REVIEW: Bonez - HoodySZN

REVIEW: Bonez - HoodySZN

Bonez grows up on HoodySZN and gives us a deeper look at his life as a countercultural folk hero. For fans of 90s Houston rap and modern trap iterations, it is a relatable narrative with a surprising level of sentimentalism. 

WATCH: DORK Space Sloe Pink Show

WATCH: DORK Space Sloe Pink Show

I wanted to share this video from a show I did a while back with Dave, Otis Junior and WGTR$. DORK was a cool space -- not even sure if it's still there. But peep the video below to see a Gil Scott Heron cover from Otis, an intimate set from Dave, one of the first WGTR$ sets I believe and the first time we played wakup live. 

Our 6 favorite local songs from October

Our 6 favorite local songs from October

For some of the most off-the-wall and interesting hip-hop, look no further than the codeine-soaked rhymes of Sloe Pink. This is a kind of Robitussin-infused haze, a kind of weirdly lucid dream sort of thing. The end result balances a sleepy vibe with a seething menace, punctuated by creeping horns and detuned bass notes. Joined here by the always-on-point Shadowpact, the trio of emcees paints a picture of drugged-out madness and the kind of braggadocio that always feels well-earned. This is wholly unique and a standout in the Louisville hip-hop scene, which is saying something given the overall output from that community.

iceberg

iceberg

art is memento mori for me. i've felt from a very young age that i will not live long. i have tricked myself into not believing this but as i sit here with a lump in my throat and pain in my neck that hasn't gone away since my concussion/injury in 2010, i'm saying to myself, "maybe it's time." i'm so thankful for depression and anxiety, because they don't let me give up like that. they say, "you're sad – fix it" and "you're going crazy – use it to create art."

brief message of clarity

brief message of clarity

I've lived a good life, full of unique friendships, experiences and accomplishments. I've made music that I can't stop listening to. I've done things athletically I thought were impossible. I've been places I never thought I'd go. I have few but very meaningful relationships with people I love and trust. And I still cannot believe how much the soul of some mutt can mimic mine so closely.

Thank you to everyone who has helped me achieve a better state of mind this past year. It's been hard coming to terms with who I am, what I need in life, and how I can move forward from guilt, depression, paranoia and general misanthropy. Clancy, I love you more deeply than you will ever know.

If I die in a freak accident between now and the next time I see you, just know I was in a good place when it happened.

The Lesser of Two Evils is All You've Ever Had

The Lesser of Two Evils is All You've Ever Had

A vote for Trump is a vote for idiocy. A vote for Hillary is a vote for the military industrial complex and the corporate globalist agenda. This is truly a dystopian future we're living in. And it overwhelms me with sadness to see people fighting over this presidential election, as if both of the options we're presented with aren't bad for our country. 

Our six favorite local songs from July // leo weekly

Our six favorite local songs from July // leo weekly

Temulent— “Death Peddler” (featuring Sloe Pink)


The incessant plod of the drums is part and parcel to drum and bass, a subset of electronic music that delivers what it advertises. With “Death Peddler,” Temulent lays thick beats — the bass- and snare-heavy style prone to turn on a dime. Joined by the undeniable Sloe Pink — who turns in an incredible performance that showcases his skill as an emcee and someone equally capable of making hard turns — leans into something different than any of his available output. His flow is damn near a thing of mechanized beauty, a furious blend of dancehall and hip-hop that fits seamlessly with this track. If you told me this dude was Robocop, I’d believe it, because he spits fire like he’s fighting ED-209. And yes, I would buy that for a dollar.

 

- Syd Bishop, LEO Weekly

NN PRESENTS: Our 6 Favorite Songs Out of Louisville Through 6 Months of 2016! // never nervous

NN PRESENTS: Our 6 Favorite Songs Out of Louisville Through 6 Months of 2016! // never nervous

Sloe Pink - "Catinawindow"
I've been listening to this song since way before it's April release and I haven't stopped listening to it at least once a week. Something about the vibe makes me feel like I'm way cooler than I am. Kind of like when I was young and listened to Dr. Dre and thought I was a boss, except this is more of a laid back, smoke and chill type of cool.

 

- Jake Hellman, Never Nervous

LISTEN: Sloe Pink - "wākup" // Never Nervous

LISTEN: Sloe Pink - "wākup" // Never Nervous

In celebration of 4/20, rapper Sloe Pink is excited to share his most excellent new EP titled wākup.  His latest effort features seven brand new tracks, each one showcasing the young emcee's acrobatic skill set as not only a wordsmith,  but as an artist that has an imaginative flow that materializes from line to line like it's second nature. The beats framed around each track are also remarkable, as each one stands alone as a brilliantly constructed platform for Sloe to demonstrate his talents.   Contributors include Corey Wood (guitar, banjo, backup vocals), Louis Bowman (all recording, mixing, mastering, does live vocal effects) and Stsy (scratches, automation, piano).

After spending a that last few days with wākup, it's easy for me to conclude that Sloe Pink is quickly becoming  one of Louisville's finest lyricists.  

 

- Phillip Olympia, Never Nervous

6 best local songs released in january // leo weekly

6 best local songs released in january // leo weekly

Sloe Pink — “catināwind0w”


There is a dreamlike quality to “catināwind0w,” the lead single to the impending release by emcee Sloe Pink, usually relegated to genres like vaporwave or hauntology. The production sounds as if somewhere in post, the tapes were left on the dashboard of the van I owned in my 20s to bake in the sun for years — that warp and warble here gives it a surreal feel, one accented equally by the ephemeral guitar work, and, of course, by the sleepy flow and lyrical weirdness of Sloe here. Listening to “catināwind0w” transports you to a place that reflects a codeine-induced haze, blinking in and out of sleep, nodding off to reruns of campy sitcoms. Whether or not that sensation is deliberate is the subject of another conversation, although given the central theme of a cat sitting in the window, and a passive observer to the world around him, it certainly seems that way.

- Syd Bishop, LEO Weekly

27 club review // leo weekly

27 club review // leo weekly

With the release of “27 Club,” emcee Sloe Pink and producer Dr. Dundiff unleash a mellow throwback to the golden age of hip-hop. This is a super mild album, in the best possible way — chill, but with a kinetic energy. As has become his standard, this is some top notch Dr. Dundiff production, which explores scattered beats and colorful, almost chip-tune inspired melodies, like if there was an 8-bit Nintendo Mo’Town album. As such, the music is very much like classic Stones Throw — easy to digest, but certainly interesting. Sloe Pink delivers too, with a flow that matches the ease of the beat, and a nice narrative slant alongside that. I can assume the titular club is a reference to artists that check out too soon. My only hope is that this doesn’t happen here, as the world needs more from Sloe Pink and Dr. Dundiff.

 

 

- Syd Bishop, LEO Weekly

If you fucking move, I swear to God.

If you fucking move, I swear to God.

Yesterday I watched a father of a 15-year-old boy murdered. "If you fucking move, I swear to God." Imagine that being the last thing you hear before you are shot twice in the chest. Imagine rolling over and then being shot four more times in the back. "If you fucking move, I swear to God." How do you respond to this command? A gun in your face. The weight of two grown men bearing down on you.