The local label is handling this year's Reddit Cassette Culture compilation
"My focus was on family and home. I was living the life: I was reading a lot."
Album art can often be tangential, an afterthought — once the album is complete, the musician does a quick photo shoot, or commissions an abstract painting. But for ChaRon Don, the artwork on his new album, Voice of the Voiceless, says everything: The Pittsburgh rapper appears in a tuxedo and combat boots, in blackface (he's African American), with a zipper closed over his mouth.
"ChaRon is the greatest role model, because he's totally cool, and kind."
An early chance encounter with producer and engineer Riccardo Shulz — who also sits on the faculty of the music school at Carnegie Mellon University — provided a connection that put local rapper ChaRon Don (real name: ChaRon White) into schools as a teaching artist. Back when White and DJ Huggy were still high-schoolers looking for someone to master their early work, they contacted Shulz, who lived nearby in East Liberty.
"The level of talent that we attract has gone up and up and up."
The Flood City Music Festival began 25 years ago as part of an event commemorating the anniversary of Johnstown's 1889 flood; it's grown into an annual staple. Shelley Johansson, of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, is an 11-year festival vet, and a big reason why the fest is what it is.
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A hip-hop festival featuring Talib Kweli, an "All-Scene" festival at Mr. Small's, Thoth Trio plays the Solar Concert Series and The Sablowskis release a kid-friendly punk album
[HIP HOP] + THU., JULY 31
Don't call it a comeback.
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