never went to LA until we played there, that was 08 with Mahf. never went to Canada until we was performing, same tonight with NY, my first time here. our music is the vehicle. our performance is the energy, the road the religion. shit is crazy, or maybe it’s the hash I’m smoking. Indyground is active and the Gonzo is spreading coast to coast. shouts to everyone riding with us since day 1.
DAY 3 of 14 Days of Gonzo - “Vicious Cycle Circles” is literally a discussion of this cliche call to arms debate, also it’s well known late great Hunter S. Thompson was a gun enthusiast to say the least… I wanted to stay true to some of the reoccurring themes that came with the life of Hunter and the Gonzo writing style and the lifestyle that came with it.
It’s not a secret gun control laws and violence are roguish and too often in America today. But I feel like the same voice debating against it is repetitive, played out, exhausted, whoever you are, wherever you’re from, we’ve heard it. And no one side ever thinks about the other.
Your proverbial double edge sword and conundrum that plagues the gun debate now. First time I heard the beat from Ben Bounce, he wanted it to have features and get some broader attention. The “Murder murder murder kill kill kill” sample was already on there so it drove and I sat shotgun in terms of the concept. Listen to my verse again, I setup the whole debate and then others ring in.
I was super lucky to get this verse from Mike Mictlan, super dope, aggressive and introspective, fucking perfect. And Tef Poe, I’ve always admired his movement and activism, especially being from the Lou, we’re not far from the tragedy happening in the Chicago southside.
Mahf kills the cuts on this, that sample at the end is crazy when it comes in too, love how the beat breathes at the end, fucking knocking ass rap music!!!!
Day 2 of 14 Days of Gonzo - “Universal Love Story” is definitely me hating formulas. I hate that the majority of songs and artists stick to it, or maybe that corporate entities and radio sell sell sell… anyhow, I was sick of the rapper “me me me” factor. “My grind, we go hard, money, dance, ass, shake, car flash coke math,” blah blah blah. To this day I buy CD’s, download songs, nerd in chats with friends about verses other cats is saying, singing, screaming, drumming, scratching, I love it all.
Figured I’d post on Facebook to people following me “Gimme one sentence about why you love music.” In my head I’m thinking whatever, just in my head trying to conceptualize these damn songs, feel me?
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Come back the next day, there’s 30 or so comments, new comments surfaced after performing the song live on the west coast, feel free to add if you’d like.
I basically read the thread over and over and wrote the song, at times, I’m literally just reading the thread confined in my pattern, I thought it would be cool to includes fans and supporters, my piers, family whatever in writing this song. I feel like the words are so strong, fuck doing a hook and let Mahf be weird with it, this is Gonzo, fuck rules and formats, we talking about passion and heart here, for the music and being creative, thanks to everyone who participated. The music video to this song is dropping next Tuesday on http://youtube.com/indyground shot and directed by Minor Makes Work.
shit we even made t-shirts for this song
The beat is produced by Charlie Beans from Detroit, he also produced “Wait A Minute” ft. Mac Lethal
from the End of the World Party EP
alright, let’s get it started, 14 days of Gonzo, first up, “X of Wands”
Actually reads “Ten of Wands” and is actually a Tarot card, arguably my favorite song, my heart rate fluctuates every time I hear it like cocaine, do your research on the card if you wanna know the meaning, the irony.. I drew the card before a massage, needed to relax, lots was going on, definitely fate > coincidence.
also, this is the gonzo current affairs journalistic freak power movement moment where you’re supposed to be engulfed in the current affairs of our environment, which includes all of us… this song is produced by Cutler Jones, the moment I heard it in Heezer’s Palace I knew this was the intro to the album, the theatrics of the track remind me of a Tarantino film score, this is definitely one of the songs with a heavy Gonzo emphasis. Mahf on the cuts, Matthew Sawicki comes in with guitar that’s speaks to my soul every time I hear it, still even today… Fuckwitit!