Beastie Boys and downtown New Yorkers were pioneers of mixing the punk and hip hop scenes but Paulie Think wasn’t far behind. He is the only rapper to ever work with Dave from Neurosis and hop on an MDC tour.
His new band ShotsFiredS!ShotsFired! has no resemblance to hip hop though and that is quite okay. This song reminds me of Feel The Darkness era Poison Idea mixed naturally with a good dose of Chicago Hardcore. Check out the video and be sure to catch Paulie or the band as they seem to be everywhere!
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.
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.
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This has to be the funniest talk show performance of all time. The audiences facial expressions are damn near priceless as they look on in horrified disgust or total confusion while the Crew sings “You will drink my cum and nothing more.”
2 Live Crew set the precedent for dirty raps and today we lost the icon Fresh Kid Ice. RIP to the 2 Live emcee and may you be chilling in the afterlife on a throne getting twerked on by all of the heavenliest hoes.
This is the best and original lineup of the band that featured the maniacal Chris Erba on vocals. Watch this deranged lunatic play with one of the fiercest, short lived bands in Cleveland punk/hc history. They came, they saw, and they self-destructed. This footage has never been seen before. Crack one open and check this set out.
Horror of 59 has a new album titled Necroaggression. It reminds me of old So Cal melodic punk mixed with rockabilly and a heavy dose of the Misfits. They have a song called “Nuke ‘Em High” so you can pretty much expect lyrics ripped straight out of the script for a b-movie. What’s not to love? You know what you’re gonna get and it’s what you came for.
“The Turning” is probably my favorite track upon first album listen. Horror of 59 definitely knows how to lay a catchy hook on your sorry ass. This one will be in my head all night.
This was recorded shortly after The Dead Boys broke up and certainly shares the same energy of Cheetah’s previous work. There’s a slow, cynical and sinister sound to the B-Side “Take Me Home, whereas the A-Side “Still Wanna Die” is all about fast-paced nihilism and self-destruction. Everybody knows about Dead Boys, but this 7 inch has too often been passed over for the more popular stuff. Give these tracks a listen and lets hope that they are remembered as an important part of 1970s Ohio punk rock history.
Luckily Cheetah didn’t end up a rock and roll casualty and still records music to this day. Look for more on him in the near future from Rust Belt Hammer.