This was one of the bonus tracks on ‘The Professor And The Hustler, which you can download for free ——> HERE.
That album still fonkay and real. Get it if you ain’t hip.
#ATFU staying TIMELESS.
#NaptownSlim on ‘Home’
Ay y’all. Yuh boy out here in this lovely backyard, appreciating nature and trees and the breeze before I ride to get this cheese; you know who it is, the magnificent Naptown Slim. I gotta touch on that ‘representing’ thang again.
Whenever you see me or say my name, you know what I represent. Make no bones about it, I am very proud of where I am from. I let em know, say my name one time. Ok, then. Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Of America.
I traveled across the country doing this music thang. I ain’t done. Everywhere I go, I tell em about Y’ALL, man. Y’all been ridin with Slim for a long time. I appreciate y’all so much, man. That’s why I say so much and work so hard. I intend to work harder too. This is just begun.
I’ve heard some people say they might think they are bigger and better than what ‘home’ has to offer. I say to those people; do your thang, get yours…yourself…elsewhere. I’d be impressed by that. People have done it. Others run off to big cities because there’s big coattails there to ride. Nah. Slim got big coattails at the crib and would rather be able to flip them joints up when I sit down at my keyboard…on some ol Bugs Bunny stuff. Ha. No backseaters necessary. The merch guy and our gear can go there.
I’m a proud dude, very proud. I had that pride smashed and it came back with a vengeance. I started building in Naptown years ago and never told anyone I would stop, in fact, quite the opposite. Now, from my being ‘me’, I’m on your TV, radio, and well, look at what you reading now. And it ain’t like I’m just jammin for Naptown, we jammin NAPTOWN for the world, b. They ARE online and they ARE checkin for us. I SEENT it.
I just wanted to let y’all know that regardless of where I go on the planet and in life, I ain’t ever forgettin where I came from and I’m always representin y’all. That’s it, man. I’m just happy this is my home.
Right on, Indianapolis. Y’all have been really good to me. Thank you.
Another funky, cold blooded Naptown Slim production, as real as ever.
HIT THE PIC TO SEE HOW ME AND MY MAN, MR. KINETIK REPRESENT INDIANAPOLIS ONSTAGE.
HERE IT IS!! The first official video from ‘The Professor And The Hustler’. Take a ride with us through #Naptown…in STYLE!!!
So much appreciation and gratitude to @CVAKofSW who shot and edited this epic piece right cheah! Shoutout to @TomRobots, all the @SpittenWrittens fam, and all the people and places featured in this video. We got em in here because they’ve all been very good to us and we wanted y’all to meet our friends and see the neighborhood.
Enough reading, go watch the video, wouldya?
#ATFU - All Together For Us
Click HERE to download Mr. Kinetik & Rusty Redenbacher’s ‘The Professor And The Hustler’.
A-SKY - ‘Summertime Fling’ and the re-release of F.I.R.E. (Feeray) - ‘American Arson’ coming soon, right here.
#NP this is such a GREAT warm weather song! I WANT that chicken limo.
It’s SPRING AGAIN!!!!
Mr. Kinetik and I will be working on another album soon, y’all.
We got so much to say and we so funky widdit.
You can download ‘The Professor And The Hustler’, the album that contains ‘Cashin In’ for the free free HERE.
Enjoy. Stay on your pivot.
#FOUND! #BARS #ATFU
I just got to Vibes Music and was lucky enough to see someone had found a notebook of lyrics I wrote that I thought was long gone. This notebook contains all my lyrics from ‘The Professor And The Hustler’, the stuff I wrote for Heavy Gun’s ‘Gateway 2’ compilations and buncha other stuff I never finished.
I can always figure out what I said if I recorded it, but it’s the #rare, random verses and bars that I’m most excited to see again. I write a lotta stuff, man; some of it is great, some of it is just cool enough and could use work, and some of it will never ever get recorded. I always like to have access to all of it though. I can go through old verses and grab a bar or two to kickstart me when I get stuck in the middle of writing something. There’s whole songs in this notebook that are actually kinda dope, but I just never got around to starting (or finishing, in some cases) them as recordings.
That may change…or may not, but I gotta tell y’all. I’m REALLY happy to get this notebook back. This just doesn’t happen. I’ve lost notebooks before (got jacked at gunpoint for a backpack that had my book in it once. Another time, I left my notebook on the roof of my truck and driven off. By the time I realized what I had done, it was too late) and I had chalked this one up as gone.
Yeah, this is how you wanna start a day, man…
If you wanna HEAR what I was talkin bout on these two…hit these links I’m about to set you up with right cheah…
I got my shit back, man. Now hit a link and see why I’m so happy about it…word.
…and we shot this video…
Download ‘The Professor And The Hustler’ here.
It still bangs.
…and we’re starting on the next one…
#ATFU, IT DON’T STOP.
#ATFU #TheMinion #FreeEP #Tracklist
Yeah, I told y’all I made a lotta music and there was no reason to hold any of it back.
I’m posting a FREE EP again tonight. Ta-Da.
I’ve been telling you about ‘The Minion’, a batch of songs that I wrote as I was writing my album, ‘The Tinkerer’. I’m giving them to you tonight. Here’s the tracklist;
Rusty Redenbacher, ‘The Minion’ (Tracklist)
1. Dead In The Disco
6. High Chops (The Tinkerer’s Dead In The Disco Dub Mix)
There it is…it will be posted here tonight. #ALSO, if you wanna get caught up with everything else I’ve released this year (and there’s a lotta stuff), here’s a page with links to everything, most of which is free, baby. Get it.
…and they’ll find us. We HERE now.
“F*ck you, pay me…after all these years” - Rusty Redenbacher
My Art Ain’t Free is the movement.
We gotta live, man. Love ya, Kenye.
Follow @MLTheKweenJr. She rules and she be SANGIN….
#ATFU #Live with The Native Sun. #Update
Mr. Kinetik and Rusty Redenbacher rocked with The Native Sun last night at The Jazz Kitchen. Quite a dope night, y’all. Tell ya what, that is an INCREDIBLE band and you need to check them out as soon as possible. Salute THE NATIVE SUN!
Wanted y’all to check this one out cuz the homey A-Sky was in the building and kicked the third verse for E Dot, who’s getting ready for the release of ‘Born To Fly’ and of course, gettin ready to head to CHINA, MAN! ‘Born To Fly’ drops online on September 3rd, yo.
Links below to a couple more clips from last night.
Of course, if you haven’t downloaded ‘The Professor And The Hustler’ yet #aswell as the latest by A-Sky, ‘Summertime Fling’ , we invite you to do so at the links below. Both are free albums and the sharing of the links is welcome, encouraged and appreciated.
Enjoy the footage and stay in touch with us on Twitter. Thanks for all the support as always.
We getting warmer, huh…?
#ATFU, THAT’S WHAT WE HOLL’IN BOUT…
#ATFU Live. Four clips and links for #TPATH and #SummerTimeFling in here, man.
#ATFU #TPATH #THEVIDEOS
Here’s all the videos we’ve done for ‘The Professor And The Hustler’. There will likely be more footage coming soon. We don’t stop working projects and we don’t stop perfecting the craft/show.
If you haven’t download ‘TPATH’, the link to do so is below. It’s a free album. If ya dig it, share the link. That’s all we ask, man.
#ATFU #SHRUGLIFE #TBM #LANON #NAPTOWN ADIYM
#ATFU #TPATHLIVE at THE JAZZ KITCHEN - 8/24/11
They’ll be performing ‘The Professor And The Hustler’ with The Native Sun, one of the illest bands in Naptown. The grooves will be THICK, believe that. Save the date and make sure to download ‘The Professor And The Hustler’, if you haven’t already.
8/24/11 - Mr. Kinetik & Rusty Redenbacher with The Native Sun, ‘The Professor And The Hustler’ LIVE…FURREAL…at The Jazz Kitchen. Also featuring our man, DJ HELICON keeping the party moving…
Hit the pic to go to the direct link to download ‘TPATH’ #also…#aswell.
\o/ hehe…and watch for ‘The Tinkerer’…
#ATFU - All Together For Us.
YES! 8/24/11 at The Jazz Kitchen with a live band. You know you can’t miss this one!
#ATFU! #GCE!! #BASED!! (#MABY)
THE #BASEDRUSTY FINALLY GETS TO SEE MORE OF HIS FRIENDS AND WANTS TO SHARE THE JOY WITH YOU! PLEASE WATCH MY FRIENDS COOK AND MAKE GREAT ART!
This is #Shruglife in action and you need to meet @DRKHIL, super producer, and my MAN, @GM518630. Khil produced ‘Maybe One Day’ on ‘The Professor And The Hustler’, now you can see a bit of how he works…
Follow my peeps on Twitter and download ‘The Professor And The Hustler’ HERE.
I realize that many people have already read this but it needs further discussion - further highlight. It is a very powerful narrative. Three things stand out for me:
- “I am angry that none of my white friends (and I have many) will ever understand this feeling.” This is gigantic in terms of perceptions of racism. It is impossible to understand how it feels unless you have been victim to it. That is part of the frustration and the bitterness. “Don’t let it get to you…” - You have no idea, trust me.
- “I am sad that some people are going to read this and think I am overreacting.” And many, many people will think exactly that because of number 1. You see it all the time, everywhere. People fail to realize that these kinds of occurrences stay with a person for the rest of their lives. That kind of scar never goes away. Some will scoff at that and I would refer you again to number 1: you can never know what it’s like - stop trying.
- “…how many drinks will it take for them to call me a nigger?” After a while this is how it gets. You start to view everyone through that lens. After enough people attempt to dehumanize you, you begin to dehumanize them. And we arrive at the point we are now - angry, confused and suspect. No matter the situation, location or provocation, it is always in the back of your mind…how long until I have to defend myself once again? It never ends.
Bravo to the author for committing this to paper and sharing it. No one will promise you that “it gets better” because that’s a fucking lie. You are not alone. We each deal with these instances in different ways but the scars they leave are eerily similar. Stay strong.
I am experiencing a type of anger I have never felt before.
I was called a nigger tonight.
I was standing on the balcony of an apartment party, alone and overlooking other apartment balconies. On the ground floor below me were two white men, one obviously drunk and the other obviously not.
“Hey man, fuck you,” one said to me, stumbling.
I was taken aback. “… Why?” I asked. Why would he say that to me?
“Seriously, fuck you.” He turned towards a plant pot. “I’m gonna pee in this plant pot.” His friend then insinuated that the plant he was peeing on was my mother.
That’s when two of my friends stepped out onto the balcony as well. Fast-forward through the three of us yelling condescending statements at the two racists.
“Seriously though,” I asked. “Why would you say ‘fuck you’ to me?”
“Because you’re a nigger.”
I felt like everything in that moment slowed down. The world might have stopped for a few seconds, during which I flipped through the “What-To-Do” pamphlet in my mind for a way to react to this situation. I didn’t find anything. I didn’t know what to do or what to say. I had never been called that word before.
“What did you say?” I yelled back in a disbelief.
“You heard me you fucking nigger!” I looked over at his sober friend. He nodded in agreement, a disgusted scowl on his face.
My (white) friends paused. They didn’t know what to say either. They tried their best to defend me by throwing condescending, comical taunts at the racists, but they were ineffective. I called him disgusting. Ugly. Racist. Ignorant. But I was slowly, defeatedly realizing that no matter what I called him, nothing could equate to the weight of the word he had called me.
Drunkie didn’t seem bothered until I called him a bigot.
Then, in an unexpected turn of events, he became defensive. “What’s a bigot? Why would you say that to me? You guys are over here making fun of me for no reason. Hey man, look. I have nothing against you. You’re trying to call me names because of the color of my skin. I’m not judging. Bla bla bla I’m an asshole pretending to be sincere…”
From behind us, people from inside the apartment suddenly told us we had to get off the balcony. So my friends left. And as soon as they did, the name calling began again, from both of the men this time. “Darkie… faggot… All I see is your teeth… nigger…”
The most I could say to them in that moment was “fuck you.” I had no educated response for them then. I couldn’t give them a sociological lashing or a history lesson. I couldn’t reason with them. Sitting here typing this now, I realize that there is no word for the white race (or possibly any other race?) that holds the historical and hateful magnitude as the word nigger. What was I going to call them? Crackers? A salty food?
And then, they said the only thing that could make the situation worse: “I think you should still be in chains.” And I know they meant it. The hatred in their eyes told me they were speaking from a place of personal truth.
In the end, we ended up yelling senselessly at each other until my friends pulled me off the balcony. They tried to make me feel better:
“Don’t let it get to you…”
“Gosh, I can’t believe that still exists…”
Right. But there was nothing they could say. They wouldn’t understand how I felt. On their most empathetic and sympathetic days, they will never truly be able to relate to how I feel right now.
On my way out of the apartment, I ran into the two guys. Luckily for me, they were ahead of me - walking in the direction I had planned on walking - but they didn’t see me. I’ve never wanted to physically attack anyone before that moment. But honestly, I knew the two, muscular guys would probably kill me. In fact, I was honestly afraid they would try to hurt me if they saw me. So going in the opposite direction, cautiously looking over my shoulder, I hurriedly walked the long way home.
And now I’m angry. And I am sad. And I feel defeated. I do not understand how someone who has never met me can hate me so much without provocation. I am angry that there were two racist white people. What does that mean? Do they sit around with their other white friends talking about how much they hate “niggers?” Or was it some kind of unspoken idea that they both understood?
I am angry that none of my white friends (and I have many) will ever understand this feeling. I am angry that up to now, I have never felt this. I am angry that years of learning about slavery and civil rights struggles as a child and teenager made me desensitized and somewhat indifferent to racism. I am angry that people think racism is a thing of the past. I am angry that people think that words are so transformative that they can use the word nigga freely and mindlessly without thinking it’s hurtful. I am angry that so many youth are apathetic to the inequalities still very prevalent in our society. I am angry that people are/will be surprised that I, of all people, was called a nigger - as if, because I am educated, or suburban, or more in tune with white American culture, that I am inherently less “niggerish.” As if anyone deserves to be called that.
I am angry that black people receive harsher prison sentences in America for committing the same crimes as whites, and that, although statistics have proven that more drugs are sold and used by whites than blacks, there are far more blacks being imprisoned for drug-related crimes.
I am saddened that in that moment, I could not articulate any of these things. I am sad that two syllables have left me sitting here, stripped and bare. I am sad that some people are going to read this and think I am overreacting. I am sad that white people I know think they are devoid of racist ideals, yet still believe most blacks are “cool” or “lazy” or “tough” (read: violent) or “ghetto” by choice.
I am sad that for a while, I’m not going to be able to look at a white person and wonder if, in the back of their minds, they are racist too, and how many drinks will it take for them to call me a nigger?
I swear to God, I wish would stop. And I know that it won’t…I JUST rapped about it. As many ways as I have tried to make it not hurt, there will ALWAYS be a tone in THAT WORD that sets me off, regardless of how hard I fight letting it get to me.
Deal with it. I do.
‘Know Your Place, Know Your Forum’ (Fri. 7/15/11)
(I’m pissed. I am pissed. I have a lotta feelings about this dumb stuff and I’m finna unload here because this is MY PERSONAL FORUM TO DO SO. There was a lotta stuff wrong with the way this went down.)
So today, I was informed that one of my co-workers at one of my many jobs, none of which include a coffeehouse currently (but I make a mean espresso.) posted an inflammatory blog about ‘planking’. You wanna talk about ‘slave origins’ and such, that’s cool. Provide me some links detailing how this trend that took off in England in the late ‘90’shas its origins in slavery.
But when I am doing promotions, be it for @DampPromo, @OldSoulEnt…or being paid write for @MetroMixindy, or posting music and writing the posts for @TheTornadoAlley (#ATFU)’s Tumblr Page, I am representing the TEAM, the COMPANY, the BUSINESS and trying to push whatever agenda they have forward while remaining true to myself. I have built a reputation behind being true to myself and being very good at whatever it is I’m purporting to do…especially when I am doing it for pay.
If the company is obviously doing a promotion about something, how would it look if I posted something AGAINST said promotion on the company’s website? And maybe the celebrity you are talking about who spoke out against it took the time to look at some of the articles online about this ‘planking’ trend and reconsidered his position? Everyone is not ‘selling out’. Some things are just to be ‘reconsidered and reapproached’.
There’s a lotta things that pissed me off about this post; it’s treasonous, for one. I’m not finna tell Kurt or Doug how cool they are to their face and lump them in with the chumps in the next sentence. And I certainly wouldn’t do it while I was in the middle of a campaign for them.
Use YOUR personal forums to make YOUR personal statements, not work forums, unless you are paid to do op-ed pieces. Even then, you’re still repping the TEAM…and I am on a LOTTA TEAMS…doing good things for a LOTTA PEOPLE. I do not like to be belittled or lumped in with everybody else because I am NOT like everyone else and that’s why people like me. I do me, even when I am working for YOU and I know where to place my thoughts and words.
It would be VERY easy for me to put people on blast. I use my forums for different things…and all of them stay active. I am ‘broadcasting online’ to an audience of 10,000+ daily… I am fluent AF in #Hashtag. I know how to brand something and make it stick, which is why branding the people mentioned in the post was such a bad move. #WrongForumDude, take that shit to YOUR Twitter ( <—- the #evl in me, would put a link there, but this is about education.) where you can broadcast your personal thoughts. Some streams cross, some don’t.
Take ‘The #BASEDRUSTY’ - I don’t post that stuff on my Facebook page, because I use my Facebook page and the statuses on it to show my true side and what I am feeling and thinking about as a man, artist, and writer. While The #BASEDRUSTY is obviously me and my creation, his mouth is VERY RECKLESS and he has no place on that page…yet…he’ll get there, but he’s gonna hafta stop cussin out every children’s TV show but Caillou. So, the people that I know would be into my music, videos, and blogs that are on my ‘Rusty Redenbacher (Musician)’ Facebook page get updates from The #BASEDRUSTY. And obviously, he gets free run on my Tumblr.
OH…THE #BASEDRUSTY WANTS YOU TO TAKE NOTE OF THESE LINKS HE IS PROVIDING TOO! HE WANTS YOU TO HIT THEM AND USE THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE HERE FOR YOUR ENLIGHTENMENT AND EDIFICATION! LEARN!!!
That guy, man… SMH…
Here’s another point; if you wanna tie everything into something bad, you can. If someone brings me a stack of dominoes, am I supposed to think that it represents the way the Nazis lined up Jews to shoot them to save bullets? Should I stop buying hot-dogs because they’re packaged in a way that kinda resembles the way Africans (not ‘slaves’, ‘AFRICANS’) were brought over here in the Middle Passage? (or cuz they’re pig-lips and booty parts…meh) It’s easy to find bad in the roots of anything on earth and the internet is a huge resource for that. It’s also the place where the most MISinformation is spread, so research your researchers.
What up, Fox News…? (You don’t get a link either. Do your damage on your own)
I am as offended by the fact that this post was so badly written as I am that there was no base of fact in what was being purported to be true on a HUGE website with a HUGE company with WAY more reach than I have personally…AND I was lumped in with the sell-outs. Wow. Just wow. As if I was too ignorant to check out what was going on with this trend or didn’t have enough sense to be oh, so very serious ALL THE TIME.
I do a LOT for my community, for my friends, and for the entire general perception of what #Naptown is. You better believe that. And when you post some stuff on a company site (in a part of the company that I DON’T EVEN WORK FOR), well, that’s just not a good look. You ain’t taking that kinda time to check on the music I am posting and promoting EVERY DAY but you got time to make sure my name is in the post that is against a promotion the company is doing (which I gave my voice to because I love to work for this company and I’m good…at…everything I do, bub. All of it.)
Now…here’s the unloading…all that up there was for everybody… #Shruglife, each one reach one teach one…here comes ‘ToughLove’
What your life like, man? Leave me outta the dumb shit until you know who I am and what I know about life and especially social-media. I look at my life online as a job because it is. It gets me my bookings (all of which I handle myself, yet again), which is how I eat.
Don’t play with me and take sideways shots because you are reading an EPIC well-written post by a PROUD BLACK MAN who will not stand idly by and be slandered sideways and have inferences made about him by people who work for the people he works for.. 1) because I am a better writer than you. 2) because I have a bigger audience than you personally do, so that shot on the company site was cheap and petty and 3) I can make it rhyme and have a whole team of people ready to get it out there in minutes and 4) I’m relentless and you will never outwork me…ever..and I do what you do because I love it…
Don’t play yourself like that ever again cuz next time, it won’t be a blog that also details how to research facts and provide links. If you don’t believe I’ve made my point, go back and hit the links. And see how I put my #FF for people I work for in this post, look at how I made the whole thing interesting and flow, even though some might see ‘TLDNR’…
(You even noted that you got onto ‘planking’ because of me, look at Rusty informing YOU of internet trends #everydayb! TAKE NOTE. I’ll be! Look at Rusty always being ahead of the curve and up on everything, wow. Look at Rusty go, man!)
I’m not pissed no more and I have no more teaching to do today. Back to work.
Click the picture and download our album, ‘The Professor And The Hustler’. Me and @MrKinetik worked hard on that and we’re giving it away to create a buzz…’Cashin In’ was added to @IMCTV today. It’s working
#SHRUGLIFE #TBM #LANON #ATFU #NAPTOWN ADIYM.
The Professor & the Hustler - Live at the Jazz Kitchen - Shoutout to Old Soul Entertainment for putting on a great show at the Jazz Kitchen. Rusty & Mr. Kinetik performed a good bit of their classic summer album ‘The Professor & the Hustler’
Got some footage of them performing ‘It Don’t Stop’ & Magic (Be sure to check out our latest post prior to this one for performances by Eratic & Kinetik, and Feeray & Son of Though - located here)
The Refinery - Rusty & Mr. Kinetik did something real dope at the show. There’s a track on the Professor & the Hustler album called the Refinery..two versions exist of this track featuring a verse from each artist, but Rusty’s verse isn’t on the official CD, yet they performed both versions!
SALUTE @PFlaw317 for posting more #ATFU footage!
(Click the pic if you haven’t downloaded #TPATH yet. That joint goes..)
#TPATH #LimitedEditionCDs #ATFU
Get yours Friday.
…or click the pic.
(tryna make it easy for ya. We want you there…)