Inspired by Miles Davis’ album, Kind of Blue and the live video from the Beatles All You Need Is Love, Netherfriends’ project, “Kind of Buzzed,” features full instrumental improvisation with Chicago rappers adding freestyles live. After releasing a 51 song album called 50 Songs 50 States, Netherfriends aka Shawn Rosenblatt was exhausted from mixing and recording songs. So during the summer of 2013 at the Kimball House in Chicago, Shawn started recording live improvised beat sessions while rappers would lay down freestyles. The first session was recorded with Rich Jones, Chandler London, and BLAKKASS Westley at the Kimball House after a few hours of drinking and smoking. Other Kind Of Buzzed sessions took place at Cafe Mustache, Jugrnaut Clothing Store, and backyards.
The first three volumes of “Kind Of Buzzed” are now available for download, collectively or individually.
Originally premiering on Ruby Hornet, “Ode To Joy…” was recorded live during the “Kind Of Buzzed Vol 2.” session at Cafe Mustache. Chandler London freestyles over an improvised, multilayered beat- provided by Netherfriends. Get the track below, mastered for your listening pleasure. Bonus: Video from the session, shot by Geoff Henao.
CHICAGO: Catch both Chandler and Netherfriends this Saturday- live at Kimball House Rock!
Last month, Netherfriends dropped Volume 1 of his “Kind of Buzzed” series for our June podcast. Volume 2 features Swords the Ronin (Second City Citizens) freestyling over improvised beats, live at Cafe Mustache. Peep the video, and grab the track below.
In the spirit of Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue, Netherfriends put together “Kind Of Buzzed”- a series of improvised beats, cooked up fresh on the spot, and garnished with the freestyles of different Chicago Hip Hop artists.
Video: Griffin Thomas
The Chitown Cypher connects talented underground hip-hop artists, producers, and filmmakers in Chicago through organized freestyle events around the city. chitowncypher.com
Set downtown at Millenium Park, the June edition of Chitown Cypher features the adept acapella oratory of Auggie the 9th, Blakkass Westley (Impolite Society), Black Matt, and Fooch The MC.
Freestyle loops, beats, and lyrics from Netherfriends featuring Blakkass Westley (Impolite Society), Chandler London, and Rich Jones (Second City Citizens). Also featuring Danimal The Choppa on MPC. In the spirit of Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue; recorded live at Kimball House. As always, the Kimball House Podcast is available on iTunes for the free.
Subscribe & Download: KHP Podcast 006 – “Netherfriends – Kind Of Buzzed”