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For Hymn, Souly
04/23/2018, 3:05 PM
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Editor’s Note: Nerdtorious scribe and 1/3 of Dad Bod Rap Pod, Nate LeBlanc, recently revisited LA rapper/poet Hymnal. It’s an expansive piece that reaches behind Hymnal’s words while also showing the remarkable fertile patchwork of influence during 1990s LA. Concurrently published on our homie’s terrific site, Passion of the Weiss— DM

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Hymnal is an LA-based writer, MC, and vocalist whose work is defined by poetic diction, melodic delivery, and a writing style characterized by inscrutable tangles of phrases that are nevertheless loaded with meaning. With a long but sporadic discography behind him, Hymnal has been involved in some of the most creative projects to emerge from the LA underground and continues to create thoughtful and highly original material. At the same time, he is a bit of a mystery.

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Phantogram Record Rundown
03/16/2018, 5:13 PM
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I’ve always been a fan of Phantogram, especially it’s hip-hop tinged production. You can tell Josh Carter (the duo’s production half) has an ear for boom-bap and bass licks. I got in touch with Josh to talk about his top 10 most profoundly influential records. Published for Wax Poetics, you can now read it HERE.



#DBRP
03/15/2018, 4:54 PM
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If you’re of a certain age and don’t mind brainy, unsolicited opinions, check out this little side podcast we just started. Featuring longtime Nerdotrious contributor Nate LeBlanc and hometown hero Demone Carter, aka San Jose’s MC Dem One. We discuss old man topics with cool weekly guests renagin from industry insiders and artists (as of this writing, the legendary Prince Paul and venerated MC Myka 9 have been on… with much more to come!) Take a listen to those episodes if you have dishes to do or errands to run– and peep upcoming episodes HERE. #DBRP



Breaking The Ice
03/14/2018, 7:19 PM
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This project with DJ Platurn has literally been 10 years in the making (more if you count his lifetime’s worth of sourcing these records). The project is out at the end of the month on San Jose’s Needle To The Groove Records.

The mix is an astounding collection of obscure Icelandic funk, proto-rap, rock, soul, and disco, all expertly put-in-place by Platurn. The release comes with liner notes (by yours truly) and is limited to 1000 CDs with a booklet of awesome ephemera. To gain a bit more perspective on the BTI, here are some past blog posts which aided in the realization of the project. Peep the nice mini-doc (by Kicker Dixon) above and kindly purchase HERE).

 



The Late Great Paul C
03/14/2018, 6:49 PM
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I helped edit this very thorough, very detailed piece on the mythical– and perhaps rap’s most underrated producer ever– Paul C. If you’re curious as to why Ultramagnetic MCs’ Critical Beatdown (and a few other notable records of that era) sounded so hard and so advanced, it’s all due to Paul, his extensive record collection and forward thinking engineering techniques. This piece examines his history and tragic death, exploring more of what became huge hip-hop lore. Written by my dude and upcoming music journalist Gino Sorcinelli. Read it HERE.



PREEMPTIVE POST: DJ SHADOW COVER
10/11/2017, 1:00 AM
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I wanted to get this post up since it’s been days since an update: The current issue of Wax Poetics (in print! on newsstands!) features my story on the venerable DJ Shadow. I don’t think I’m over speaking by saying this is the deepest piece ever on him, his history and catalogue-. It’s not only his origin story but has so many deep, fascinating tangents of other eras, particularly Bay Area DJ history and Mo Wax’s early days of dominance.

Check out some rad pictures and order it HERE.

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BADASSSSS SOUNDTRACKS
10/11/2017, 12:06 AM
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I had a lot of fun writing about this a few months back for The Guardian. They wanted a list of the Top Blaxploitation Soundtracks to coincide with the reissue of Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song’s soundtrack. Have a read HERE.