Robert Bush noon, July 27
Parker & the Numberman
RIYL: Vokab Kompany, Room E, Mr. Ridley, Orko Eloheim, Black Mikey
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Inception: San Diego, 2006
Parker & the Numberman began a hip-hop trio featuring Jack King, Jamal Smith (aka 1019), and Brandon Zamudio. According to the band, “The proclaimed college graduates would contribute to Negro advancement by grabbing the bull by the horns and leading the uneducated masses to the Promised Land. Du Bois dubbed the future leaders the Talented Tenth.”
The group says its aim is to create “socially relevant tracks aimed squarely at the average Joe.” In 2011, they released a seven-video DVD documentary called Lorna Doone, as well as an EP called Shortbread and another DVD called Shortbread: The Movie.
Their EP Early was nominated for Best Hip-Hop Album at the 2011 San Diego Music Awards. Later that year, they released a seven-video DVD documentary and video compilation called Lorna Doone, as well as recording a collaborative EP with Broken Dreams.
An early 2012 EP Clockwork Slang was produced by Mr. Ridley (Orko Eloheim, Black Mikey, etc.). In summer 2012, a mixtape called Gondola was posted as the first of a series in a London-based art magazine, Art Wednesday.
The mixtape features mostly new and unreleased Room E tracks (including two live studio sessions with Room E’s band of A Scribe Amidst the Lions members Kris Towne, Mike Hams, and Bobby Roquero), two new tracks from Parker & the Numberman (with whom Room E recorded an album of “more straight forward hip hop beats”), and selections from Al Green, the Moody Blues, and more.
In August 2012, the band (now a duo) won Best Hip-Hop Album at the San Diego Music Awards.