Monthly Archives: May 2012

Interview with Chuck “Lyrikill Jones about Soundclash Beat Battle. June 2010 (OffBeat).

“Most musicians thrive on companionship. The camaraderie of bandmates can make even the bleakest gig worth it. But many rappers toil alone at their art—not unlike novelists—in lonely rooms, staring into computers, composing beats and/or laying down vocals. Venues have … Continue reading

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Interview with Sissy Nobby + Big Freedia + DJ Rusty Lazer. Aug 2009 (AntiGravity).

If Katey Red is New Orleans’ queen of transgendered bounce rap – and she is indeed – her two spawn, Big Freedia and Sissy Nobby, are perhaps more well known these days. After years of success at New Orleans’ block … Continue reading

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Interview with Quintron and Miss Pussycat. Jan 2010 (AntiGravity).

The words “Quintron” and “art” perhaps haven’t been used together in too many of the same sentences — not nearly as often as “Quintron” and “dancing,” “Quintron” and “party,” or “Quintron” and “man, I got way too drunk last night.” But that … Continue reading

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Interview with bounce artist Ricky B. Nov 2010 (AntiGravity).

[Author’s note: Because my Magnolia Shorty interview was so sparse, AntiGravity bundled it together with the following Q&A with old-skool N.O. rapper Ricky B. and called it “the Bounce Report.” This is “the Bounce Report pt. 2.” I also did … Continue reading

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Interview with Mannie Fresh. December 2011 (AntiGravity).

 Turns out the king wears no bling. The honor I felt getting a private audience with beatmaker and DJ Mannie Fresh was far more outsized than Fresh’s style of dress: a fresh but simple maroon Polo shirt and jeans. Embarassingly, … Continue reading

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Swoon’s Music Box Project: Dithyrambalina. Oct. 2011 (Gambit).

“Jay Pennington, aka DJ Rusty Lazer, bought a house on Piety Street that seemed hopeless. “The inspector who came out said it was being held together by good wishes,” Pennington says. Eventually, Pennington and collaborators from the local arts organization … Continue reading

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Interview with Magnolia Shorty. Nov 2010 (AntiGravity).

I don’t have too many articles to my name that I regret. My OffBeat column (2002-2005), where I was allowed to write in first person (a column, to me, is like tuning into someone’s short-wave radio or cable-access show), featured … Continue reading

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