Masai’s Music Monday: Top 5 MCs of the 518

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My friend Masai, a local music enthusiast moonlighting as a rapper himself, compiled a list of his top five MC’s of the Capital Region and I couldn’t help but ask if I could repost it here.

I’m in total agreement with Masai in that every day I learn a little bit more about music in this area – whether in the form of a new show announcement, an artist I’ve never heard of before, new material, old material and so on, there’s so much out there. I haven’t heard of every MC on Masai’s list prior to reading it and that fact alone reinforces the importance of doing a little research on the music that’s being made in our own stomping grounds.

As you check out the artists on this list, you’ll start to see exactly why it’s an exciting thing to be a fan of hip hop/rap while residing in the Albany area. It’s going to be a good year for music in Albany, as it already has been.

Additionally, I recently previewed a couple of Masai’s tracks from his forthcoming album, “Almost Home,” which is available for pre-order. Also be sure to add February 28th to your calendar to celebrate the release officially, at the Bayou Cafe.

Thanks again to Masai for always speaking honestly, for humbly not putting himself on this list (no worries, you’re on mine!) and for doing his part in supporting the local music scene. Check out his feature after the jump!

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Must Watch: “Marshall Applewhite” by PJ Katz ft. Giant Gorilla Dog Thing and Gorilla Tao

Ever get a song stuck in your head before you even get the words down? That’s basically what I experienced yesterday after I listened to this track from a local gem of a musician, PJ Katz.

In advance of his release of his latest work, “’92 Renault Music,” which will be available on October 16th via Pig Food Records, Katz gathered his best troops for a modern day battle of an epic nerdy proportion, all set to the soundtrack of “Marshall Applewhite” which features Giant Gorilla Dog Thing and Gorilla Tao.

The video came out simply awesome and there’s a lot of local faces throughout. The music video’s concept and execution matches the song perfectly, in a weird, creative way and the editing/direction is of the highest calibre. I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least, that something featuring ninja turtle masks could come off so realistic and professional (?), while still being lighthearted and fun and maybe even totally serious. I can’t wait to check out the full album, which is available for pre-order here. PJ Katz will also be throwing a release party in celebration on November 17th at Valentines. Peep details here.

Also with full disclosure, I’ve watched this video (and therefore listened to the track) about six times in a row so far and I can’t get enough. I’m sure “Marshall Applewhite” will speak for itself, so check it out below: