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  • SPECIAL EDITION alternate jacket vinyl with chapbook
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    The last 50 vinyl copies of "Humble & Brilliant" are being issued with a unique and super-limited jacket, designed by Hayden Myers of Mister Hayden Comics, and printed by Melanie Yugo of Spins & Needles craft/DJ collective!

    The labels are the same as before, illustrated by Bryan Lee O'Malley and Hope Larson.

    The new chapbooks are 5"x6" and very convenient for carrying around to read or start cooking fires.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Humble & Brilliant via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • 64-page chapbook of lyrics and liner notes. Reads like a novel or textbook, only more brilliant!

    **Now much tinier! 4x5" pocket edition is just as clever but way cheaper to ship to you.

    Features a foreword written by Buck 65, several indices and appendices, and beautiful illustrations by Eisner-winning cartoonist Bryan Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim, Lost At Sea) and Ignatz-winning cartoonist Hope Larson (Chiggers, Mercury, Grey Horses).

    This version of the chapbook is bound using perfect binding, which is like a real paperback.

    Also includes immediate download of [numtracks]-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Humble & Brilliant via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    now you don't have to carry your cumbersome MP3 player or turntable in the jeep when you want to blast tunes up and down the beach... I promised I would never make a cd but I missed the 90s too much and here we are.

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about

I grew up in Halifax, and Halifax loves me like they love Sloan, Ellen Paige, Scott Storch, Andrea Dorfman, Sixtoo, and The King & I. (Because of the Anna Leonowens connection; not rap group Da King & I who did “Krak Da Weazel.”)
I heard some people who used to feel like big kings in Halifax but don’t really do anything interesting anymore don’t like it when I claim this title. You know what they can do?
COME FI TEST (at the expense of their COMFINESS).

lyrics

Step with bass like Ron Carter? That's a non-starter, even if there's more of you than avant-garders in Montmartre. Rolling with Joan of Arc or Napoleon Bonaparte, you could get blown apart, homie, and thrown to sharks.
Glow-in-the-dark stars don't hardly impress astronomers;
No-one in parked cars can party unless they're honkin' first.
Um, anyway, that's why I rap fast, usually – so you can be still impressed when I come half-assed or foolishly. Still, fourteen syllables and it wasn't about car wheels! Hey, I'm friends with Hope Larson: a dope person and a Tarheel!
I got rapping to a science, I've been practising for so long. I've got more rhymes in four lines than most rappers in a whole song they got written, and that's an achievement you kittens and cats can believe in, so at the end of the show when you go, you wish you didn't have to be leaving.
And actually, even things I don't say but let you know implicitly are so exquisitely expressed that if you could, you'd go and visit me in Halifax.
HALIFAX RAP LEGEND (No matter what anyone says, I'm a)
HALIFAX RAP LEGEND (Whether you like it or not, I'm a)
HALIFAX RAP LEGEND (Even if no-one heard of me, I'm a)
HALIFAX RAP LEGEND (Yeah, y'all!)

Your crew's overrated; you've been resting on your laurels. I serve nuts like you like I worked at a restaurant for squirrels! Yeah, that joke could have been cruder, but I guess I want the world to look upon me fondly, even when I press up on their girls.
I know you're thinking, “What's with the macho shit, Jesse D? You're more like the opposite!”
Yes indeed, but I uh thought it was... funny? Well, um, droll, and I'll exercise self-control when I damn well feel like it, or when hell runs cold - whichever comes first.
Never said a dumb verse in my life! Well, alright, but I could have done worse. I'm as good of a person as any you know, and I sped up the flow when it should have been slow.
Psyche, just kidding! Thought about doing that, but I didn't. I thought that it would make me look bad, kinda like plagiarism. Save your derision – derivative works are a major tradition in rap, even though today they could take you to prison for that.
So if anyone asks, I made all the rhythms from scratch and you can wink after. They'll never catch me, I'm a gem and not a crook like the pink panther and also a
HALIFAX RAP LEGEND (No matter what anyone says, I'm a)
HALIFAX RAP LEGEND (Whether you like it or not, I'm a)
HALIFAX RAP LEGEND (Even if no-one heard of me, I'm a)
HALIFAX RAP LEGEND (Who moved to Ottawa from Edmonton)

Now, don't you never tell no-one that I told you, but there's no such thing as acting like you know too much. No-one owes that thing you a fair shake or a good review, so don't get mad at what I am because you think it should be you.
I extend beyond me and take full court advantage, just to be remembered fondly like the pulled pork sandwich at Blue Moon down on Gottingen, or North End Diner breakfasts.
My bravado is more than kind of reckless, nevertheless it's the
HALIFAX RAP LEGEND (In Ottawa, I be the)
HALIFAX RAP LEGEND (In Edmonton, I was the)
HALIFAX RAP LEGEND (When I'm down in the States, I be the)
HALIFAX RAP LEGEND

You don't know! I could be! I have friends who think I’m a Halifax rap legend. They tell their friends, that’s all it takes.
Rap legend for real.

credits

from Humble & Brilliant, released March 10, 2011
beat and rap by Jesse Dangerously
scratches by Bad DJ Budget Cuts

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rap legend Jesse Dangerously Ottawa, Ontario

Genuine Independent Rap Legend (GIRL)

member of Backburner crew

partially culpable for the nerdcore problem

"Sapphire meets Sappho meets Saafir meets Jonathan Saffron Foer;"
"not the Black Frank White, just the white Frank Black;"
"Wiz Khalifa meets Pat Califia;"
"like Buck 65 but faster and fat."
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