ENMITYVILLE IS GOTH RAP PERFECTION FROM MAINE’S BRZOWSKI

Brzowski has been an underground rap staple for a good fifteen years now. This is a man (beast) who has put in some serious road miles. We have shared bills in Paris, California, Ohio, Texas, and many other places yet somehow have never toured together. A young MC Homeless met Brzo through the funniest of synchronous channels. Portland, Maine spawned the beginnings of Anticon in artists such as Sole, Alias, and DJ Mayonnaise. They forged a path towards sunny California, leaving the scene to be taken over by Nomar Slevik, Moshe, JD Walker, and of course motherfuckin’ mean Uncle Brzo. I found this little pocket of artists through cryptic internet message boards and at age 21, I took a 12 hour drive to play with these subterranean folk heroes of the frozen Northeast. Brzowski then took a grueling 24 hour Greyhound bus trek to the beautifully grim landscape of downtown Youngstown, Ohio. We played a few “meh” shows and have been great friends ever since. We weren’t awesome rappers, just young princes that would one day be kings of oblivion.

Fast forward 13 years….

https://brzowskimusic.bandcamp.com/album/enmityville-2

Brzowski has sharpened his sword to slay the biggest of mythical dragons. Enmityville is an album of dense poetry, feelings of the worker’s isolation, and moody, apocalyptical darkness. The backdrop is a bleak one. This isn’t your drunken cousin Jimmy’s hip hop that he plays to get jazzed up for a big Friday night of carefree clubbing. “Pit Mine” and “So I Walk” sound like what would happen if Peter Steele grew up on Eric B and Rakim. The beat is sinister and is best played on a cold, airy night. “Lacharymimosa” sounds like Count Dracula as a member of Freestyle Fellowship. This right here is “goth hop”. It doesn’t sound like Bauhaus or Joy Division, yet it comes from a similar dark place.

“Demonic Exercises” is my favorite track on Enmityville. It’s Norwegian Black Metal re-imagined as brooding rap. The song is surprisingly upbeat and almost sounds hopeful…until you listen to the lyrics. That’s what makes Brzowski different. This doesn’t have to be feel good music. In fact, at times it’s downright feel bad art! We need that in our lives. Everybody has a dark side and to express it proficiently through art is a gift that Brzowski has bestowed upon us.

Someone liken Brzowski isn’t going to quit making music. This is what he knows. It’s an expression of his essence. This is his strongest work yet. Don’t take my word for it though. Support this man by purchasing his music, listening, or going to see him live and buying him a beer in your town.

Also, shout out to 80HRZ and C Money Burns for a fantastic job with the production, Follow us at WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/RUSTBELTHAMMER

NEW RICK TA LIFE BAND OR BRILLIANT TROLL PARODY?

The lines between fantasy and reality have been blurred as the mind numbing saga of Rick Healey AKA Rick Ta Life continues, oi oi. Believe it or not, in the late 90s you could step foot in any generic music store in your local bumfuck mall and pick up a 25 Ta Life album, oi oi.

Rick announced a few weeks ago that he’s starting a new sketchy (white power?) band and then these songs mysteriously appeared on YouTube, sharing the name of the project. The only thing is, these tracks are moronically brilliant. They sound staggeringly close to Sockeye and their fake skinhead band called Tough Skins. Have a listen and decide for yourself. Please don’t be dumb and take these tracks seriously. This is some Weird Al level shit, right here. Great troll job.

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I AM TX IS A SHORT NARRATIVE FILM ABOUT A BLACK PUNK BAND IN TX

I was first made aware of this short film by Chief And The Doomsday Device who is one of the stars and also a rapper based out of Austin. The film explores what it’s like to be a black artist in a predominantly white scene. They currently have an campaign which you should donate to so this film can happen.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/i-am-tx#/backers

2MEX PODCAST INTERVIEW (RBH PODCAST ARCHIVES)

We had a weird year at Rust Belt Hammer where our website was down and we didn’t have the chance to archive some really great interviews. That all changes today as we will make them easily accessible on here.

We talk here with 2Mex about almost getting signed by Tricky, Bud Bundy giving him his big break, 90s LA hip hop, wrestling, and more.

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