As Lynard Skynyrd once profoundly sang, Tuesday’s gone with the wind. Celebrate the home stretch to a long weekend with a free download from Denver’s four-wheelin’ hip-hop trio Wheelchair Sports Camp.
Earlier in May, Wheelchair Sports Camp joined The Flobots on the road for a whirlwind 28-city, coast-to-coast tour from sea to shining sea. It’s a triumph for the band fronted by emcee/producer Kalyn Heffernan. For years now, Heffernan has been producing beats that recall hip-hop’s origins and spitting political and personal rhymes as witty and charming as they are revolutionary. Heffernan’s lyrical perspective is unique only in part because she is a three-and-a-half feet tall queer woman with a brittle-bone disability; her voice is also as politically powerful as Chuck D or Zack de la Rocha.
On previous releases, Heffernan’s old school beats were accompanied by a funk-and-jazz live band, a sound that draws a connection between the Beat Generation and early lyrical hip-hop like KRS-One. But for “Blank Space,” a four song EP released to Bandcamp on May 15, Hefferden called on other beat makers. The result gives her rhyming and flowing an urgently contemporary flair that’s a real delight. Sure, the band and beats sound Wheelchair Sports Camp is known for perfectly match Hefferdens rhymes and flows, but in a new context we can really appreciate her sheer talent.
Here, download “nozone.” Turn it up and throw your hands in the air. Then, mark your calendar for June 28 when Wheelchair Sports Camp will return to Colorado with a homecoming show at The Gothic Theater.
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
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Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and Reverb contributor. He is also a co-host/co-producer of the Denver podcast Denver Diatribe. He’s also studying to be a butcher. Seriously.