initially crying about how the loving and enlightened MC Exposition
exited this weekend, I couldn't help but to also water for the lesser
artists who remain, and who use their platforms to echo the nonsense
that he eschewed through his final verse. More specifically, I thought
about how those cats might learn from Expo's example.
It's saddened many of us around the hip-hop world when Audible Mainframe announced a few months back that they're done gigging for the moment. Anyone who's familiar with their regular shows in Boston (or, more recently, Los Angeles) would likely agree that they're one of rap music's great and consistent organic outfits - whether rocking their own tracks, or backing such esteemed legends as Slick Rick and Smif-N-Wessun (the latter of whom they re-made Dah Shinin' with a few years ago).
No doubt some of the most difficult news on the Boston music scene this year - not to mention in the larger hip-hop community - has been that MC Exposition of Audible Mainframe was diagnosed with cancer, and is currently in Boston undergoing treatment. Expo - or Victor, as close homeys and family members call him - is a brilliant force of nature, not to mention a talented progressive writer and MC the likes of which hip-hop heads rarely encounter these days.
Now this is a fucking treat. Audible Mainframe has been one of my favorite acts in hip-hop for more than five years now, from their days crushing Allston venues to the group's current Los Angeles grind. Since moving to the West Coast, MC Exposition and his crew have become staples on the Sunset Strip, where last year they were voted one of the best live bands in LA by the legendary Roxy.
It’s been quite some time since Audible Mainframe and Eclectic Collective used to regularly smash Harpers Ferry together. Those were the days; just ask the loose and juicy co-eds who used to come and throw their backs out.
But while much has changed, it’s all been in the name of progress. Over the past two years, Audible moved to Long Beach, and EC became Bad Rabbits.
It’s amazing how much hate mail I receive accusing me of ignoring local artists. Most hilarious is this ass on Facebook who recently bitched that I “write about the same people over and over.” He might have a solid point, if in the past year alone I didn’t pay significant attention to: Esoteric, Black Madeen, Bad Rabbits, Singapore Kane, Slaine, Boycott Blues, DJ Slim, JDO, M-Dot, Masspike Miles, D-Tension, The Berklee J Dilla Ensemble, Jaysaun, Will C, Amadeus, Rite Hook, WMS the Sultan, GWOP Gang, Wasted Talent, The Dunnas, Dawaun Parker, RADIx, Mr.
The fact that Audible Mainframe isn't one of the most propped bands in America has always aggravated me. Not just because they sound great - that can be said of every act and artist I endorse (if I do say so myself) - but because they write hits that I want to sing along with beside thousands of fellow fans in dope venues across the country.
DOWNLOAD: MC Exposition, "50 Million Pictures" (mp3)
MC Exposition does this strange thing when he performs: he rhymes so that people in the crowd can understand him. That’s one reason his organic hip-hop outfit, Audible Mainframe, was Boston’s most popular live rap group until it relocated to Long Beach last year.