M.C. RENTZ ‘GET THIS MUTHA CRACKIN’ EP Release Shindig
Presented by Bloodyboombox.com and DJ D&A
Born in 1978 in Minneapolis, MN, Dana Willey was not supposed to happen. His mother was unable to have kids; while his father was always at the wrong place at the wrong time, almost being killed numerous times, the last time surviving death by just a length of a blade. He somehow got right and cleaned up his life. His mom prayed and prayed to have a child and after years and years of doctors telling her there isn’t a chance and that she should just give up; finally her prayers were answered, she was going to have her lifelong dream of being a mother.
Growing up in the diverse neighborhoods of North Minneapolis, it didn’t take long for Dana to follow in his fathers footsteps by getting into trouble while he was young. Running with gangs and making his mark within the gang by tagging the area, stealing car stereos, and performing freestyle raps at local house-parties; one occasion even got the police involved. After making violent threats on the mic about the campus police, the MPD got involved and their force was out to nab Dana and his friends, and a few got arrested. Think rapping “Fuck the Police” in front of the face of a Los Angeles policeman, which is what pretty much happened that night in Dinkytown. In a strange way he found his calling that night, but just like his father, he also found something else, as it seemed like a dark cloud was also following him.
Some years later, Dana was writing raps and messing around with production and chose the name, KNONAM (pronounced No Name), based on his survival of almost not existing at all. Working full-time at a local bar, a chance meeting with an old high school classmate at a mall helped Dana get his career going. That old friend was Brother Ali. They hooked up right away and Brother Ali introduced Dana to Eyedea, and all 3 of them got to work. Brother Ali created all the beats, Eyedea did the recording and mixing, and all 3 shared production duties. The album made was, I Swear to Drunk I’m Not God. The first single, “Hold Like a Man,” featured Brother Ali and was featured on RSE Radio and KMOJ. The second single, “Ride,” was also an indie hit with a hilarious intro by Eyedea which caught the ears of many E&A fans at the height of their popularity. Knonam was invited to join Ali on the road for the Midwest wing of Atmosphere's God Loves Ugly Tour where he hung out with the band, played roadie, and got his dues card punched.
Lyrical Pedestrianz was formed in early 2003 with 3 individuals: MC Rentz, DC and Phatty McGee, first releasing a free EP entitled Flobitussin EP (out of print) which was a tripped journey through the brain of each member, 7 tracks of indescribable hip-hop. The EP featured rough cuts of the mid-west anthem 'When The Ice Melts' and the fan favorite, 'the Horrible Death Song' all of which have been re-recorded in higher quality for the release of the full length album Smoke For the Sun. Don't mistake these individuals as rookies in the rap game, each individual has been writing and recording for quite some time under previous groups. Known for a live and energetic live show, Lyrical Pedestrianz have played many venues in and all around the cities including sharing the stage with legendary Vanilla Ice, Tech N9ne, and others.
Background Noise Crew started in August of 2007, and is now celebrating its 5th year as a collective/label venture. Background Noise Crew consists of its core six members; Egypto Knuckles, Phingaz, T.Q.D, Analyrical, Status Reign and ToneKrusher Smith. As of recent, Background Noise Crew has expanded its operation to add on two new family members; JL Magee & Legend Has It. As an eight man operation, there are several duos within the collective; Green Sketch (T.Q.D & Phingaz), ZOMBIExZOMBIE (Legend Has It & JL Magee), and the newly-formed Common Labor (Phingaz & Analyrical). Together, they have had over 16 releases in 5 years, and have since done two tours along the Midwest and West Coast. Additionally they have been featured in such publications as City Pages, Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, URB Magazine, and Slug Magazine, as well as such online publications as Rap Reviews, Midwest Broadcast, Potholes In My Blog, Kevin Nottingham, amongst several others.