No, I haven’t been sleeping. My daytime hustle is just kicking my ass so hard that I’m a little late. Which is why it took me so long to actually listen to and big-up ‘Dorner vs. Tookie’, the crew project from Los Angeles-based Hellfyre Club.
The posse includes some of my favorite emcees, Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle, Nocando, milo, and KAIL, all together for the first time. Yeah, a couple of tracks are re-hashed from projects from earlier in the Summer. But for the most part this is that new-new.
Driver and Nocan reunite as Flash Bang Greneda for highlight “Pet Aligators”. Mike Eagle almost steals the show with “Qualifiers” and the previously released “Degrassi Picture Day (Hellfyre Jackets)”. But KAIL is the surprise (to the uninitiated at least) MVP with “We On”.
Check out the extended crew, including Rheteric Ramirez and VerBS, in the video for the title track. It’s some of the most hardcore yet cerebral shit coming out of LA, or anywhere else for that matter, at the moment. And that chorus is just fuckin’ classic!
And don’t forget to catch Busdriver, milo, Open Mike Eagle, and Nocando on the Dorner vs. Tookie tour as Hellfyre Club this Winter/Spring!
2/11/14 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
2/14/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
2/15/14 – Ashland, OR @ Lounge South
2/17/14 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
2/18/14 – Portland, OR @ Star Theatre
2/19/14 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
2/20/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
2/21/14 – Denver, CO @ The Marquis
2/22/14 – Fort Collins, CO @ Road 34
2/24/14 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
2/25/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
2/26/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Tavern
2/27/14 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
2/28/14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
3/1/14 – Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Tavern
3/3/14 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
3/6/14 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
3/9/14 – Washington, D.C. @ DC9
3/10/14 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor (Free Show)
3/11/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Purgatory Room