Featured Listens is a weekly column which highlights three songs by artists from around the Grand Strand in an effort to help promote local music.
Before we start this week, we just want to say thanks again to Stool Pigeons for sponsoring Featured Listens. If you've never been out there or haven't been out in awhile, it truly is one of the best, most chill places at Broadway. They've got a great beer selection and they're starting to really support local music in a way few other places are doing here. Ok, enough of that...here's what you wanted to see:
Jebb Mac "Runaway Jane"
Hailing from just beyond the county line out in the small town of Mullins, S.C., John McMillan III (aka Jebb Mac) is a multi-talented rapper, singer, songwriter and producer.
"I started off only listening to Hip-Hop, from rappers like LL (Cool J) to 2Pac. As I grew a bit older, I got a little more into bands like Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers," says Mac in his bio.
With a bevy of different influences, Mac's music lies somewhere in the realm of crossover hip-hop/acoustic artists such as Uncle Kracker and Everlast with his southern roots mixing in to make his sound a little bit country and a little bit...well, you know.
Playing on his own and as part of the Columbia-based act Justin Smith & the Folk Hop Band, Mac has performed across the region and opened up for artists such as Snoop Dogg, Rehab, Nappy Roots, Everlast and recently Bubba Sparxx at the Boathouse.
Mr. 239 & The Z Squad "Move Ya Feet"
Hailing from Monroe, N.C., the artist known as Mr. 239 has been making music based out of North Myrtle Beach for the past 2 years.
As part of Word Iz Born records with CEO/business manager Latoeya Savannah, Mr. 239 and his Z Squad produce some of the most unique rhymes the area has to offer. With an abstract style that harkens back to "out there" artists such as Ol' Dirty Bastard and Kool Keith, Mr. 239 confidently spits rarip-fire, non sequitir segments such as "Swallowing my lyrics cause you to choke like putting hot jalapeno in your mouth."
"Move Ya Feet" is just one of many tracks that highlight Mr. 239's off-the-wall style, with other choice cuts such as "Jello: The Booty Anthem" and "Mikaphoneanous" also available for download via his Reverbnation page.
In addition to making music, Mr. 239 also hosts an online radio show on BlogTalkRadio.com called Murc 79. On this show, which broadcasts at 8 p.m. each night showcasing underground hip-hop artists.
Nera Veido "The Phoenix"
This still-in-the-works duo of young area musicians consists of Noel Goetowski and Pete Young, a drummer and a keyboardist looking to create a full band. The two met a few months ago through Craiglist (See, haters! It does actually work) and since that time and have been working on crafting tunes together while seeking a guitar player, bassist and vocalist.
Though it's tough to judge what the final product might sound like from just two pieces of the puzzle, according to the group it would draw from progressive acts such as Genesis, King Crimson, Radiohead and Flaming Lips.
This palette of potential influences combined with and the piano-driven instrumental composition "The Phoenix" were enough for us to throw this demo out there in the hopes that these guys find some like minds that can make for a new and interesting sound not often heard around the beach.