Homeboy Sandman & Edan
+ Otis Mensah
Sonntag, 24. Februar 2019
Beginn: 21:00 | Einlass: 20:00
Homeboy Sandman & Edan (Stonesthrow Records)
This is how the story of Humble Pi goes. Several years ago, a friend told the Homeboy Sandman to check out Edan’s live show. It blew his mind, and when they shared a bill together, Sandman and the DJ, producer and rapper met for the first time.
Cut to Homeboy Sandman’s turntable, where Edan’s “Promised Land” got thousands of spins in a matter of days. After exchanging texts, they started to work together, writing and recording music at Edan’s Brooklyn studio whenever they had a few open hours. Edan would create loops and rough sketches, and Sandman would provide the spark that made the music spring to life.
Together, they started cooking Humble Pi. “This isn’t something that was methodically planned,” says Edan, “More so a case of kindred spirits eventually finding each other, as life often permits.”
“I love Edan’s style —his production takes me places I’ve never gone before,” Homeboy Sandman adds. “As a rhyme partner, there’s a joy and juxtaposition in our exchange. It feels like he’s got the pieces that I need to complete certain puzzles.”
Edan and Homeboy Sandman share one goal, to reinvent the past so it feels relevant to the present day. Together, they continue a rich lineage: welcome to the 2018 iteration of the hip-hop duo. Think of Mantronix and Just Ice, Showbiz & AG, Organized Konfusion, the RZA and GZA, Madlib and Doom, and DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (if Jazz had bars).
Queens MC Homeboy Sandman is an ex-law student turned rapper. He signed to Stones Throw in 2012 and since then has released four albums, five solo EPs and two EPs with Aesop Rock. Fellow New Yorker Edan is best known for his 2005 hip-hop masterpiece Beauty and the Beat. In contrast with Sandman, he’s been as rare on the rap scene as the MC has been prolific, only releasing the odd psychedelic mix and popping up every so often for a live show. Humble Pi is his first album in thirteen years.
“I greatly appreciate and admire Sandman’s Zen-like ability to simply do,“ says Edan. „Any endeavor he’s involved in is fundamentally positive, and as a result his energy is forward-moving. I love the wide range of his writing, and ultimately the humanity in it. It’s often very down-to-earth and honest.”
And what exactly is Humble Pi? “We’re serving humble pi,“ says Sandman. „Humble math. Pi is a magic number.“ Magic and humility, he says, can coexist. „From time to time folks need a couple slices of humble pie as a reminder of real magic.”
Homeboy Sandman & Edan album “Humble Pi” out on Stonesthrow Oct 26 / 2018
Interview on the album:
Homeboy Sandman „Veins”: https://homeboysandman.bandcamp.com/album/veins
Homeboy Sandman “Kindness for WeaknessE: https://homeboysandman.bandcamp.com/album/kindness-for-weakness
Edan “Echo Party”: https://youtu.be/9arnyfmObr8
Homeboy Sandman & Edan “Gut”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQsOiRUhuko
Homeboy Sandman & Edan “Never Use The Internet Again”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4wOKLHi520&feature=youtu.be
Homeboy Sandman & Edan “Grim Seasons”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umff7Hael9k
Homeboy Sandman on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/homeboysandman/videos
Homeboy Sandman “Bamboo”: https://youtu.be/_op9htUP5r8
Homeboy Sandman “Clarity”: https://youtu.be/LXnxpmBPwqo