A little less than one year ago Aesop Rock was hitting the road for the Hail Mary Mallon Tour, a collaboration with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, his first project on his new label home, Rhymesayers, after El-P put Def Jux on infinite hold. Aesop returns with his own baby, Skelethon, the sixth in […]
Seattle-based Rhymesayers act Grieves, along with production and collaboration mate Budo, bring an indie hip-hop style that emulates the signature sound of the label, reminiscent of Atmosphere and Brother Ali, from the lyrical prose to the production talent presented on this year’s Together / Apart.
Many thought it an odd choice to have the Rhymesayers emissary, Brother Ali, open up a show for, Bassnectar, one of the most successful DJ/Musicians currently touring today. However, after his opening salvo and subsequent hour long set, Ali quieted all the naysayers and quite possibly won a few new fans along the way.
Brother Ali is one busy dude. After assisting the group Pepper on their “Like a Surgeon Tour” by playing Chicago on October 21st, (as well as Lawrence, KS on the 24th and various other dates), Ali will swing into Broomfield to play the 1st Bank Center in support of musician/DJ Bassnectar on Saturday, October […]
I was in San Francisco, hanging out with friends on a cloudy Sunday when I got the news: Michael Larsen, known as Eyedea, songwriter, MC and the other half of Eyedea & Abilities, had passed away. I never knew Michael personally, having only had the one interview with him ealier in the year, but it hit me […]
To say that Eyedea and Abilities’ latest accomplishment, By The Throat, (summer 2009, Rhymesayers), resides solely in the land of hip-hop is to say that that Africa is a country because that’s what Sarah Palin read to you off her hand. For fans of the Minnesota duo, I may be preaching to choir here. For […]
Brother Ali is one of the most consistent MCs on the microphone today. His previous Rhymesayers releases have been hailed by critics and fans alike. This time around, Ali goes the short and sweet route, issuing The Truth Is Here as a 9-song EP that has only one guest appearance: Atmosphere’s Slug, who is the […]
Coming straight out of Kansas, USA is a crazy white boy making rap music. His name is Mac Lethal, and he’s the latest signee to the independent hip-hop litmus known as Rhymesayers. And boy does he ever fit the bill of angst ridden MC with a personal well of material to draw from; particularly when […]
Hailing from the southside of the Windy City, Rhymesayers’ newest recruit is a feisty b-girl with a b-boy sensibility. “I’ve battled a lot of people,” says Psalm One in a phone interview, “and people think that if you have a vagina you’ve got to work three times harder. But I don’t care. I love a […]