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Blaze Publicity Photo 1For this edition of In This Corner, I welcome an artist that has blazing a trail in the world of Underground Rap/Hip Hop for over 20 years. I am talking about Majik Ninja Entertainment artist Blaze Ya Dead Homie who on January 15TH released his sixth studio album (his second with Majik Ninja Entertainment) The Casket Factory . The Casket Factory (available on iTunes and Amazon) showcases the amazing abilities and growth as an artist for Blaze Ya Dead Homie who offers 14 solid tracks with absolutely no filler which shows exactly how much both Blaze and the label have grown in the right direction in only two years under operation. Blaze Ya Dead Homie was the first artist to release an album for Majik Ninja Entertainment (Gang Rags: Reborn) and I had to talk to the man to ask him about the brand new record, what it was like to work with some new artists, the upcoming tour, and a whole lot more.
Eddie Monster: What can fans expect from the brand new album The Casket Factory?
Blaze Ya Dead Homie: Brand new Blaze like they’ve never seen before! Hands down the best production from first track to last!!! 100% Underground wicked shit… Different styles… Sick guests killing shit…
EM: How did you come up with the name and concept for the casket factory?
Blaze: I was bouncing ideas off of my homie Jamie Madrox of Twiztid… We were thinking along the lines of casket maker or something like that… Then we began building the record an the name evolved into The Casket Factory fairly quickly…
EM: What are your favorite tracks on the new album?
Blaze: 2 middle fingers, they call that gangsta, the way you look before you die, eternal, wormfood, ghost, necromancy, I will bury you, ratchet…
EM:  I noticed DJ Swamp is on four tracks on the new record. Is this the first time you worked with him and how did that come together? Can we expect more in the future?
Blaze: Yeah this is my first time working with DJ Swamp… Got the hookup thru my brothers and label mates Twiztid! I can only hope to work with him in the future, cause he killed shit on this record!
EM: Just like the last question, this is the first time the world is really getting to hear Lex The Hex on the track They Call That Gangsta, what was it like working with him on the song and what’s you take on what he brings to the table for the future of Majik Ninja Entertainment?
Blaze: Had a blast working with my homie Lex! He’s a real good ninja… He brought his own east coast style and its definitely a dope mix and addition to the family!!! Looking forward to doing more projects in the future with him
4PNL_1Tray_right_TubePkt_D1003EM: Since your move to Majik Ninja Entertainment, are you more involved in the production side? Or have you always had a hands on approach with your music?
Blaze: I’ve always been involved with the production of my records to an extent … Not really turning the knobs on the board an shit, but always adding my 2 cents in whenever and wherever I can…
EM: You have an old school hip hop sound (which is my personal favorite), what’s your opinion of the current hip hop scene?
Blaze: You’ve got some good, some bad and some ugly shit happening in hip hop… Some are solid artists with good tracks and others… I just don’t know what they were thinking when they were making it. Some of the shit is so horrible it’s downright insulting
EM: This is your eighth solo album overall and you’ve been doing this for 20 plus years, what keeps Blaze Ya Dead Homie motivated after so much time?
Blaze: First and foremost it’s the Family! From day 1 since I’ve stepped on stage in their presence, they’ve been nothing but accepting… I thank them for that and the chance to do what I love for a living… They are truly amazing!

EM: When you do a collaborations, do you get to choose who you work with? Are there any future artists you plan to work with or is there an artist that you never worked with that you would love to?

Blaze: Yeah, it’s ultimately my final say on collaborations. I have a few in mind, but haven’t reached out to anybody recently.  I would like to work with somebody completely unexpected though…

EMOn February 4TH, you are heading out on the road for quite the trek, will you be bringing any of those one size fits all caskets with you? And what can fans expect from the live show and will there be any surprises?

Blaze: And you know this!!! Energy, cause that’s what I like to expend up on that stage… An I might have some surprises for ya, but ya gotta come an rock out with us to see what’s up my sleeve!!!

EM: Last question, There is a rumor going around that you and The R.O.C. are working on the Zodiac MPrint album, is there any truth to it and when do you think we can expect it?
Blaze: Yes there is some truth to that statement… Although I’m not sure if it’s gonna be full length at this point, but we’ve been around the studio a lil bit… Should be dropping later this year!
Blaze Ya Dead Homie heads out on tour on February 4TH in Columbus, OH and it runs all the way until March 13Th with four special dates in April with Twiztid.  For more info on the album, tour, and merchandise, please visit Blaze Ya Dead Homie’s official website here.

big money hustlasIt’s been a long month since the last time we saw Cheeseball Cinema due to the fact that we celebrated the great holiday of Halloween. But now it’s time to get back into business with all sorts of posts and here is our first Cheeseball Cinema and it’s a film from the guys from ICP (Insane Clown Posse) in a film called Big Money Hustlas. The film is an homage to all the 70’s blaxploitation films that stars Shaggy 2 Dope as Sugar Bear, a legendary cop who comes to Detroit to try and take down the biggest gangster in town in Big Baby Sweets (Violent J). He’ll have to go through hell and with the worst cop on the force (Harland Williams) in order to do so. The film also stars Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child of Twiztid as Big Stank and Lil Poot, John G. Brennan (The Jerky Boys) as The Chief, The Misfits (Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, Jerry Only, Michale Graves, and Dr. Chud), Rudy Ray Moore (Dolemite) as Dolemite, Mick Foley (WWE Superstar) as Cactus Sac, Fred Berry (What’s Happening) as Bootleg Greg, Jumpsteady (Big Money Rustlas) as Hack Benjamin, Kamal Ahmed (The Jerky Boys) as Old Man Kissel, and the film was directed by John Cafiero (Ramones Raw).

HustlasAfter taking the time in my day to actually watch this film, one of the things that I noticed about the film is that this could have easily been a Troma film just because their styles were the same. It just felt like a Troma from beginning to end which was pretty cool and definitely qualified this film for Cheeseball Cinema. This is definitely one of the cheesiest films I have ever seen besides the Troma films (like I said), but it was enjoyable to watch at the same time. You sort of have to take into consideration that these were all underground musicians who took the time to write and create their own film no matter how cheesy. They even poked fun at the fact throughout the whole film as they broke the fourth wall constantly and reminded you of what they could do with the budget of the film and what they couldn’t. Twiztid’s Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child were definite highlights of this movie as those boys could act and it was fun to see Mick Foley who also poked fun at himself as well. As far as T&A is concerned, there is one good scene unless you are one of those guys whose into very big women and if you are there is plenty of that in this film for a certain amount of time. Harland Williams does a pretty decent job in this film, but at times he can be a little too much. One of the guys I enjoyed in this film was John G. Brennan who played the Chief  as he was absolutely priceless to me. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this film an 3.9 for a final grade. Believe me, you know what you are getting when you watch this film, but it was fun as it was cheesy.

a placeI was wondering what exactly A Place In The Woods was when I first saw the article for it by Billboard online. Was it a short horror film or a music video from the band? Well, A Place in the Woods is a bonus track that you get when you purchase the band’s latest effort The Darkness (which I also reviewed here) which in turn makes this the music video for the track, but you might as well call it a short film. The video stars Monoxide Child, Jamie Madrox, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Sid Haig (A House Of 1000 Corpses), and Kane Hodder (Friday The 13TH Part VII). The video is very dark, but the visuals are so amazing from an ax wielding maniac like Kane Hodder, to the evil and satanic Sid Haig, to the boys in Twiztid doing all the dirty work. The story was written by Jamie Madrox and it was directed by Ryan Archibald. When talking about the video Monoxide told Billboard, “It’s another successful step closer to our segue into making horror films. Buckle up because the ride has just begun! It gives me chills when I watch it… This is the closest thing to a horror movie we have filmed to date.” The video definitely leaves me excited to see what these guys can come up with next as we heads toward the future. Check out the video below:

The-Darkness-Album-Cover.pngWhen it came to choosing this week’s album of the week, it sort of came to me last minute only because I was just introduced to this group’s music. I am going to admit that I used to be a fan of the Insane Clown Posse, but I feel out of love with their music and sort of became disenchanted by it. So, naturally I ignored everything that had to due with them or their label Psychopathic Records. Little did I know how much I was going to like one of the label’s former act in Twiztid as I was introduced to them this past weekend at Rock And Shock. After hearing some of their songs from various albums, I instantly became a fan of theirs and that is why I chose the horrorcore band’s latest effort The Darkness as this week’s album of the week. The group is made up of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child and their style can be categorized as Horrorcore or even Hardcore Hip Hop as the band infuses some heavy guitars into their music. The Darkness is the band’s 10TH album, 29TH release overall, and it’s their first under their own label Majik Ninja Entertainment. To date the album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Top 200 charts, number 4 on the Top Rap charts, and number 3 on the independents charts which is impressive for an underground group with no radio airplay.

1. Why Won’t You Answer– This is an intro track that opens up the album where he leaves a message crying and sobbing on an answering machine.

401894_12. Afraid Of The Dark– It’s a quick track with a pretty cool guitar riff behind it that reminds me of like an Eminem style hip hop about the boogeyman before it leads into the next track. 4/5

3. In Hell– The track starts off with what sounds like a monster trapped with chains. Once the music comes in, it’s a cool and eerie tempo where both talk about each others deaths and their battles in hell. 4/5

4. Back To Hell– Another hard as hell track with a cool riff and beat in a track that is more Nu-metal than anything cause the rhymes are slowed down. This is one of my favorite tracks on the record. 5/5

5. Problems with Medication– This is another skit on the album, but it’s Sid Haig this time leaving a message. Very funny.

6. A Little Fucked Up– A true hip hop song that sees the band rapping about how they like basically like murder cause they a little f***ed up. 4/5

7. Boogieman (Intro)– This is a great intro with a mom telling her kids a bedtime story about the boogieman.

1401x788-Twiztid-Cutout-2-HDR-28. Boogieman– this band can bring a dope beat and make a little eerie as this one is obviously about the boogieman 4/5

9. Down Here– a classic track about the band embracing the fact that they underground and proud of it. 4/5

10. Dr. Weasel (Skit)– Another skit on the record that this time features Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects).

11. F.T.S.– a track with a hardcore guitar riff with the band showcasing their rapping abilities and its basically the bands F*** you to the system. 4/5

12. Take It Away– It starts with a cool piano part before it introduces the guitar, but it’s definitely ballad like. It seems to be a track about even though times can be tough, you have to still overcome the odds. 4.5/5

13. On and On– This has a very From Dusk Till Dawn feel to it with the Santana like guitar riff in a track about how quick people are to try and make your life a living hell. 4.5/5

14. No Breaks– I love this trac because it has an old school Beastie Boys feel to it and even the music video for it does as well. One of my favorite tracks. 5/5

15. Seance– a cool hip hop song with some soul in it about exactly what the title of the song is. 4.5/5

16. The Exorcism– This can be considered the outro of the album unless you have the one with the bonus tracks, but it’s exactly as described.

My Final Thoughts– I haven’t every album the band has released in full, but these guys are so versatile and they grow with their music. I am so glad that I was introduced to them because I am a fan. This is one of the best albums that I have heard from an act especially a hip hop act. I suggest that you definitely check these guys out. I am giving the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.