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Inter Alia

by Jesse Dangerously

Inventive but not wimpy hip hop - part early 90s Pete Rock style, part contemporary bangers. Raps about being dope, being a feminist sex god, owning privilege and growing up loving hip hop. Nova Scotia's finest.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Rap
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1. Inter Alia
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2. Outfox'd (When Pacifists Attack)
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3. Righteous Bad-Ass (Fancy's 45s mix)
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4. The Altogether
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5. The Day-to-Daily
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6. Trouble Brewing (Dex From Above 1979 mix)
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7. The Prestidigitator
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8. The Force (Ha!)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Halifax has been good to Jesse Dangerously, and Jesse Dangerously has been good to Halifax. Both an archivist of and participant in the city's hip hop scene, Dangerously has been a cheerleader at the gigs of others, a sight to behold at gigs of his own, and keeps the city in raps every Friday night as host of CKDU's The Pavement.

He was recently rewarded for all of his efforts by being voted runner-up Best MC in the Coast's Best Of Music poll, and featured on CBC's Atlantic Airwaves.

"I'm honestly a phenomenally gifted MC/producer/percussionist with a keen grasp of odd time signatures and moderate skill in expressing emotions and/or concepts," says Dangerously, having wisely chosen a genre that loves a braggart. A prolific performer and producer, he has three solo releases to his name, as well as a handful of collaborations and a slew of production credits.

A big fan of 1988 to 1994 era hip hop, Dangerously's influences include the lilting hyperspeed of Chip Fu; the pop culture whirlwind of Das Efx; the indignance and unabashed political overtones of Public Enemy; the intricate rhyme schemes of Lord Finesse; and the cocky arrogance of teenaged LL Cool J or Fresh Prince.

When these favourites are processed through Dangerously's own filters, the end result is an almost impossible mix of contrasts. Brainy and bratty. Fast talking and sing-songing. Self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating.

In addition to his frequent Halifax performances, he has also toured Eastern Canada, performing at Toronto's Wavelength and the Under Pressure Graffiti Festival in Montreal. He is releasing his fourth solo CD at the end of the summer of 2005.



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Winner of Hip Hop Artist of the Year at the Music Industry of Nova Scotia awards.

Voted runner-up Best MC in the Coast's 2005 Best Of Music poll

A top-ten finalist in a Napster-sponsored writing/rapping competition judged by Chuck D

Hosts CDKU's weekly hip hop show, handed down from Buck 65 and Scratch Bastid

Guest lecturer at Saint Mary's University on the topic of gender issues in rap music

Released three solo albums

Produced beats for Josh Martinez, Passage, Wordburglar, and Johnny Hardcore

Featured on CBC radio's Atlantic Airwaves

Spent five years as the drummer for indie-jazz-rock band Yeshe

Featured on the heavily downloaded Backburner mixtape

Participated in freestyle competitions at the Marquee

Received over 10,000 hits on mp3.com



DISCOGRAPHY:

SOLO:
Break - 1996
Eastern Canadian World Tour 2002 - 2002
How to Express Your Dissenting Political Viewpoint Through Origami - 2004
Inter Alia - 2005


COLLABORATIONS:
The Sentinels - The Lying City EP - 1998
Imaginary Friends - The ImF Ride b/w Even Exist 7" - 2004

GUEST VOCALS:
Crackbeat Society - The Cracker - 2000
Crackbeat Society - Christmas Cracker - 2000
Backburner - Big Talk - 2001
Johnny Hardcore - Johnny Hardcore - 2002
SJ the Wordburglar - The Wordburglar EP - 2003
Cix-AM - Wake-Up Juice - 2003
Stream - Crawl: Beyond April - 2004
Ricky Sophomore - 2005
Apt - Canvastripper - 2005
MC Frontalot - Nerdcore Rising - 2005
Sequestrians - Get The Benjamins - 2005

GUEST BEATS:
Josh Martinez - Josh Martinez & The Hooded Fang - 1999
Josh Martinez - Made In China - 2000
Bending Mouth - Bending Mouth - 2002
Johnny Hardcore - Johnny Hardcore - 2002
SJ the Wordburglar - The Wordburglar EP - 2003
Bleubird - Sloppy Doctor - 2003
SJ the Wordburglar - Wordburglar EP (vinyl) - 2005

COMPILATION APPEARANCES:
EDA Angelfood - 1999
Paul's Boutique 10th Anniversary tribute - 1999
Kendomaniax - 2001
Bassments Of Badmen vol.2 - 2003
Polygon Minute - 2004


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Dropping crystal clear indie hip-hop out of Halifax, Nova Scotia(you heard right), Inter Alia's opening lines set the stage for a lyricist poised to blaze away on a mission: "I can't wear a cap if it's not custom sized/ 'cause I got a swelled head but it's justified." Embracing that braggadocio but checking himself before it envelops the task at hand, Dangerously studies the golden book of early De La, adds a few footnotes on the perils of misogyny, and revisits the ancient art of discovering new music without the helping hand of the internet. While the tracks are tinged with elements of late 80's/early 90's beat science, the lyrics mirror a mix of both old and new school, melding into a force that's strikingly tough to classify. In the case of Jesse Dangerously, any difficulty in pinning down his roots or style doesn't hinder his cause in the least. In fact, it's what makes Inter Alia memorable.