As you probably already know, I’m co-managing a band called Get Busy Committee. GBC is Ryu from Styles of Beyond/Fort Minor (and many know him as the voice of Crystal Method’s “Name of The Game”), Apathy of Demigodz/Army of The Pharoahs, and super-producer Scoop Deville. Since I started writing these blog posts you’ve heard more from Scoop Deville than you probably realized, he produced Snoop Dogg’s “I Wanna Rock” as well as Fat Joe’s “Ha Ha” and has bangers coming — look for new Scoop-produced tracks from Busta Rhymes and a bunch of others this summer and fall.
There’s been a TON going on with Get Busy Committee the last couple of months — the SXSW shows were amazing (thanks to everyone who supported!), we made our goal with the platinum 12″, this Beatminerz track is hot, the group has so many new tracks done they’re trying to decide if they’re doing a new EP or a new album this summer, etc. To be honest between my day/evening/weekends job, helping GBC, having a three year-old, a nineteen year-old, a wife, and taking care of myself with an occasional run or trip to the skate park I haven’t had any free time to blog. Sorry about that.
But I wanted to crank a quick post out tonight to let you know about this TOUR OF LA we have going on right now and encourage you to come check out Get Busy Committee at The Viper Room on Wednesday, May 12th. It’s our first real show in Los Angeles and we’d the hometown support would mean a lot to us. Please buy a $10 ticket here and come on through. If you’re so inclined, come have dinner with us before the show. Details here.
For those of you who have already gotten behind the band, I thank you. As I’ve said from the beginning I know the album isn’t for everyone but for those of us who grew up on NWA and Beastie Boys it’s a pretty easy call. There *is* more to it than just rhymes, though, I love the record because it’s got *songs*, not the “one beat, one chorus, three verses” rut hip hop has fallen in to. Yeah there are samples but actually the majority of the tracks on the record don’t have ANY samples — there’s a pretty diverse selection of beats on here, something for everyone.
But there’s also a live show now. Apathy and Ryu have done countless shows over the past 15 years in front of hundreds of thousands of people. Scoop’s a natural. DJ Cheapshot is a pro (in fact he has a weekend gig for the summer DJ’ing for New Kids On The Block — I know that sounds like a joke but it’s a fact). They spent a ton of time pulling videos together for each and every song for the show and have a full video DJ set up a la Mike Relm (actually very special thanks to Mike Relm for helping us get the bugs worked out).
Watch the video below. In 8 minutes you get a sense of what I love about the show: great music, good fun, moving a crowd, not taking itself too seriously, entertaining video production, and under it all they’re skilled MCs who have the confidence and swagger of those who have been in the game a long time. From Apathy’s acapella mic check to that cat in the video (that cat is CHILLIN!) to the little bits of Missy Elliott, Eazy, BBD, and BDP, to Ryu taking a shot he was handed from the audience, I love that clip. It was fun as hell to be there even though I’m bored by most hip hop shows at this point and I’ve already seen GBC five times in the past two months.
Come early, King Fantastic is opening. This King Fantastic record is incredible. Be sure to grab all his weekly remixes between now and the album release over at TheKingFantastic.com. This week’s was a cover of Ice-T’s “Colors”. Hell yeah.