Ahead of their show at 1stBank Center on Nov. 21, we talk to Flosstradamus about genre limitations, their second rise and their “Juggalo movement of fans.”
The trajectory of Flosstradamus’ success has run parallel to the recent popularity of trap music — an electronic dance music genre whose signature hi-hat rolls and syncopated beats derive from hip-hop. In recent years, the duo’s name has begun to carry almost as much weight in the community as Diplo or Dillon Francis. Nonetheless, when Reverb caught up with Flosstradamus’ Josh Young and Curt Cameruci to discuss the past, present and future of the EDM act, they made it clear that they’re not afraid to step outside the confines of any genre – and went as far as to remark that their fan base, which they compared to ICP, would support them no matter their creative direction. On Nov. 21, Chicago-based hip-hop/trap duo Flosstradamus plays the 1stBank Center on the fourth stop on their HDYNation tour alongside rappers G-Eazy, Curtis Williams, Iamsu! and hip-hop collective Two-9.
“Seeds” is so wonderfully close to the best TV on the Radio can do, it’s bound to make fans miss the heyday.
It’s been about three and a half years since we’ve heard a new album from TV on the Radio, but it feels much longer. Maybe we didn’t really expect anything after bassist Gerard Smith died of lung cancer or maybe “Nine Types of Light” seemed like a nice way to leave things. TV on the Radio has most likely peaked. Even the fun of “Nine Types of Light” didn’t reach the heights of “Return to Cookie Mountain.”
Killer Mike and El-P talk to Reverb about the human experience, using music to address social change, brotherly love and more ahead of their show at the Gothic Theatre on Nov. 18.
Music and art is about “the eloquent translation of the human experience,” Run The Jewels‘ El-P tells us — even if that experience isn’t always positive. In the months leading up to the duo’s universally acclaimed sophomore album, El-P and the other half of Run The Jewels, Killer Mike, have spent their time speaking out about the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed after an encounter with the police in Ferguson, Missouri.
When we caught up with Run The Jewels, it was day 90 since Brown’s death ignited protests. Since that day Run The Jewels has been addressing the shooting in their music and in the media. We talked to Mike and El-P about connecting the human experience to a real feeling (even if that feeling is rage) and the progression of hip-hop. Run The Jewels plays the Gothic Theatre on Nov. 18.