silent sevensSilent Sevens
Self-Titled

Self-Released
Street: 05.29
Silent Sevens = Fountains of Wayne + Smash Mouth

Campy. It might not be the right word, but it’s the first word that comes to mind when thinking of the Silent Sevens’ self-titled release. No. Campy is definitely the right word. Simple instrumentation reminiscent of a Fountains of Wayne album accompanied by lyrics that remind me too much of the “happy, happy boughs” of spring (April truly is the cruelest month) leave the majority of Silent Sevens an album that won’t interest a lot of people. Really, it might interest those special few who truly believe spring is a magical time that breeds love in us all; those special few too clueless to realize that this is just their evolutionary senses telling them to fuck so their newborn babies don’t freeze to death.

The side projectThe Side Project
Project Rocket

No Ledge Records
Street: Jan. 2007
The Side Project= Beats like MF Doom + Aesop Rock

Track (Face Of The Deep); Time (3:31): TaskRok causally lays down the rules for reviewing his rhymes, “say anything I don’t like and I’ll fn strangle your fn throat.” And so, out of want for self-preservation, this review will weight heavily in Task and Dubby Waters favor. But honestly, death threats aside, Project Rocket is actually a pretty F R E S H attempt at relivin’ that old-school Mafioso rap style brought about in the early 90s by that master of lyrical dexterity Kool G Rap. Of course, The Side Project is cursed with the fact that they hail from the wholesome streets of Salt Lake City (honestly, how gang-star can you be in a town where you can’t buy hard liquor on a Sunday). Luckily Task “possesses the lyrical ammo” and presence of mind to battle any rap prejudice that might downplay his “skinny cracker” Salt City upbringing. I’m not sayin’ this is some real hard shit; what I’m trying to say is this is some real hard shit for Salt Lake City. Please, if you know what’s good for me, you’ll check out The Side Project. -Miles Ridling

Pump up your b-ball shoes, knock down that forty and come to SLUG Magazine’s monthly local music showcase. Bomb City, Konsickwence and the Side Project will perform on August 10th at local watering hole the Urban Lounge, 241 South 500 East, a private club for members. It’s five dollars at the door. Come out and support local hip and hop.

Konsickwence

James Madson – Emm Cee, DJ
Sammy Smith – Live Drums

James Madson aka Konsickwence’s story starts back in 1998 when his older brother, DJ Prolific, was shooting inline skating videos for VG8 and other inline skating companies. While shooting those videos and inline skating himself, Madson started spitting lyrics and getting into hip-hop. “In 1998, DJ Prolific, P-Ince and myself started the band Lifted Individuals. We did a few shows and in 2004 I started doing my own solo work,” says Madson.

Konsickwence’s own style is a blend of Brother Ali textures and Sage Francis mixed with a touch of Rakim. Konsickwence’s style gives a heavy nod towards the East coast. But compared to other in the hip-hop scene, Madson believes that while there are a growing number of Emm Cees and DJs, there is a false hope that the scene will break free and gain some well deserved recognition.

“Salt Lakes taking steps towards recognition. But we don’t have the connections say [that] the Boston or L.A. scene does,” says Konsickwence.

Legally blind from an early age, Madson understood that hip-hop’s power came from a visually impacted live show. Turning his seemingly crippling disadvantage into an advantage, Madson draws the crowd in with an intense people/performer interaction. “For me It’s more about the energy; trying to get everyone involved and interested in what I do by just connecting with people. I try and keep it more true school, ya know? Less about the Dalmatian spots.”

Overdetermined enthusiasm or not, Konsickwence will release a handful of albums come September which include mixtapes and an unreleased album he has been sitting on. Intrigued about what SLC hip-hop has to offer in the way of fast freshness? Check out www.myspace.com/konsickwence. Tell’em SLUG sent you.

Pump up your b-ball shoes, knock down that forty and come to SLUG Magazine’s monthly local music showcase. Bomb City, Konsickwence and the Side Project will perform on August 10th at local watering hole the Urban Lounge, 241 South 500 East, a private club for members. It’s five dollars at the door. Come out and support local hip and hop.

Bomb City

George – Emm Cee
Maxim ILL – Emm Cee

Bomb City, George and Maxim ILL, mix and match rap rock with electronica to produce something, as George says “… [that] isn’t Limp Bizkit isn’t 311 and certainly isn’t Rage Against The Machine.” According to George it is its own sound.

Bomb City’s influence range wide and clear, roaming the spectrum of 60s psychedelic, old-skool hip-hop, even friends and family. “Max and I always talk about how Jimi Hendrix is basically one our biggest influences. We both used to be in rock bands when we were 14 and then started rapping when we were 16,” says George.

The Grind, the duo’s first album, has recently been re-released due to unresolved issues with its production, with a few special bonuses. “Personally, I wasn’t happy with the art work so Max and I redid all the art and it just snowballed from there… We did a song with Royal Bliss, a big rock group around town. We covered one of their songs, ‘Music Man,’ we did a kinda reggae version. We also covered Bad Company’s ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love.’ Then we did a song call ‘Let It Snow’ which is a hardcore song for skiers and snowboards,” says George of the re-released CDs expanded track list. The upgraded The Grind includes a couple of skits to add that concept feel and five more new songs that span a wide range of influences. “The biggest influence on The Grind would have to be Mark Kendall the guitarist from Great White. He helped us produce our album and took us out to California. We played a couple of live shows with him. He has just been a real positive influence,” finishes George.

Positive influence is exactly what people have come to expect of the half Ogden half salt city based duo, that and high-energy. What keeps the kids coming back to Bomb city’s live shows, George explains, is the “high, high energy. We’ll be sweatin’ the whole time and you’ll be sweatin’ the whole time. We’ll go back and forth between rock n’ roll -hip hop over to what some people call techno-rap numbers.”

Like Konsickwence, Bomb City sees the current Utah hip-hop scene as overzealous in their conception of themselves. They feel that the scene is premature in thinking that it can break out of its local setting. “You know I’m disappointed in the direction the local hip-hop scene’s headed. I haven’t really witnessed a change. Although there’s always been a few people like Lamb from Self Expression who have always tried to portray positive messages. I think the scene’s headed more in the direction of the bling bling, U92 busta style.”