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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Friday, April 18, 2014

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KHB's new mixtape is available for direct download.
KHB's new mixtape is available for direct download.

Milwaukee UP: KHB mixtape draws on A Tribe Called Quest beats

Yesterday Milwaukee's KHB, also known as KingHellBastard (a name that is derived from a phrase Hunter S. Thompson would occasionally use when excited about something), released its very first mixtape as a group called "A Tribe Called Bastard: On The Boulevard of Layton."

This new tape, available via direct download from the group's Bandcamp page, pairs many of their recorded verses from previous efforts over classic A Tribe Called Quest instrumentals.

KHB is a group made up of three emcees and a DJ (Dana Coppa, DNA, Shemp, and DJ 1L, respectively) who are more recently known for their vinyl release "Remember The Name," which came out a couple of months ago on local record label Uni.Fi Records.

After taking a few weeks to tour around the Midwest, South and East Coast, they decided the best way to keep their name moving forward was the release of this new mixtape.

KHB fans will most likely find this new project to be a fun reinterpretation of songs they're already familiar with, and the mixtape may also open new ears to KHB due to the familiarity of Tribe Called Quest beats.

As a promotional product, the mixtape is enjoyable and you should certainly give it a listen but I highly recommend seeking out the fantastic "Remember The Name" as an introduction to KHB. You can find it by going to Uni.Fi Records Web site

Milwaukee UP: Here comes some hip-hop

Milwaukee has a hip-hop scene ... and it is GOOD.

This is a statement that some of you reading this might already know. This is also a statement that might seem like it's out of left field to those who don't actively participate in the consumption of local Hip-Hop, or hip-hop in general.

To those of you who already know me and know what I do, please allow me some time right now to introduce myself to the great readers of that may not be so familiar with me.

My name is JC Poppe and I am a man who has dedicated the last eight months to covering the Milwaukee hip-hop scene in a very in depth way. I accomplished this through my blog called Milwaukee UP in which I generally posted more than 20 times a month about the different things going on within the scene.

I've covered album releases, mix tape releases, single releases, shows, interviews, reactions to overzealous grandstanding politicians, etc. ... all in an effort to make sure the crop of talent that some consider to be the best pool of artists Milwaukee has ever had gracing the microphone or MPC was catalogued properly, essentially to add to "pot" and NOT to undermine or circumvent the work done by the great publications that came well before me and will be here long after I have moved on to something else.

I have also been, or currently am, a pseudo manager / promotions specialist to several artists in Milwaukee that tries to get features on said artist's music...not only in local media, but in national and international blogs, papers, magazines, etc., as well.

Over the past year I've been getting more and more involved in the community in the form of coordinating charitable events, most notably a concert series called "Hip-Hop Hates" which puts together some of my favorite performers on the same bill, and we throw a party at the Cactus Club to raise money for something important. We just did a benefit for Breast Cancer awareness that was a great success.