Waffle Fest 6: Jeremiah Jae, 7oddz, D2G, Pinqy Ring, Slot A, Mic Terror, Milly Mango, Vapor Eyes, Encyclopedia Brown, and Nikko McFadden | Empty Bottle | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
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Jeremiah Jae

Jeremiah Jae

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Waffle Fest 6: Jeremiah Jae, 7oddz, D2G, Pinqy Ring, Slot A, Mic Terror, Milly Mango, Vapor Eyes, Encyclopedia Brown, and Nikko McFadden 

When: Sat., March 5, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $10
Rapper-producer Jeremiah Jae aims his career for outre bumps, releasing albums on eclectic labels like Warp and Brainfeeder—the latter’s founder, Flying Lotus, recruited him to produce part of 2012’s Duality, the mixtape debut from FlyLo’s rapper alter ego, Captain Murphy. A Jackson Park native, Jae occupies the meeting place between cerebral hip-hop and soulful songwriting and performance, a wheelhouse that affords him some ease to breathe outside of it if he so chooses. Last year’s The Night Took Us in Like Family (Mello Music Group) is a full-length collaboration with North Carolina producer L’Orange, who drops dusty samples at bizarre intervals and speeds while instrumentals mosey along with a jolt in their step. Jae takes to the beats as if they were his own, delivering Lego-like constructions of words that nearly overlap—it’s as though he’s vibing off the pulse of each track’s instrumental while a different one careens around inside his head. He’s a playful lyricist who manages to find new ways to twist syllables while exploring familiar subjects at new angles. Atop the sloshing instrumental of “The Concrete Some Call Home” he points out the absurdity of the violence plaguing inner cities: “Criminal mind state, the villain is primate / The illest, most nihilist, venomous, high on this island I’m Gilligan.”
— Leor Galil

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