Today marks a week since I’ve returned from the Better Now Than (N)Ever Tour with Carnage The Executioner and Illogic. I found myself paying presence of mind most of my attention, and, as a result, ended up storing the most beautiful photos and video content in my head as opposed to CF cards. I’m consistently aiming to embrace the power of now, finding a catch 22 in my attempts to embrace each moment as such while contributing to the ever-increasing over-saturation of online content. This isn’t to say I didn’t film Illogic and Carnage getting raw every night, because I did, and new content is on the horizon in the very near future. We’ve got some details to iron out on the production end, but I filmed some serious skinny dipping in the stream of consciousness, and it will be finding the light of the public eye very soon.
Illogic is an emcee to the bone. Once he calmly approaches the stage, he quickly lays waste to his soft-spoken demeanor and delivers a constant cultivation of prose and poetry. More nights than not, I felt as if I had entered a wormhole he opened while reciting certain pieces. His control over the mic is unrivaled, and his smooth delivery has certainly shown me how to have a commanding presence while playing it cool. While his abilities with the written word make me want to edit edit edit my works, he told me that most of his writing is done in one-shot sessions. He shared some upcoming material in the van, and I can assure he is continually refining and defining what it means to simultaneously be an emcee and a poet.
Carnage (or CXXXL) is constant living proof that having to get on stage after him is a death sentence. I felt sorry for the few locals that were placed in that position on tour, because it’s like trying to get four year old interested in a balloon after it has already been inflated and blown apart. He has become one with his loop station, to the point where I lose sight of where his pedals begin and his mouth ends. I take his art for granted. I’ve seen him play probably near a hundred shows, and I forget that there are people who are unaware of what a loop pedal is, let alone what a hip-hop monster can do with one. On the drive to Las Vegas, we listened to a couple projects of Eyedea’s and that night, Terrell remade the instrumentals to a minimum of five of those songs with only sounds from his mouth.
If anything, this tour provided me with some much needed insight into the world of wearing multiple hats. Musician, videographer, photographer, audio engineer, live sound man, emcee, singer… all of these roles define each other, and I’ve come to a place where I’m okay with the space I cultivate in a live setting being different every night. In the end, I’m only interested in encouraging you to pursue your dream state, so do it. If it means sitting on the internet, researching your next moves, do it. If it means selling all of your belongings and flying across the world, do it. If it means grinding out a 9 to 5 to support and provide your family with a greater position than you had, then do it. Do it with love, and do it from your heart, because each passing blip of consciousness is all we’ve got.
My next MPLS gig is 12/3/14 @ 7th Street Entry in support of the homie Alan AKA Moonlight Grammar‘s new EP, “High Tide”. It’s definitely the most interesting thing you’ll find going on in the middle of the week, so grab a ticket and come hang… this will be my last public showcasing in the Twin Cities for the foreseeable future.
See ya’ll when I see ya,