Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Review: Steddy P. & DJ Mahf- What Happened Tomorrow
What Happened Tomorrow promo video
What Happened Tomorrow, the compelling new mixtape by Steddy P. and DJ Mahf, is more of the same. As with the duo's previous projects, it's smart, funny and highly entertaining.
Available as a free download March 15, What Happened Tomorrow showcases the young Missouri-based musician's stubborn old-school mentality. Steddy P.'s delivery and mindset continue to invite comparisons to Chuck D. It's also telling that he references KRS-One on "Heartbeat." The primary subject of What Happens Tomorrow is the artist's career in music. Sure, it's annoying, but when it comes to free mixtapes, self-obsession isn't just a prerogative, it's practically an obligation.
Steddy P.'s not-so-secret weapon is DJ Mahf. Even when his partner's rhymes falter, Mahf's musical choices maintain interest. The album opens with a muted Manu Dibango-style track. In order to keep copyright attorneys off the duo's backs, I won't mention what clever rock sample is heard on "The Art of..."
On "By Myself," Steddy P. describes his struggle to establish himself "in a town where everybody wants to be the Killer Clown," Even if Steddy P. has yet to achieve a fraction of Tech N9ne's financial success, his ongoing efforts continue to reward listeners.
Yeah, I know what day it is. I'm just not in the mood.
I caught Hot Tuna last weekend. Here's my review.
New Orleans drummer Herman Ernest has died. (Tip via BGO.)
Johnny Preston- "Running Bear" and "Cradle of Love"- has died. (I hadn't realized that the Big Bopper wrote "Running Bear.")
Get a taste of the ethereal new album by Trio Mediaeval here.
I continue to stir the pot at Plastic Sax.
Have we no shame?
Kansas City Click: Grand Marquis play Jazz in midtown on Fat Tuesday.
Am I actually recommending a Vertical Horizon show? Yeah, but the band's gig Wednesday at the Power & Light stage is free.
Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard sing songs you know by heart Thursday at the Music Hall.
(Original image of artist at a 2010 Steddy P. and DJ Mahf performance by There Stands the Glass.)