Welcome to the September 2023 edition of DINO NUGGETS, FiveTwenty’s music discovery show! This time around Darius, Daniel, and Alexander are joined by special guest Joseph Muniz to talk about fresh releases from the month of July, international Christian rap, the “Church Clap,” concert bathrooms, and more. Plus, is indie tribe the new Reach Records?

Listen on the FiveTwenty Collective Substack now! Plus you can paste api.substack.com/feed/podcast/1246501/s/62118.rss into your favorite podcast app to get new episodes automatically in your podcast feed.

Connect with AlexanderDaniel, Darius, and Joseph on Instagram, and follow the DINO NUGGETS playlist on Apple Music or Spotify.

 

Background music: Hymns in High-Fidelity by Brother Joe and sxxnt.

Tracklist:

O’bros – Going My Way (feat. Lecrae)

Jeremiah Bligen – I Will Not Stop (feat. Cutright)

Don Ready & Christopher Syncere – 10pm W Josh Hritz

Indie Tribe – STILL HOLY

Grits – Ooh Aah (My Life Be Like) [feat. tobyMac]

Lecrae – I’m Turnt

Lecrae – Confe$$ions

Mura Masa & Daniela Lalita – Love

Connor Price, Nic D, & GRAHAM – HOV (Remix)

Switchfoot & Relient K – Ammunition (Relient K Version)

Paper Watch – Gideon

This past weekend, I had the immense pleasure of being able to attend (alongside my DINO NUGGETS co-hosts) the third iteration of indie tribe’s SMOKE! Festival. And let me tell you: I can’t recommend it enough. It was a movie.

“Started makin’ movies, now we don’t know how to act.”

The first night of festivities featured a range of talented acts, many of which I hadn’t seen live before. A standout was Jon Keith’s performance. EREMOS is undoubtedly one of the best albums of the year, and hearing songs from it live was an incredible experience. The combination of synth-heavy tracks with incredibly vulnerable lyrics and striking but minimalistic visuals made Jon Keith’s set one of the most memorable of Friday night. Plus, the whole rest of indie tribe rushed the stage during “CHOSE,” sending the crowd into a frenzy.

“If you only take two things away tonight… You don’t have to be lonely alone. And God loves you more than you could ever know.” -Jon Keith

The first night of festivities finished out with an electrifying performance by Seattle-based alternative rock band Kings Kaleidoscope. It’s clear that they’ve honed their craft over years of shows. One indicator of this was how brilliantly the band utilized colors and lighting as part of their set (fitting for a band with “kaleidoscope” in their name). Finishing Friday night off by playing through all three parts of “The Rush,” Kings Kaleidoscope left this writer overwhelmed with emotion.

After the show was the VIP afterparty, starting off with the customary SMOKE! Cypher. DJ Mykael V facilitated the scene over two beats while emcee after emcee blew the audience’s mind. Did I mention this took place in a skate park? Truly an amazing scene to witness. Each artist melted the mic, but even amongst these giants Aable’s verse was something special.

 

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As if the cypher wasn’t enough, we were also treated to Pass the Aux, where artists played unreleased music. 350 played a song he did in collaboration with Torey D’Shaun that he said will never be released due to uncleared samples. Mogli the Iceburg knocked our socks off with an unfinished track from his hyperrock project. DJ Mykael V played a track featuring John Givez that he said was from a 2018 album called Pinocchio Story that will never see the light of day. Torey D’Shaun had to get Jon Keith to help him turn off his iPhone notifications that kept interrupting his song, and nobigdyl. spilled some details on his next album.

Day one easily would have been worth the price of admission, but Saturday brought even more great music! The day kicked off with a Block Party outside the venue featuring vintage clothes, coffee by Cxffeeblack, a live DJ, and more. Alexander, Daniel, and I elected to use part of our time at the Block Party to record a live bonus episode of DINO NUGGETS.

While the Block Party continued outside, fans crowded into Rocketown’s indoor skate park, where the festival organizers had built a stage. I personally only caught Mogli the Iceburg’s set, and I’m glad I did. Experiencing Mogli’s unique brand of indie rock while packed into a skate park with hundreds of other enthusiasts was quite the experience. (Check out the 5th photo below)

 

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After getting some lunch, we forged ahead into the main lineup of music for the day. Battz kicked things off, but his was no forgettable opener. I knew that I expected Battz’ music to be some of my favorite, stylistically, but I didn’t anticipate just how much he would be able to animate the crowd, especially once Aaron Dews joined the stage. (Definitely hoping to see a lot more collaboration between those two in the future.)

 

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Derek Minor’s stage presence was impressively commanding–I loved that his band included live trumpet and electric guitar. The RMG rapper played a few songs off of his upcoming album, alongside several throwbacks.

I got to hear The New Respects for the third time, and they were incredible as always. The flow of their setlist stood out to me as especially well-put-together. They, too, played an unreleased song, and I’m always impressed by their drummer Darius’ ability to play and sing at the same time.

WHATUPRG also had an exceptionally well-organized set. Last time I saw RG perform was on the Unashamed Forever tour, where he put on an amazing show, but Saturday’s show was next level.

Probably the solo set I was most excited for was nobigdyl.’s, and it paid off. The bassline in “Lighter Fluid” felt like it would punch me through the floor, and dyl.’s decision to use an AI-generated clip of Obama’s voice as the transition from “President” to “PARABOLIC!” was brilliant.

 

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This was personally my first time at SMOKE!, but when indie tribe finally took the stage the energy was as high as I would’ve guessed. Anybody who doesn’t think God is doing big things through the tribe hasn’t been to SMOKE!. “This is shocking to people, but we always knew this culture was here,” nobigdyl. said in between songs, to which the crowd responded by chanting “JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS.”

“Say I won’t come all the way to Nashville to support one of the dopest music festivals.” -Lecrae

After performing several of the top songs from last year’s Church Clothes 4, Lecrae’s set honestly felt more like a blessing over the event with songs sprinkled in. The two-time Grammy winner exhorted artists to be faithful to what God calls them to and charged fans with supporting the movement indie tribe is at the helm of.

“You don’t get no extra rewards in heaven for selling the most albums. You don’t get no extra rewards in heaven for winning Grammys. You don’t get no extra rewards in heaven for selling out shows. All those things are fine, there’s nothing wrong with them, but the motivation is the difference. … So just be faithful to what God put in front of you, y’all. … It don’t mean don’t be a good steward; it don’t mean don’t work hard. But it just means, at the end of the day, life on earth is just preparation for the next life.”

Lecrae may have been the last artist listed on the schedule, but indie tribe had a surprise in store. The mysterious “Still Holy Premiere” listed on the Saturday schedule turned out to be the debut of a new song called “Still Holy,” and, much more notably, the addition of a new official member to the indie tribe: Torey D’Shaun!

Obviously there’s a lot more that happened at SMOKE! Festival 2023; these are just a few highlights that stand out to me as I reflect a few days later. One thing I haven’t mentioned is the incredible sense of community I felt as I interacted with artists, content creators, and fans alike. One aspect of the festival that I didn’t consider beforehand that I enjoyed immensely was getting to meet in person many musicians, writers, and graphic designers who I’ve known for years, but only online. By the time the weekend was over, I was wiped, but SMOKE! Festival 2023 was a highlight of the summer (and even the year) for me. You can bet that it will take a lot to keep me from being there again next year.

“indie tribe. two years ago was a moment, but now it feels like a movement.”

We’re live from SMOKE! Festival! Alexander, Daniel, and Darius met up at the SMOKE! Block Party to record a special bonus episode. We’re talking about the festival itself, indie tribe.’s new album L O W B L O W, and the future of CHH. Listen on the FiveTwenty Collective Substack now! Plus you can paste api.substack.com/feed/podcast/1246501/s/62118.rss into your favorite podcast app to get new episodes automatically in your podcast feed.

Connect with AlexanderDaniel, and Darius on Instagram, and follow the DINO NUGGETS playlist on Apple Music or Spotify.

Welcome to the July 2023 edition of DINO NUGGETS, FiveTwenty’s music discovery show! This time around Darius, Daniel, and Alexander are talking fresh releases from the month of July, the catchiest indie tribe. songs, country rap, some concert-going stories, and more. Listen on the FiveTwenty Collective Substack now! Plus you can paste api.substack.com/feed/podcast/1246501/s/62118.rss into your favorite podcast app to get new episodes automatically in your podcast feed.

This episode also marks a whole year of DINO NUGGETS! Thanks for rocking with us!

Connect with AlexanderDaniel, and Darius on Instagram, and follow the DINO NUGGETS playlist on Apple Music or Spotify.

 

Background music: Outside Problems by Andrew Bird

Tracklist:

indie tribe., nobigdyl., & Jon Keith – Slidin (feat. Mogli the Iceburg)

Jon Keith – Pleez

Warren Christian – Infinite (feat. 350)

Derek Minor – Of Course (feat. Byron Juane)

Timothy Brindle – The Completeness Cypher (feat. The Lamp Mode 7)

KB – Long Live the Champion (feat. Yariel & GabrielRodriguezEMC)

Diplo, Jessie Murph, & Polo G – Heartbroken

Seanti-Aeris – Start Again

LANY – Alonica

I guess the wild weekend wasn’t enough for YP aka Young Paul.

On Wednesday (June 23, 2021), the New York emcee made this announcement on Twitter:

That’s NOT Christian Podcast responded with the question, “Wait, another one??”

For those of you who may have missed it, YP dropped a record titled Duck, Duck Friday on his YouTube. In the song, he took shots at several of CHH’s more popular artists. The response was pretty much what you would expect. If you missed it, check out our coverage here.

It is apparently actually “Diss Season” in CHH.

Well, YP put out yet another record Holy Smoke. He did say that round two would take things up a notch.

“If they don’t respond to this one, they can never put tough, competitive, boastful bars in their songs again.” – YP

YP said that Duck, Duck was a challenge. Think of it as a writing exercise. But clearly, the gloves are off with Holy Smoke. The YouTube description simply states “Indie Tribe DISS record (round 2)”.

Holy Smoke! happens to be the title of a record on Indie Tribe’s newest project ‘UPPERHAND’ as well as their upcoming festival next month. Nothing appears off-limits, which may not be a good thing.

Plenty of people have accused CHH of looking more and more like its mainstream counterpart. Is this simply the next evolution of that process? Is the space in a tailspin? The reactions to this latest drop could say a lot. To this point, Indie Tribe has not responded outside of social media postings (primarily from Mykael V). Will there be the response on wax that YP appears to be looking for?

We are here to report, plain and simple.

Will this type of approach hurt CHH more than it helps? How do you view it? What do you think of the record?

Hit the comments and sound off!

 

Oh, it’s that time of year again?

In 2020 CHH saw several of its notable up-and-comers take shots at each other. From Mitch Darrell to Thomas Iannucci, what turned out to be a bit of fun struck a nerve with some of the genre’s leaders.

After what we can call a “cooling off period”, it looks like we’re back at it. But is it all fun and games this time around?

It turns out the artist in question was YP aka Young Paul.

On his new track, released on YouTube, “Duck Duck” featuring Selah the Corner, YP takes shots at Indie Tribe and others. Let’s start with this question, “is YP taking shots or simply clapping back?”

Indie Tribe scored big with their reloaded roster and the release of the new project Upperhand. On the track “Tribal Council”, DJ Mykael V delivers a strongly worded outro (although it is not clear if it was directed at any artists in particular or general hype). You can determine for yourself how you interpret the lyrics (courtesy of Genius):

It’s safe to say that YP aka Young Paul took at least a level of exception to what was said.

“Tell these CHH rappers boasting in they records or making competitive statements in their songs and [they think] no one will feel like challenging them…lol” -YP

“Duck Duck”

YP and Selah the Corner teamed up on “Duck Duck” and set the CHH Twitterverse ablaze. 

People have called it corny; some have called it needed; others have remained unphased. While group chats and timelines have been filled with debates of the song’s relevance and quality, very few appear interested in finding out what was really behind the release.

YP gave this statement to FiveTwenty, “I threw a jab expecting a punch back. Then we elevate the bars in Round 2.”

Young Paul has spent his #NewMusicFriday working his Twitter fingers as everyone seems to have something to say. Selah seemed to be ducking (no pun intended) the majority of the backlash, at least until The Crew brought the entire God Over Money roster into the conversation:

Yep, things get wild in these CHH streets I guess. Need examples? The best I can do is point you to YP’s Twitter feed.

Regardless of how you feel, it appears that this is where we’re at.

CHH continues to thrive off its drama. The question is, what’s next?

Check out “Duck Duck” and sound off with your view of the situation in the comments below!