I’m Not Taking a Break This Time Around

Throughout my career, I’ve had a pattern of putting out an album, touring that album, and then returning home to relax and recharge before even thinking about making more music. During my time at home, I would get into different activities (usually unrelated to music) to fill the time until I was ready to dive back into making music. This process would take me anywhere from two months to a year depending on how worn down I was from touring. Even though this process wasn’t the most efficient, it worked for me because I always came back fully recharged at the end of it all. Continue reading

I Paid Off My House

There are a lot of things that can cause stress for a full-time artist like me. For anybody self-employed, things can be up and down from year to year. Some years you can be up and killing shit. Other years you can be sitting at home, trying to make a small amount of money stretch until your next project comes out (which could be years away). It’s a great job in most aspects, but the future is something that anybody self-employed and involved in the arts has to be concerned about, even somebody like me who has been doing this full-time for 16 years. Continue reading

My First Headlining Show in New York is Finally Happening

Those who have been following my career for a while have noticed that while I do tour quite a bit, and do really long tours, very rarely do I play New York City. There are many reasons for this. Sometimes it is just a routing issue and we can’t get the tour routed into the city. Other times it is that we can’t find a venue willing to take a chance on the show. But whatever the reason was, this led to a situation where I have never headlined a show in New York City. In fact, I haven’t even played in NYC since 2011 when Adventures in Counter-Culture was released, which was seven years ago. Continue reading

My Return to Touring Starts Today

Photo credit @hiphopcbus

Three years ago, when we got into an auto accident that totaled my van and brought us to within inches of losing our lives, things got a little weird for me. As an artist who loved touring and was known for regularly doing extremely long tours, that near-death experience changed me. On one hand, it made me extremely appreciative to be alive to see another day and cherish my time much more. But on the other hand, the entire experience made me realize that I needed to take a break. Continue reading

The Two-Headed Monster vinyl is here

The last two weeks has been such a blur of traveling to the farthest corners of the country–Florida and Oregon–that I almost forgot to mention that the vinyl LPs for Two-Headed Monster are back from the pressing plant. I picked these up right before I headed to Oregon for my show in Eugene this past weekend but, because I was in such a rush, I didn’t even get to open up any of the boxes. Today, I got to check them out and they look real dope. From the artwork to the clear vinyl, these joints look crispy! Continue reading

The Power of Community

I’ve been in Orlando for the last week, staying with my good friends the Solillaquists of Sound. For the last seven years, I’ve been coming down here multiple times a year; either playing a show, hanging with friends, working on some project, or doing what I’m doing this time around–shooting music videos.

Those who know me understand how active I am when it comes to getting things done, and while I can take some of the credit for my work ethic, I can’t take all the credit for what actually gets done. The truth, is that I wouldn’t be able to do nearly as much without the help of the community. Continue reading

The Wait is Over: I Have a New Album For You

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over two years since I’ve released a full-length solo album, but it’s true. The year 2016 was all about the Vigilante Genesis project, which was only a seven-song EP (not a full-length album) and the year 2017 was all about the King No Crown Movie.  Even though I take filmmaking very seriously–it’s nearly impossible to be decent if you don’t–I never lost any of the love I had for making music.  So I never stopped working on music during that time.  Now I finally have something new that I feel really proud to share with you.  Continue reading

Help Needed: Hitting The Road Again Soon

As many of you know, I have done a lot of touring during my career as an independent artist over the last fifteen years. However, I fell back quite a bit the last couple of years. Well, I want to make it known now that I’m making plans to do quite a bit of touring in 2018. That means that I will be releasing a lot of new music next year and trying to bring it to your city to perform. Continue reading

It’s Been A Long Time Coming

I’ve been looking forward to today for a long time.  After doing screenings across the country this summer and fall, today is the official release date of my first film, King No Crown. Two weeks ago, I had the last screening here in my hometown of Columbus, last week I mailed out all the preorders for the VHS and deluxe DVD, and this week the on-demand version can be watched right now on Vimeo. It’s finally here. Continue reading

Five More Rap Performance Cliches

Two weeks ago the most infamous podcast dropped an episode called “The Worst Rap Performance Cliches” where we broke down all the things rappers do on stage that used to be dope but need to be put to rest. Since that episode we realized that we forgot a few more really important ones. So we’re doubling back and laying the smack down on five more cliches that rappers need to put out to pasture because we wouldn’t be the most infamous podcast on planet earth if we didn’t. Bang!

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King No Crown Film Tour – Minneapolis, MN Recap

Me and Kathy Averill (Eyedea’s Mother) outside the Parkway theater before the King No Crown screening

If there were an American city I’ve played in during my music career more than my hometown of Columbus, OH it would have to be Minneapolis, MN. My first time here was when my group Greenhouse Effect and Illogic made the drive out to play at Brother Ali’s Rites of Passage cassette tape release, which was back in the year 2000, if I remember correctly. Since that time, I’ve been here more than I can remember. From playing shows, to starting and ending tours here, to visiting friends and even dating women here–it’s been like a home away from home. So it should come as no surprise that I was very much looking forward to screening my King No Crown movie in Minneapolis and felt it was one of the cities I had to bring it to. Continue reading