Here are ten of the most well-known, important, and influential independent labels in rap today.
Not sure how to kick things off with a little ditty post intro after such a hiatus…
I’ve spent some time immersed in the musical makings of a few rising rap artists and am excited to share a few of them with you.
Sadistik, Vigilantics, Bear Witness, Upgrade and Astronautalis are just a few of the mold-morphing artists currently ripping any pre-existing rapper template to shreds.
Armed with prophetic parables of universal awareness, a few landmark lyricists are leading the hip-hop redux. With self labeled search-and-destroy and hippie-hop music, rising indie rap artists are reaching audiences on an enlightened level of intimate expression and iconoclast introspection through emotional candor and raw delivery. The brave new world of hip-hop is flourishing with lyrical foliage, fertilized with creative integrations of hardcore, post-punk, reggae, classic rock and soul.
“Amass a massacre pupils adjust the aperture
My castle’s Dracula brutal with just vernacular
Hands are tarantulas scapulas spread my angel wings
Halo rings are bullet holes I made to sing” –Sadistik. Honeycomb. Altars.
Sadistik has always made it a point to collaborate and tour with the best artists imaginable, but this last show… the Altars Tour II with Vigilantics, Upgrade Hiphop and Nacho Picasso… perfection. Sadistik was incredible. Altars may even becoming my favorite album. He played the best possible set list and everything about seeing him perform made the trip worth it, especially discovering Vigilantics.
Rafael Vigilantics commands the stage with an infectious and reluctantly optimistic energy, dissecting a dystopian history of tortured train rides, Texas stabbings, an accidental kidnapping, lost love, gambling and card-table murders, with a lot of drinking. With proud confessions of vulnerability, Vigilantics paints piercing pictures of danger, disaster and desire. His transparent transgressions are presented with an infectious charm that leaves you rooting for him to prosper in the painted portraits of hijack and treachery.
The Vigilantics discography draws a vivid picture of a tormented victor, a hopeful “huntsman” who warns of his ferocious flaws while firing lyrical weapons. His exquisite delivery is often dosed with simultaneous combinations of hardcore, punk, pub-rock and R&B, integrating sounds reminiscent of the Clash, Suicidal Tendencies, Iggy Pop and Frank Ocean. Debut album Bury Me Standing was released in 2009 and quickly embraced in the punk community. The tracks “No Friends” and “Sex Magic” present powerful, palliative portrayals of hard-core punk, the kind of songs that revive sleeping memories of warehouse parties in the late 90’s.
Sophomore album The Orgasm of a Ghost was released in 2011, where a talented dichotomy is discovered with “Everyday” and “Dreaming.” Rafael’s raspy voice remains delightfully raw, yet surprisingly melodic. Elements of ’80s goth, English post-punk and soul-rock co-exist in the orchestrated blend of sway worthy hooks and upbeat bass progressions. Lamenting lyrics are strung through irresistible dance rhythms to take you on a journey of Motown, R&B and Tears for Fears-esque turmoil that succeeds in breaking your heart while moving your feet.
2013’s The Spade Tapes is an incredible exodus that takes you deeper into the driving force of the artists dedication. “Different” and “Not Here/Rainz” reveal a rise in synthesizer sightings, slow jams and lust-ridden lyrical landscapes. Inventive collaborations with the angelic Rebecca Tafline give Vigilantics the bandwith to paint harrowing scenarios with heated rhythms of retrospect on this record. Bleeding-heart anthems for outcasts like “A Birds Eye” and “Darkness” have a heart-wrenching edge with first generation hip-hop homage.
The Prizefighter EP, released in 2015, is also home to a few favorites (see “Porch Light” and “My Girl”). The 2016 single “Badman” featuring P.O.S. and Alisa Fidele, “Ramblin’ Bones” and a RAWsession cover of Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” are all rather fire, as well.
Another artist whose live performance stays with you for days, Astronautalis, once served as my segue to discovering Sadistik’s magnetic world of dark interludes. From the first recordings of Sadistik (Cody Foster), you can hear that he is destined for something greater, and he welcomes you to dissect the inner turmoil of that responsibility right along with him.
Such intrepid introspection has seldom been seen since Sage Francis, an artist with whom Sadistik has collaborated, released Personal Journals over a decade ago. A child of the backpack heyday, Sadistik learned from the best the scene had to offer, from the aforementioned Sage and Mac Lethal to the late, great Eyedea.
You can hear Eyedea’s indelible influence on urgent confessionals such as “Melancholia” and the Cage-assisted “Russian Roulette”. That which Eyedea left behind in this world resonates deeply within Sadistik, as he keeps his friend’s message of hope and love in the face of adversity alive, and pays touching tribute on “Micheal”. –FakeFourInc.com
I highly suggest listening to the previously mentioned collaboration of Sadistik with Astronautalis and Lotte Kestner on the “Exit Theme” track from 2014’s Flowers for my Father.
Shortly after the release of The Balancing Act, Sadistik’s father tragically passed. Never one to shy away from heavy topics or keep his personal life personal, Sadistik wrote Flowers for his late father, choosing to treat each song as an update of what has happened in his life since. This is reflected in writing that delves into depression, heartbreak, optimism and the struggle to make sense of the ever-shifting pieces in the world around him. –FakeFourInc
You can’t have a full scale recreation of a music genre without a psychedelic solider leading the way for latch-key gypsies. Lair Bair/ Lawrence Pennington / Bear Witness intricately layers loquacious lyrics to reggae rhythms with spotlights of soul, funk and jazz to build his signature hippie-hop sound. Bear Witness carefully creates intellectual and industrious lyrical adaptations that flow with precision to Bill Withers, CCR and Fleetwood Mac samplings.
With an outlook of realistic optimism that gives his music the ability to make you feel empowered while also guaranteeing a few good laughs, Bear Witness seems to be the indie rap answer to flower power hip-hop. The Bear now lives in Colorado (as prefaced in “Permeate the Air“), but remains tightly knit with with the South FL music scene. Crediting Nik Dee with a majority of the creative support, Bear Witness is anxious to return to South FL for a few upcoming shows.
Fun Fact: If you’re lucky enough to catch one of The Bear‘s shows, prepare yourself for some vintage kazoo gloriousness. In one man’s trash outside of Fort Pierce, FL, in 2013, Lair Bair found the signature treasure that would solidify his hippie-hop sound. That treasure is a 1967 Bath House Brass Flooglehorn by toy giant, Matel. The Bear adds autotune, delay and heavy reverb to achieve the crisp, brassy sound you hear in his kazoo cameos.
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Top 6 picks for Friday the 13th weekend in West Palm Beach:
1. Stacey Konwiser Memorial Save the Tiger 5K
Sat, May 14
Run or walk to save the Malayan Tiger.
With an estimated 300 Malayan Tigers in the wold, they are the most endandgered of the 5 remaining species of tigers. The Palm Beach Zoo works closely with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), supporting species, habitat research and protection at Endau-Rompkin National Park in Malaysia. A portion of each race registration fee helps fund the involvement with WCS.
On Saturday, May 14th you’ll run or walk through the gorgeous paths of Dreher Park and finish the race inside the Palm Beach Zoo, passing the Tiger River Habitat where 2 of the 4 Malayan Tigers reside. You can also look forward to spotting wallabies, fennec foxes, new guinea singing dogs and siamang gibbons on your way to the finish line at Fountain Plaza.
Registration Fee includes admission to the Zoo for the day and discount coupons for friends and family to join you in exploring the Palm Beach Zoo later in the day.
A wonderful experience for the entire family, register at: http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/save-the-tiger-5k-2016
Sat, May 14
10am – 4pm
Every second Saturday of the month, Lake Worth merchants will be selling their wares alongside artists and community neighbors. Look for treasures, bargains and specials as well as tasty tidbits to nosh on. Musicians and street artists will be showcasing their talents. Also, Non-profits will be sharing schedules of events taking place throughout the coming season.
Residents and Artists of Lake Worth, who wish to participate, may bring up to three card tables filled with their treasures. The price per table is $10 for Lake Worth Residents and $15 for non-residents. Table reservations and payments may be made at Studio 205, 600 Lake Avenue, 561-533-5272.
3. Guided Paddling Tour at Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Fri, May 13
9:45am to 12:00pm EDT
Explore the natural wonders of the Loxahatchee River. Rent a canoe or kayak at the park’s River Store or bring your own and join us for a fun and leisurely paddle. Registration is required.
Park entry fees apply.
Canoe rental $17 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $5.
Single Kayak $15 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $6.
Double Kayak $20 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $6.
Kimbell Education Center (561) 745-5551
Located in the Southeast region at:
Jonathan Dickinson State Park 16450 S.E. Federal Highway Hobe Sound, FL 33455
4. Beginner’s Tai Chi at Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach
Fri, May 13th
Come to the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach for an introduction to tai chi. Learn the benefits of tai chi and how it can relax, energize & balance you! Beginning tai chi lessons will be held every Friday morning at 11:00AM in the library’s Auditorium. Optional donations accepted by instructor at time of class. For more information, contact the library at 561-868-7701.
411 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
5. Sushi & Stroll Summer Walk Series at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Fri, May 13
On select Friday evenings (from 5:30-8:30pm) throughout the summer, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens invite you to experience and explore Japanese gardens, cold drink in hand. Sip craft sake selections – some sweet, sparkling, creamy, or even in a can – that you might not find anywhere else in South Florida.
Visitors are also invited to indulge in Pan-Asian cuisine from Morikami’s Cornell Café (not included in admission price,) shop in the Museum Store and enjoy roaring taiko drum performances by Fushu Daiko at 6:30PM, 7:15PM and 8:00PM (additional $2, limited tickets available.)
4000 Morikami Park Rd.
Delray Beach, FL 33446
6. Delray Beach Craft Beer Fest
Fri, May 13
Craft the perfect night out in Delray Beach! Old School Square celebrates art and culture in many forms… including the art of a well-crafted beer! DELRAY BEACH CRAFT BEERFEST will mark its fifth year as a signature fundraiser supporting community programs and outdoor concerts. VIP EARLY ACCESS: 6:30 p.m. Ticket holders will have exclusive tasting of all beers and wines from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ticket includes a commemorative tasting mug, and featured tap releases – ONLY 500 VIP TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE. GENERAL ADMISSION: 7:30 p.m. ADVANCE TICKETS: $50 VIP / $35 GEN; 21 and over WHAT TO EXPECT: +BEER TASTING!
Unlimited sampling of more than 100 craft brews, international beers and ciders from national, local and home brewers. +DJ and LIVE MUSIC – A mix of music will be the backdrop for sampling. Then at 9 p.m. the headlining band will hit the Pavilion the stage and turn things up a notch! +WINE TASTING courtesy of popular vintners with several varietals each +PUB BITES for purchase +PHOTO BOOTH for animated fun shots to share on social media +LIVE ART – Plans are in the works! +GAME AREA – Try your luck! +CASH BAR – Mixed drinks, shots, Red Bull and water (no beer for sale) Click here to purchase tickets. oldschoolsquare.org/events/delray-beach-craft-beer-fest/
At 10:30a.m. (EDT) Tuesday morning, comet P/2016 BA14 will pass within 2.1 million miles of the earth.
The emerald green-colored comet will generally require a telescope to be seen, but may even be visible to the unaided eye in southern hemisphere suburbs where light pollution is very low.
Paul Chodas, NASA’s Center of NEO Studies (CNEOS) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, says “this will be the third closest flyby of a comet in recorded history. March 22 will be the closest comet P/2016 BA14 gets to us for at least the next 150 years.”
So, really, do you have a telescope?
Would love to see this.
The young Brue writes and delivers incredible melodic stories of heartache, self doubt and longing that common sense would argue impossible for a 14 year old. On stage, Sammy reveals exquisitely timed reminders of the seldom, yet beautiful showers of hope that fall to challenge despair of the human condition.
Sammy Brue is one of the most impressive musicians I’ve ever discovered.
and now, I would like to share this with you…
ReverbNation CONNECT act and The Watch List artist Sammy Brue will perform at the Studio Lounge Utah for one of the largest arts and film festivals, Sundance Film Festival! At 14-years of age, Sammy has already received praise by the likes of American Songwriter, and Rolling Stone declared him an “American Prodigy.” In the last year, Sammy performed at major festivals: Summerfest, The Newport Folk Festival, and New York’s week long music conference, CMJ.
Hello gorgeous. Hope you’re having a fabulous day 😉
Ok, so about 30 miles outside Orlando sits Sausage Castle, an infamous Juggalo Commune . The house is run by the alleged nephew of Gary Busey and is most commonly known for raunchy parties and controversial American flag usage.
The self proclaimed alternative family of outcasts is saving Christmas for kids in need and it is rather awesome.
Every Christmas the Sausage Castle crew orchestrates a unique way to give back to the community. In the months leading up to Christmas, SC raises money from everyone in the house, their friends, even the pool guy, all to buy toys for kids of families in need.
Gleefully risking a variety of potential poisonings, Big LA morphs himself into Olaf from Frozen to bring the kids a white Christmas by having his 500lbs+ body spray painted white.
Mike (Gary Busey’s maybe nephew) wraps himself in lights and garland, tucking the battery under an ample man boob.
“Mike and Kace, the lesbian Juggalette feminist, have been planning their charity event for months. “I’m the hood Oprah,” Mike says. “I’m the real Robin Hood.” This year, they chose a child whose legs had been amputated due to a birth defect with his spine and a nine-year-old with Down’s Syndrome to buy presents for. Inside Walmart, they shop with an overweight comedian named Miguel. Kace and Mike purchase the kids Star Wars toys, paint supplies, and BB guns.
The Sausage Castle spends hundreds of dollars on gifts at Walmart. Throughout December, they collected donations from everyone from their pool man to Jenny Jizz, the amateur porn star who gave blowjobs to veterans on Veteran’s Day in thanks for their service. The Sausage Castle’s male members possess a deep emotional connection to Christmas.
“I’m gonna cry,” Mike says.
Once JB finishes opening presents, Mike takes him outside, where he puts on his Darth Vader mask and runs across the porch on his arms.
Check out the full article on Broadly
Sausage Castle family, I wish you all the happiest of Holiday Seasons and thank you for this rad Christmas charity tradition.
For over a decade, the diversification tactics of UO have been impressive, appropriate and successful. Keeping hipsters, hippies and fashionistas happy under the same virtual roof, they’ve expanded in a gardening-focused offshoot named Terrain and a wedding and luxury brand (BHLDN). These products are sold in UO retail locations, as well as their Anthropologie store chain.
Those were rational business model expansions that fueled an increase across the board in sales, store traffic, brand popularity and stock value. The sales of UO furnishings and urban gardening alternatives rose from 15% to 48% within just 8 months during 2007. This was the same year UO received the Global Award for Excellence from the Urban Land Institute and launched the Terrain brand. In 2008, they took home the Best In Show and People’s Choice Award for Terrain from the Philadelphia Flower Show.
Urban Outfitters announced on Monday (Nov. 16) that it would be acquiring Philadelphia’s Vetri Family restaurants, including the Pizzeria Vetri chain. UO Company stock immediately dropped 7.4% and shares fell upwards of 20% in the two sessions immediately following the release. The undisclosed amount spent on this 7 restaurant acquisition (including Pizzeria Vetri, named by Food & Wine as the nation’s best pizza restaurant) is suggested to be hovering between $50 and $100 million.
Not the smartest.
Shareholders are understandably concerned and even more confused following the events of the week. UO has released several statements since Monday, boasting confidence that this acquisition, “although unique” is a “perfect match” for Urban Outfitters to gain market share as a lifestyle brand.
The reassurance PR isn’t doing much to ease these concerns. Sales for the previous 3 quarters have fallen below projections for UO. Decreasing revenue paired with a 7 restaurant acquisition to the tune of $50-$100 million is certainly a UNIQUE decision.
What are your thoughts?
Is the UO #FashionablePizza
initiative brilliant beyond our current business model understanding… or a poorly disguised desperation for market diversification?
Groupon Features Clip In Man Bun
For the Man Who Wears Many Hats, but No Bun
One of the hottest trends in men’s fashion, the man bun has been popularized by fixed-gear bicyclists and introspective Hollywood actors alike. But although the hairstyle oozes with fashion sense, those who sport it might find themselves outcasts in sports bars, motorcycle gangs, and the annual government-mandated machismo test. This attachable—and, equally important, detachable—man bun lets you blend in with your surroundings, putting it on when you smell fair-trade coffee or hear a banjo, and taking it off when someone utters the word bro.
How To Wear It
- Comb your hair back toward the crown of your head, in a similar motion to lacquering a reclaimed-wood coffee table
- Attach the man bun to your natural hair the way the lay public attached itself to Arcade Fire
- Use bobby pins to secure the man bun, decide bobby pins are too mainstream, use antique paper clips instead
- Attachable hairpiece
- Made of artificial hair
- Product dimensions: 3” (dia) x 1” (H)
FROM $9.99 BUY!
This is wrong in so many ways. A genuine man bun is one of the last few ruggedly hot attributes of modern day men and it’s being hijacked.
In a country so flooded with men who ooze femininity in their mannerisms and personal hygiene practices, the clip in man bun is cruel trickery!
The man bun is attractive bc it’s usually attached to the head of a hot man who gives zero f—- about beauty products or faux accessories. Herein lies the sex appeal.
Men sporting these and women sleeping with those men, Cease and Desist. You’re destroying something beautiful.
A poem by Rachel Jamison Webster reminds us of the “red string of fate,” a belief that certain people are destined to meet in this lifetime.
With some people, words just flow when you meet; it’s as if you’re picking up an ancient conversation that you’d forgotten about from centuries ago. It was this way with the person who introduced me to the red string, and I’ve met others who I’ve felt an uncanny connection with and walked away changed.
The potential existence of destiny and its role in our lives is rife for debate. Nevertheless, we all have our group of kindred spirits, those to whom we are bound by an invisible thread. This week, use the quote above from Webster’s poem as a source of inspiration. Tell the world about the cast of characters in your life, how they’ve affected you, and whether or not you believe in the idea that certain people are destined to play a role in your life.
Source: The Red Thread
1. “You look tired.”
Urban Dictionary has this statement translated to a tee, “you look like shit.”
A rarely well-received insult. Just don’t say it. Seriously. When I’m tired, for example, there’s definitely no need to remind me. I’m well aware. If I was feeling quite fine and gleeful, you’ve now pissed me off with your insult. Best to avoid this one altogether.
Alternatively, if I’m feeling quite fine, gleeful and full of rest, you’ve now pissed me off with your insult.
Best to avoid this one altogether.
2. “I’m sorry you feel that way.”
No explanation necessary. This is the most irritating, non-apology ever. Despite grand requests to avoid making such a disgusting display of manipulative, blame reversal word vomit, it haunts me like the plague.
This is not an apology, but it IS effective ammunition… and you know it, fuckers. 😉
3. “You Always…” and/or “You Never…”
ohhhh I HATE.
“There are two reasons why overarching accusations are so toxic: First, they’re judgmental, and really, no one likes to be judged. Second, across-the-board generalizations like these are not only often inaccurate — all your partner has to do is find one example to make your statement untrue —but they also automatically put your partner on the defensive, relationship expert Wendy Walsh, PhD explains.
Ultimately, this derails the discussion rather than getting at the heart of the problem. (Can I get an Amen?!?!) “If you say, ‘You always do this,’ then the argument becomes ‘No, I don’t always do this’ instead of what the argument is really about,” says Walsh. “There’s no choice but to defend yourself.”
“If you say, ‘You always do this,’ then the argument becomes ‘No, I don’t always do this’ instead of what the argument is really about,” says Walsh. “There’s no choice but to defend yourself.”
This one actually occurred less than 2 hours ago. I addressed one specific issue. The response? “You’re always unhappy! No matter what I do, you’re never happy. You’re always mad at me!”
* Let the record show: These “you always” and “you never” accusations came from someone who had just informed what a joy I brought to their life, how I was such an inspiration because of my nature, my smile, blah blah blah. This person had yet to even see me truly angry, raise my voice angry, which is pretty much his natural state, all. the time.
How can my nature and smile and spirit be an inspiration if now I’m suddenly always angry? Because making such a bold, ridiculous claim, as Dr. Walsh stated, the argument becomes ‘No, I don’t always do this’ instead of what the argument is really about,” which happened to be his thoughtless actions regarding a sensitive subject.
4. “This is why…..”
Oh my goodness, I got this one this morning too. Going for the gold here. I believe it was, “this is why I can’t talk to you.” (Impressive, right? It’s a double slap in the face.)
Phrases like “this is why I can’t get any sleep” or “this is why you’re so stressed” (or, if you’re me, “this is why I can never talk to you”) can actually be expressions of contempt, and are toxic to a relationship, David Sbarra, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Psychology and director of clinical training at the University of Arizona he says.
Making your partner feel low or inferior to you is the most noxious of relationship behaviors. These remarks imply that you know it all — and you don’t. “You’re inferring you know the reason, but maybe that’s not the reason,” Sbarra says. In reality, saying “This is why…” just makes your partner feel like you don’t understand him or her.
5. “Was that good for you?”
I fully concur with the interpretation of this post-coital inquiry provided by AskMen.com:
Almost as bad a question as “How many people have you been with sexually” is the query “How was that?” right after sex. You could be the world’s worst lover and if the woman you’re having sex with loves you, she’ll lie and say you’re the best she ever had. She’ll lie, this time with words, instead of fake moans and groans.
Instead Say: “That was amazing.”
6. “Calm Down”
This usually comes from the person who initiated the exchange you are now taking part in, in a calm, inside voice. Oh, man.
Take a hint from Men’s Fitness:
“Flash: women sometimes overreact to stuff. But when something’s upsetting her, telling a woman to calm down comes off as dismissive. Want to make things reallyinteresting? Tell her this while you’re already fighting. The surest way to ensure she never calms down is to tell her to calm down.”
7. “Fine. You’re right. Whatever.”
“Our opinion matters because our spouse matters. When they ask for an opinion, shrugging it off with “whatever” is a tiny dart that tells our spouse we don’t value their question enough to give it thought and consideration. When we do that enough times, it adds up to our spouse feeling unworthy. Again, showing genuine interest in what our spouse is thinking about or concerning themselves with shows great love for them. Stop with the “whatevers.”
8. “What more do you want from me?”
This needs no solidifying explanation. You get it.
9. “I think maybe we should break up.” or “I don’t think I can do this anymore.”
Say what you mean. Mean what you say.
This is a dangerous statement.
Why? Because what he’ll/she’ll hear is:
– “I’m not happy.
– You’re not making me happy.
– What would make me happy is if we broke up.”
In the wanting to make you happy, he or she will shrug his shoulders and say, “Okay.”
The receiving party of this statement will immediately feel hurt, the guarded and understandably defensive. Confidence in the unit breaks here, warrantied with the choice of verbiage, casting the guilt of an unhappy life on the contending dumpee.
10. “We should start running together” or “We should get a puppy!“
Here’s the deal… Promises are pointless. Actions are absolute.
If you suggest running as a couples activity, despite the fact that you hate running and somehow just never hopped on the 3 day a week cardio bandwagon, chances are you don’t want to. So don’t suggest it.
Talking about getting a pet? Be honest about your concerns or hesitations before your partner takes action as a result of your stated, yet fraudulent, intention.
Hyper-perceptive Mind Guide
The mind can go either direction under stress – toward positive or toward negative: On or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.
Hyperawareness is not only related to stressful events, even though its biggest quality lies in the fact that it can be present in high stress events. But hyperawareness is something that can be exercised and practiced in any situation, stressful or not. I describe hyperawareness as a sort of Zen Rampage mode. It’s an oxymoron, but for me it’s just that.
It is not a very pleasant experience. It includes quick change between thinking (deductions, analyses and so forth) and perception, observing the world around you. Even in observing, one does not simply relax and observe, but observes in quite a proactive way –…
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