Not much is known about Son of Lil B except that Based God is his father. He was raised in the wilderness and only fed psychedelic mushrooms for the first fifteen years of his life. Download or stream his debut track here.
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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.
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.
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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I remember this awkward moment like yesterday. I had a band with Zed Schmeck called Eat Shit and Die that was supposed to open the show but our drummer (Pigman) quit that morning.This was weeks after a car wreck in the snow left us unable to open for Annihilation Time and Upstab. Some luck! Anyways, this was Play Fast or Die Fest II in Hubbard, Ohio. Hubbard is a small place located by Youngstown, Ohio, and the Pennsylvania border that had a skatepark where mostly local bands played. I don’t think Cider was originally on the bill for Play Fast or Die II, but they played anyways and went way over their time limit. Some of the local Crowd Deterrent type guys weren’t too happy and I’m not exactly sure what happened outside but Cider were told to leave town and baseball bats may have been involved. Steve “Da Assaulta” is visibly frustrated around the 10:30 mark and it looks like he pleas with the band to stop playing. Instead we find Aaron Melnick of Integrity/Inmates now behind the drum set and a short Brainwashed Youth set ensues to the amusement of their Cleveland friends and no one else. As you can see in this video, they play to a mostly puzzled and indifferent audience that had no clue who Cider was. I think most of the kids were there because it was a show in Youngstown. For the record, other bands that played were Caustic Christ, Career Suicide, My Revenge, and a bunch I can’t recall that got lost in the shuffle of time. T
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This amazing show has never been seen online before. It happened on November 4th, 1988 at Peabody’s in Cleveland, Ohio. The footage starts off with the Agnostic Front set and then moves on to False Hope. They are a little known band from Cleveland whose members would go on to form the backbone of such integral bands as Integrity and Keelhaul. The camera work here is obviously amateur and the audio falls out of synch briefly but if you’re looking for an amazing glimpse into the Clevo HC scene of 1988, this is a peak into that tiny window of time. You’ll get stage divers galore and all of your favorite AF songs in this video.
-Matt Continue reading AGNOSTIC FRONT LIVE IN CLEVELAND (1988)→
Trent Reznor grew up in Mercer, Pennsylvania. This is a sleepy little place near the Ohio/PA border that not many people have ever heard of. It’s close to Youngstown, Ohio, where growing up I would always hear of Trent sightings. Reznor moved to “the big city” in the mid 80s…that big city being the hub of tortured artists, Cleveland. He worked in a studio, played with Lucky Pierre and Exotic Birds, and did some work on underground gay dance artist Vincent Capretta’s Who’s Looking Back where he was credited as Trent Reznar. While working at Right Track Studio, he recorded as Nine Inch Nails at night, sent the demo off to major labels, go signed, and the rest is history. Here is Jeff Reding’s 1990 interview with Mr. Reznor.