PENNYWIZE - ONOE CAPONOE

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Pennywize by Onoe Caponoe
(Prod. Kung Pao & Glohan)

Dropped: October 31st
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            An interesting step away from his normal lethargic style, KUNG PAO produces a more urgent sound for this Halloween release in collaboration with Glohan Beats. The 170+ tempo and sample selection most likely stem from GLOHANs retro soundtrack-esque vocabulary. With the two producers backing ONOE CAPONOEs underground UK flow, the beats and samples turned out for an enjoyable hard-vapor track. An interesting move by Onoe too, stepping away from some other producers he’s worked with, namely CHEMO whom he produced and entire album under, for a new sound and audience. Just look at his new viewership, had twice as many plays on SoundCloud compered to Spotify and YouTube even though Onoe worked with KVLT OV GAD for the visual portion of the YouTube release --Especially good and experimental work went somewhat unappreciated as viewership fluctuated but the video is certainly worth a watch.

Onoe Caponoe
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Bullethole Dream - LeClerc

Earlier when he was dreaming he saw a cold black that creeped up the blue-white wall of his camper and looked down watching and he screamed and it screamed with him and in that blue-black harmony was misery and then it vanished and when he awoke there was frost on his blanket. And now in the night it was back riding his silhouette's spine and not crawling but growing up the walls and next to the house a train went so black you couldn’t tell it apart from the night and the room was filled with the sound and then he was bleeding.

FUCK he thought there was blood on his white shirt and a FUCKING hole inside me he thought and that was his first thought and his only until he came to and began to walk west with a Marlboro Red stuck to his canine and three blocks down had himself a key bump, for courage, and when he came to his red boots were foxed and in the grass next to him was a knife and a bloody bullet and now he knew where he had to go and he began to walk east with another cigarette stubbed into his bootlip and three blocks down stuck his finger into the bullet hole and bit clear through the filter and kept walking with the whole black world pressed down. The only thought was the ride to Three Kings before breakfast last summer and cresting the ridge to come across that new earth. Engulfed in sun. A golden, alien world. And so when he was knocking on her door at 3 a.m. and she came out with her yellow hair illuminated by the porchlight and he stumbled into the kitchen and saw she had been stitching her yellow sundress he was not surprised. Careful not to stain her dress he took a chair and sat heavily and said “I need you to sew me up” and she eventually did after helping him with a bump or three and taking a small serving herself with his finger still inside him and with trembling hands and her coke white teeth biting her lip so forcefully he feared it would tear. Together they leaned over the pulsating black abyss inside of him with his father’s blood still pouring out his side and he pushed the sides of him back together and spit up bile with the cigarette still lock jawed in his drooling mouth and she bent to her work and did not look up or away from her task until it was finished and then when it was good and she had made sure it was perfect she stood and placed the needle and thread down careful not to spill sin on the dress and went and she was gone sometime and he smoked. And when she came back to the kitchen and sat in front of him, watching, her yellow hair done up and the pink resin of his blood and her hands and her forehead, but it was really the eyes that done him because they told misery and he let tears roll down silently watching and trying to speak to her in that ancient tongue through the stained blue glass window to her insides and his insides all over himself and her watching. Sad. Ancient.

And when he came to his red boots were foxed and in the grass next to him was a knife a bloody bullet and began to walk west.

Twenty-Twenty, Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

Twenty-Twenty, Pitchfork Music Festival 2017
By, Noah Cuff

    Since 2006, Pitchfork Media has been throwing their own music festival in Union Park, deep in the heart of downtown Chicago. Boasting the best and upcoming rap and hip-hop artists throughout the years: Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt. Pitchfork has almost always been on their game. This year was my third year going and first for all three days. Needless to say, this year was just as jammed pack with amazing artists.

Friday

Madame Gandhi
Opening the weekend was former M.I.A. drummer Kiran Gandhi. Performing solo now as Madame Gandhi, Kiran’s act consisted of vocals over the electrifying live percussion that carried the show and brought a stunning amount of energy. Having to open a major music festival is never an easy task and Madame Gandhi appeared a little timid at first during her opening track, but that quickly changed. Unapologetically, she pushed positive messages of feminism through her music in a time where it's needed greatly.
Tl;dr she was one kickass chick.
Vince Staples
Recently featured on Gorillaz’s new album Humanz, Vince Staples definitely proved why he deserved that spot. Filled with an intense energy that even caused the Pitchfork crowd to dance, he performed songs off his new album Big Fish Theory which translated perfectly into a live setting. My only disappointment was how Vince chose to perform the instrumentations. Up there alone, Vince gave exciting cold stares to the audience. However, behind him sat an empty stage just begging for more substance.
Tl;dr Vince nails his stage presence but leaves the listener hungry for more.

Danny Brown
This man has been popping up on record features all over recently and rightfully so. Touring his newest album Atrocity Exhibition, Danny Brown showed up clean cut and ready to take shit from no one. With a live DJ behind him, Danny weaved through his discography with an impressive seventeen-song set list leaving no room to breathe. In the best way possible. If you haven’t seen him perform live before, you better add that to your bucket list pronto.
Tl;dr Danny kills it as expected

Arca
Wow. It’s almost impossible to put into words what his set was like. The young Venezuelan might fly under the radar to the average hip-hop head, but he has already accomplished a ton. From producing for Björk and FKA twigs to co-producing Kanye West’s album Yeezus, Arca has developed a lot of experience and it definitely shows. Touring for his self titled album Arca, the Venezuelan crafted otherworldly sounds and noises into a DJ set filled with chilling beats that felt as though you were changing stations on an alien radio. If you can catch only one act from this fest in the future, I highly recommend Arca.
Tl;dr Arca is a master of sound and a master of grooves


Saturday

George Clinton and The Parliament-Funkadelic
The ‘cid starting to bring you down? Well then say hello to your new trip advisor, George Clinton. Bringing good vibes and amazing rhythms at 76 years young, Clinton introduced the Pitchfork crowd to The parliament-Funkadelic and their elaborate stage set up with an enormous amount of energy. With background singers adding layers over the walls of unique percussion, rappers layin’ down straight bars, and George Clinton howling out his lyrics, the atmosphere oozed with joy and love.
Tl;dr George Clinton’s vibe coulda chilled the ice caps.

Francis and The Lights
Didn’t get to see :( Can’t see them all I guess…

Madlib
A hip-hop legend with collaborations with other legends such as MF Doom and J Dilla brought a solo DJ set on the blue stage and it’s pretty much what you’d expect. He flowed through his set with ease, performing songs from all over including the groundbreaking collaboration album Madvillainy with MF Doom. The show felt very intimate despite there being a large crowd at the small stage. Madlib took advantage of this and created an amazing energy that could even chill out the Westboro Baptist Church.
Tl;dr Madlib continues to prove how important he is to hip-hop music

A Tribe Called Quest
Mind blowing. They are truly a master of their craft. They dedicated this show to Phife Dawg and they showed just how close they were to him with intimate moments on stage and even still performing Phife’s bars throughout their songs. I was a huge fan going into this show and now I am only a bigger fan.
Tl;dr The Tribe proved that they really are a tribe, but they invited the whole fest in for this performance.

Sunday

Isaiah Rashad
I wasn’t able to catch his entire show, but the young rapper kept the crowd engaged the entire time and showed real potential. I would keep an eye on this one.
Tl;dr Isaiah has the stage presence, now he needs his masterpiece.

Joey Purp
Didn’t get to see :(

Solange
Step aside Beyoncé, a new sisters hit the game. And she’s high rolling. With the release of her newest critically acclaimed album A Seat at the Table, Solange closed Pitchfork 2017 with a beautiful set that felt perfect for the moment. Everyone around me seemed exhausted and her exquisite voice helped relax the crowd while still keeping them engaged. This girl has real talent and I can’t wait to see what she puts out next.
Tl;dr Solange closes the fest with harmonies and melodies to melt anyone’s heart.