Former comic book illustrator and Gameboy graphic designer Steven Henry aka Infinite Livez offers a tangential take on UK hip-hop with bizarre and eccentric narratives on his 2004 debut Bush Meat.
According to his official biography, the Shadowless crew member and Chelsea Art College-educated rapper enjoys visiting museums, was a punk for a while and is a fan of surrealist writer Andre Breton.
Mammary glands have been a frequent obsession in hip-hop but on Bush Meat Infinite Livez offered an unexpected take on the subject. On ‘The Adventures Of The Lactating Man’, the rapper begins producing milk such that deliverymen are put out of business.
Infinite Livez | R Yeah
The skit ‘Brown Nosh’ featured Bouncement Queen demanding a rim job as her fee for appearing on the album, while ‘Drilla Ape’ related the story of a man cheating on his partner for a simian. ‘Claati Bros’, meanwhile, spoofed Brit Art with the tale of a private view for an artist who ‘paints with elephant do-do… very post-modern… a bit smelly though’ (though Infinite Livez notably coupled this humour with a threat to walk into the British Museum with a shotgun and reclaim all the African art).
Such daftness and absurdism did not render such creations mere novelty, with Infinite Livez backing his imaginative raps with cool and inventive sounds that made sense of the computer-game inspired moniker. Bush Meat, released via Big Dada, was heralded on release as one of the most distinctive hip-hop albums of the year.
Je Double F | Can’t Help It
JE double F is a punk inspired hip hop artist from New Jersey USA. After releasing his debut EP ‘PAGANOMICS’ in late 2010, he hit the road and has been touring DIY ever since. February 2012 marked the release of his first full length record entitled ‘HALF MAN’ which has been described by TwoThreeNine.com as “an album representing a new spin on flow; it combines elements of punk and hip hop.”
The review goes on to say, “Songs like Shockwaves and Congratz will instantly make you want to take on the bully that steals your lunch money.” JE double F will be hitting the road hard in 2012, including European dates.
Infinite Livez & JE double F – LIVE
Saturday, 18 August 2012 | 21:00 CET
Mme Claude | Lübbener Str. 19 | 10997 Berlin/Kreuzberg