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Jedi Mind Tricks

March 30 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Formed back in 1996, Jedi Mind Tricks has been an ever-evolving force in underground Hip Hop. From its influential debut album to the trilogy of "Army of the Pharaohs" projects (the latest, much-anticipated 'The Unholy Terror' comes out the day of the Southgate House show), the men of JMT have set a high bar with creative, imaginative tracks and crafty, powerful lyrics that mesh modern social commentary with old-school Hip Hop's swagger.  

Hip Hop (Un)Scene: Smells Like Scene Spirit

When artists don't reach outside their safety zones, music stagnates

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Why are local scenes so split? Not to say there aren't people who venture to other scenes in the city, but the majority stays put in their comfort zone. I could make this point for most music scenes in the city, but I'll stick to Hip Hop since that's what the column's title tells me this is about.  

Hip Hop (Un)Scene: Ill Poetic Spills It

Looking back and hustling forward

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I moved to Cincinnati from Dayton to attend UC in 2000. I dropped out of college a couple years later, but only because I was too addicted to the Hip Hop scene. What started out as high school ciphers and battles back in Dayton grew to UC talent shows, Top Cat’s battles, Scribble Jams and a lot of forgettable shows.  

Hip Hop (Un)Scene: Beats, Rhymes and Life

Thinking global as the music world changes before our eyes

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Think global. Major labels are falling apart. Independent labels and artists are picking up that slack. This means that slowly but surely local artists in every city aren't seeing the worth in trying to get that "huge deal." Over the past few years, and even more so in the coming years, this is the change agent that gives each city the opportunity for its own sound and movement.   

Hip Hop (Un)scene: Online Etiquette

When on the 'Net, promote as you would in real life: Be coy, don't annoy

1 Comment · Tuesday, February 9, 2010
One thing I've learned to be careful of is killing an opportunity before you've even studied and realized exactly what it is. Social networking promotions and building is a chess game, not checkers: It's not about the immediate victory as much as it is the one three steps ahead.   

Hip Hop (Un)Scene: The MC/DJ Relationship

Don't make a memory for yourself at the expense of the people

1 Comment · Tuesday, November 3, 2009
A DJ and artist's interaction is vital to a good show. Something I learned years ago is that no one will remember your lyrics and no one will remember your beats — the audience came to make a moment and memory. It's your job to give them that memory, and it's easier said than done. Don’t make a memory for yourself at the expense of the people. This is how you stand out.  

Hip Hop (Un)scene: The Future Is Unwritten

Dreams are great, but temper your excitement, be realistic and enjoy every moment

2 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I have a theory: Your dream is kind of like the moon — the further away you are from it, the more beautiful it looks. The closer you get to it, the more you see the reality of it: the craters, the flaws, the reality. If "me" from 2002 could see me now, I'm sure he would be so excited that he finally "made it."  

Hip Hop and the GOP

Is it time for a Hip Hip (re)definition ... again?

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Call me crazy, but lately I've been thinking that Hip Hop has more in common with the Republican Party — more specifically, the much discussed "Far Right" — than we might ever have imagined. Both entities are suffering an identity crisis resulting in crazy in-fighting.  

Music: Scribble Jam

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Every year around this time is kind of like "Steelers Week" for football fans in Cincinnati. Only the fans aren't football ones, they're Hip Hop die-hards. You'll see a lot of out of towners around the area this week, as Scribble Jam attracts Hip Hop heads from all over the country, either just to attend and have fun or to actually compete in the infamous "battles." Thankfully, only a few will probably be sporting yellow and black. Atmosphere, Blueprint, Channel Live and KRS-One perform Friday night. Thursday-Sunday at Annie's and other locations.  

Something in the Air

Scribble Jam headliners Atmosphere love their jobs

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Honesty. That's the first word that comes to mind when someone mentions Atmosphere, a fiercely independent Hip Hop duo (producer Ant and MC Slug) from Minneapolis whose reputation has grown exponentially (and organically) since its inception more than a decade ago.