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    Interview w/ Run The Jewels by Spin About “Tragedy in Ferguson and Racist Idiots”

    I love reading and watching interviews with these two fellas. Besides the humorous aspects of it, they are always extremely real. Head over to Spin to read the full interview, and check out a couple of my favorite lines from it below.

    El, how was your day yesterday watching Mike on CNN?
    El-P: Well, I don’t have cable because years ago I decided that my only chance at sanity was to not let the world penetrate my brain at that rate. I had to watch it and catch up at the end of the day, and I spent about basically two hours just watching my friend bring truth to those who don’t want to hear it. It was a beautiful thing. I’m immensely proud, glad, and thankful that Mike’s voice is able to get out there because I can’t think of a better person to express what he expressed. Also, I’m terrified and disgusted by some of the reactions.

    Killer Mike: If we didn’t have these types of conversations off-camera for years, I probably would’ve went up there either babbling like a fool or talking like an insane angry man.

    El-P: The debate in this country is so fucking skewed, it’s never about what is actually happening. It’s all about impressions. Even the murder — “Hey, maybe the kid deserved it!” That whole subtle bullshit, “Maybe the kid deserved to be killed, maybe he wasn’t a good kid.” The fact that that’s even being suggested is some of the most appalling shit on the planet. It’s like, “Thank you so much for that relevant video clip of a kid in a store being an asshole, because we all know, here in America, that shoplifting a cigar is punishable by firing squad.” I’m also very weirded out that they had to go to Killer Mike!

    Killer Mike: We’re just rappers!

    El-P: Yeah! You got to us! We’re not even at the top of the fucking pile of rappers.

    Killer Mike: But we are the best rap group in the world.

    El-P: Well, yeah.

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    Killer Mike Talks Ferguson & More on CNN (Video)

    After his piece on Billboard Online about everything currently going on in St. Louis, Killer Mike today talked with CNN. Read his Op-Ed piece here, and watch the interview above.

    “This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them.”

    I have searched all night and day for new and better words that could express my feelings and fear for the people of this country. I found no new words. I have no hope-filled insight to deliver. I only have this warning to all Americans: Whatever this country is willing to do to the least of us, it will one day do to us all.

    The police are paid by the public and carry a public trust, and they take an oath to protect us as citizens. The police have lost sight of that and must be reminded that we pay them to protect us, not to simply engage and cage us.

    We trust police with the power of life and death and with that trust comes a greater responsibility to be better than the current standard of policing I see across America everyday. Being a cop must be hard. My dad was one, and never wanted any of his children to follow in his footsteps. Being a cop is often seeing the worst of the human condition and behavior. With all of that said, there is no reason that Mike Brown and also Eric Garner are dead today — except bad policing, excessive force and the hunt-and-capture-prey mentality many thrill-seeking cops have adapted.

    This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them. This is not Egypt or Syria or Palestine, but today it feels that way. It feels as if death can come, without reason, from a uniformed government official and, if we do not press back against this Blue Wall of Silence and gang-like mentality of our local police, we all are in danger. Whether it is illegal rd stops & checkpoints, where your rights are being violated — through being forced to answer questions that the 5th Amendment protects you from, or illegal stop-and-frisk that the 4th Amendment is designed to protect you from — all of our rights are violated and in danger when any American’s rights are violated.

    I have chimed in about the brutality that killed this child, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner, and so many others. It’s shameful, but these are not simply words to commiserate; these words, I hope, serve as a wake-up call to all Americans. Our rights are being violated by people we pay daily. This must end, or every American has failed.

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    Record Store Day 2014 | #rsd2014

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Record Store Day 2014 is tomorrow and you better get up and out early because this year is guaranteed to bring out some bangers, as well as, some classics that will be re-released. There will even be some new-to-vinyl exclusive releases. You can check out where you need to be tomorrow by clicking here. And for a complete list of records being dropped you can go here. Happy hunting, hip-hop heads!

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    Nuvo Lists 100 Best Hoosier Albums Ever

    This week in Nuvo, a committee of more than 20 has put together an all-out 100 Best Hoosier Albums. There’s a grand list, and they’ve even opened up the forums for discussion of anybody they might have missed for you to nominate. Ones that they listed from the hip hop genre, and associated genres that we might share, are listed below:

    DMA – Pheel Phree (2013)
    Dorsh – Neapolitan (2012)
    Freddie Gibbs – The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs (2009)
    J Brookinz – Gateway 3 (2012)
    Mudkids – 4trackmind (1998)
    Oreo Jones – Betty (2012)
    The Proforms – Atavism (2011)
    Scott Matelic – Primitive Pessimist (2004)
    Sirius Blvck – Year of the Snvke (2014)
    Twilight Sentinels – Meanwhile (2007)

    Those are definitely a great group of projects that if one was delving into Indiana music, would be a great start. Many of these albums have actually been nominated in our more in-depth hip hop and Indiana voting in the last couple of years. Below I’m going to share an additional five releases that happen to be some of my personal favorite releases from Indiana hip hop artists (minus my own because of course I think my own are great):

    Sirius Blvck – Ancient Lights (2013)
    Mr. Kinetik – Black Hole Rap (2012)
    Echomaker – Concrete Seeds (2012)
    Cas One – The Monster and the Wishing Well (2013)
    Tony Styxx – It’s Bigger Than Me (2011)

    Make sure to head on over to Nuvo and check out the rest of the article, and get hip to some good Indiana music!

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    Ace One Covers Nuvo | @ACE_ONE_

    The Rap Monster, also known as ACE ONE, is featured on the cover of Indianapolis’ Nuvo this week. The Cut Camp representative goes into detail on many things, and the interview comes in support of his recent BDTB sponsored Rap Monster: Remixed and Remastered album. Check a snippet of the article below, but head over to our friends at Nuvo to get the full story. Congrats to Ace!

    It’s well past midnight on a snowy Tuesday night when Ace One pulls up to Sam Ash, a music megastore on Indy’s Northside. Music shops like Sam Ash can be a sort of repository for unfulfilled dreams. Nearly every customer who walks through the door has some desire to achieve fame and fortune in the music business — and very few will ever come close.

    Ace One is a bit different, though. The MC has achieved an impressive level of success in Indianapolis music. But Ace isn’t at Sam Ash on this night to pick out a new piece of expensive music gear.

    He’s there to clean the carpets.

    Over the years I’ve often heard the charismatic rap veteran, born Michael Cobbs, referred to as the “the hardest working man in Indianapolis hip-hop.” I always assumed the title was a nod to his energy-fueled stage presence and rigorous live performance schedule, or perhaps even his large and tangled lineage of group affiliations and artistic collaborations. That’s all definitely part of it. However, while writing this story I would learn of another, entirely different dimension to that designation.

    It’s an irony I can’t help but notice as I observe Ace preparing for our interview, his first major cover story, while simultaneously readying himself for a night of hard manual labor. After several days of negotiation, this was the only time Ace could find to fit an interview into his relentless schedule of band practices, live performances and work obligations.

    “I work for a company doing carpet care. I’m the chief crew technician. I’m really good at what I do.” Ace says this with a tone of pride. “I try to be good at everything I do. I don’t believe in wasting my time or anybody else’s.”

    “It’s a physically draining job,” he admits, as I strain to hear him over the noise of his carpet vacuum. I’m asking how he balances his intense work routine with his even more intense artistic life.

    “It’s not about balance. It’s the realization that it has to be done. The music has gotta get done and it’s gonna get done no matter how tired I am. You take a shot and you keep going. You smoke a joint and you get busy.”

    Spending time with Ace, one gets the sense that he’s ready for anything at any moment. In fact, that’s how he earned his name.

    “Ace is an acronym. It stands for Always Come Equipped,” he says. “That name came around 1999 when I started doing music with Justice League and Wormusic. We would get together and do all night sessions — meet each other around noon and not leave until the next day type of shit. Whenever we would get together I would always have a backpack. The amount of stuff I would carry in my backpack was ridiculous; it was almost like a suitcase. So if somebody cut their finger, I’d literally have Neosporin and a Band-Aid.”

    Read the entire article by clicking here.

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    Deckademics Launches Weekly Classes Today | @deckademics

    The brand new, and first and only, DJ school in Indianapolis opened its doors on Saturday, but today the new school has started their regular weekly classes.

    Founded by DJ MetroGnome and “Sir” Doug Morris (of Old Soul Entertainment), Deckademics will operate Monday through Saturday with multiple classes each day for aspiring deejays. The classes aren’t just for beginners either as they offer classes for four different skill sets. The skill sets are listed below:

    NOVICE: An Introduction To DJ’ing (6 weeks)
    This introduction course will provide the framework to becoming a great DJ. You’ll learn the fundamentals such as the basics of scratching and mixing, counting BPM’s and recognizing song structure, dropping the song on beat, as well as historical and functional training. This class will set the standard for becoming the best DJ you can be!

    AMATEUR: Application of Fundamentals (12 weeks)
    This 12-week long course will allow you to build on to the knowledge base you gathered in the NOVICE class. In the AMATEUR course, you’ll delve deeper into scratching and mixing mechanics, beat-matching, and how to use a hands-on approach effectively with both the gear and the music simultaneously.

    INTERMEDIATE: Studying the Craft (12 weeks)
    This 12-week long course will allow you to flourish as you explore and implement new techniques. Here you’ll hone in on the art of blending, incorporating scratch combinations, utilizing the digital platform(s) & functions, learn how to effectively use different transition techniques and EQ’ing.

    ADVANCED: Practice Makes Perfect (6 weeks)
    This 6-week long course will provide you with final set of skills to master the turntables. You’ll focus on controlling a crowd, beat juggling, advanced scratch techniques, creating scratch sentences, and incorporating digital effects into your mix effectively.

    Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? Still not sure if you want to commit? Well, Deckademics also offers something they call a “Weekend Warrior” crash course, which is a four-hour class held each and every Saturday that is an ideal economic option for those wanting to get familiar with the art of DJing, but may not want to invest that type of money or time right away.

    I don’t know about you, but I’m interested.

    You can check out more information on their classes schedule here, and go and check out their website here.

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