LONG BEACH, Calif., 2016-Jun-27 — /EPR Network/ — The rapper and producer of hip hop music known as Emcee Drunken Monk has released his latest official single, “Flippin I$h,” featuring Hurricane Chris and Lil C the Hitman. The single has been proudly published on the New Age Lions independent record label without direction from the corporate music industry. Mixing the best elements of both old-school hip hop and the cutting edge of contemporary rap, “Flippin I$h” is the freshest reason for music fans to sit up and take notice of Emcee Drunken Monk today.
Emcee Drunken Monk cites as main artistic influences Miles Davis, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Lil Snoop, Ghost Poet, Portishead, and Bach. This list colors him as a listener who appreciates quality, rather any single music category. His “Flippin I$h” track stands as an example of this, being neither a clear-cut East Coast track, West Coast track, nor obviously from the Dirty South hip hop tradition. It is a song with attributes from every rap underground in world, and it adds its unique personality to the global scene, also.
“We are still grimy with our approach to hip hop,” writes Emcee Drunken Monk, “but we’re progressive in our choices of sounds, music and beats.”
Asked to describe the theme of his new track, which kicks off the summer season on June 25th, Monk says, “The south still knows how to have fun and enjoy life and get the party started.”
Originally a trained pianist from Louisiana, Emcee Drunken Monk is a producer, keyboardist, and vocalist who splits his time between California’s Bay Area, Manila in the Philippines, and Billings, Montana. Since cutting his teeth at a renowned school for the arts in Shreveport, Louisiana, he has studied piano performance at MSU and at the Jazz School in Berkeley, Calif.
His recent “Ghost Flow” mixtape was well received and included a diverse artist lineup including Merky Ace from the London grime scene and Honey Cocaine, a prominent Toronto female emcee, as well as Oakland’s own Nittlz and TBM. Outside the studio, Drunken Monk has performed his music acoustically and likes to blend genres such as blues, house, trip hop and jazz into hybrid sounds. Though he has maintained what he calls “a low-key performance schedule in the Bay Area” over the last few years, Monk is planning to tour extensively in 2016 to bring his recent creations to fans near and far.
“Flippin I$h” by Drunken Monk feat. Hurricane Chris, Lil C The Hitman is available online worldwide beginning 25 June 2016.
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