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Archive: Cakes Da Killa
Catch Fire was one of the earliest supporters of NYC rapper Cakes Da Killa, long before trend-hungry sites started #ing “queer hip-hop”. Two years and one flamboisterous mixtape later, Cakes is bringing his rapid-fire rhymes on tour to Europe, and Expatriarch is presenting the Berlin stop, with an equally sweet-but-deadly DJ lineup: Sick Girls, Lōtic and Bearcat. Check the full tour dates below.
+++ Cakes Da Killa – Goodie Goodies +++
+++ Planningtorock has released a new song Misogyny Drop Down - a wonderful, de-gendered hymn against gender-based discrimination with nice house references. The song will soon be released on a new EP on the new exciting Human Level label, which also released Planningtorock’s Patriarchy over & out split single with rRoxymore last year.
+++ THEESatisfaction have a beautiful new EP dedicated to Erykah Badu. You can stream “THEESatisfaction Loves Erykah Badu” here and buy it via Bandcamp (price on a sliding scale):
LE1F has released his new single “Coins” via Soundcloud today. The track (originally produced for the Norwegian hip hop act A-laget by Norwegian producers Drippin & Souldrop last year) will be on his
upcoming mixtape “Fly Zone” which will be out next Monday (download here):
Cakes the Killa is about to release his new mixtape (album?) “The Eulogy” via Mishka Records on Tuesday. The first single is called “Goodie” and is the ideal continuation of his debut tape “Easy Bake Oven” from 2011:
The members of House of Ladosha will be featured in a group exhibition entitled “The Whole House Eats” at Superchief Gallery, NYC, which opens on February 7th and will for run week. Will will provide more information soon. Meanwhile, here’s the latest Ladosha track ”9 OR 11″:
THEM is a new exciting queer rap duo consisting of Figaro the Kid from Columbia, SC and TCHNCLR from Atlanta, GA, which have decided to join forces about a year ago. In July the duo has released its first mixtape, which combines boncy beats with nervous ravey synths, followed by a Remix EP released a few weeks ago (cover on top), featuring a bunch of other promising new artists like Virginia rapper Prince Airick, North Carolinian Pariah Carey, Cakes da Killa beatmaker VIACOM CANNON and Bangkok based artist TrinityTiny1. For Catch Fire the duo has prepared another (very entertaining) commented list of their 5 favorite web clips, which allows to trace back a couple of THEM’s musical roots.
“Cibo Matto is everything. They’re one of my favorite bands of all time and one of the biggest inspirations to me. I’m constantly crying because I will probably never get to see them play live (they didn’t come even remotely near me for their reunion tour). Maybe if I bother them enough on twitter enough they’ll make music with us.” (Figaro)
Rashard Bradshaw aka Cakes Da Killa is our current cover boy on Facebook – I instantly fell in love with the black and white pictures by photographer Alana Yolande he recently published on his own FB site (she also took the picture above). The 21-year-old rapper from New Jersey is one of the up and coming artists of the NYC queer hip hop scene and has just announced a follow-up to his awesome debut mixtape Easy Bake Oven from last October, as well as a new video to the mixtape track “Whistle (Beat It Up)”, so there’s a lot to expect from him in the upcoming months. Cakes was also one of the artists who got featured on the highly recommended Pitchfork article “We Invented Swag – NYC’s queer rap” from March, where you find a little more information about him (bottom of the page). For Catch Fire he has put together a list with his 5 favorite web videos and along the way reveals some of his artistic influences.
“Gangtresses is the realness. The film tells the story of violence, poverty, and survival in the streets from a female perspective. Filmed over a two-year period, Harry Davis interviews female hustlers, drug dealers, rappers, porn stars, prostitutes, mothers, and daughters. It has cameos from hip-hop royalty Tupac, Lil Kim, Mary J. Blige, and Russell Simmons. Getcha life!”
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+++ Rapper Cakes Da Killa‘s free “Easy Bake Oven”-E.P. (released in October) is the prefect proof that homo-hop is still alive and fresh, even though nobody uses the word anymore. Since the official download link isn’t working at the moment I re-uploaded the record here, you can also download the tracks and some new stuff on his Soundcloud page. Here’s my favourite song “Where Da Trade At”:
+++ Light Asylum’s Shannon Funchess has recorded a new track with Ford & Lopatin (formerly known as Games). It’s one of two songs of a new Ford & Lopatin single, the second track is “Flying Dream”, a collaboration with Tamaryn. You can order the limited vinyl via Mexican Summer.