Jonwayne’s Cassette 3, Zeroh’s Bred: A Dedication, and Jeremiah Jae’s Bad Jokes are all in heavy rotation as I get pulled further into the headspace of the LA Boiler Room/Brainfeeder hip-hop excursions. Reviews of at least one of those projects is forthcoming, but in the meantime, here are three Boiler Room performances from some guy in Highland Park’s living room. At this time there appears to be no more exciting place to be a hip-hop fan than on that dude’s couch.
Zeroh shouts out the God Joni Mitchell. The Koreatown Oddity raps through a rubber wolf mask and no one seems to notice that it isn’t his real face. Jonwayne lumbers around casually slaying wack MCs. Azizi Gibson sounds like he’s sneering like no one has since Bill Idol circa 1982. Open Mike Eagle plays the role of wise elder at the age of 32. Mndsgn weaves together a mix of beats from beyond the solar system. People walk up and take the mic when they feel like rapping. For an environment that seems completely uncompetitive, everyone is rapping like their lives depended on it.