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First in a series of Promotional Shorts for Twisted Metal in Motion, makers of innovative and elegant Upcycled Jewellery and Fallalery (not to mention occasional boldPIGEON co-conspirator).
Originally recorded for District Six Records, back when District Six Records was still a thing, and worked out at King West Studio (when that was still a thing) with the help of engineer mastermind Shaun Christie, thin.KING. SOON COME. features production by Junia T, Cypha, Royce Birth, cello work by Nic Carlino, and some harder to classify 8-track gems from i.james…. like this one…
When people start to trouble you with all that Hip Hop Is Dead nonsense, feel free to point out FULL CIRCLE – STILL WATERS & BES KEPT.
Use for example the “RAW FEELIN’” video by Toronto’s multi-talented , producer, emcee, deejay, multi-insrumentalist and camera master emdee (ear2much, Toronto City Riot, Quincey’s Crate, and more) from the album INFINITE EDGES released in 2014.
If you need a reference, tell them to think – Dilla baby born to a DOWN TO ERF Session. And introduce yourself… to FULL CIRCLE.
Every few years, someone around the ideaFACTORY would get fed up and approach i.james.jones about releasing the “lost record” thin.KING. SOON COME.
Methods ranged, but none prevailed. Every time it seemed like it would come down from the shelf, it somehow managed to keep its dusty place. Jones calls it his “lost record”. Some off us call it his “cursed record”. (As one bP co-conspirator declared “it is cursed, cause he believes it is cursed”. It may be so).
thin.KING.SOON COME. was recorded during his time with the now defunct District Six Music (Zaki Ibrahim, Tumi and the Volume, Tanika Charles), …his Parkdale era.
Heard in total, it is portrait of an artist pulled, stretched even, but not scattered. Honest, reflective, angry and clinging to love. Perhaps with hindsight it is also easy to see how it foreshadowed the depression and reclusive time that would follow it.
On a record with some incredible big studio work by Shaun Christie at King West Studio, our favourite joints around the office certainly remain the 8-Track intrusions that poke and jab at the polish of the main body.
Perhaps none better than “LET OUT”.
N.L. KUMALO seems on a path to become the most interesting man you will ever know.
Currently re-vamping his epic novel “Simon’s Song”, and re-mixing his “Tunnel At The End Of The Light”Ep, while working to illustrate some projects for the BP KIDS… Kumalo pays the rent chefing it up in one of Toronto’s more popular kitchens.
The man and his story are captivating. So to are the stories he weaves when he puts on that thinking cap and works to give form to the ideas and characters that occupy his ever active brain.
“Child Support” is an amazingly vivid picture of too many modern relationships. Written/Produced and Performed by N.L. Kumalo.
The video came about while we were borrowing some office space in a Rehearsal Factory. The challenge became, what could we accomplish with a cell phone, an old version of iMovie, and a few hours.
The result, a boldPIGEON PRESENTATION
Long a favourite of the PIGEON, TWISTED METAL IN MOTION’s Erin Ademoglu’s bio rings true when it states that she “weaves elegance through the wreckage of forgotten factories and the graveyards of our favourite things”.
2015 has seen her work grow, it has become more daring, more challenging, seeing increased use of recovered mechanical and electrical parts. So to has her visibility and recognition grown in accord, appearing at PlasticWrap’s Bazzar of the Bizzare in both Fall and Winter, and being selected for the Active Surplus Gallery show at Propeller Gallery in Mirvish Village.
We look forward to the year ahead, with development of TwistedMetalinMotion.com and new stylings from Twisted’s mad styler.
And in celebration of the work that was 2015, … a boldPIGEON presentation.
– (designs available through http://www.Facebook.com/twistedmetalinmotion)
Years ago, the good people at Honour Rebel Society were trying to circulate the idea of having the man known as Theology 3 run for Mayor in the Toronto Municipal Election.
According to all accounts, the Freedom Writer’s member and man who coined the term “Screwface Capital”, wouldn’t even entertain the idea. Which is too bad, because it is interesting to imagine Theo having got the chance to deliver the lyrical smack down on the Ford Brothers, if nothing else.
Though he might be a dedicated community worker and tireless arts educator, there is no doubt, as an emcee Theo 3 is a monster and a bully. Bar after bar he demolishes rappers, the ignorant, and ignorant rappers (not necessarily in that order), while showing the intellect, insight, and ability to speak “for the people” that made those Honour Rebel folks think that an election campaign would be a worthy endeavour.
Timely and potent. “Red lines on a white T, not unlike the nations flag”.
Ian Kamau is (and has been for some time now) an artist of towering voice, vision and thoughtful intelligence. “America” resonates with the soulful anger of sadness. “the anger of a thousand years holds me and never lets me go”.
This is journalism. This is how it feels, for those not consumed by the seething rage of riot, but by the dreadful sense of familiarity of another dead black boy shot full of holes, whose institutionalized killer will not see justice in a land that champions itself as a pillar of the rule of law. This is an anger that will not dissipate when the riots do. This anger haunts us.This anger has been jailed, beaten, shot at… it will not go away.
The Big Sproxx produced “America” moves with a jazzy melancholy, Gil Scott Heron meets M.F. Doom style. A soundtrack for the contemplative moments in (life)times of unrest.
Big Sproxx is going to make protest politics sexy again in Hip Hop music. It seems a certainty. The driving force behind the Freedom Writers, continues to build a catalogue making revolutionary intelligence sound good.
“America” is the first fruit from the IAN KAMAU X BIG SPROXX project… we look forward to more.
(The download is free…but… if you can, please.. pay for it…support the artists that make this music).