Taking to the open road is by no means a purely American phenomenon, but the U.S.A. sprawls some 50 states of varying flavors and textures, so when we Yanks make that move out-a-road, we do it with the best of them.
Philadelphia MCs Darko The Super and iAlive did a mini-hip-hop version of Easy Rider in the early fall of 2015, intrepidly recording an EP (The Hellhole Store) during their Midwest swing in the process. The bulk of this 11-track oeuvre was laid in the Knights Inn in beautiful downtown Kalamazoo, MI.
Darko sports something of an over-the-top Andy Kaufman persona (though Bill Hicks seems to be more his shit) while iAlive is more of a smooth assassin, equally adept at rocking rough rhymes and subtle crooning. The beats are handled by the self-same duo.
Released on Already Dead Tapes—a boutique, cassette-only label based in Kzoo/Brooklyn—this is DIY flavor you will savor:
Give these cats a healthy spin: