Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Daddy Issues

You know those times when I ask you guys for money? Not for me, of course. I mean, what use do I have for your filthy lucre?

No, I mean those occasions when I point you toward a project that could maybe use some funding or a track you probably oughta pick up.

Yeah, this is one of those times.

A few weeks back my buddy Mikal kHill hit me with a song that he figured would resonate pretty strongly with me. He was right, but that isn’t surprising.

Me and kHill tend to grok each other more often than not, most likely because we’re from the same area, are around the same age and have similar family backgrounds. That family part is particularly relevant here.

Mikal’s known for, well, what you might call musical bleakness. We jokingly refer to him as the Elliot Smith of nerdcore hip-hop, only we’re not really joking. But his latest joint, "Daddy Works" – while not a party jam, by any stretch of the imagination – is tempered with an odd brand of optimism.

It's a song about fathers and children and the sacrifices we make for our art and our dreams, but even you swinging singles should be able to appreciate the track and its cleverly concealed dose of inspiration. So give it a listen; it's two and a half minutes well spent.

Also, and this goes back to the money thing, while the single is name-your-price, any cash you kick in goes directly to pay kHill's travel expenses as he heads back up to Brooklyn for this Friday's epic gig with Adam WarRock and Schaffer the Darklord. So, y'know, dig deep so my brother can get home to his wife and little ones as quickly and safely as possible.

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