sweeney kovar

Interview

MACH-HOMMY: I GOT WAVES

May 12th, 2017

In an era where who you’re standing next to is more important than what you create, Mach-Hommy is a renegade creating according to his own code. L.A. RECORD spoke with Mach-Hommy by phone to get a glimpse into the thought process behind his craft, his view on cultural appropriation in hip-hop and how he managed to sell 187 CDs for $300 apiece exclusively through Instagram. His The Spook EP (with KNXWLEDGE) is available now. This interview by sweeney kovar.

Interview

WHITE BOIZ: THE ORIGINAL CONVERSATION

November 16th, 2015

At the beginning of 2015, my good friend Eric Coleman from Mochilla confided that Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra Creative Partners and Krondon of Strong Arm Steady were finishing an album. I asked what they were calling themselves. Coleman paused before answering: “White Boiz.” In a world where being “Black” is constantly being dissected, what does “White” mean? The rhyme is never without reason. After years of discussions and debates, Shafiq turned on the MPC and Krondon stepped in the booth, both committed to bring the core of their conversations to wax. The result is Neighborhood Wonderful, out now via Stones Throw—a hard-hitting hip-hop LP equal parts high science and street corner content. So just how does high science and heavenly glory translate into rap music? I spoke with the two Master Teachers to find out. White Boiz perform on Thurs., Nov. 19, at the Regent Theater with Peanut Butter Wolf and more. (Win tickets here!) This interview by sweeney kovar.

Album reviews

EAGLE NEBULA: SPACE GODDESS EP

April 20th, 2015

This could almost have been a tape from 1985, borrowing from Rammellzee and Roxanne Shante through a West Coast lens. The Inglewood MC finds a like mind in P.U.D.G.E.’s production, a steady boom-bap coloured in an electronic wash. Joints like the other-worldly “The Nebulizer” and the tough-as-nails “Gangsta Like Harriet Tubman” are the obvious lighting rods of attention on the EP but even the slow burning interludes burrow into your ears. Pop in the tape, and let the light baptize ya!

Album reviews

AHNNU: PERCEPTION

March 30th, 2015

Perception is his second cassette release with Leaving Records. Minimal and ambient with very little traditional structure, you’ll easily wander into different feelings and sensations on this trip. The taste of metal, the meditation in a slow drip of water, I love how repeated listens create whole scenes for me within songs. Next week I might be transported to the grey-blue swamp land in the new Mad Max flick. Point being: Ahnnu’s latest audio canvas is carefully arranged with enough room to allow you to step inside and find your own place within it.

Album reviews

EARL SWEATSHIRT: I DON’T LIKE SHIT I DON’T GO OUTSIDE

March 16th, 2015

Earl Sweatshirt’s sophomore album I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside… sounds like a Xanax hangover. Dark, jarring, jerky and aggressive, it is essentially a more succinct and affecting articulation of the feeling he seemed to be shooting for on his first LP Doris. Entirely self-produced (you might not know the young man has beats), it’s an unsettling ride. He has a singular handle on his craft.