billy woods and Kenny Segal – Hiding Places (Backwoodz Studioz)

billy woods and Kenny Segal – Hiding Places (Backwoodz Studioz)

In horror movies, it’s said that what you don’t see is more terrifying than what you do. There’s no need for egregious gore and disfigurement, rather, it’s far more unsettling to imagine that whatever is out there is lurking just off-screen, out of sight - hiding.  And on Hiding Places, billy woods and producer, Kenny [...]

DOOM Madness – Results and Reflections

DOOM Madness – Results and Reflections

Hot on the heels of last year's Atmosphere Madness breakdown, the SOUTHSIDERS crew are back with another custom-made, guaranteed-argument-starter. And this time, we turn our attention to the one and only metal faced villain: DOOM (aka MF DOOM, aka Viktor Vaughn, aka King Geedorah, aka... well, you get the idea). From 1999's Operation: Doomsday to [...]

MALIBU KEN – SELF-TITLED (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

MALIBU KEN – SELF-TITLED (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

Let’s get this out of the way, Malibu Ken’s artwork is not pleasing to the eye. It’s repulsive, visceral, warped -  and yet, the grotesque portrait possesses an odd magnetism. With this adage, on their debut release, Aesop Rock and Tobacco prove that even when the finer details aren’t so fine, ugliness can be strangely [...]

FOUR FISTS (P.O.S + Astronautalis) INTERVIEW

FOUR FISTS (P.O.S + Astronautalis) INTERVIEW

Following the release of their long-awaited debut album, 6666, the SOUTHSIDERS crew caught up with rap duo, Four Fists, comprising P.O.S (Stefon Alexander), a staple of the Minneapolis underground and a founding member of the Doomtree hip-hop collective, and Astronautalis (Andy Bothwell), an accomplished emcee out of Florida and Alexander’s long-time collaborator. Together, they are [...]

SINGLE REVIEW: MALIBU KEN – ACID KING (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

SINGLE REVIEW: MALIBU KEN – ACID KING (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

“The magic is black.”  In many ways, Aesop Rock’s opening gambit on ‘Acid King’ illustrates his approach. Known for dense lyricism and abstract imagery, Aesop’s style is a verbose nail bomb - yes, the explosion is dangerous, but it’s the little pieces that you need to watch out for.  An alumnus of legendary - and [...]

FOUR FISTS – 6666 (DOOMTREE RECORDS)

FOUR FISTS – 6666 (DOOMTREE RECORDS)

Diffused responsibility is a curious social phenomenon. The idea supposes that individuals, regardless of urgency, will shirk from intervention in the presence of a collective. This inaction is governed by a set of dangerous stances: it’s none of my concern, it’s someone else's problem, and I cannot be held accountable. However, on their long-awaited debut [...]