Nice Z-MAN interview from the folks over at The Bee Shine.
“Let’s take a little time travel vacation to Daly City, California (just south of San Francisco) to September of ‘95. Travel beneath the surface and enter the 99th Demention, yes that’s right, D-e-m-e-n-tion, as dementia (n. mental deterioration), demented — a world created by Z Man where greedy label lords lure cash-hungry artists to sign their lives away; where robot MCs perform like wind-up toys; where you’ll see a sign that reads, “Will DJ for food” — a world not too different from reality, but where these evils are made clear, and live through the many characters penned by Z Man.
The musical dimension of 99th Demention is fleshed out by Z Man and his associates King Maz, Young Slim, Rated R, Rev Cope and P.B.F.-1. 99th Demention are rebels in rap. They know we’re all tired of the same tired shit and they talk about it. They have ventured out of the 99th Demention to our earthly realm to offer “hip-hop relief for the folks.” Their style is straight Frisco, and yet not. It’s west coast and east coast, and yet neither.
Check the cut “Too Much Sauce,” which warns against the common stereotyping of west coast/Bay Area hip-hop. This music is chaos with a purpose. Young Z Man describes their style as “alternative rap, kinda slammin’ and zesty.” Their originality and new flavor definitely add spice to the life of Bay Area rap, and to world-wide hip-hop for that matter; but the 99th are not in competition with other artists. Their shit will make you laugh (a sense of humor is often lacking in today’s hip-hop), nod ya head and think.
It’s on with the tracks as well. “Each beat is like a character,” says Z Man. He and cousin Young Slim take sounds from everywhere, including cartoons, twist samples around ‘til they’re unrecognizable; and create a lot of their own sounds. DJ Ladron accompanies them on the one-and-two at the group’s live shows.
This self-titled debut on 99¢ Records came out on cassette only. Fast-forward 19 years into the future and it’s here on the information superhighway for all to experience.
Don’t be afraid, people. Go that extra mile and visit the 99th Demention. You’ll soon find yourself coming back for more. See you there.”
I wrote about this release for Origins of Gurp #1 and we are proud to finally make this long out of print album available in digital format for the first time! Hit the link and take a trip back:
Z-MAN and Elon have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on their upcoming album The Opening Act. “You Want It” is a track from those sessions that is not on the album. Something to hold you over until the album drops.
As some of you may know, TOPR has been fronting a thrash metal band called OGRE THRONE for the past few years out in Asheville, N.C. We are proud to announce the release of their debut album, Arc of the Hammer. Pour yourself something, fire up that good nahmtalkinbout, turn it up loud and give thanks to the metal gods for they have delivered.
Free download here:
New TOPR album is finished and coming soon. LORDS. PCF. GURP CITY.
The Kriminal Nasa Beat Show returns!
“This show focuses on projects centered around the KZSU community radio station (Palo Alto, CA) courtesy of the legendary Know Rhythm Show hosted by Raggedy Andy… shouts to Insomniac, Mystike, Simon Barsinister (RIP), Jihad (Third Sight), Spexxx (DFS, Sublevel Crew), Rundown, Kegs, Friendly Traveler, Raimundo, M-Smooth, Jubwa, Kevy Kev etc, etc.” – Luke Sick
A special South Bay rap history lesson with Luke Sick, Eddie K, and DJ CUE. 408 & 650. Megakut.
Solidarity Records and Gurp City are proud to present the new video from White Mic and Z-MAN. This is a bonus track from their newly released limited edition green vinyl of The Vegetable and The Ferret album which you can buy here. If you forgot how dope the album is give it a listen.
Gurp City family member Patrick Sexx just released his debut album The Shadow That Took Shape on Alpha Pup Records. Pushing his production to new heights the album takes us on a journey to the land of futuristic blap. Do yourself a favor and get it right now. Stream it below courtesy of Impose Magazine:
Peace to DNAE.
They can delay us but they can’t stop the gurp. Following up last years turfed out masterpiece by Trunk Drank, Loud Music In The Parking Lot, the gurp city vet Eddie K is back with his third solo album, NO CHASER. This time 88 teams up with producer Ink1 and unleashes his most well rounded album to date. The album hits all angles and has something for everyone. Crazy replay value really banging from start to finish. Features include Z-MAN, IlSquad, Khafre Jay, Ronnie Mac from Fist Fam, and of course DJ Quest. Check out the first leaks “8” and “NH Freak” on our soundcloud, Cheers!
Gurp Squad in full effect, logo by Z-MAN. Space Traveling with the 40oz Crew.
“We sold-out the first 40 copies of Luke Sick’s first literary effort way faster than we thought we would, so we have decided to offer another round of 40 books. This is not a new press, and these books will look and read exactly the same as the first round. If you didn’t get one the first time around or didn’t know about it, now is your chance!”
“Classic noir-ish pulp fiction with a deeper literary feel. Imagine S.E. Hinton being pimped out by Iceberg Slim to Cormac McCarthy while Dashiell Hammet takes pictures through the window of a seedy motel room with shag carpet, and you pretty much have some idea of Luke’s visionary writing style. A must read for all fans of the dark underbelly of crime fiction.” –TopR/LORDS/CBS/PCF
Dregs just released a video for this cut off of the STYLE tape. OUTBOUND. GMC.