Uncommon Nasa & Skech185 recently toured through Atlanta, GA in December of 2016 on the Southeast Halfway Tour. They met up with the full team of Dead End Hip-Hop and had a Dead End Hip-Hop Conversation. The shoot resulted in a lively convo that focused on whether a President like "Camacho" could somehow change hip-hop (theoretically for the better). Nasa's answer will surprise many, and the conversation unfolds in a wide array of directions as both he and Skech185 break it down with the guys.
While touring for the first time overseas on an 8 day run in the United Kingdom, Uncommon Nasa & the Last Sons were able to land on more then a few radio shows and podcasts. Here's a wrap up of some of them that are now available to hear online:
Uncommon Nasa talks about his joint release with The Unheard Nerd & I Had An Accident called Mink Swimming Pools, getting into the nexus of how and why it came to be as well as his assigned mission by his wife to capture a Mr. Mime within Pokemon GO while in the UK. Last Sons broke down how they met and eventually formed a group together.
Dan Bloody Johns talks to Uncommon Nasa after a gig in London, digging deep into the history of Uncommon Records, Yule Prog and even The Presence. As well as discussing what's next with the upcoming Written At Night LP and touring in the UK. The interview starts at about 40 minutes and the sound quality improves during the first question.
Benjamin One chatted with the guys on the air about the changes in the music scene over the past few years, as well as the changes in the political climate on both sides of the pond. This was all before giving way to a live performance from Uncommon Nasa and Duke01. The interview starts at about 17 minutes.
Sarah Love & MysDiggi chat it up with Uncommon Nasa & Duke01 about how they came to meet being from across the ocean. After the interview portion, a cypher breaks out with Nasa and Duke and some dope local emcees. The interview portion begins towards the last third of the show.
Indie Rock Mag, a website based out of France, has taken on a huge under taking of assembling original music geared toward the classic TV Series, Twin Peaks. With Twin Peaks' imminent return after 25 years off the air, they've enlisted artists from a wide variety of experimental genres to contribute to an upcoming immense collection. Already available for streaming is an introductory EP called Welcome to Twin Peaks which features Uncommon Nasa's Early Season Leland. Early Season Leland is a haunting, twisted tribute to Leland Palmer and Ray Wise's incredible job portraying him through many phases of the character. The full compilation will eventually feature well over 100 artists from several musical disciplines. Make sure to join the Facebook Event for IRM x Twin Peaks for all the latest info, including an upcoming interview with Uncommon Nasa about Twin Peaks.
After a debut season of 20 episodes that included the historic first ever Dopey Awards being presented for 2016's Best Albums, and the Cliffhanger causing debacle it caused....DSP is BACK! This upcoming season is bound to have lots more adventures in the form of two guys sitting in a room talking about music and underground hip-hop specifically. If you haven't heard Season 1 (WHY?), Uncommon Nasa hosts with Samurai Banana and Banana gets down on the turntables playing the latest and greatest from Underground, Progressive, Alternative (insert sub genre) Hip-Hop. There are also occasional interviews that pop up, Season 2 will already feature chats with Last Sons, Stik Figa and Dart Adams, with more to come. Subscribe now on Itunes or Mixcloud! The show can also be heard on Google Play or Stitcher, just search "Dope Sh!t" - remember it's an ! for the kids.
It's pretty well known how dedicated a fan of Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone Uncommon Nasa is. In Zoner circles one of the center points is The Twilight Zone Podcast, run by Tom Elliot. Tom recently did a Season 2 Wrap Up Show that features active listeners of the show including Uncommon Nasa. It's a great chance to hear what all the fuss is about with this Twilight Zone thing if you're 55 years late. Don't forget that Nasa's Twilight Zone inspired work is collected on Mink Swimming Pools, where all proceeds get donated to the ACLU and NPR. It's only available digitally through March 20th and limited to only 50 Cassette copies.
Uncommon Nasa makes his first appearances in Europe by doing an 8 show run in the UK with the Last Sons (Duke01 & Furious P). Touching on almost every city in the country, both North and South the adventure should be pretty amazing. If you're a Brit fan, then find your date and come rock out as Uncommon Nasa will be repping NYC and Notts' own Last Sons will be in the place too! Check out the flyer for your date and peep the Uncommon Kingdom Tour FB Event page, invite your people! Calendar of the Dates.
This project is "Pay What You Want", but we encourage you to make your own donations to ACLU and NPR through this album and give as much as you can.
All proceeds from the release of Mink Swimming Pools will be donated to the ACLU and NPR, two organizations that in light of current events in the US can use our help over next four years. Rod Serling's work most often had an underlying tone of social justice in it and causes like civil rights, quality and honest broadcasting were important to him and his work.
His work on the Twilight Zone among other television and film scripts is as vital and relevant today as it was in the 1950's, 60's and 70's. He was quoted referring to Hollywood as "The Land of Mink Swimming Pools", thus the title of this limited edition collection of songs.
The Cassette run of Mink Swimming Pools will be limited only to 50, and it's digital online presence will only exist for 2 months after it's release on January 20th, 2017. After March 20th, 2017, this release will be removed from the Uncommon Records bandcamp. Cassettes will be available at the I Had An Accident bandcamp and when the 50 sell out, they will not be getting re-repressed.
Producer Jon Sarastro gathered Uncommon Nasa and Pastense (two oft collaborators) for a track on his new LP. The track is called Mars Rover and the two emcees trade verses that lead to a twist ending over a solidly dope beat among many more on the Sarastro LP project. Check it all out at Sarastro's Bandcamp and support indie hip-hop.
Carl Kavorkian's release, Serpephant Elentine has been making some waves since it's release (in 2 parts) in December. The mastering session for the record took place at Nasa Labs, with Nasa at the helm. Nasa's approach was to preserve it's clarity while adding some clean and steady bass to the bottom end. The album has been pressed up on CD and Cassette and both are available along with the digital DL at Carl's Bandcamp.
You can check out Carl's new video for the single, PoorTense, which features some great facial expressions and general creepiness from the man himself. Carl was also interviewed on January 16th's Dope Sh!t Podcast and featured on Uncommon Nasa's Top 10 LPs of 2016.
Yule Prog 10 was the final Yule Prog to be held and capped off the year that was in 2016. A great time was held at DROM in NYC featuring Denmark Vessey, Elucid and many more. Below we assembled a slide show of photos courtesy of Dominick Alcantara. You can see more pics from the show at the Black on the Canvas blog, shot by Ighor Melo. You can still see the full show at LivAmp in case you missed it. Thanks to everyone that's ever been to a Yule Prog in the last 10 years, it's been so real, can't ever say enough.
Just as the South East Halfway Tour gets set to kick off on 12/1 with Skech185 in Orlando we get a new video from Uncommon Nasa. One of the seminal tracks on his Halfway LP, Love the Cold Like A Brother, gets a look into desperation by Director Bob Sweeney. Shot just outside of Philly during Nasa's last tour through the Midwest, the vid brings life to the Black-Tokyo produced track that deals with self reliance head on. Check it out and check out Uncommon Nasa on Tour in December!
One last hurrah for Uncommon Nasa's "Halfway" LP. On this third tour behind his landmark album, Uncommon Nasa hits the too often neglected region of the Southeast US. Nasa will be re-united for his second tour with Tomorrow Kings and War Church's Skech185, the two toured the Midwest last year for the "Last Angry Men" Tour. Three of the dates will also feature Jafrican emcee, Skipp Coon.
The "Southeast Halfway Tour" begins in Orlando on 12/1, reaching west through New Orleans, Hot Springs in Arkansas and Memphis before finishing up with three dates in the state of Georgia - Atlanta, Athens and Savannah. You can see a calendar with details on all the dates here, a FB Event for the Tour has also been set up.
The 10th and Final Yule Prog will take place at DROM on 12/15 in New York City, NY. Doors open at 9:00pm and the show starts at 9:30pm Sharp. This years line up features Denmark Vessey, Elucid, billy woods, Willie Green, Uncommon Nasa, Marq Spekt, Karma Kids, Skech185, Deem Spencer, Taiyamo Denku, Shortrock and Mo Niklz!
DROM is located at 85 Avenue A in Manhattan, it can be reached via the F to 2nd Avenue, the 6 to Astor Place or the R to 8th Street. This year will be special as it's our last annual Yule Prog and the last time you'll be able to see the storied Progressive Hip-Hop Festival as presented by Uncommon Records, Backwoodz Studioz and Reservoir Sound Womb. Make sure you're there and bring a friend to help us celebrate.
Short Fuze has launched his own website called shortfuzeraps.com. You can make purchases of his full back catalog, read through a detailed lyrics section, listen to his music and check out his picks for videos of the month, plus a lot more. Support artists at their home base and do a deep dive with Short Fuze's art.
The story of habitual addiction plays out on a Harlem Video Shoot that ends with a twist!
Short Fuze & Uncommon Nasa's critically acclaimed Autonomy Music came out this passed Summer and now we have a video to one of it's bangers, Time and Space. Shot on a hot day in Harlem USA, Short Fuze and his co-star Baker act out a drama in which the antagonist is addiction. It's twist ending and black and white shooting, reminicint of classic Serling work. The video was beautifully directed by Duncecap aka Mike Petrow, and this is the fourth video he has done for an Uncommon Nasa related project. Enjoy the video debut with this write up by Fansided's Hip-Hop site, Rhyme Junkie.
Uncommon Nasa & Samurai Banana's Dope Sh!t Podcast debuted in September of 2016 and the show has grown throughout it's first season of 20 episodes. The show presents known and unknown underground, progressive, experimental hip-hop. Basically, all that dope shit. You can hear the show on 4 different formats: ITUNES x MIXCLOUD x GOOGLE PLAY x STITCHER.
Season 1 has 20 episodes that feature conversations centering around topical subjects to the underground hip-hop scene as broken down by active members of it. It also features interviews with Willie Green, Maticulous, Carl Kavorkian and Black-Tokyo, so subscribe and binge listen to the entire season if you haven't already been following along.
The series is weekly and broken into seasons of 20 for a 5 months on/1 month off schedule of podcasting. Monday is when to check for the show each week.
Short Fuze & Uncommon Nasa Recorded a Video for Time and Space, from their new LP, Autonomy Music. The video was directed by Mike Petrow and shot in Harlem, NYC. It's set to be a unique video with a distinct look and concept. Expect it to come along before Summer's complete. The video co-stars Short Fuze and our friend Nick Baker, performing a 2 man drama that we won't reveal the details of yet, but will share some behind the scenes pics below.
Uncommon Nasa has a brand new & exclusive track, Produced by Lyle Horowitz on PremRock's Charity LP, Never Finished. The LP is raising money for refugees stranded in Calais, France. From PremRock regarding the project: "After traveling throughout Europe and meeting several artists committed to this great cause I was inspired to do the same and offer my spin on assisting the situation with a full length album of no-nonsense original American hip-hop. The contributors on this album are all tremendous artists and even better people. They answered the call of duty swiftly and without ego. Liz Clegg is a humanitarian who snared my interest from the moment I discovered the existence of her efforts. A wonderful woman whose correspondence assisted greatly in the completion of this record. I hope you enjoy and encourage you to research more about the situation in Calais and the other refugee camps throughout the continent."
Uncommon Nasa's track, Ornate, is an abstract tribute to the style & passion of his city and it's culture. Produced by Lyle Horowitz, the beatsmith behind other tracks of his like Background Check, Pearl Street, How's Your Family? and others. When these two link, incredible things happen and there are mumblings of a full collaboration in the future. The track also features a break of cuts from turbtablist, Shortrock. Uncommon Nasa shares space on this limited release LP (only available for 30 days) with Elucid, Henry Canyons, Wrecking Crew, Bald Afro and many more. It's a high quality collection of music that the sales of which go 100% toward an amazing cause. Get involved now, by donating as much as you can for some great music.
Heard about Short Fuze & Uncommon Nasa's new project, Autonomy Music, but don't actually KNOW anything about it? You're in the right place! First off, it's offered with Vinyl, T Shirts, Patches and Pins here. It's also available digitally at Bandcamp and all other digital retailers.
Now, onto the juicy info.....
You can read a very revealing group interview over at Chuck D's RapStation. The guys discussed how they met, the inspiration for the new record and the process of getting it out.
Uncommon Nasa also has a break out interview from his point of view as the Producer and Label head behind Autonomy Music that's over at Fansided's Rhyme Junkie. He talks about influences, past, present and future among other things.
The guys also got to sit down with Huffington Post (along with Autonomy guest, Curly Castro) to talk over their 5 favorite movies each. Huff Post compared Autonomy Music to a soundtrack among many other kind words, and we couldn't agree more.
As far as reviews of the record go, Autonomy Music got started over at Scratched Vinyl, where it got a great write up and an 8 out of 10 score. Spectrum Pulse also gave it an 8 out of 10 in video form. Myke C-Town from Dead End Hip-Hop did a solo review calling Autonomy Music a "fresh and interesting sound".