Damn y’all! October is ’bout to be one of the best months yet for the Rhino! Toronto kingpin iLLvibe, rapper and video director par excellence, has invited Measuring Man and I to kill shit alongside Duch Dillinger on their Screwed Up Tour! It’s an official initiative of iLLy’s concert series #SOTI, Survival of the Illest. Joining us on the stacked, mega-talented bill will be Duch Dilly, party-starter Chris Thomas, the very dope Toronto OG street rapper Mark Jordan, Pinkush’n Kidz, Royce Birth, Jane Doe, and, last but not least, local godfather Dan-E-O of the amazing Golden Era Canadian rap legends Monolith! It all goes down Thursday, October 9th, at Nocturne, 550 Queen Street West! Come fuck witcha boy – it’s finna be a PARTShare
Wow! Dope new Rhino tunes just keep comin’ y’all! I’m happy with this one – it’s a feature I did on a lark for my man Rayne Drop out in Saskatoon – he’s on the beat, Chuck Woods from his group Wolfpack is on the first verse, and I drop in for a nifty little cameo as the clean-up man, including (heads up to nerds!) references to no fewer than 12 rap and R&B acts (see if you can figure ‘em all out!) and also (fair warning to Bahá’ís and other chaste folks!) a little light romantic tongue-in-cheek sex talk. “I never said I was a dog…”
The latest excellent emcee to request and receive an atomsmashing guest 16 from yours truly is none other than Dopey Ziegler of San Jose, California, who was kind enough to ask me to feature on his banginary single “Tropicana”, a particularly funky cut on his triumphant new album with beatmaker Variant, ‘The Signal and the Noise’. I really assassinated this one, and Ziegler (formerly known as Swagberg) shines on the whole tape with precise, tightly wound flows and beautifully written trueschool raps. Dude is an absolute beast, and there are great performances by Navi, Satellite High and our old friend Jesse Dangerously as well. Peep game at www.ziegler.bandcamp.com!
What do you do when your friend More Or Les calls you out of nowhere to request your presencer as part of his set for the most famous and beloved nerd musicoriented concert series in town? You RIP THAT SHIT TO SHREDS, of course! I was thrilled to rock “Whaddup Witcha” and “Get Back” for a wildly enthusiastic nerd crowd at the Horseshoe Tavern on the night of Sunday the 31st, adding some A1 B12 energy and inimitable Rhino pizzazz as an extra boost to Les’ already brilliant set. Shouts as well to Nerds With Guitars, the amazing Detroit dance act Johnny Headband, and the Cybertronic Spree, who dress up in costume and exclusively perform the instrumental music from the animated ‘80s Transformers movie (I shit you not! I’m talkin’ a dude in bigass devil horns absolutely SHREDDING on the geetar! Amazing!)Share
Holy shit! Measuring Man and I have had the good fortune to be on some great bills in the past, but this one was more stacked with talent than just about any we’ve yet been on. Kush McCloud and Simply Put of #TheNetwork were gracious hosts at Oko Red Lounge for the famous The Sauga Continues event, where we delivered a devastating set alongside an amazing group of talent including Young Stitch and Sentral Soldiers, Treetop Entertainment (Kehmak and Casper The Ghost), Dynamic, Jadio & Soul, and Hotrox Skren MC! Hard to pick who was best—Dynamic had the sick hooks and commanding stage presence, Hotrox had the “Irish Sticky Fingaz” charisma and slammin’ oldschool beats, Sentral Soldiers spit crazy fire, the Treetop boys smashed the place. Everybody ripped it! What an honour and pleasure to rock that crazy bill! And best of all—we’re comin’ BACK! The crowd chose us to headline the next Sauga Continues event! BAM! #RhinoSalute!Share
It was a crazy night for many reasons, but Measuring Man and I burnt down our set opening for the Boston godfather, Ed OG, at The El Mo last night—and we later learned that Ed was digging the songs too! Big ups to our brethren Righteous and Wasun, and to the ill opening singer Chalaine, who also did their thing that night!Share
The Amazing Chokeules dropped his new album Stay Up! tonight (coincidence?) at Rancho. To help support a brother with his amazing new CD, Rhino, along with fellow lefties SJ The Wordburglar and More Or Les, got up with Choke to do the smash posse cut Leftorium! Always a fun night at Rancho and $5 rap. And UltraMagnus was amazing as usual! As was fellow HHK SciFi holding it down in the opening slot! Big Ups!