By now, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that those in the know are familiar with Twitter and its ability to reach millions for business and social networking. However, the possibilities of Twitter have only begun to be realized. What if Twitter were utilized for storytelling? What if it already has been?
Man Vs. Zombies has become the first Twitter account to tell an ongoing storyline. More than that, the storyline is supported with both pictures and video to support the tale.
Man Vs. Zombies is the ongoing “diary of the apocalypse.” The majority of the world’s inhabitants have been transformed into zombies and only one man, Gus, – a slacker with a penchant for drug use and a hilariously twisted sense of humor – seems to be left unchanged. Gus traverses his home town of Miami, which appears to be ground zero, in search of survivors, answers, and good drugs, whilst reporting his adventures on Twitter as it appears to be the only working service from his cell phone.
The heart of Chicago’s DIY hip hop scene pumps out the arteries of three ravenous Emcees - Epic, Illekt and Jasson Perez - who make up the bombastic hip-hop trio Bin Laden Blowin’ Up (BBU). With arrestingly catchy beats and hard-hitting lyrics, the boys of BBU are pleased to announce the release of their debut mixtape, FEAR OF A CLEAR CHANNEL PLANET set to drop March 1st, presented by Ruby Hornet and available on www.FOCCP.com.
BBU consists of three close friends from the streets of Chicago who aim to sprinkle gems of knowledge and communicating their message through raucous shows and vivacious energy. When asked why BBU do what they do, Jasson Perez states that for BBU it is about “making a connection to the culture, to the movement.” Aside from their hectic schedule, the group remains close to their roots and still finds time to stay active in the community and raise funds for various local charities and causes.
The mixtape’s opening track “BB Who” hammers listeners with spitfire rhymes and a stampeding beat that’s tied together by a cheering, home team chorus of shouting girls. Without a lull, the mixtape ensues with a bum rush of bounce and gristle as it features the current internet smash “Chi Don’t Dance” which recently received an 8.0 out of 10 for best new tracks and proclaimed a “bona fide summer jam” by Pitchfork. Shortly after, The Washington Postclaimed the same song as being “one of the year’s most criminally overlooked tracks” and “More infectious than H1N1″ from Time Out Chicago. The BBU sound is a concoction that can best be paralleled to Das Racist’s shameless amusement with the militant backbone of Dead Prez and the danceability of Spank Rock.
BBU’s reputation as a restless touring hip-hop group has allowed them to smother the map with their brandishing of subversive lyrics and infectious dance beats. From their CMJ showcase in NYC to the packed parties at colleges in the Midwest, and even their 2009 Lollapalooza appearance performing “Chi Don’t Dance” with Hollywood Holt, BBU are consistently racking up points for their explosive live show and insatiable hunger for the MIC. Artists alike have also taken notice of the BBU’s Pandora’s box of tunes, which has secured them some stage sharing time with the likes Diplo, Wale, Buraka Som Sistema, Dead Prez, The Cool Kids, DJ Sega, and Jean Grae.
Be sure, for all those in the Chicago area, to check out the Mixtape release party on February 27th at theSubterranean. And for all those flocking to SXSW this March, you can catch BBU storming through the festival with a slew of head-turning performances.
You can get a sneak preview of
BBU’s FEAR OF A CLEAR CHANNEL PLANET mixtape here: