Leslie West, the lead singer of hard rock group Mountain, died in December, and whilst many mightn’t remember the Woodstock alumni, his fingerprints can be found on hundreds of tracks from hip-hop institutions to modern pop classics.
We often take a project for face value without equivalent regard for the development that leads the artist to its creation. In this CentralSauce featured profile, southside Chicago emcee Brittney Carter breaks down the evolving introspection that led her to her independent debut album, ‘As I Am.’
In the wake of her new record Tew Faced, Baltimore’s own Miss Kam talks to Miki about visions, dreams and the importance of community in activism and art.
Every supervillain deserves a good origin story. After his fallout with Elektra Records, Daniel Dumile would disappear for a time to process his brother’s death and his slight at the hands of an industry he had given heart and soul. Years later he returned with a plan. If any villain has managed to mold the world in his image, it’s MF DOOM, the metal-faced adversary who broke out of NYC’s underground and achieved a kind of subterranean domination.
Every supervillain deserves a good origin story. After the death of his brother, Daniel Dumile had a mission to complete KMD’s sophmore album, ‘Black Bastards,’ but following a wave of label-led censorship sparked by Ice-T’s “Cop Killer,” the album was shelved and Dumile dropped from Elektra Records. It was the last time Zev Love X would grace a mic.
Every supervillain deserves a good origin story. Before he was DOOM he was Zev Love X. Hot off the KMD debut, ‘Mr. Hood,’ Zev and his brother Subroc were coming into their own. But, with their sophmore album in the cut, tragedy tragedy struck in 1993. This part three of our five part series.
Every supervillain deserves a good origin story. Before he wore the mask, MF DOOM was Zev Love X. In part two of our series in memoriam to the metal-faced rhymer, the collectives that grew Zev’s artistry begin to break up and Zev and his brother Subroc go through changes.
Every supervillain deserves a good origin story and MF DOOM is no exception. In this five-part series in memoriam to the masked villain, we explore through first hand accounts the KMD days, the death of DJ Subroc and label controversy. This is what lead Daniel Dumile to don the mask.
Rather than a list of our objectively “best” albums of 2020, CentralSauce would like to present you with something more personal. These are the albums that kept each one of our writers hanging on to their sanity throughout a particularly difficult year.
Man On the Moon III from Kid Cudi was a tale of two halves for writers Ryan Gaur & Miki Hellerbach. Expectation, sonic taste and subconscious hope for a journey resulted in opposing sections of the project being what they didn’t realize they wanted to hear.