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TOKiMONSTA 101: A Crash Course

 What was once a normal Korean American girl named Jennifer Lee was transformed by a primordial soup of  an upper-middle-class Torrance, Calif. upbringing, classical piano, R&B, hip-hop and Japanese anime into TokiMonsta, a wildly eclectic contemporary composer with a growing global following. Tapped by Ryuichi Sakamoto a couple of weeks ago to collaborate on his “Odakias” anti-nuclear project earlier this month along with Japanese avant-garde musician Otomo Yoshihide and rapper Shing02, Tokimonsta is blowin’ up!   [youtube]zCnmmrYIXrw[/youtube]   Yeah, “eclectic:” a truly overused term. But TokiMonsta owns it. Her sound has been described as “vast textural soundscapes by utilizing live instruments, percussion, digital manipulation, and dusty vinyl. ” Okay   [youtube]-i5jP5DwrRw[/youtube]   “I just like everything. I get bored easily,...

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Free 2 Tickets: Thursday at LACMA Medusa, Dumbfoundead and Gizzle

  See our twitter for the tickets. From the LACMA site: In the world of underground of hip hop, Medusa has been called the High Priestess, Godmother, Queen, and Gangsta Goddess. She’s earned all those titles with her soulful sound, putting her at the top of female-rapper lists and a two-time LA Weekly hip-hop artist of the year winner. Dumbfoundead’s rise to prominence includes collaborations with Project Blowed, Thirsty Fish, Swim Team, and several solo releases, making him one of L.A.’s hottest freestylers. Gizzle aka Lady G (da Real Deal) opens the show as she gets ready to drop the follow-up to her mixtapeWhile You Were Sleeping. BP Grand Entrance $10 LACMA Members | $15 General Admission | 323 857-6010 or purchase online

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Dumbfoundead In the LA Weekly

Yes, Jonathan Park or Dumbfoundead is growing quickly. From hanging out and working on his craft both online and in studio or social networking with a growing audience, his new album is making some waves. He might be known for his battle freestyles where he looks like he’s having a good time and on the verge of laughing, using an arsenal of almost anything pop culture spanning different generations, while at the same time pushing it onto his opponents who always look angry. His 720 Youtube kick to the face shows more hit generating savvy. Now it’s an album. (LA Weekly – DFD)

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