IU returns to Ithaca Festival with its stage behind Press Bay Alley/Sacred Root for a full day of indie, punk, hiphop, hardcore, ska, and a whole lot more!
I caught up with Mr. McBean recently in anticipation of his first headlining show taking place tonight at the Chanticleer Loft. Mr. McBean is a rapper, self-proclaimed mind blower and co-founder of Smacked Records, an Ithaca based hip-hop collective.
Evan: So Mr. McBean, how does it feel to be headlining your first show?
Mr. McBean: Could you write that I’m requesting Tyler to answer all my questions? (laughs) It makes me feel like this is only the beginning.
Evan: In what ways do you believe Ithaca’s hip-hop scene has developed over the past couple of years?
Mr. McBean: I want to say that Smacked Records has come a long way this year. I also think the community has come together and become much more accepting of hip-hop because of organizations such as IU (Ithaca Underground).
Evan: What effects do you believe Ithaca Underground has had on the Hip Hop scene here in Ithaca?
Mr. McBean: I think it’s opened doors for us. IU has helped to create a-lot of opportunities for hip-hop based artists in this community to perform in new venues.
Evan: In what ways do you think being raised in Ithaca has affected the narrative in your music?
Mr. McBean: I don’t know, I’m just a product of my environment, I guess… I’m trying to make my environment a product of me.
Evan: What exactly is Smacked Records and how did it come to be?
Mr. McBean: Dude, Smacked Records is history in the making.
It’s a long story if anyone cares to know I would like for that story to unfold for him or her over time.
Evan: Anything releasing from Smacked Records that we should be on the look out for in the near future?
Mr. McBean: Organic Material, man I’m dropping an album, that’s the name of it by the way. (Lil) Fe’s dropping a mixtape, Series of Me. Vol 2, Infamous has a mixtape, Infamy, Lunagram is dropping an album, 2am @ Denny’s, and we have the Bobby Womack video coming soon from Eyukaliptus…
Ithaca Underground and Helen Stride present: Mr. McBean, Uncommon Nasa, Carl Kavorkian, & Asante. The show takes place tonight at The Chanticleer Loft, doors open at 7 p.m.