Sunday, January 2, 2011

Music Sunday - Hired Gun

Photo by Phoebe Stockman

Hired Gun is my dear friend Mikal Amin Lee, and this post regarding his music is long overdue because it really should have been the first one of its kind on my blog.

I met Mikal in 2001 during a time in which I was trying to stay a kid for as long as possible. I was just back form Colombia after my last year in college and I started looking into the rave scene. Now don't think that this is going to turn into an electronic music post. It is far from it.

One of the things the rave scene introduce me to was lots of great talented people and Mikal was one of those wonderful people. He was more of a drum and base type of guy and even back then he was already working hard on his passion for spoken word and hip hop music. Later on our friends and I would find out just how talented he really is.

His music is something that I can only describe as akin to Jurassic 5 in terms of its style and flow, but I feel that I would be doing him an injustice by comparing him to anyone. He is a wonderful lyrical poet and I cannot classify his music as hip hop or anything of the sort, because it is so much more than that to me. I guess I am just proud of him and what he has accomplished in this period of time.

Today I would like to share two links to some of my favorite songs of his. The first is a collaboration with Rabbi Darkside and some very talented Brazilian musicians called "Little City". I love this one not only because of its rhythm but because of the mixture of languages that although different somehow meld together in a wonderfully harmonious way. The second is called "You", which I love just because it is so simple and true. A wise man imparting life knowledge to anyone who is willing to listen. I hope you enjoy them both. If these two songs are not enough for you I suggest you check out his web page and this link to his album Where in the World is Gun, which is available as a free download. Enjoy and if you like what you hear pass it on and share the music.

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