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THELONIOUS ON THE HIP-HOP BATTLE

By J.J. Colagrande
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Whatevs—I got a question and it’s as serious as cancer—Erik B and Rakim’s I-Ain’t-No-Joke—I can still hear that tight-ass horn sample in my head. I’d bet my last ducat if you know the song you can hear the sample too. And what about that boom box! Booming boom box—oh—boom box—tower of booming dream—big boom box,… »

KEITH AND KC DISCUSS NITROUS OXIDE

By J.J. Colagrande
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Keith: The idea that nitrous oxide is referred to as laughing gas. What’s so funny about it? Headz are flopping around on the floor like fresh salmon out of the sea. You’re having an epileptic fit—and everything is fine, everything is great. Granted. When on it everything is clear. For real! Unbelievable understanding! A burst… »

ABOUT BEING A HEAD

By J.J. Colagrande
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Someone might ask me what a head is. I’d reply someone who is willing to take the leap. What is the leap? It’s the leap of discovery, of adventure, of the warrior’s way, of the exploration of the self, of the quest for truth, and the ability to resist the mainstream’s urge to try and… »

PRESENCE OF FEDS

By J.J. Colagrande
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Comedians, amateurs even. Los Federales, more delirious than Eddie Murphy, almost retarded like a Carlos Mencia bit. For the most part Los Federales are a big fucking joke. There—I said it. THEY’RE A JOKE. A BIG FUCKING JOKE. Arrest me. Los Federales. How they bust anyone is a mystery. They’re truly the gang that can’t… »

THE BEAUTY OF SUMMER TRAVELING

By J.J. Colagrande
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Good-bye, like the computerized voice when you log off of AOL. You’re out, logged off, unplugged. It’s the kind of out that will let you in. You’re on your way. You don’t know where you’re going except for the festival. You’re on your way, taking your time. It’s always a mission. Stop off at a… »

WHAT ALL THE HEADZ THINK OF THE ON THE ROAD EXODUS

By J.J. Colagrande
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Kristen Chastity: “Car window down looking in the rearview mirror—that’s what it means to me.” Sky Tyler: “It’s all about letting a different part of the jet stream tickle your skin.” Melody Rain Morgan: “I just like driving into the desert hella cluttered.” Keith Lipsiznowaz: “Feeling connected, like you’re not alone, like you’re plugged into… »

THE PRINCESS AND SHORE MORRIS ON RAINBOW GATHERINGS

By J.J. Colagrande
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“Rainbow gatherings occur in the middle of the woods on National Park land.” “How many people gather?” The Princess asked. “I’d say the number could swell to ten thousand during the weekends.” “That’s a lot. They can do that?” “The first Amendment grants us the right to assemble.” He put a burrito to his mouth,… »

HUGS AND NUGS

By J.J. Colagrande
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Two things about the scene: hugs and nugs. The way headz embrace, yo. A long full chest to chest clasp. Long enough to let-it-flow. Tight too. Word is bond. Hug is bond. A long hard hug and you feelin what the other person’s made of. Understand where I’m coming from? I’m always hugging everyone I… »

THELONIOUS & SHAKEDOWN STREET

By J.J. Colagrande
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Shakedown Street is the heart of town, a-i-i-ght? Let me break it down. Town is the parking lot outside of a music festival. We call it The Lot and its motherfuckin golden. The Lot’s a tailgate party but not like a football game. No one roots for a side, everyone’s on the same team. The… »

THELONIOUS ON THE CITY OF CHICAGO

By J.J. Colagrande
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The Chi-town fest is mid-city chillin. Sometimes the music fest is a big farm thang…dust clouds cough cough…tent city—Ewok Village in the trees—claim your land pitch your tent say what’s up to your neighbors. If it starts to rain let it rain smiles—let smiles reign—it’s that positive at music fest, on the real for real. Whether in Tennessee… »