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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!
We’ve just added ten additional shows to the Two-Headed Monster tour that include Dallas, Boise, Great Falls, Denver, Ann Arbor, Duluth, Evansville, Portland ME, and Philly. Check out the details below (new dates are in bold):
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.
As you already know, my new album Two-Headed Monster will be released on May 22nd. Today, I’m excited to announce the first 40 shows of my Two-Headed Monster tour that will take place this summer. DJ Detox will accompany me on this journey that will visit the United States and Canada. Here are the dates:
- Excited to announce that we are having two album release parties for the Two-Headed Monster album. The first is Friday May 25th at Ace of Cups in Columbus, OH. The second is Saturday May 26th at Blind Bobs in Dayton, OH. Hit the links below to join the facebook event page, get your advanced tickets, and see the full line-ups for each show.
Last week, I announced my album Two-Headed Monster is coming. This week, I share the music with you. Here is the first music video and title track from my upcoming album “Two-Headed Monster” due out May 22nd. The video is directed by Visual House Media.
Two-Headed Monster is out May 22nd. Preorder your copy HERE.
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.
I have had the had the pleasure of being featured on Forbes.com in an interview about film, podcasting, real estate, and finding your own lane. It’s a really dope feature that I’m really proud of and you should definitely read HERE.
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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.
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.
Over the last two months, I’ve had some amazing screenings for my King No Crown movie in the Midwest and East Coast. Starting next week, I’ll be hopping in the van and bringing the film to one of my favorite regions–the South. Here’s the schedule:
This week begins the second week of my King No Crown film screening tour. While the previous screenings focused on the Midwest, this week we will be screening the film on the east coast. Get your advanced tickets now if you haven’t already. Here are the details:
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!
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.
In my quest to learn more about filmmaking, I’ve watched countless hours of video interviews from filmmakers. For the most part, these interviews have been about the technical aspects of filmmaking (shot composition, story telling, etc.), but there are also a good amount of interviews that are about the journey of these filmmakers and their mindset. I’ve always believed that having the right mindset will take a person much further than just having a skill, so I’m always interested in hearing people explain what really motivates them.