One of the biggest names in Cincinnati Hip Hop, DJ/producer Mr. Dibbs, recently released a tribute EP in honor of late fellow local Hip Hop giant Skandal Da Ruckus Man. Skandal passed away last month after a battle with leukemia, leaving behind a legion of friends, fans, students and family, including his daughter.
About a year ago, Dibbs (born Brad Forste), one of the Midwest’s most respected and influential turntablists, found himself in the hospital suffering from the effects of Cirrhosis of the liver, a shocking turn of events for fans that led to numerous artists reaching out to raise money to help with medical bills.
In the message included with his new five-track release tributing Skandal called Deadworld Reborn, Dibbs — a member of the popular Rhymesayers crew, tour DJ for Atmosphere and a founder of Cincy Hip Hop institutions like the DJ collective 1200 Hobos and the legendary Scribble Jam festival, to name but a few of his accomplishments — writes that he was in the hospital for several weeks, but the experience was bearable because his longtime friend Skandal was at the same hospital, fighting his leukemia. The pair hung out together as much as possible.
“Holed up in the hospital for a few weeks, I was an inadvertent resident of an impromptu Hip Hop retirement home,” Dibbs writes. “Battling leukemia on the floor above me was my longtime friend Marcus ‘Skandal da Ruckus Man’ Mitchell. … I dragged my sometimes half-incoherent ass, IV and all, down the hallways and into the elevator to visit my homie. The nurses always thought I was lost. Fuck that.
“I was FOUND … in the strong lifeline we’ve all come to know and love as Skandal.”
Deadworld Reborn is a dynamic mix that blends tracks from Dibbs’ Deadworld release, which featured artists ranging from Doseone, Brother Ali and Murs to Juliette Lewis and The Black Keys. The release also features the stellar Dibbs/Skandal collaboration “Where Pigs Fly.”
Deadworld Reborn is available as a “pay what you want” download. All proceeds are being donated to Skandal’s family and daughter Chloe. To purchase Reborn and read the rest of Dibbs’ tribute to the man he says “gave me back my fucking life,” visit mrdibbs.bandcamp.com. Here's the track with Skandal:Mr. Dibbs
Buffalo Killers’ Taft Homecoming
Psych/Rock/Roots trio Buffalo Killers’ current tour with rootsy NYC Blues Rock band Hollis Brown winds back through Cincinnati this week for a Friday night show at the Ballroom at the Taft Theatre. Tickets are $8 in advance through Ticketmaster.com or $10 at the door. Showtime is 10 p.m.
While still touring in support of Dig. Sow. Love. Grow., the group’s fourth album which was released on Alive Records this past summer, the group has recently issued some even newer material. The Shake It Records imprint recently released Buffalo Killers’ two-sided single for the Dangerous Highway: A Tribute To The Songs of Eddie Hinton series, on which the trio covers the Muscle Shoals musician’s “Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)” and “Still Water Runs Deep.” The group also just recently went into the studio to record two new tunes, “Nothing Can Bring Me Down” and “Baptized,” which are available as pay-what-you-want downloadable singles at buffalokillers.com.
On Nov. 27, Alive is releasing the live compilation, Alive at the Deep Blues Festival, which kicks off with a pair of epic BK tunes. Recorded during the recent Alive-roster-heavy Deep Blues Fest in Minnesota, the album also features a pair of tracks from label mate and fellow local Brian Olive. (Olive and his band play for free at Northside Tavern on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 21.)
More Local Notes
• One of Cincinnati’s greatest Country artists, Dallas Moore, is putting out the new single “Blessed Be the Bad Ones” this Saturday in conjunction with a release party at Bobby Mackey’s in Wilder, Ky. Moore and his band will provide a free download of the song to the first 250 people through the door and the concert will also feature the world premiere of the single’s music video. Fans can also pre-order the Dallas Moore Band’s new album, Blessed Be the Bad Ones, which is due on Sol Records in January. (dallasmoore.com)
• This Friday you can get your roller boogie on as the bi-annual OTR Skate event returns to help raise funds for Cincinnati Recreation Commission’s Over the Rhine Recreation Center and its scholarships and staffing. The roller rink fun goes from 8-11 p.m. at the OTR rec center (1715 Republic St.) and admission is $5, which includes skate rental (you can also bring your own). Along with numerous raffles for items donated by local businesses, skaters can also play pool, air hockey and other games, or ask the Cincinnati Rollergirls roller derby team members on hand for some tips. Giving the event an extra dose of Rock & Roll attitude, local band The Yugos will perform along with Columbus Indie rockers Indigo Wild. (cincyrec.org; Facebook event here).