louis logic

louis logic splashed onto the Indie Rap scene "party foul" style in 1999 with the drinker's anthem "Factotum". He spawned a laundry list of collaborations with artists like Jedi Mind Tricks, MF DOOM and Malik B of the Roots, establishing himself as a beer soaked braggadocio Rap hero. In 2003, Louis surprised audiences with the release of the highly critically acclaimed Indie Hip Hop classic Sin-A-Matic, a concept record that cemented him in listeners' minds as a standard for dark romantic comedy and shock Rap. He took a somewhat bizarre turn following his debut with 2004's The Odd Couple Alcohol/Ism, a collaborative effort with his college classmate, Jay Love, that sophomorically celebrated drinking, drugs and sex. Louis' curious trajectory and taste for musical exploration grew increasingly unpredictable on Misery Loves Comedy (2006), the album on which he officially partnered with longtime mainstay producer and underground production impresario J.J. Brown. This was his most mature record to date, showcasing a new talent for genuine singing and a more grown up application of his romantic adult humor.

Despite belief that he had stretched himself to his limit, Louis made his wildest, most mysterious move yet retreating into a monastic seclusion to study voice, piano and music theory. When he emerged, it was touting a new live Surf/Hip Hop/Balkan fusion band, Spork Kills, which he debuted with the Beaches Love US EP (2009) featuring the video that garnered his first MTV exposure, "Night of the Hip 'N Dead". Louis refused to offer an explanation for his artistic wandering, often putting himself whole heartedly into public spectacles and the espousal of philosophies which challenged the convention of the rigid Hip Hop scene. He fired off against homophobia and even dressed in drag for a special seated theater show with NYC Burlesque Cabaret starlet Lady Rizo of Moby and Yo Yo Ma fame. Fans watched with an almost confused fascination as Louis drifted further and further from the beer bravado MC they'd grown up on, becoming the first, and currently only, Rapper in the world to fluently play piano while rhyming as part of his repertoire. Some speculated he would give up on Rap music altogether to pursue a career in Indie Rock or that he might even be gay, a supposition the bombastic Rapper refused to defend against in outright defiance of the attitudes sadly common to his genre.

He continued to tour worldwide as louis logic, cultivating a theatrical live show that managed to amalgamate rapping, singing, dancing, piano playing and even stand-up comedy. After more than 10 years of experimentation and adoration as a renegade Indie Hip Hop anti-hero, Louis befriended genre bender Ceschi Ramos, whose Fake Four Inc. record company had grown to be regarded as a warm home for Hip Hop artists on the fringe. In Fake Four, Louis found a place where his experimentation would not only be accepted, but encouraged. 2011 marks the year in which Louis will finally spread his lanky, tattooed arms wide and scoop in all the breadcrumbs he has scattered along the path of his adventurous journey. Louis will reintroduce himself to a world of curious onlookers as a fully formed "One Man Variety Show" with the start of his Get To Know the New Lou campaign. A barrage of fresh content will include a new EP on Fake Four Inc. with up and coming NYC production wiz-kid Hot Sugar and a series of TV Spot style videos leading up to the music video for the EP's single. This will be the first time since 2006 that he has shared new louis logic material and more importantly, that Louis offers a frame in which to contextualize the years of experimentation listeners observed with such curious interest over the last 8 years. Louis will tour extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and even South Africa in support of his reintroduction to the world. Catch the "One Man Variety Show" for yourself to see his fascinating story unfold and reach full realization before your eyes.

Serengeti (Anticon Records)

Illinois native David Cohn, a.k.a. multifaceted rapper Serengeti, experienced two distinctly different childhoods growing up. Half of his time was spent in Chicago’s then all-black South Side with his mother — a secretary, atheist, and devout communist. The other half was clocked in the then all-white suburbs of Olympic Fields with his father — a stressed, middle-class business-owner. Though Serengeti is the great nephew of Sonny Cohn, Count Basie’s trumpeter of thirty years, music wasn’t passed down freely in the family. Instead, young David kept his musical obsessions in his head, and by the time he was ready to loose them, his skull had accumulated several album’s worth of left- field hip-hop detritus. Geti has since released fourteen albums in ten years. He made his first two nearly by accident, on the way to completing his so-called “debut,” Gasoline Rainbows. That triptych created a hefty rumble in the underground, showcasing stylish, heady raps intertwined with thick threads of soul, pop, rock and psychedelia. With 2006’s Dennehy — a character-based concept album loaded with Chi-town signposts and sports references — Geti established himself as the missing link between Kool Keith, Common Sense and Bill Swerski’s Superfans. Since, he’s been following a stream of consciousness through the darker corners of society and his psyche over an increasingly adventurous musical trajectory. In 2008 alone, Geti debuted two new projects: Yoome, an intimate electronic collaboration with a New Zealand chanteuse, and Friday Night, an exercise in deconstructed party rap with emcee Hi-Fidel. In 2009, Adam “doseone” Drucker (Subtle, themselves, 13& God) signed Geti and his sometimes production partner Polyphonic to Anticon. The pair released their sophomore collaboration on the label that same year, Terradactyl, which found the emcee’s bleak verbiage delivered in both rhyme and free-floating sing-song over an intricate and glitchy expanse of experimental electronics. Fifteen months later came Serengeti & Polyphonic’s double EP, Bells & A Floating World, which featured six brand new songs and as many remixes, including inspired reworkings by artists as diverse as WHY?, Bracken, Jel, Son Lux, Greetings From Tuskan and Epstein Y El Conjunto. 2011 is looking to be one of Geti’s busiest years yet, thanks to Anticon’s release of Tha Grimm Teachaz’ long-lost cassette-only classic There’s a Situation on the Homefront (Geti helped bring the formerly shelved 1993 album to the label) and his contribution to Asthmatic Kitty’s ongoing 7-inch series. His latest Anticon release is Family & Friends, a refreshingly upbeat full-length produced by WHY?’s Yoni Wolf and Advance Base, formerly known as Casiotone For The Painfully Alone.

Jonny October

It took a cosmically improbable combination of circumstances to lead to what is now the music of Jonny October. His father is gifted in radio broadcasting, stage acting/directing and poetry. Mom is a professional Broadway voice coach, and brother Edward is a classically trained pianist. Growing up in this environment, with the vinyl of Harry Chapin, Paul Simon and Gordon Lightfoot spinning in the background, Jonathan forged a sound all his own: a combination of prose, poetry, stage presence and informed musicianship.

Jonny October is a New York man in just about every sense of the word. After his birth in Manhattan, Jon grew up in both Brooklyn and Rockland County, and after earning his degree from Penn State University, wound up right back in Brooklyn.

A motivated self-starter, since college Jonny October has been creating opportunities to deliver his music where none existed before. With a collection of friends at Penn State, he hosted an underground radio program, founded a monthly campus hip-hop showcase, founded a hip-hop group (The Poison Ivy League, with Tony Wiz and Troy Walsh), and even created an independent study course to gain access to the school recording studio...all while earning course credit.

Clearly a man who wants a hand in everything, Jonny has also collected an impressive handful of collaborations in a short time, including work with Brooklyn legend Masta Ace, Rhymesayers up-and-comer Grieves, New Yorks Louis Logic, and Juice Crew member Craig G. Hes also clocked two national tours in two years with artists such as Louis Logic, The MC Type, and Slow Dance.
Jonny October is a New York man in just about every sense of the word. After his birth in Manhattan, Jon grew up in both Brooklyn and Rockland County, and after earning his degree from Penn State University, wound up right back in Brooklyn.

A motivated self-starter, since college Jonny October has been creating opportunities to deliver his music where none existed before. With a collection of friends at Penn State, he hosted an underground radio program, founded a monthly campus hip-hop showcase, founded a hip-hop group (The Poison Ivy League, with Tony Wiz and Troy Walsh), and even created an independent study course to gain access to the school recording studio...all while earning course credit.

Clearly a man who wants a hand in everything, Jonny has also collected an impressive handful of collaborations in a short time, including work with Brooklyn legend Masta Ace, Rhymesayers up-and-comer Grieves, New Yorks Louis Logic, and Juice Crew member Craig G. Hes also clocked two national tours in two years with artists such as Louis Logic, The MC Type, and Slow Dance.

Having a particular affinity for the visual arts, Jonny October fully came into his own with the professionally produced music video for S.R.I directed by Jed Rosenberg and Ethan Blum. Alongside the Halloween 2011 release of debut album "The Wheelhouse", Jonny released a short thriller film, ODDUM, which he co-wrote and co-directed, as well as collaborated on the score with his brother.

"The Wheelhouse", now available on iTunes and BandCamp, is the culmination of years of preparation in the studio and on the road, and has Jonny October ready for the national hip-hop stage.

F. Virtue (Fake Four Inc.)

F. Virtue started going hard at 12 and hasn’t slowed.fvirtue-press-photo
Between over a dozen albums, a store, and a handful of cities and positions, there are some interesting stories; if you get the chance, ask him sometime.
Born and raised in Canada, F. Virtue now resides in New York where he represents the music and art collective -Fameless Fam – along with an ever-expanding circle of crews, and blogs.
He has performed with: Sleigh Bells, Matt and Kim, Anti-Pop Consortium, Sage Francis, KRS-ONE, Ceschi, Dark Time Sunshine, George Watsky, R.A. the Ruggedman, Abstract Rude, Ikey Owens (Mars Volta), and more.

J-Zone (Host/DJ & performing live)

My childhood aspirations of playing bass in a funk band died when Jheri curls fell out of fashion and the funk pioneers got bogged down with child support payments at the end of the 1980s. Shuttling back and forth between Jamaica, Queens and Westchester County (New York), I discovered that rap music was more than just an instruction manual for my teenage debauchery; it was a viable career option. Given, there was no 401k and a higher likelihood of being shot than in Corporate America, but my average lifespan on nine-to-five jobs has been about two months. I'm a fan of insubordination.

After my first internship at Power Play Studios (Queens, NY) in 1992, I met Vance Wright (Slick Rick’s DJ), who owned and operated Vee-Dubbs recording studio in New Rochelle, NY. I started working there in 1994, at the age of 17. I learned the basics of the music biz, audio engineering, and being a gofer (one of my first assignments was to pick up grilled turkey sandwiches for Greg Nice of Nice-N-Smooth). I also produced my first record during my three year tenure at Vee-Dubbs, for a rapper named Preacher Earl. All of the money I made off of that transaction was blown at the mall, like a real 18-year-old aspiring rap personality is supposed to do. I still had my mama’s health insurance then, so it was cool.

I went on to attend Purchase College (State University of New York) and my senior project was called Music For Tu Madre, an album that became my debut release on my slapdash Old Maid Entertainment label in 1999. I followed up with a whole shitload of albums: A Bottle of Whup Ass in 2000, Pimps Don't Pay Taxes in 2001, Sick of Bein' Rich in 2003, A Job Ain't Nuthin' but Work in 2004, Gimme Dat Beat Fool in 2005, Boss Hog Barbarians: Every Hog Has Its Day (with longtime collaborator, Celph Titled), Experienced!, and To Love a Hooker (the instrumental soundtrack to a non-existent film) all in 2006, and Live at the Liqua Sto (featuring Chief Chinchilla) in 2008. There were some limited edition side projects during that time frame as well. Most of those albums can be found on iTunes, bit torrents that I don't make any money off of, and eBay for $2; all of them went copper.

I've since stepped down from my post as the rapping resident kingpin of lampoonery because I'm too old to be on 106 & Park and they don't offer Glucerna in show riders. I was always best known as a producer and engineer anyway. I've worked with Biz Markie, E-40, Lonely Island (from Saturday Night Live), Gnarls Barkley (Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo), Masta Ace, King T, Pete Rock, Prince Paul, R.A. the Rugged Man, Large Professor, Tha Alkaholiks, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, and Devin The Dude, to name a few. I'm also one half of DJ crew Extra Chee$e (my man DJ Sheep is the other half); we've torn up parties from The UK, to Germany, to Australia, to Arizona. My Gator$-n-Fur$ radio shows are a good place to start if you need glimpses of my all-over-the-place musical taste and approach to DJing. I also taught a music business and production course at Purchase College (Professor Zone in the house). I'll still knock out a funky beat and get on the turntables for fun, but spotting me in the music business today is reminiscent of playing a game of Where's Waldo?

As a writer, I'm an opinionated curmudgeon with a 1990-something New York attitude. I'm also the spokesman for unpopular opinion and same the torch-carrier for lampoonery that I was when I was wearing my rap hat. I'm not the biggest fan of people in general and I find that putting people in their place is better than sex. As long as you're not a fuckhead though, we'll get along fine. My first book, Root for the Villain: Rap, Bullshit, and a Celebration of Failure, has just been completed. It's a collection of memoirs, rants, social commentary, and cheap shots at the world at large that will be available to read, squash bugs with, or use as a drink coaster in the Fall of 2011. My writing has been published in textbooks (Common Culture: Sixth Edition; Prentice Hall, 2009), magazines (SLAM, The Source, Hip-Hop Connection) and respected media outlets (I'm a regular contributor for Ego Trip NYC). Hopefully when all is said and done, I'll finally have enough clout to refer to myself in the third person. Peace.

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