I was first introduced to his music through Pandora nearly 10 years ago. He came up on a "Jedi Mind Tricks" station that I created. From that day on I was an instant fan. I immediately I went out to buy any CDs that I could find. At the time "Black Candles" and "Cult Status" were the major releases that were available. I can attest that you cannot wear out a CD from excessive use. I'm of course talking about Philly hip hop legend Chief Kamachi.
Chief Kamachi spittin' fiyahhh!!! - photo by sureshotfoto.com
On a Friday evening this past June in Costa Mesa, CA I had the extreme pleasure of meeting, photographing and hanging with my favorite emcee, Chief Kamachi. He was able to make an all too infrequent journey to the west coast. I actually think this may have be his first performance in the west. This infrequency leaves me wondering about the current state and future of our beloved hip hop music. -SMH-
Lamar D Sol doin' his thing - video courtesy of lamardsol.com
I enjoy being exposed to new and talented artists, and this trip had them in spades. For instance, I had the honor of meeting actor, comedian, screenwriter, and Philly transplant Lamar D Sol. Lamar now lives in LA. He drove up to hang out with his old friend and watch him perform. It was a pleasure talking to this talented young man. He's going to do big things. He shared one of his animated projects called "The Slaves." I really enjoyed his vision. I'd say that it could be characterized as Dave Chapelle meets the "The Boondocks" As Dave Chapelle once said. "People are gonna say that I set our people back with a comedy sketch, (shrugs shoulders) sorry.....
Check out the video above to see one of his stand up comedy routines.
TSOI gettin' it in -photo by SureShotfoto.com
The Second new artist(s) that I was introduced to was an extremely large hip hop group hailing from Phoenix, Arizona called "The Society of Invisibles."
Actually, they are a collective of groups. I'd call it more of a movement. Formerly there were label mates with Vinnie Paz
and "Jedi Mind Tricks" over at Babygrande Records. These guys are entertainers!!! Nothing but energy!!! Check out the iPhone video below to see what I mean.
video by SureShotfoto.com
See I told you! With the great many members this group definitely has no shortage of diversity, and I mean that in only the best way. This was another group that I am now a fan of (download their music here
TSOI hyping the crowd for the headliner Chief Kamachi - photo by sureshotfoto.com
This is for my broke brothers that's leakin', the have nots, and the heathens that work hard and hustle just to spend it all on the weekend.....
- Chief Kamachi - Holy Rollers from the album Concrete Gospel
Chief Kamachi is one of the most prolific underground hip hop artists while still retaining a remarkably high quality ratio. I can say as someone who is clinically ADD I haven't heard one single album that I can't listen to all the way through. Of course, there are certain songs that resonate more than others but each and every song has a message that it needs to declare.
When I sat with Kamachi we talked about his music and his inspiration, and he informed me that everything that he talks about is based on real life experiences. Perhaps that's why he's not a multi platinum selling artist. Perhaps it's because these days popular hip hop is leaning toward much more fluff rather than substance. I guess it's back to the old philosophy of giving the people what they want or at least what they think they want. That is exactly the reason why artists like Chief Kamachi are important. He doesn't pander to anyone, and I think his audience appreciates it. I know I do!
Revolt Seven ft Johnny Popcorn from the upcoming album "Radio Raheem"
Mach feeling it - photo by SureShotfoto.com
Kamachi and The Society of the Invisibles - photo by sureshotfoto.com
I'd like to say thank you to all involved in putting this show together Tiki Bar and Carlos of Out Da House Productions. Support indie artists by visiting the links below.
Chief Kamachi's gear:
Hat - Revolt Seven Camo by Merch Gorilla
Shirt - Big Brother by Sneaker Warz
Kamachi Itunes store here
The Society Of Invisibles
The Society of Invisibles music and gear here
Lamar D Sol
YouTube Channel here