Blockhead has produced four albums of hip-hop instrumentals, each deep beyond the handicaps of their genre. They don’t vary too much, and with the exception of Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book, they’re all at least a little melancholy and pensive.
That doesn’t speak to the Blockhead live experience, however. This week in 2009, Blockhead and DJ Signify took the stage at Chop Suey and the people, myself included, spent the night dancing. He and Signify performed with aplomb–they got everyone moving, addressed the audience often, and were really fun at the merch table after the show. I had a blast, and I’m glad he’s coming into town yet again. His admission that he doesn’t understand the hype behind Seattle’s favorite living son won’t curry him any favor in this town, but his recent, excellent remix of Nacho Picasso’s “Benjamin Segal” certainly has.
Come see the hilarious DJ who’s “tweets are mostly about TV and bowel movements” on Thursday night. If he can get me to dance, he’ll definitely get this dreary town moving.
The quick and easy way to understand the quality of the acts on the Hip Hop & Love Tour: download and listen to this mixtape that acts as a sampler of all the musicians on the tour– and there’s a lot of inter-collaboration there too– they all definitely play well together.
Murs‘ Love & Rockets, Volume 1: The Transformation has the Los Angeles rapper re-appearing on the scene, this time sans crazy dreadlocks and full of energy and hunger to positively own the mic. Murs is one of those dynamic emcees who has proven himself the kind of guy who can travel between all the tribes appealing to everyone. Beyond being one of the original Living Legends crew, Murs has managed to collaborate with Aesop Rock, Slug, Will.i.am., Snoop Dogg, and everyone in between On “S-K-I-B-E-A-T-Z”, his latest single and collaboration with Locksmith, Murs’ flow is quick and positively flawless. His album-length collaboration with Ski Beatz has already received rave reviews and will likely be seen as some of the best work of the rapper’s career.
Blockhead production on a Murs track: