Hip hop as a genre has long been rife with a high presence of clichés and traditionalism, often for the sake of reinforcing rapper bravado and celebrating aspects of the culture perceived as vital (as some guy with a microphone once said, “money, hos, and clothes: all a nigga knows”). Nonetheless, from about the late … Continue reading Terror in the Five Regions: The Esoteric Hip Hop of Ghost Kings
Rememebr Tito Makani? If you were born somewhere between the years of 1990 and 1996 and had a decent childhood (raised on Golden Age Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, that is), then I'd like to assume your memory of him is fond. In Nickelodeon's Rocket Power, Tito was the big, teddy bear-ish co-manager at the Shore Shack, … Continue reading Aloha To That: The Hawaiian Doom Dabblings Of Cambrian
For a long time, a common thematic feature within black metal was a focus on the history and cultural practices of ages past. The present, modern era of humankind being seen as empty, artificial, and devoid of significant meaning, black metal musicians tended to take to looking backwards for answers, often to pre industrial (and … Continue reading In The Depths Of Black Twilight: Exploring Crepusculo Negro
A lot of significant things went down in the world of hip hop in 1997. From one perspective, one could view it as the pivotal year where an East coast legend, The Notorious B.I.G., was murdered in LA, about half a year after his West coast counterpart, Tupac Shakur, had also been gunned down. Some … Continue reading Curfews Is Issued In The Daylight: 20 Years Of Funcrusher Plus
Ivan Brandon (author) and Nic Klein (illustrator) debuted the eerie sci fi series that is Drifter in November of 2014 on Image Comics. Right from the first issue, I knew that I was going to be in for something spine tingling, thought provoking, and... just all around different, significantly at odds with a large majority of … Continue reading The End Of Drifter: Love, Suffering, And Mystery… In Space
Last year, deep in the chasms of underground metal, something special happened that is already promising to deliver potent results. Alexander Poole (Skáphe, Chaos Moon) and the secretive HV Lyngdal (Wormlust), two crafters of dark, hallucinogenic black metal, decided to unite and form their own label. It would be called Mystískaos. At present, there are only … Continue reading Drone In The Tundra: The Mysterious Ways Of Afsprengi Satans
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