campsite pass, and more.  Regular admission tickets for the festival are also available. For more information on Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records, please visit their official websites, Facebooks, and Twitters, which are provided below, and keep an eye on juggalogathering.com for the full line-up.

Official Sites:
insaneclownposse.com
psychopathicrecords.com
psychopathiclive.com/
facebook.com/INSANECLOWNPOSSE
facebook.com/PsychopathicRecords
twitter.com/ICP
twitter.com/#!/psychopathic

The Dirty Heads on Tour and Announce New Album

Dirty Heads and Matisyahu

The Dirty Heads and Matisyahu in the studio

The Dirty Heads released their debut album, Any Port in a Storm, back in 2008.  The album spawned their hit single “Lay Me Down,” which spent eleven weeks at #1 spot on the Billboard alternative chart.  Starting June 19th Dirty Heads fans can pick up Cabin By The Sea via Five Seven Music.  The album is produced by Mario C. and was recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in Texas.  The album  features collaborations with Matisyahu, Del the Funky Homosapien, Ky-Mani Marley and Rome.  Their new single, “Spread Too Thin” is currently available on iTunes.

The band has scheduled tour dates this spring (see below) and additional summer and fall tour dates will be announced soon! Keep all eyes peeled at http://www.dirtyheads.com.

The Dirty Heads “Spread to Thin” Behind the Scenes at Sonic Ranch

The Dirty Heads Spring Tour Dates:

04/19/12 Orlando, FL Florida Music Festival United States
Admission: $15. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 18 N Orange AveBUY TICKETS
04/20/12 Bloomington, IN Assembly Hall at Indiana University United States
Admission: $25-45. BUY TICKETS
04/21/12 Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion United States
Address: 2005 Lake Robbins DrBUY TICKETS
04/28/12 Albuquerque, NM Edgefest United States
Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 5601 University Blvd SEBUY TICKETS
04/29/12 Tucson, AZ KFMA Day at Tucson Electric Park United States
Admission: $24-45. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2500 East Ajo WayBUY TICKETS
05/10/12 - 05/14/12 Miami, FL 311 Caribbean Cruise United States
Age restrictions: All Ages. BUY TICKETS
05/26/12 Indianapolis, IN WRZX May Day 2012 United States
Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 9100 Keystone Crossing, suite 175BUY TICKETS
05/26/12 Indianapolis, IN WRZX May Day 2012 United States
Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 9100 Keystone Crossing, suite 175BUY TICKETS
06/02/12 Kansas City, MO KRBZ’s Beach Ball United States
Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1600 Village West ParkwayBUY TICKETS
06/29/12 Gibbons, AB 7th Annual Boonstock Festival Canada
Admission: $115-210. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Boonstock Festival GroundsBUY TICKETS
07/14/12 Toronto, ON Edgefest at Downsview Park Canada
Admission: $40-102. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1-35 Carl Hall RdBUY TICKETS
07/27/12 Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre at OC Fair United States
Admission: $20-40. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 88 Fair DriveBUY TICKETS

Dirty Heads on the net:
http://www.dirtyheads.com
http://www.myspace.com/dirtyheads
http://www.twitter.com/dirtyheads
http://www.twitter.com/jaredwatsondh
http://www.twitter.com/DuddyB

Free Music Download: Phil the Thrill’s “Hazard Lights” off (s)Ample Time 2

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Phil the Thrill is back with some new music! He previously brought us “The Dopeness,” which is still available to download for free here, that is off the (s)Ample Time EP. Then just last month he released the EVOL EP (click to download for free) after taking a short break from recording, which Phil breaks it down for fans below:

“first and foremost I want to thank and show my appreciation for every blog, fan, or just music lover that has shown love to my music or even took the time out to give me a listen, that goes a long way. It’s been a while since I put out any new music and that is due to numerous reasons. I feel like as an upcoming artist sometimes breaks are needed in order to fully “live life” and have inspiration from going through things to actually write about. With that said I took this time to really perfect my craft and look deeper into finding my sound and innovating who I, Phil the Thrill am as an artist. Through this time I am able to bring to you a collection of some of my works with the “EVOL” project with thetiming of Valentines Day..(you see what I did there) And to follow up “EVOL” will be (s)AMPLE TIME 2 in the coming weeks. I look forward to sharing my many stories with you through my music in this year from flythoughts.com and revo media.” - Phil The Thrill

Today he gives us “Hazard Lights” off his upcoming EP release (s)Ample Time 2.  If it’s not obvious by the name, each track on the (s)Ample Time 2 EP is a sample.  “Hazard Lights” take a sample from Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights.”  Click the link to download or listen to the stream below:

Free Music Download: Phil the Thrill – Hazard Lights

Twitter.com/PhilTheThrill21 
Facebook.com/PhilTheThrill21

He Sure Does Love to Smoke

Executive Branch Cigar logo

Snoop Dogg is known to smoke a few things in his life, so why not make a buck off it!  Snoop Dogg just signed on to endorse Executive Branch Cigars.  What did you think he was going to endorse? The cigars will be available for purchase during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival as Snoop Dogg headlines the final day with Dr. Dre.  The cigars will be sold with two cigars per pouch at $.99.

Snoop declares:

“Throughout my career I have been lucky enough to travel the world and try all different types of tobacco products. During my travels throughout South America and the Caribbean, I was fortunate to encounter this tobacco company, Executive Branch and was so impressed by their commitment to quality [far superior than all others], I knew I had to bring them to the States for all my fans to enjoy,” said Snoop Dogg.  “Throughout 2012, we plan on releasing new styles and flavors, in which I will be working with their team to make sure all products are up to Snoop Dogg standards.”

 

Common – The Dream Killer

Common
The Dreamer/The Believer
Released: December 20, 2011
Label: Warner Bros.
Stand Out Track: Ghetto Dreams

The follow up to Common’s 2008 record Universal Mind Control is here, released just before Christma$ for everyone’s stocking. While the album is lyrically better than Common’s latest works (Better than Finding Forever, Not better than 2005′s Be), it ultimately leaves me pissed off at Lonnie again.

Common is a racist. I’m a white chick who loves hip hop, and so things are not really working out for us. Common was one of the first brothers I had a lil’ crush on. Then I met him and he was a vile racist in person. He makes it really hard to love him and overlook these character flaws that make him the furthest thing from sexy..Why mention this? Because in 2012 this crap is still happening, by an open minded “conscious” rapper.

It’s nothing new, Common really came out the gate spitting this ignorant shit, it’s just gotten harder for me to swallow due to it’s consistency which overshadows his lyrical talents, and as a profoundly smart man, approaching 40 years old – it boggles my mind that he hasn’t grown out of this nasty circumstance. Afrocentric, cool, do you, but how you can tell me what is wrong, and what is and isn’t love?

1994
Resurrection Album – “In My Own World (Check the Method)”
It’s a Jungle out there but I’m never Fever-in for them white hoes
I love black thighs, you sisters better realize

2005
Be – “Real People”
This album is a complete gem, but then there is this:
“Black men walking wit white girls on they arms, I be mad at em as if I know they moms
Told to go beyond the surface, a person’s a person, When we lessen our women our condition seems to worsen.”

Common’s racist opposition to mixed race relations goes beyond a crude song lyric. He not only opposes the mixing of the races, he sees women outside his race as nothing more than objects of personal sexual gratification. From a 2005 interview:

COMMON: I don’t think there’s anything the matter with somebody loving somebody from another race but it’s almost like a stereotype that if you’ve got dreadlocks you go out with a white girl. just feel like, as black men, we do have to be aware that, yo, every time we step out with some woman it’s setting an example for our daughters and it’s also representing something for our mothers. If you can’t really love your own, how can you really love others?

TOUCH: So you don’t agree with mixed race relationships?
COMMON: I disagree with them. It’s a lack of self-love. It’s a problem.

TOUCH: Have you ever dated outside your race?
COMMON: Nah, not dated [giggles].

TOUCH: Have you slept with anybody outside your race?
COMMON: Yeah, I definitely have.

So white women are good enough to sleep with, only. Not to be seen in public with, not to procreate with, not to love. What karma is going to do to Common is this; His little pre-teen daughter is going to end up haphazardly loving a white boy and then he’s going to have to face this racism once and for all. True story, I know it because I live it as we speak. I am the better half of a wonderful 5 year and running interracial relationship. Common (the all judging father) would snear at me for this, and my racist family also drags their feet to accept it. Yet, while Common would judge me, and look down on my children, Common loves his Chicago brother Barack Obama – a man of mixed race himself. Common Sense, a living breathing contradiction.

Here we are in 2012.
What does Common have to say about it?
On the track “Gold”
“I write it and still get invited to white Christmases”

No Motherfucker. Not this cracker honkey’s Christmas. You are like, so, OMG uninvited.

The album is better then the radio hip hop trash, but still not Common’s best work. With each year that passes he get’s further and further away from the capability to reproduce classic hits like “I used to love H.E.R“, “Heat“, “The Light” etc etc. Personally I have grown tired of having to face disses about my race, and racial insults that hit home on every single Common album that at this point, I am officially retiring as a listener of his music, entirely. Music is an escape, and if you are providing as much tension and malcontent as a judgmental family member then you are obviously going to lose fans. LL Cool J talks about spending nights in “Trump Towers with a blue eyed blonde” and you don’t hear Jay-Z talking shit about anyone’s preferences, as much he calls people out, it’s still done in a mindful way not to step on people’s toes. This is called “how to achieve platinum status”.

A prime example:

From Jay-Z’s track “Moment of Clarity”
“Truthfully – I wanna rhyme like Common Sense, (But i did five Mil) I ain’t been rhymin like Common since. When your sense got that much in common And you been hustlin since, Your inception, Fuck perception, Go with what makes sense”

If you can read through the lines what Jay is saying, almost directly to our boy common is – you’re being too deep passing your “conscious” views onto the public, that shit doesn’t sell. Considering Jay is the cross culture accepted hip hop mogul and welcomed where no other rappers have gone before, Lonnie may want to take notes, give advice with less judging and preaching, or drink a can of STFU, once and for all.

Free Music Download: Asher Roth’s “Pabst & Jazz Sessions”

Asher roth Pabst & Jazz sessions coverAsher Roth enlisted A$AP Twelvy, Action Bronson, Casey Veggies, Chuck from The Cool Kids, producers Blended Babies and more for his passion project Pabst & Jazz. His Def Jam debut is slated for March and you can download the Pabst & Jazz Sessions below. Also check out Asher’s “Common Knowledge” video.

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Asher Roth’s “Common Knowledge” Music Video

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Diggy Simmons Speaks Out Against Bullying

Diggy Simmons hit the road this fall with Mindless Behavior on the Scream Tour. Diggy is using his celebrity status to give back to his community.  Recently Diggy hit the Jet Setter at the Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx to speak out against bullying and to give out gifts this holiday season. You can watch the video clip from his trip the Boys and Girls club above.

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Music Video: Common’s “16 Bars”

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It was a celebration on Tuesday night (12/12) at New York’s Catch Roof Top as COMMON hosted an intimated listening of his newest album “The Dreamer, The Believer” (out 12/20) hosted by X-Rated.

WMG’s CEO Lyor Cohen, talk show diva Wendy Williams and The Roots frontman ?uestlove helped round out the packed room of friends, media, and industry professionals.

The album is currently available for pre-order the album at http://bit.ly/CommonPreOrder

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Free Music Download: Shad’s “Besides” Mixtape

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A note from Shad: “here’s a little joint I thought some fans might like; a 25-minute mix of some of the guest spots I’ve done on other projects over the past couple of years. Mixed by my man, the former DMC and Scribble Jam Champion, DJ TLO. Be sure to check out the tracks in full if you dig!” — shad

Free Music Download: Shad’s 2011 Mixtape Besides

Tracklisting via Shad’s Blog: (taken directly from his blog/no edits)

1) give you all i can: scratch bastid and i got together one time and yelled about how good stevie wonder and curtis mayfield are for about 7 hours then he pitched me this beat… i started writing about ma$e and natalie portman and ribs right away which tells you im in a good mood… looking fwd to more work with him. http://www.skratchbastid.com/

2) listen (rmx): i put a new 3rd verse on this one and dallas green gave it a chorus and spiced up the verses. love that guy… http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/two-songs-single/id410142177

3) notorious: kardi, skillz, ayah. jazzy jeff on the beat… my first cornell west reference is contained therein… http://backformore.bandcamp.com/

4) flawless: frank dukes gave me this heater and i felt like i had to do some deadpan punchline shtuff on there… norm macdonald flow: dirty work. http://www.thenewnorth.ca/

5) one two check (from the great eascape): joint with my dude louwop. we did a dope live remix with zaki ibrahim. sleeping on her is not advised. http://louwop.bandcamp.com/

6) rosegarden (rmx): dj t lo beat is irreplaceable. i threw up a new verse and 2/3 of Tanya Morgan hopped on after i ran into don will randomly one time. http://www.tanyamorgan.net/

7) love: unreleased track from that monster named tona. coming soon… http://www.bigtona.com/

8) stereotypes: new-new from TO group The Get By. beat is bonkers. had to get on there and shout out TBTBT… http://thegetby.squarespace.com/music/

9) want you back: this was the first jawn i did with jazzy jeff. skillz and phil nash also holding it down on there. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS5nvKk2zV8

10) praise da lord: with maestro… we ate some harvey’s before the session and i got to learn from the godfather. good day… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgjr710pijk

11) count your blessings (from the green light): w/ relic who is a frequent collaborator i met through my friend the runaway. the green light’s got some heat on there. http://relic.bandcamp.com/

12) dawn song (remix):  was very happy to hop on this rmx with northwest legends blue scholars. we linked up thru mutual homie dj hyphen. http://bluescholars.com/

13) paving the way: incise ft. okay city (london!) and david morin with the smooth vocals…. http://www.lessonsix.com/2010/08/review-incises-daily-methods/

14) electric city (from metropolis is burning): got another track with grand analog coming soon! love these guys… http://www.grandanalog.com/

15) it’s about time: bonus track on TSOL. sometimes i forget how nice this beat is. promise does his thing on there too. http://www.richkiddbeats.com

16) heateration: real freeeqs w/ theo3, grimace love and famous. tone mason on the beat.… TeeDot underground is the best. fact. http://therealfrequency.com/

17) flux and flow (from siberia) : lights killed this. http://music.iamlights.com/music/

18) live forever (acapella):  ive been doing this verse a lot at shows lately. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEx771P9TFs

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It’s So Dirty You’ll Need to Wash Your Hands

T-Pain
rEVOLVEr
Sony Music
revolver.t-pain.net

T-Pain rEvolvEr cover

The font choices for T-Pain’s new disc “rEVOLVEr” lead one to believe the emphasis is on the word evolve. According to Wikipedia; “Evolution is any change across successive generations in the heritable characteristics of biological populations.”  (If Wikipedia says it then it must be true; right?)

I think it is safe to say that to evolve is to grow – to develop. Musically that can be interpreted pretty broadly. The thing is – though – Mr. Pain hasn’t evolved so much as created another collection of catchy NC-17 rated songs rife with sexual conquests and countless pop culture references.

Listening to Mr. Pain’s disc is a guilty pleasure. I can crank it up and sing along, but I don’t think I’d want anyone to see me doing that.

I am clearly not the demographic he was aiming at when he cut this disc. The references are surely of a culture younger and hipper than mine. Odd thing – his way with twisting a melody around his hyperkinetic flow makes for compelling listening/dancing.

Mr. Pain has an uncanny talent for break-neck flow with easy rhymes and solid beats. There is an air of naughty-but-nice in his swagger as he shares stories – sometimes in graphic detail – about the things his bling will bring.

This is a great party disc. If you are a wallflower the lyrics are funny and smart. How does he flow so well with his tongue so firmly tucked into his cheek?

There is nothing new about the backing tracks. They veer into karaoke-quality from time to time, but he isn’t trying to set the world on fire – he is just trying to get lit.

Lily Allen’s contribution to “5:00” reminds us that the young songstress possesses a haunting alluring quality. Her voice is distinctive and textured perfectly. Her singing compliments and complements Mr. Pain.

You might want to wash your hands (thoroughly) after listening to “rEVOLVEr.” I did – the first six times I listened. Once the pop-shock wears off, you can feel free to walk around inside the lyrical ideas and really enjoy the disc.

Stand Out Tracks
It’s Not You (It’s Me)
5:00
Show Time (Pleasure Thang!)
Rock Bottom
Best Love Song

Free Music Download: Lakutis’ (Das Racist) “Lakutis In The House”

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Another mixtape to add to your collection! I feel like everyone has a mixtape nowadays, and this time Lakutis, long-time affiliate of Das Racist, is dropping his debut mixtape I’m In The Forest on Greedhead/Mishka tomorrow.  He’s letting fans download the track “Lakutis In The House” for free.

DOWNLOAD Lakutis’ “Lakutis In The House” HERE!

 

Free Music Download: Far East Movement’s “Bump From The Trunk Vol. 1″

far east movement bump from the trunk vol. 1 dirty bass coverFar East Movement just released their mixtape Bump From The Trunk Vol. 1 off Cherrytree Records. The mixtape is available as a free download. It  features the likes of Pitbull, and DJ Virman seamlessly blends club smashes, fresh new hip-hop and classic hip-hop trunk rattlers. It is a preview of what’s to come off their album, Dirty Bass. Dirty Bass isn’t a far cry from their last album, Free Wired,  that featured their hits “Girls On The Dance Floor,” “Like A G6” and “So What.” The full length album is set to release in early 2012. Get your fix of Far East Movement by downloading Bump from The Trunk Vol.1 below!

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Bump From The truck Vol. 1 Mixtape Tracklist:

01. Dirty Bass Intro

02. Far East Movement – Jello (Feat. Rye Rye)

03. L’Trimm – Cars With The Boom

04. Far East Movement – Girls On The Dance Floor

05. Lil John & The Eastside Boyz – Stick That Thang Out

06. Bart B More & Harvard Bass – Listen To This

07. Bassjackers and Ralvero – Bang Like A

08. Outkast (Feat. Sleepy Brown) – The Way You Move

09. Ralvero – Switch That Bass

10. 2 Live Crew – Too Much Booty In The Pants

11. Skylar Grey vs. Dirty South – Invisible (TONIC Bootleg)

12. DJ Fist – Suppabass (Mario Ochoa Remix)

13. INOJ – My Boo (Solly Remix)

14. Sidney Samson & The Flexican – Do You Like Bass

15. Shinichi Osawa – Addicted To The Bassline

16. Gucci Crew II – Sally That Girl

17. Bart B More, Drop The Lime & AC Slater – The Bass

18. Drake (Feat. Nicki Minaj) – Make Me Proud

19. Drumsound & Bassline S – Freak (Bassjackers Remix)

20. Don Diablo – Blow (Sidney Samson Remix)

21. Tocadisco vs. Demark – Drop The Bass Wild Out

22. Tai – Big Bass Drum (Bart M More Remix)

23. Sole Fusion – Bass Tone (Chocolate Puma Remix)

24. INOJ – Let Me Love You Down

25. Artistic Raw – Sunset Bass

26. Far East Movement (Feat. Pitbull) – Candy

27. Wreckx N Effect – Rump Shaker

28. Far East Movement – So What

29. Da Brat – Funkdafied

30. Bassnectar – Upside Down

31. Evol Intent – Paradize City

32. Jay Z and Kanye West – Paris

33. Far East Movement – Like A G6 (Titch Dubstep Remix)

34. Rock-It! Scientists (Feat. ASAP, Martin Solveig & Dragonette) – About My Business

35. Big Sean – Dance

36. I Love Big Speakers Bass Test

37. Far East Movement – Jello

Sweat to This: Kid Sister’s “Mickey” Off Her Kiss & Tell EP

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Kid Sister dropped her Kiss & Tell EP  today on iTunes.  To celebrate she released  “Mickey” featuring production by DJ innovators Nadastrom for download. “Mickey” is straight off the Kiss & Tell EP.  The song is short, sweet, and an intense track.  This song should be added to any workout playlist.  You can hear the song below from Soundcloud or download the song by clicking here!

If you still can’t get enough Kid Sister, she also released a free Mixtape for fans to download. You can check that out here. 
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Music Video: Freestyle Fellowship’s “We Are”

Freestyle Fellowship’s “We Are” Music Video

Los Angeles-based alterna-rappers Freestyle Fellowship (Aceyalone, Mikah 9, P.E.A.C.E., and Self Jupiter) released their new music video for “We Are” off their album The Promise.  The video was directed by Isaac Klotz.  The comes out on the heals of their tour announcement.  The group is playing several dates in California. Check the tour dates below.

Freestyle Fellowship Tour Dates (http://deconrecords.com/events/)
12/16/11 – Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues, 9pm
12/18/11 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s, 8pm
12/22/11 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues, 8pm

Flashback Fridays: Tag Team’s “Whoomp! There It Is”

Tag Team’s “Whoomp! There It Is” Music Video

Ahh…remember this one? How could you forget it Tag Team’s “Whoopm! There It Is”? It was everywhere! You may remember the Mighty Ducks 2 soundtrack or the 1993 World Series.  For me the song is ingrained in my head from the grade school dances.  The song hung on to the Billboard Charts for 45 weeks and peaked at #2 in July of 1993.  The rapping duo, Cecil Glenn (aka DC the Brain Supreme) and Steve Gibson (aka Steve Roll’n) called it quits back in 1995. They are a true one hit wonder.

And No that is not Barack Obama at the 1:01 minute mark. It sure does look like him though!

 

The GAME Out in Support of R.E.D.

The Game
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/10/2011

All Photos by Dan DeSlover

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The Game’s 4th studio album, R.E.D., was released on August 23rd.  The album debuted at the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 the week of its release.  The album featured production from Dr. Dre and DJ Premier and features Big Boi, Young Jezzy, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, and E-40 just to name a few.  Game’s debut, The Documentary, was released back in 2005 went platinum, won 2 Grammy’s, and reached #1 on the R&B/Hip Hop song chart.  His sophomore release sold over 1 million records and his third release missed the #1 spot on the Billboard charts by 1,000 copies.

Game’s “Pot of Gold” featuring Chris Brown
Game - Pot Of Gold (featuring Chris Brown) by Interscope Records

Before the release of R.E.D. Game released Hoodmorning, a free mixtape for his fans. The tape is still available to download for free here.

Hoodmorning Tracklisting:
01. The Game - Hoodmorning [Produced by Mars]
02. The Game - Drug Test (Feat. Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg) [Produced by DJ Khalil]
03. The Game - Can You Believe It (Feat. Lil Wayne & Baby) [Produced by Lifted]
04. The Game - Mr. West / Money & The Power [Produced by Che Vicious]
05. The Game - Monsters In My Head [Produced by Boi-1da]
06. The Game - Wow (Feat. Gucci Mane) [Produced by Mars]
07. The Game - 25 To Life [Produced by Mars]
08. The Game - Out Of Towner [Produced by Terrace Martin]
09. The Game - Standin On A Corner (Feat. B.o.B & Wiz Khalifa) [Prod. by Gun Roulet]
10. The Game - Grave Yard (Feat. Sam Cooke) [Produced by Mars & Point Guard]
11. The Game - The Town [Produced by Mars & Rance]
12. The Game - Uncle Otis [Produced by Mars & Point Guard]
13. The Game - Infrared [Produced by Cool & Dre]
14. The Game - Change Your Life (Feat. BWS) [Produced by Mars]
15. The Game - Red (Feat. Redman) [Produced by Cool & Dre]
16. The Game - I’m On [Produced by Mars]
17. The Game - Ace of Spades (Feat. Joi StaRR & Paypa) [Produced by Mars]
18. The Game - F*cked Up [Produced by Mars]
19. The Game - She Wanna Have My Baby (Feat. Trey Songz)
20. The Game - Rough (Feat. Yelawolf) [Produced by Jim Jonsin]

The Game has been touring in support of R.E.D. and hit the Rave in Milwaukee on Friday night.  There were about 200 to 300 people in the basement stage of the Rave.  The night didn’t go perfectly for Game.  It was about three songs in when Game was telling at his DJ to turn down everybody’s microphones.  He even complained about the mix.

The setlist:
West Side Story
Dope Boyz
Fun-N-Games
Red Nation
Lax Files
Martins vs Goblins
Let’s Ride
Higher
Put You on the Game
Dreams
Start From Scratch
Wouldn’t Get Far
Hate it or Luv It
How We Do
One Blood
I’m The King

There are only a couple more stops on the tour. Even if you miss him on tour, there is still plenty of music of his to listen to.

Tour Dates:
Fri            Nov 11                       Milwaukee, WI                  Rave
Mon            Nov 14                   Austin, TX                          Emo’s East
Tue            Nov 15                    New Orleans, LA               House of Blues
Wed            Nov 16                  Houston, TX                       House of Blues
Thu            Nov 17                   Dallas, TX                          House of Blues

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Flashback Fridays: Heavy D & the Boyz “Now That We’ve Found Love”

Heavy D & The Boyz “Now That We’ve Found Love” Featuring Aaron Hall

Heavy D was born Dwight Errington Myers in 1976 in Jamaica. He passed away on November 8th 2011 in Los Angeles, CA due to a heart related condition. So this week’s Flashback Friday is a tribute to Heavy D.

The group released 9 studio albums including Love Opus on September 17, 2011. The song “Now That We Found Love” was off their 1991 release, Peaceful Love. The album was created after the death of member Trouble T Roy. Trouble T Roy died a year before Peaceful Love‘s release. The album was not just a release for the group, it paid homage to Trouble T Roy. The album went Platinum and peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The song hit #11 in the US and #2 in UK.

Flashback Fridays: K7′s “Come Baby Come”

Watch K7′s “Come Baby Come” Music Video

Warning it’s a dirty song, if you couldn’t already tell by the title. It stayed on the Billboard Charts for 21 weeks and peaked at the #18 spot in December of 1993.  Two other songs from Louis “Kayel” Sharpe’s debut solo album, Swing Batta Swing, placed in the Billboard Charts (Move It Like This and Zunga Zeng). Swing Batta Swing was the one and only release from K7.  Before K7 Kayel was in a Latin freestyle group called TKA.

Wolfpac, Twiztid, Blaze on Tour with ICP

Big Hutch ICP Show The Rave

Big Hutch

Big Hutch, Blaze, Wolfpac, and Twiztid took the stage as openers for ICP up at the Rave in Milwaukee. Photos of each set is below. Need to see ICP photos? Check out the review and photos from the night here.

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Wolfpac ICP Show The Rave

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TWIZTID ICP Show the Rave

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Blaze

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Insane Clown Posse at The Rave

Insane Clown Posse
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
10/29/2011

Insane Clown Posse The Rave Milwaukee

Amid chants of ‘Family’ and showers of Faygo lies a single music label.  Psychopathic Records has been called many things and is known for many reasons.  But fans of the label and its artists will tell you that nothing really beats an Insane Clown Posse (ICP) show.  This year’s American Psycho tour boasting a long awaited combination of ICP, Twiztid and Blaze, was nothing less than spectacular, as usual.

Unlike the normal annual Hallowicked week of shows, the American Psycho tour consisted of several weeks across the nation ending per usual in Detroit on Halloween with a single Hallowicked show.  While many fans were disappointed in the change, the actual selection in songs well made up for the drastic change on stage.  Rather than dark forests with smokey, shadowy surprises and selections solely from the Joker’s Cards centered around terror and the season like ‘Boogie Woogie Wu’, ‘Hokus Pokus’ and ‘Dead Pumpkins’, the American Psycho Tour brought back songs that haven’t been heard over the last few years and new favorites such as ‘Everybody Rize’ and ‘Miracles’.  The show also offered collabos with Twiztid, treating fans to ‘Juggalo Homies’ and ‘The Marsh Lagoon’.  While these collabos are a common occurrence in Detroit, they are a rare treat for fans in other areas of the Midwest.  The stage change featured massive red, white and blue ICP letters with a hatchet man on each side as well as a change in barrels and Psychopathic flags wrapped around side posts hat could be seen clearly even from the back of the crowd.

ICP opened their show atop red and white striped tricycles complete with shiny blue tassels, peddling a figure eight around 4 giant, flag painted barrels filled to the brim with Faygo bottles.  As the crowd erupted with screams of approval the lights came up and the show began, Mike E Clark spinning classic Dark Carnival songs and monsters of all sorts creeping forward.  Even Uncle Sam (or rather Uncle Sams) joined in the fun.

From the time Shaggy 2 Dope popped the top on the first bottle of Faygo the music took on a sticky sweetness and adrenaline started pumping.  Shortly after that bottle flew came the first Faygo ‘break’ bringing forward lines of jumpsuit wearing clowns with buckets overflowing with Faygo ready to launch out over the front row followed by confetti, feathers and streamers.

As the night wore on the fans worked up into a frenzy.  Encouraged by Shaggy and Violent J they sang out choruses, passed around Faygo bottles and even got a little jiggy when the stage filled up with mummies and monsters galore for ‘Zombie Slide’.  The group ended the show with a bang (Pow! Boom!); All of the monsters, clowns, VIPs and group members on stage emptying out pallet after pallet of Faygo and filling the air with streamers.  This song wears on and on repeating over and over until every last drop has been released and fans are convinced they’ve received all of their entertainment for the night and Psychopathic has given everything they can to their fans.  When the evening closes to an end there is so much to remember from a Psychopathic show.  But as you walk out the door few things will stick in your mind quite as strongly as the smell of Diet Faygo, the screams of ‘Family’, the terror of soda toting clowns, and the feeling of pure adrenaline pumping through your veins.

Most notable gear for the evening:  A group of painted leprechauns complete with felt hats emblazoned with hatchet man patches and long green beards.  Each was painted as a different member of Psychopathic groups.

“Glow girls” – I have no idea where all this stuff came from, but these girls were painted head to toe in black light paint and covered in hatchet man charms in their belly buttons, eyebrow rings, on the zippers of their skirts, on their shoes, hanging from their dreads.  They looked like glowing cover models for Psychopathics from Outer Space.

Most mimicked group member: Blaze.  After I thought I saw the 20th or so Blaze waltz right past me, I quit counting.  The fans have his paint and walk down, as well as his signature outfit, bandana and hat.  Now, if only they could find a way to make themselves 6’6″……

Most notable moment not many people actually noticed: Shaggy out-doing himself once again.  At one point during ‘Homies’ Shaggy launched a bottle that hit the center of the arched ceiling in the Ballroom.

Most accomplished crowd connecting moments: Madrox and Monoxide of Twiztid working with the crowd to achieve a hug consisting of the crowd essentially changing sides.

ICP running through ‘Dating Game’ including separate introductions of Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J, each working a Faygo bottle (most of which ends up over their heads on down their necks) and receiving defening screams from the Juggalettes (female fans).

Wolfpac running along the front of the barricades to give out hugs, handshakes and high fives as well as joining fans in the mosh pit after their set.

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