Note: EV Productions announced Wednesday evening that this show has been canceled.
Two of the most exciting artists on the excellent Los Angeles hip-hop label Stones Throw perform tomorrow night, August 10, at Morseland on a bill organized by Evanston imprint EV Productions. Oh No (aka Michael Jackson–no, not that one) is the sibling of Otis (dba Madlib), and while he’s still working in his brother’s shadow, his superb new album Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms proves he’s coming into his own. The samples on the new album come exclusively from the work of Galt MacDermot, the Canadian-born arranger and pianist who composed the music for Hair–as well as for numerous sound tracks to Blaxploitation films like Cotton Comes to Harlem. Oh No makes room for a wide array of mostly west coast MCs and singers–Cali Agents, Aloe Blacc, Vast Aire, Murs, MED, and Dudley Perkins among them–to drop rhymes and melodies over the funky, intricate tracks.
Rapper Roc “C” (who first turned heads with the J Dilla-produced single “Move”) is another contributor to the Oh No album, and he’s got his own recent full-length, All Questions Answered. He’s got a gruffer delivery than most of his Stones Throw brethren, and there’s more than touch of gangster ‘tude on display; his tough talk on a track like “Fuck You” (“Fuck you / I don’t give a fuck / Why would I say I don’t give a fuck / If I really do give a fuck”) works much better in the ears than it does on the page. In short, he’s got more charisma, flow, and smarts than your garden-variety thug. Aloe Blacc, Perkins, and Chino XL are among the guests on the disc, and production chores were handled by Oh No, DJ Romes, and Kan Kick. Locals Earmint and Eulorhythmics also perform, in addition to resident DJs Tone B Nimble, Copperpot, and Teebot.