The votes have been tallied and once again URB readers have made their voices heard. And how did 2012 flesh out in terms of your favorite artists? A rock solid mix of all-time favorites, current buzz-makers and a few veteran acts climbing their way to the top once again. Don’t call it a comeback — although it seems hip-hop dominated your world in 2012, while the rest of America was jocking EDM as the next big thing. Are MCs the new DJs, who are the new pop stars, already? …MORE
The stage presentation of Aesop Rock’s new crew Hail Mary Mallon, which features emcee Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, is one of relentless upbeat fun. Their caffeinated onslaught of back-and-forth rhymes hits like A Tribe Called Quest for the ADD generation. “Smock” quickly got the audience in convulsions with Wiz’s deft scratches serving as the exclamation point. When fists nearly flew between a couple plastered fratboys in the crowd shortly thereafter, Aesop was quick to call for peace and keep the show’s positive vibe intact.
“Daylight,” the abstract, be-your-own-God anthem which made Aesop a cult hero a decade ago, inspired hearing loss levels of sing along. This night, however, was all about the collaborative spirit between Aesop, Rob Sonic and freak folk impresario Kimya Dawson.
While the trunk-rattling boom bap that was Aesop Rock’s production on Felt 3 temporarily satiated those craving some new material from the Def Jux veteran, fans are more than a little hungry to hear him back on the mic. The debut record from Aesop’s latest project Hail Mary Mallon, a collaboration with fellow abstract lyricist Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, is set to drop this summer on Rhymesayers Entertainment. For a taste of what to expect from these gentlemen on the full-length, give a listen to “D Up” (their contribution to Definitive Jux Presents 4) or the instant banger “Smock” from their performance at last month’s SXSW.
Many might gawk at the name of this Tacoma Emcee, but if you meet the character behind it, you will soon see that there never has been a more charismatic person that is grateful for everything he has. Sonny Bonoho raps about his kids, loyalty to his wife, and selling everything from rollerskates to cds and tee shirts to his fans. He says his music is meant “to improve quality of life.”
Hey, who doesn’t need some improvement? I sure do.
Versatile is a light word, if you call versatile touring with Grayskul and Aesop Rock one year and then Playboy Tre and B.O.B. not even two years later. Get your phone phreak on though, becuase he even lays tracks with Money B of Digital Underground and went nation wide with Nappy Roots and Lil Jon too. “yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!”- Lil Jon
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