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What I’m up to…

It’s been a pretty nice couple of weeks here in the land of anonymity. I recently started working with with dope new producer, and we’ve already got some stuff laid down for a short little EP that will be arriving at the end of 2011/beginning of 2012. Check out his music, he comes from the world of electronic music producing drum and bass and dubstep. He’s damn talented at it too. Here’s an example of one of his tunes:

What is my style going to sound like mashed with his style? Trust me, it’s going to be pretty cool. Lo-Fi electronic hip-hop with some dubstep flavor? Maybe. We’re hoping some people are going to catch on and absolutely love it.

The whole of my free time is going to be spent writing lyrics, getting into the studio with CHRUNCHY and preparing that EP that’s going to drop. Keep a lookout for it, follow me on Twitter: @onetwentymn for updates related and non-related to on going projects. I don’t blog as much as I should, but keep checking here for more updates.

What I’m listening to…

It’s always cool to take a look at what artists (other than myself) are listening to. I believe it gives an extensive insight into where they might be drawing inspiration from, how the various genres they listen to can effect their overall sound and simply what’s on their iPod when they’re cruising around. Here’s my five favorites, listed from most plays to least plays. Even if they don’t have the most plays this music is still the most played out of my 7,000+ songs.

Hail Mary Mallon (Self Titled)

I’ve always been into anything Aesop Rock puts out, so when I heard Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz were putting something together I was stoked. The album dropped on 6.7.11 and it’s still getting played at once a day. This is my vote for the 2011 album of the year. No doubt.

Eyedea & Abilities – By The Throat

Rest In Peace to Eyedea. This album is a definite close second (going by the number of plays on my iPod) in fact this album is only off Hail Mary Mallon by three plays. Eyedea has always been an idol of mine. The way he could twist words and flows, and speak about the deepest range of human emotions has many times left me speechless. I don’t need to go any further, if you haven’t listened to Eyedea and Abilities (any of their albums) then get out and do that. Their music speaks for itself in more ways than one.

The Hold Steady – Heaven Is Whenever

One of my all time favorite bands. I’m a huge Hold Steady fan, I saw them in concert last year and was as giddy as a school girl. Craig Finn is an awesome lyricist, his ability to tell the most detailed stories in song form never ceases to amaze me. This album has a range of songs like anthems, slower softer songs and the kind of song that feels like a three or four day binge on amphetamines.

Macklemore – The VS. Redux

I have no idea how I hadn’t heard of Macklmore until recently. He’s got a very literal and realistic sense to his music, but at the same time he can be incredibly humorous (see “And We Danced”). I think one of the reasons I relate to his music, especially this track, is because I’ve been through a lot of the same things he has “I was a couple moves away from being dead/ In that ER overdosing eyes bleeding red.” It’s funny, because I know exactly which place he’s referring to when he says that “…we sit and discuss God on lawn-chairs” – I’ve been there, I go there every week. Enough about me, check out Macklemore.

e-dubble – Written Thursday

I just found out about e-dubble this year, and this mashup of his lyrics and mashups of some popular songs really caught my attention. I don’t know how I stumbled on his music, but you should be listening. He’s easily risen to become one of my favorite rappers.

Well there it is…

My top five artists I’m listening to this year. Check them out, I’m sure you’ll love ’em if you love hip-hop and rock. What are you listening to? Got an artist to recommend? Let me know, comment below, harass me on Twitter (@onetwentymn #top5) or whatever else you can think of.

-OneTwenty

Pulp Fiction for 2011

A good friend of mine has started a project, described as:

TRUE FIXION is a digital publishing company based in Southern California that presents an entirely new way of storytelling. Incorporating technology in a way that actually advances the storyline, TRUE FIXION stories are a twist on contemporary graphic novels and are specifically written and designed for handheld screens such as the iPad. In the tradition of pulp novels,  TRUE FIXION stories are packed with action, drama and smoldering sexuality while exploiting the best contemporary tablet platforms have to offer. TRUE FIXION  accelerates the “ripped from the headlines” concept that has powered writers since Shakespeare and beyond.

 

Definitely worth looking at, you can find it here. Check it out, awesome.

 

Nice to Meet You.

Hey there.

I’m OneTwenty, a rapper/producer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’m not signed or even remotely known as an artist, as far as I know. I thought I’d start this blog to share my struggles with everyone, along with the occasional rant, beat, poem or story. Being a musician has always been my dream, right now I’m supporting my music by doing freelance graphic design. Although I love graphic design (and I’m not bad at it), I’ve wanted to be a musician since I was in the 6th grade. I unsuccessfully tried to start a pop-punk band with a few of my friends. I actually was in a band for awhile, we were semi-successful and I’ve never had more fun in my life. Constantly traveling around and playing shows at places like the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis or the (no longer open) Dinkytowner Cafe. We recorded a four song EP before everyone went off to college. Since then I’ve struggled trying to find an outlet for my ability (I think I’m okay at what I do). I’d really like to find a mentor, someone who could help me along, maybe I’ll find some luck with that in the future.

Enough about me, how about some music?

Check out my latest track, right now it’s just an instrumental, I’m working on the lyrics. I’ve tentatively titled it “Blood” because of a hook I came up with recently that I believe I’m going to use. I tried to go for a “LoFi” sound with this track, I’m hoping I accomplished that. Feedback is appreciated, either on my SoundCloud or right here.

Stay tuned for the vox to get tracked!