the uncle and his free range chickens.

happy monday to all. great weekend that started with Das EFX and a full band trying to come through Mao Live’s soundsystem (sound was fucking AWFUL..i just kept thinking “THIS is cacophony”)..really though I can’t imagine trying to manage eleven live instruments, two soul mamas on the mic, two extremely fucked-up rappers, and a DJ. that’s a fucking task. but still, i couldn’t understand a single lyric, and i’m a native English-speaker..

also, warm-up act Back To The Golden Age has now claimed the highest spot on my “acts in Shanghai that claim to be hip hop but are actually the anthesis of hip hop.” jesus christ you are so bad. you would think that with thirty people in your crew (including a few that looked like 8th graders), some of them would maybe like, not suck. but no.

also, in general, shouting “we represent the real hip hop!” 100+ time does not actually = representing the real hip hop.

still though i give this show points for being extremely entertaining and Das EFX not holding anything back or censoring themselves. also because Ceezy and MC One Con killed it with their early set. too bad they didn’t rock after..

if you were @ Shelter before 10PM on Saturday, you know some magic happened. a one-hour, all-Burial set by Kode9 on a well-tuned soundsystem. bass in the chest.

came back to Shelter at 2AM to catch the last 1/3 of Kode9′s set…juke music and jungle mixed impeccably. seriously the classiest mixing i’ve ever seen, on three CDJs no less. I was a bit nervous to play afterwards but i’m happy with the set, which was mostly rap (three 6/drake/etc) then booty music mixed with techno.

went to get my bike back from Lune yesterday afternoon and ran into this crazy uncle slanging chickens on the street. he wanted 17RMB for half a key, but i was like fuck that’s expensive and he got really mad. crazy uncle did not want me to take these pictures. love the juxtaposition of hypermodern architecture with scenes like this.

really feeling this new James Blake EP on R&S.

James Blake – Love What Happened Here

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busy week. dungeons and dragons tonight..

tuesday = FIST OF THE NORTH STAR @ Dada (seriously one of the most violent feature-length animes ever…exploding heads galore). 9PM with the Sub-culture fam.

wednesday @ mao livehouse w/French Horn Rebellion and Rainbow Danger Club

French Horn Rebellion – Beaches and Friends [edit: fuck these dudes]

friday @ mao livehouse w/MC One Consciousness, Ceezy, and Das EFX

saturday @ Lune for Pop Party then Shelter w/Kode9 (!!!!!!!)

will post some tracks soon, but you need to cop that new Juicy J mixtape “Blue Dream & Lean.” Shit is epic.

fun with foods/what are the ten treasures???

ate some soup last night cause i’m sick. i couldn’t afford the double boiled deer penis with ten treasures but was assured that it would “enhance masculinity,” i.e. it’s “good for man.” But honestly I ate some “good for man” soup one time (cow balls…) and I had sex like four times that night so I don’t necessarily doubt this.

some Friday tunes for you.

Das EFX – The Real Hip Hop (Pete Rock Remix)

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Sepalcure – Breezin (this track gets so good like four minutes in)

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Das EFX are coming to Shanghai next Friday (Mao Livehouse), supported by an 11-piece orchestra (!!) led by Theo Croker and my good friends MC One Consciousness and Ceezy. More info here.

THE BIG SHOW

so much going on this weekend…if you’re in Shanghai on Friday, you need to be at Mao Livehouse. The homegrls Cha Cha, part of the Subculture/Uprooted fam, and Cookie, manager of OTAKREW, put together a series of shows showcasing the best Chinese hip hop acts from all around the country. This is the final episode in the three part series – The Big Show.

I went to the first show a few Fridays ago at The Shelter, and honestly I haven’t had a night like that at Shelter in probably two years. Just huge vibes and great music (H20 on some crazy beatbox looping and live Korg action…hBd back-to-back with LJ….Cavia with the late night rock set that had people taking their clothes off…)

This Friday sees The Connection at a much bigger venue – Mao Livehouse. They need it, because one of the hip hop producers from Guangzhou is bringing his 12-piece band (!!!) Lots of other MCs, DJs, and producers, all Chinese, plus the homie Ceezy on the decks. They got cats from both the north and the south – really different places, perhaps even more so than east coast vs. west coast in the states.

I don’t recommend other people’s events much on this site. With that said, DO NOT SLEEP on this one. Tickets are RMB80 pre-sale or RMB100 at the door (remember, they’re bringing artists from all over China for this…it’s a good deal).

So don’t be on some lame bullshit and go to M2 or M1NT to listen to “I Got a Feeling,” because The Big Show is the state of hip hop in China, 2011, and it’s really good. Holla at’cha boy I will be there for sure.