(Daedelus, Photo Courtesy: Anticon) Anticon stands as one of the pillars of underground hip hop, and helped to define, inspire, and inform an entire generation of hip hop heads with regards to an underground scene that didn’t have to be based out the ‘traditional’ scene. Anticon’s founders came together in early 1998 as a loose group of longtime friends and near-strangers bound by an abiding love of underground rap’s freewheeling poetics and the collage aesthetics of traditional hip-hop. They were Midwestern art school dropouts, Northeastern would-be rap moguls, and young Californian nomads who pulled up their respective roots in order to sow the seeds of their own artist-driven movement. (D33j, Photo Courtesy: Anticon) Anticon has since …
Photographer: Michelle Lawson
We here at URB have always been fond of the twosome of Star Eyes and Jubilee; both these Brooklyn-based gals are some of the most iconic DJs in New York City, known for melding their sets with house, techno, booty bass and um…grime. Yes, the dynamic duo love their grime, and the locals who surrounded them knew that well and adored it so. However, when Unknown To The Unknown released “Locked” in late January, suddenly the world knew that two producers out of Brooklyn made some top-notch dance music with that lovely hint o’ grime. Despite the fact that we knew it all along and understood their fascination for the genre, we thought this would be an opportune time to let the ladies of the New York underground school us with their grime favorites. In their own words, here’s their ten favorite grime tunes, after the jump. Try not getting some cobra neck going after these bangers hit you.
Show’s over for this year, kids.
I played my first set of 2010 on January 2, alongside Sleep and Cecil Otter, and the itinerary never looked back after that. All in all the schedule said I’d play 101 shows this year. I ended up making it to 93 of them before life intervened.
This year has been an absolutely unrelenting gauntlet of work, love, loss and tragedy. It included the release of my most ambitious album yet, and the most substantial platform and success I’ve ever gained as an artist. It also included the long sickness and eventual death of my father on October 26, the exact day I was set to return from the final leg of touring. These things were happening simultaneously all year long, and needless to say I haven’t quite caught up to any of it yet.
Through much of it though, the only place I found peace was during the minutes I shared on stage with you all every night. It’s corny to say ‘all of the shows were special,’ but all of the shows were special this year. To thank you for that, here’s a tune on the house.
Who said the underground rap scene was dead? On Monday night, a sold-out Belly Up Tavern welcomed Strange Famous Records’ revolutionary-bearded duo Sage Francis and B. Dolan to town with open arms and some of the most enthusiastic call-and-response I’ve heard in years. As B. Dolan relayed the opening line from “Joan of Arcadia,” (“Joan of Arc had a dildo named Jesus made of wood from the cross of its namesake”) audible gasps arose from the uninitiated which quickly gave way to knowing laughter. With a voice like a jackhammer and stage presence to spare, Dolan is a prime example of art imitating life. Having founded the consumer awareness site Knowmore.org in 2005, Dolan uses witty spoken word pieces and boom-bap anthems to illuminate social ills ranging from the fallout from the Bhopal disaster to the political career of Sarah Palin. Obviously this style of art can be off-putting when done wrong, but Dolan knows how to use his sense of humor and the earth-shattering beats of Alias to his advantage.
Dolan’s all-too-brief set was primarily a showcase of the impressive Fallen House Sunken City record, which dropped earlier this year. His juxtaposition of “Fifty Ways To Bleed Your Customer” with M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” got feet moving to tales of corporate greed and his powerful tribute to Marvin Gaye resonated through the jaw-dropped walls of the tavern. Lest things get too heavy, Dolan had a couple tricks up his sleeve such as the Evel Knievel-inspired stunt jump over a fan which has become a trademark of his performance. With momentum at its crescendo, Dolan closed things out with a brilliant, take-no-prisoner rendition of “One Breath Left” to heavy applause from more than a few new fans. …MORE