+ returns, announces fourteenth album “i’m starting to believe,” debut novel

return of the crimson thing

return of the crimson thing, credit: Sarah Winters

Last November, following the release of dove + entered artistic hiatus. Producing no art, doing no shows or tweets, listening to old jazz. Quickly but surely, 0 to 100,
+ has re-emerged with sometimes purple sometimes crimson sometimes pink sometimes blonde hair, a new album, music video, novel, and a great big bushy beard.

i’m starting to believe is a postmodern odyssey. A linear post-pop experiment, a
transcendent space rap experience. It hits like a bottle opened and empties out
with prayers from DMX and acapella anthems.


is a novel. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, it is a series of vignettes organized for dramatic effect. About art, the city, living in the twenties, restrained. Release date: September 24, 2014.


This is +’s new music video, “You That Nigga, God.”

Dir. Darryl Turnbow


announcements//NOVEMBER 2013


c ya
photo credit Monica Wizgird

On November 29th, a week following the release of +’s thirteenth album dove + will have a show signaling the beginning of an indefinite hiatus, at Elastic Arts Foundation, 2830 N Milwaukee. It’s at 8, and it’s free. Featuring Raych Jackson, Dave Green, and elise or else.
dove + singles

dove will be available 11/22

homies blog

Two new homies blogs were posted in the month of November, the first featuring the poetic musings of Imani Jackson’s Jaywalking in Chicago and the ponderous, thunderous joint “The Waters” by Mick Jenkins and the second being a video feature with SKECH185 and Lamon Manuel of the Tomorrow Kings talking their new album Nigger Rigged Time Machine (12/3) and rapping out loud in a beautiful place.


+ at October's Salonathon: LEX·IC·A 1 year Anniversary Celebration

+ at October’s Salonathon: LEX·IC·A 1 year Anniversary Celebration

photo credit JRVMajesty

+’s final scheduled performance preceding the hiatus show will be at the November edition of Salonathon: LEX·IC·A. Monday, November 25, 9 PM. Beauty Bar.


the tape b-sides

emanuel has been contributing posts to the tape’s b-sides blog. Today’s entry was Xiu Xiu’s “Don’t Smoke in the Bed,” a cover from their upcoming Nina Simone tribute album Nina. Visit the post (and the rest of the blog) here.


In early September a video of + performing the tender discovery track “brutal discovery” was uploaded to Pitchfork.tv..


emanuel contributes tweets to The Cooperation Operation’s official twitter. Follow it to find out about volunteer opportunities at the garden, see educational (and probably pretty) videos on farming from around the web, get recommendations and insight from Coop Op members, and say what up.

+ is alive atm

the homies blog//VIDEO FEATURE: SKECH & Lamon drop bombs


photo by Kinga

Tomorrow Kings are imaginative beings with an industrial slant. Their lyrical persona render them like wordy assassins fresh from pulp fiction, prizing mental agility as highly as brute strength.Tomorrow Kings’ new album Nigger Rigged Time Machine (December 3) has a title that bears explanation// thanks to this dusk-lit talk with TK members Lamon Manuel & SKECH185, we got it for you.

We also have furious, erudite rapping, beautiful imagery courtesy of Palmisano Park (and the wonderful Kiam Marcielo Junio), thoughts on afro-futurism, the black diasporic struggle, and other fetchness. Biggest of ups to Joseph Varisco of JRVMajesty for editing.

Keep up with Tomorrow Kings via FB.

the homies blog//FEATURE: imani jackson &mick jenkins


jaywalking in chicago

For better or worse, [the city] invites you to remake it, to consolidate it into a shape you can live in. You, too. Decide who you are, and the city will again assume a fixed form around you. Decide what it is, and your own identity will be revealed, like a map fixed by triangulation. Cities, unlike villages and small towns, are plastic by nature. We mould them in our images: they, in their turn, shape us by the resistance they offer when we try to impose our own personal form on them. In this sense, it seems to me that living in a city is an art, and we need the vocabulary of art, of style, to describe the peculiar relation between [human] and material that exists in the continual creative play of urban living. The city as we imagine it, the soft city of illusion, myth, aspiration, nightmare, is as real, maybe more real, than the hard city one can locate in maps and statistics, in monographs on urban sociology and demography and architecture. – Jonathan Raban, Soft city

Imani Jackson’s Jaywalking in Chicago.

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announcements//AUGUST 2013

This month + contributed a new essay to The Tape‘s August mini-issue, entitled Good Kid, m.A.A.d City: Chance the Rapper and the Partitioning of Black Genius, concerning issues of identity and artistic responsibility. You can find it here.


On August 9, 2013, the latest homies’ blog post was…posted. Featuring punky soulboy Davey Dynamite performing music and answering questions about his latest album WAITT.

Shot by Kiam Marcielo Junio, edited by Joseph Varisco for JRV Majesty Productions.

And, for the first time, here is a live video of + performing “dream proudly” (Proud vs Teenage Dream) at h. melt‘s release of SIRvival in the Second City: Transqueer Chicago Poems.

watch +’s rap video “where my vegans at (all natural everything)” here.

+’s final album preceding an indefinite hiatus will be titled dove.


the homies blog//VIDEO FEATURE: the passion of davey dynamite


photo by Kevin Henry Sawa Brawlins

Davey Dynamite is a punk singer with a heart of fiery gold. His everyday disposition is mild-mannered and unassuming; when he is playing and singing a ghost overtakes him, making his voice ragged and forcing jerk into his bones.  He stomps and wails, and on the other side you can see something flying.

We interviewed Davey about his new album WAITT – We’re All In This Together, a spiritual stance as much as a political one — and he blessed us with songs. Many many thanks to Kiam Marcielo Junio for filming and Joseph Varisco of JRVMajesty for editing.

You can find more of Davey’s work at his bandcamp page.