As part of Vancouver’s third annual Velopalooza “Festival of Bike Fun” I co-hosted the DIY Bike PA Soundclash Ride. We invited people to bring out their bike sound systems or just come along for the ride. We also asked Adrian (Professor Prawns) and Karlis (Count Snacky) from Freestyle Focus Group (FFG) to MC the event with their signature freestyle and interactive rapping. Around 50 people showed up for the ride including visiting riders from Los Angeles, Davis, CA, Portland, OR, and Germany. We heard show-and-tell-style descriptions of six homemade bike sound systems. At each stop we entertained each other with our attempts at freestyling, plus we had a surprise gamelan performance on re-used bike tubes and a ukelele and harmonica rendition of “You Are My Sunshine.”
This summer we have been wearing out our microphones at Funk-O-Ree (Squamish), Diversity Fest (Texada Island). Lotsa hilarious rhymes and good times. See you at Basscoast this Aug. 2012. We will post live recordings soon. Here are pics from The Funk O REE fest….
So, last weekend I (Prof Prawns) was asked to give an off-the-top freestyle rap for Emily Jubenville. It was tricky cause I did not know her well enough to be able to freestyle that intelligently about her so I asked some of her friends for some themes to insert, like canning cheeries and pokadot dresses.
It was really quite a fun time. I was pretty nervous tho.
Someone recorded the sesh, here is what it sounded like…
George Rahi, of the Tool Library here in east vancouver, invited the FFG to contribute to the mobile bike sound soundsystem crew and to the second stop on the U-Crawl through town. While Snacky was on the island, PROF. PRAWNS threw it down at Rahi’s raging house party. A few minutes after the hundreds of bike and sound systems left for the next house, the police arrived…but too late to catch the party. The rest of the night was pretty amazing. It was Brandy’s birthday and the night ended with a telephone bonfire at the beach with the sun coming up. here’s to spring.
Hey so tonight I dipped into the Balllantines whiskey and mixed some cola liquids and ice into my glass – I just uploaded the results to the Prof. Prawns Soundcloud. Interested in what happens with a raw freestlye in-situ kitchen popcornstyles?
Allright! Prawns is over in New London right now so instead of freestyling this week we’re power-upping our systems, including this new blog website. I’m also stoked on our new tele-freestyle jam system so we can drop new rhymes when one of us is out of town. Hope we see you at the Sweet Soul NYE!