Max Bell favors Michael Concepcion for the TDE Connect. Hellfyre Club is one of the strongest and most necessary branches of the hip hop tree. The natural and logical outgrowth of Project Blowed, much of their roster has weathered the calms and storms of the ever fluctuating indie rap landscape for years, refusing to break […]
Open Mike Eagle, the shapeshifter, weightlifter, and drink ticket shoplifter instructs the youth on very important topics: keep your Internet password a secret. There are spammers and congressman (when they deign to be in session) and all of them want to know what numbers you dial and who you be with. Open Mike Eagle is […]
Open Mike Eagle finding the missing link between the M.E.T.H.O.D Man and cLOUDDEAD. This is so intense it should come with a hand towel and a Xanax. Production courtesy of the essential Ernest Gonzalez. There are lines in here so razor-sharp that they will make your soul slowly roast in a free-trade cast iron cauldron. […]
I’m not going to waste my time writing about the ramifications of Miley’s moment as the Vanilla Ice of twerk. But you better believe that I will talk about it on a podcast.  It has been an epic week of tomfoolery from the Kanye eunuch appearing on the Kris Jenner show, to the VMA’s, to […]
Ask Max Bell about Cella Dwellas. Let’s talk about Battle Raps — the ones that stick with you long after the record is over. I’m thinking of songs that manage to move me sonically and offer something new, lines you marvel at, and lines you laugh about with your friends. The songs with one liners […]
The latest episode of Shots Fired takes its title from this Busdriver song that seemed to obliquely epitomize the Harvard & Stone saga of the last week. Also, the room was comprised of myself, Nocando, the great O-Dub, and Open Mike Eagle. The description is below. Hopefully, it contributes to a discussion that we should […]
I apologize for dropping this one on you with such short notice. But I will make amends by presenting a free show featuring Chicano Batman, an Ariel Pink DJ set, Open Mike Eagle, and Wild Pack of Canaries, who may or may not be a giant cage of birds that I will unleash at the […]
Review courtesy of the Uber Max Bell. Milwaukee’s Milo has a “big brain”– like Jimmy Neutron if he talked about Nietzsche’s Übermensch instead of science. Think of Milo as a more introspective and well read Ab-Soul for fans of Vonnegut and Phillip K. Dick. Allusions aside, he’s an intelligent, unabashedly horny ’90s baby with an inexhaustible store of knowledge (high/low […]
The new Shots Fired episode on Earwolf examines Chicago rap from Common to Chief Keef and all points in between. Because Nocando and I are Los Angeles bored and bred, we brought in Tal Rosenberg, the online editor of the Chicago Reader and Open Mike Eagle, the South Side-raised online editor of art rap. Or […]
We make no effort to camouflage our ardor for the green here at Passion of the Weiss. A drug problem can’t be a drug problem if you make more mistakes when you’re sober. That’s my story and I’m smoking to it. So it’s only natural that I/We/You/ are easily sucked in by a good weed […]