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jessicadeeks:

Herd Mag Issue 03 Launch and Mercury Lounge. Jesse Dangerously rappin. 

Peep me in my A Tribe Called Red tank looking bashful and cute…

Jared from Apartment 613 interviewed me immediately upon my return from the US in September, and asked me a lot of questions that really made me feel like a Person of Note.  Here is the article that he wrote!

It appears now in part to promote my show tomorrow night, which I shall fill you in on right here just in case you set aside this delightful article to read on the weekend or something and accidentally don’t find out.

I’m being joined by Lost Profit$ (I only just found out about the dollar sign in their name - oops) and Nolely Nole and we’re all performing at Avant Garde Bar & Gift Shop in Ottawa, at 135 1/2 Besserer Street.  I’m going to put some music on at 9, and people should start rapping at about 10, and it’s going to cost $5, and then I don’t know about you but I’m going to Oh My Jam! at Babylon for the “unofficial afterparty” (by which I mean a totally independent show being put on by A Tribe Called Red).

I hope you will join us, if you are in Ottawa or can get here by tomorrow night.

This is me performing “Passing Me By” as all members of the Pharcyde at Hip Hop Karaoke in August.
I can’t find any photos of me performing “Method Man” (the song) last month on the HHK Ottawa site, but there sure are a lot of photos of me and Young K in the crowd dancing with the homegirl Little Jo Berry.
I’m doing a secret Hallowe’en rap this month on October 18th (the night before my birthday)… I’m not saying who it’s by - I’m smuggling the instrumental in on 7” so the organizers don’t even know.  It’s a classic though.  From 1988.  Any guesses?

This is me performing “Passing Me By” as all members of the Pharcyde at Hip Hop Karaoke in August.

I can’t find any photos of me performing “Method Man” (the song) last month on the HHK Ottawa site, but there sure are a lot of photos of me and Young K in the crowd dancing with the homegirl Little Jo Berry.

I’m doing a secret Hallowe’en rap this month on October 18th (the night before my birthday)… I’m not saying who it’s by - I’m smuggling the instrumental in on 7” so the organizers don’t even know.  It’s a classic though.  From 1988.  Any guesses?

usedtobesoclean:

March Hawk goes to to toe with rap legend Jesse Dangerously.

punk rock!

feministrockstar:

I had a really great Sunday.

This is the BEST PHOTOGRAPH.
Left to right, that’s Maestro Fresh Wes, Young K, and Shad.
CANADIAN RAP ROYALTY.
I wish I hadn’t had to work during that amazing show, obvz the hip-hop highlight of Ottawa in 2012.

feministrockstar:

I had a really great Sunday.

This is the BEST PHOTOGRAPH.

Left to right, that’s Maestro Fresh Wes, Young K, and Shad.

CANADIAN RAP ROYALTY.

I wish I hadn’t had to work during that amazing show, obvz the hip-hop highlight of Ottawa in 2012.

usedtobesoclean:

download March Hawk - “Kitchissippi life” now! my debut rap release!

Why look at that handsome gentleman featured on track 8!
I recorded my verse at Jacob’s house on Monday afternoon, in between taking my mom and sister around Ottawa for various intense coffees and spending a cozy night in with Young K.
My “Hintonburner” is tribute to a rapidly gentrifying strip of businesses in Ottawa, just west of where I used to live (that area having been pre-gentrified for me).  It’s kind of like a Stuff White People Like in sixteen bars of wry, but not deeply cutting, 6/8 rhymes.
Oh okay you win… here are the lyrics:
When the KFC closed, it left a vacancy no posh joint could fill.Panic in Mechanicsville!Standstill versus development.  Elements in the landfill.Elephants in the graveyard.  Coffee shops that take cards.
Bicycle cops rifle through nice little shops where the prices’ll drop never.Not ever, whether you like it or not.
Vegan baby strollers. (Strollers for vegan babies)
Overachieving ladies doing yoga in all-weather sleeping bags, eating eggs benedict.Feminists reading magazines on all the vagaries.
Not one beggar seen.
Unique items in boutiques, find ‘em and buy ‘em - it’s hide-and-chic!
Put a little flag out on your lawn - it’s gone after Pride Week.
Heirloom cupcakes?  We sell those in boxes, next door to where the store that sells cell phones for dogs is.Bridal shops gone gothic.
You want it? You got it! Go get it, I’ll buy it -YOU BROKE MOTHERFUCKERS BE QUIET.

usedtobesoclean:

download March Hawk - “Kitchissippi life” now! my debut rap release!

Why look at that handsome gentleman featured on track 8!

I recorded my verse at Jacob’s house on Monday afternoon, in between taking my mom and sister around Ottawa for various intense coffees and spending a cozy night in with Young K.

My “Hintonburner” is tribute to a rapidly gentrifying strip of businesses in Ottawa, just west of where I used to live (that area having been pre-gentrified for me).  It’s kind of like a Stuff White People Like in sixteen bars of wry, but not deeply cutting, 6/8 rhymes.

Oh okay you win… here are the lyrics:

When the KFC closed, it left a vacancy no posh joint could fill.
Panic in Mechanicsville!
Standstill versus development.  Elements in the landfill.
Elephants in the graveyard.  Coffee shops that take cards.

Bicycle cops rifle through nice little shops where the prices’ll drop never.
Not ever, whether you like it or not.

Vegan baby strollers. (Strollers for vegan babies)

Overachieving ladies doing yoga in all-weather sleeping bags, eating eggs benedict.
Feminists reading magazines on all the vagaries.

Not one beggar seen.

Unique items in boutiques, find ‘em and buy ‘em - it’s hide-and-chic!

Put a little flag out on your lawn - it’s gone after Pride Week.

Heirloom cupcakes?  We sell those in boxes, next door to where the store that sells cell phones for dogs is.
Bridal shops gone gothic.

You want it? You got it! Go get it, I’ll buy it -
YOU BROKE MOTHERFUCKERS BE QUIET.

Wildin’ Out

The Into The Wild tour featuring El-P, Killer Mike, Despot, and Mistah Muthafuckin’ eXquire (that is his full rap name, I am not extemporizing), falls into none of the traps of that fanciful biography of a rich white kid who starved to death 2 miles from a major highway because he had too much integrity to participate in society - finding a way to turn self-consciousness about his privilege into an absolutely self-absorbed philosophy and lifestyle that is supposed to inspire me to do my own thing.

The show last night was nothing like that.  As suggested by the poster with all 4 rappers in Max constumes, it had a lot more in common with Where The Wild Things Are.

I’ve been feeling Despot since he dropped “Look Alive” on Def Jux, and I always wanted to hear more for him and felt like the label tanking was a death knell for that hope.  But he made friends with Das Racist and seems to have reinvigorated his taste for making songs since appearing on “Rooftop” with them.

I never realized he was very small redhead, not with that Chuck D boom in his voice, until I saw him in the video for eXquire’s “Huzzah” remix. He owns it though - he opens his shows with the theme from “Teeny Little Super Guy” off Sesame Street, which is AMAZING of him.  He IS a teeny little super MC!

eXquire is my least favourite act on the tour - I don’t like disrespectful blowjob rap, and while it’s not all he has to offer, it’s his main schtick.  The fact is though he’s SUPER talented, and he puts that on display every time he strays from the schtick.  He’s a fantastic performer - he just throws down.

I didn’t catch his hype man’s name, but the dude jumped into the crowd to share the mic with me (yes I was up front for everyone) on the refrain for a song the internet seems to agree is called “This Morning,” and which goes “I WOKE UP THIS MORNING FEELING LIKE THAT N—” and like I love a good sing-a-long and getting crunk, but when he put the mic in my face I paid tribute to ODB with a “NUH,” because it’s not enough for me that one Black dude in the room said “it’s okay white people, sing along with this!”  I’m not mad either, it’s a great hook, it’s just not for me haha.

Killer Mike is someone I’ve admired a ton since hearing him on “The Whole World” with Outkast, and (he reminded me last night) he was the highlight of the “Neva Scared” remix, and he’s consistently stolen the show wherever I’ve heard him featured (“Flip Flop Rock”!????!), so when I heard my teenage hero El-P (I was teenage, not him) was producing for him, I struggled to keep my hopes realistic - dreaming too big just leads to disappointment, right?  Well that record surpassed my UNrealistic dreams, so I’ve been on a major Mike kick for a minute now.  I was even more excited to see him than El-P.

Now back in the 90s I was part of a “mailing list” (sounds like it’s for broadcast, but it was more like a linear message forum in an era when the web was simpler) for fans of DJ Shadow, and I made some lasting friendships, even if they haven’t been sustained in great working order in the last decade.  Usually I’m explaining that when I’m talking about how I know Diplo, but right now I’m talking about Gave Moskoff - Trackstar the DJ - who’s been making moves that take my breath away in the last few years - doing mixtapes hosted by Dres from Blacksheep, blending a Camp Lo album produced by Pete Rock, and now… he’s Killer Mike’s DJ.

So one thing this show allowed me to do was meet an old friend for the first time, and express that I’m proud of him, and although Killer Mike is one of the most open, friendly, and accessible artists of his stature I’ve ever seen kick it with fans, it meant a lot to me that Trackstar flagged him down and said, “Mike, I want you to meet Jesse!” and I got an even more personal interaction.

I’m really uptight about interacting with artists I admire - I don’t want to impose myself on them when I have nothing to offer and it’s not a social situation.  (I’m not uptight about people interacting with ME when I’m the artist in the equation, but that feels different.)  I wouldn’t have approached Mike even though his performance and crowd interaction were laudable, because uh I have low enough self-esteem that I don’t think it would make his day, but high enough that I don’t want to grovel even when I’m in awe.

The personal introduction was perfectly comfortable though, and I owe that to Gabe.

Now I’ve seen El-P perform once before, right when I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead was released, and that record means so much to me that it not only requires a separate post to get into, it requires a book.  I had a great time at that show, and it meant a lot to me to see someone perform who had consistently created meaningful art that inspired and challenged me as a hip-hop listener and maker for a decade to that point, but even though his new album doesn’t overall move me as much as that album (a few peaks notwithstanding and the overall quality still being exceptional), this PERFORMANCE blew that one out of the water.

It was like the first time I heard a Timbaland beat in the club, instead of at someone’s house, and I suddenly realized “OH THAT’S WHAT THIS IS FOR.”  The new album, which he performed almost exclusively from and nearly in its entirety, is  WILD when performed live.  The energy was unreal.

El was flanked on stage by Lil Shalimar, who played guitar and bongos and a couple of grimy keyboards, and Wilder Zoby, who had a Moog Liberation (the ROUGHEST, TOUGHEST keytar you can imagine) and some other nasty synths, and had the Mighty Quinn showing how an expert hype man makes everything come together.  The set was tight, relentless, deeply upsetting and cathartic (which I do look for in rap, although I cringe when too much art is plied with concepts of consent in a public forum… I don’t really think that’s always some shit you can just drop on strangers, you know?).

Every performer made the small crowd feel special for being there.  It was an indie rap allstar cavalcade that was actually in direct competition with the Deltron reunion thirty minutes away on foot, and although my decision was easy, it wasn’t painless.  I’m sure we lost some good people to that one.  I’m less convinced that we lost a lot of heads to Snoop, but maybe a few, and it seems like a lot of people who did show up had come from seeing Lauryn Hill and A$AP Rocky.  And also this show was a last minute addition to their tour, and promotion was more online than a ton of traditional media, and let’s just say the crowd’s enthusiasm did a lot more to fill the room than our bodies did.

But any crankiness from the stage about the low numbers evaporated very quickly as they realized what they had was a contingent of people that knew all the words to SOMEONE’S shit that night, even if not everyone knew everyone’s words.  The lovefest was acknowledged and intense.

I’m so glad I went to that show.  I can’t believe I almost missed it because I remembered the date wrong!  I’m so glad I got to build with the rap homies I have here in Ottawa - people I need to spend more time building with.  I’m so glad I was approached by strangers more than once who said, “I know who you are.  You’re Jesse Dangerously,” even if some of them said “I’ve never heard you.”

I. Feel. Amazing.

From RAP.

"Slept Through A Landslide"
by Jesse Dangerously (Ottawa), featuring Noah23 (Guelph) & Krista Muir (Montreal)
beat produced by M MAC (Hamilton)ukulele solo by Jeff Ngan (Ottawa)glockenspiel by Jesse Dangerouslystrings arranged by Peter Project (Toronto)scratches by Bad DJ Budget Cuts (Halifax)
additional vocals by Jeff Ngan,& Rosie McDonald (lives in a van)
mixed by Timbuktu @ FUN (Toronto)
artwork by Evan Dahm (Brooklyn/Overside)
COMING THIS WEEK

"Slept Through A Landslide"

by Jesse Dangerously (Ottawa),
featuring Noah23 (Guelph)
& Krista Muir (Montreal)

beat produced by M MAC (Hamilton)
ukulele solo by Jeff Ngan (Ottawa)
glockenspiel by Jesse Dangerously
strings arranged by Peter Project (Toronto)
scratches by Bad DJ Budget Cuts (Halifax)

additional vocals by Jeff Ngan,
& Rosie McDonald (lives in a van)

mixed by Timbuktu @ FUN (Toronto)

artwork by Evan Dahm (Brooklyn/Overside)

COMING THIS WEEK

feministrockstar:

Hip-Hop Karaoke 

I’m nearer to the camera, but I’m actually hyping Young K in this photo - she is the main event.
She was performing “Juicy,” and a technical error from the booth dropped the beat out in the middle of the first verse - a sound effect dropped to underscore “blow up like the World Trade” knocked out the beat; perils of Serato I guess! - but she didn’t drop a word.  The crowd was all rapping along, and I beatboxed to help out, then the crowd started clapping to keep the beat steady, and then DJ So Nice* scratched the track back in and it was allllllll good.
And if you don’t know, now you know.
*So Nice felt really bad about the mishap and offered to let Young K go again (which was extremely gentlemanly of him), but honestly it couldn’t have gone any better.  Everyone was happy with the outcome.

feministrockstar:

Hip-Hop Karaoke 

I’m nearer to the camera, but I’m actually hyping Young K in this photo - she is the main event.

She was performing “Juicy,” and a technical error from the booth dropped the beat out in the middle of the first verse - a sound effect dropped to underscore “blow up like the World Trade” knocked out the beat; perils of Serato I guess! - but she didn’t drop a word.  The crowd was all rapping along, and I beatboxed to help out, then the crowd started clapping to keep the beat steady, and then DJ So Nice* scratched the track back in and it was allllllll good.

And if you don’t know, now you know.

*So Nice felt really bad about the mishap and offered to let Young K go again (which was extremely gentlemanly of him), but honestly it couldn’t have gone any better.  Everyone was happy with the outcome.

Treat Yourself!

I’m sorry that I’m not too cool to be SUPER PSYCHED that I just served Aziz Ansari and got his order wrong and he was cool about it and he was cool when his US debit card was too exotic to be recognized by our Canadian technology.

I didn’t know he was in town and I’ve never seen him in person so I played it cool in part so as to not bother him, and in part because if he was just some guy who looked a lot like Aziz Ansari and had the same haircut and wore sunglasses everywhere he goes he wouldn’t appreciate my error.

But he IS in town, playing a show a few blocks from here, and I feel like I was just in the “Otis” video a tiny bit.

Okay I shouldn’t write this from at work. LATER.