MICKEY BOSTON & REGIMENTAL ONETON – “OPEN BLACK BOOK” – PRESS RELEASE
Regimental Oneton breaks out the spraycans and Mickey Boston breaks the black book open. The 36 Tentacle duo return after their 5pointz tribute video “The Krylon” which featured cameos by Meres One, COPE2, Ella Grave, DJ Overflow and artist Mireille Champagne. “Open Black Book” is directed by Regimental Oneton who is also seen rocking out his live piece at Montreal’s Under Pressure Graffiti Convention.
The concept of the black book is rather simplistic. Whack writers should simply put the black book down in like manner that whack emcees out to put the cliche book of rhymes down. There is no hiding the fact that urban street art has come a very long way since “Julio 204” started tagging his name on NYC trains. Like the trains, the art has continued to move in rapid transit format by means of making stops in every major city worldwide only to suddenly gain allure of making full stops within suburbs as well.
From tagging came a more sophisticated artistic medium via the spraycan’s ominpotent presence gripped within the artist’s palm. What was once a moment of “vandalism” became a meticulous craft that was no longer “hit and run.” Jumping a fence or looking over one’s shoulder was still present however, aesthetic desire to create something more than just a tag on a wall was deemed necessary for the artist for he/she was preoccupied with making and producing an oeuvre that would have time, meditation and colour invested in it.
Undeniably like the MC with a mic in his/her palm, the tagger and artist is a writer. The MC writes his verses and bars in a book rhymes while his subculture contemporary writes and lays out his sketches, notes and writings in his/her sketchbook. The pen and pencil is the foundational tool concerning the genesis of what is penmanship, authorship and artistry. Making poetry with the spraycan renders the artist as a “pure author” who is thus omnipresent within a work while yet simultaneously playing as a ghostly figure–an entity who makes himself heard whilst remaining silent.
Regimental Oneton and Mickey Boston drop their distinct verses on Spanish producer Aukan’s joint. The video features the artistic process of Regimental Oneton’s art in live manifestation as Die Antwoord is featured alongside Ghostface, Bill Murray, Clint Eastwood, Yolandi and a few others for viewers to note.
With poignant cover-art that is personally handcrafted by the aerosol can handling of Oneton himself, the pair of unlikely emcees who came together on new productions is crafted as a hiphop that eventually harkens back to the very rap that hiphop fiends from the late 90s initially fell in love with. With their multisyllabic rhymes, relatable topics and grimy soundbeds of mutant, insect, pornographic and tentacle allusions, the emcees bring together the very hiphop that is able to cover ground on very serious themes of the likes of politics, inequality, poverty, drug-addiction and quotidian struggle. As a veteran emcee-activist, Mickey Boston has yet to release his solo album despite having marked a notable presence on all six tracks of his hiphop group’s, Journeymen, debut EP entitled Pledge of the Respirator which was entirely produced by Journeymen emcee/producer, John Wholetrain.
Mickey Boston, although having recorded with hiphop legends of the likes of El Da Sensei, Craig G, Sadat X as well as contemporary emcess of the likes of The Left’s Journalist 103 and BBAS’s Koncept, released his debut collaborative album with controversial graffiti artist Regimental Oneton entitled Enter the 36 Tentacles on June 19th, 2013 on Planete Break Records.