Feb. 8 • Ballroom at the Taft Theatre
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Typically, a musician's choice of touring partners says much about him or her. Exhibit A: Astronautalis. The Virginia-born, Seattle-via-Minneapolis rapper, born
Andy Bothwell, has shared bills with Tegan and Sara, k-os, Flobots,
Bleubird, Sims and Busdriver.
by Alli Walker
Ohio Hip Hop artist releases new, much-anticpated mixtape
Sitting in my high school government class, I didn’t think
the guy quoting South Park was
someone I’d hear about after graduation, but less than a year after he put his
best foot forward, I hear Cal Scruby is now a boy genius.
On Sept. 19, Scruby released Boy Genius, which is his
second Hip Hop mixtape in less than a year. In two weeks, Boy Genius is less than a
thousand downloads from surpassing Best Foot Forward, which Scruby released
Over the 10 months since officially entering the music
scene, Scruby has taken off. While making Boy Genius, Scruby studied at Ohio
State University and played a few shows. His biggest shows included opening for
J. Cole at May’s BuckeyeThon Benefit Concert at OSU. Recently, he opened for
Machine Gun Kelley and performed at Ohio University’s 10Fest.
Along with live performances, Scruby and his team at LandSea
Media produced enough videos
to keep fans entertained while they worked on Boy Genius.
The wait for the new music was worthwhile. I was instantly blown away at the quality of
the music. It didn’t sound as if it was produced in a dorm room, but rather a
professional studio. The audio was balanced and the vocals weren’t hidden under
a blanket of bass.
As for the lyrics, Scruby uses a mix of wordplay and comedy
in his songs, and it works. His tracks follow a life of love (or rather, lovemaking), success and partying.
Although I find these themes to be a stereotype of rap, Scruby pulls off the stereotypical
rap lifestyle with ease.
Mixtape opener “Double Time” features Cincinnati’s own
DJ ETrayn. He welcomes fans to the musical journey before the song begins. The start of this
track is reminiscent of Dumbfoundead’s “Green.” This song makes me want to lean
my driver’s seat back and drive with one hand on the steering wheel while doing
50 in a 25.
What seems to be a fan favorite is “Fux With Me.” Crowds at 10Fest wore shirts donned with "I Fux With Cal Scruby." The song isn’t my personal
favorite, but I enjoy the tour of people who "fux" with Scruby and how he doesn’t
let it slow him down.
My personal favorite is the bonus track “Midwest City,”
which is a tribute to his hometown, that city where they sin two times. This closes the album and leaves me wanting
to hear more from Scruby.
Even though high school is long gone, I can’t go somewhere
without hearing about the guy who was super cereal about ManBearPig and now,
he’s super cereal about his music.
Check out Scruby on Facebook
and go here to download Boy Genius.
Oct. 4 • Bogart's
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In the Rap game today, Danny Brown is a man among boys.
Not only is his musical style unmatched in the underground Hip Hop scene
but, at 31 years young, Brown was spitting rhymes long before Drake
took his first spin in that wheelchair on Degrassi.
July 26 • Riverbend Music Center
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Having friends in high places never hurts and Kendrick Lamar has the fascinating fortune to boast a friend in a really
high place. In a recent interview, the Compton, Calif.-cultivated
rapper described Lady Gaga as “a good friend” — a connection solidified
by the Pop bigwig making an appearance during Lamar's set at the recent
Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.
July 21 • Fountain Square
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In the swelling tide of Dance producers with great ears, a
metric ton of talent and the laser-focused potential to take Electronic
Dance music to an exponentially higher level, few stars shine as bright
as Pierce Fulton. Recently spotlighted by genre bible Mixmag
in their “Keep An Eye On” column, Fulton is one of the most gifted
boardsmen among the Dance scene’s Nu Skool producers, an amazing
accomplishment for the 19-year-old Vermont native.
June 15 • Bogart's
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Theophilus London’s selection as opening act on the
current tour of adventurous Pop artist Santigold was probably the easiest pairing the booking agent ever put it
together. Santigold might be under “Pop” at the record store, but
if there was a bin labeled “Various” or “Other,” that’s where her
records would be most at home. Likewise, London is a “Hip Hop” artist, but his music combines so many varied elements.
June 5 • Madison Theater
0 Comments · Thursday, May 24, 2012
When Michael Wayne Atha was born in 1979 in the
relatively small Alabama town of Gadsden, it’s doubtful that his mother
looked at her new son and said, “Future Rap superstar.” But that’s just
where Atha — now known by his stage name Yelawolf — is heading.
June 1 • Inner Circle
0 Comments · Thursday, May 24, 2012
The recent death of the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch
underscored the fact that Rap and Hip Hop have now been a major part of
the musical conversation for over three decades. Earl Simmons, better
known as DMX, is another Hip Hop figure whose evolution traces back to
the genre’s nascence and whose success and gruff Rap style inspired a
generation to follow his blazed trail.
Gold Shoes is ready for platinum sales and legions of fans … and might just get it
0 Comments · Tuesday, May 15, 2012
People about to change the world rarely
look like people about to change the world. Take Gold Shoes — central
casting didn’t assemble a new millennium Monkees to storm the music
world with calculated precision. Gold Shoes is comprised of oddly yet
perfectly meshed parts.
With help from some of the world’s great thinkers, local Hip Hop artist i-El finds himself
0 Comments · Tuesday, January 24, 2012
In the beginning, there was Tanya Morgan. And Tanya Morgan was good. Comprised of gifted Cincinnati rappers
Ilyas Nashid and Donald “Donwill” Freeman, along with equally talented
Brooklyn, N.Y., MC/producer Devon “Von Pea” Callender, Tanya Morgan was
hailed as one of Hip Hop’s brightest young groups.