Carnage releases Respect the Name album tonight at Triple Rock
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Today rounds off our week of turning the spotlight on Carnage the Executioner, who we profiled with an in-depth feature on the cover of City Pages just a couple days ago. In fact, tonight should be the big pay off for those of you eager to see the local MC and beatbox extraordinaire in action, as he'll be releasing Respect the Name tonight at the Triple Rock -- just a few hours after he also makes an appearance opening for Atmosphere (with birthday boy Slug) over at the Cabooze. Whew!
So on that note, this morning we'll let Carnage's music do most the talking with a collection of his three best music videos. As a bonus, we'll throw in a few relevant passages from the cover story to help give a little extra context. And don't forget to check out the full show details for tonight below the break.
There's a lot to be gleaned from the name that Terrell Woods has given himself as a rapper. In the beginning, it was simple enough: short, memorable, and everything you needed to know about his chaotic style in a nutshell. But over the years, "Carnage" has grown to take on a more complicated meaning, one that is deeply entwined with the past, and with his own childhood.
For years, Carnage struggled with obesity, to the extent that he faced serious health problems. To his credit, he took it upon himself to live healthier, and he has lost about 100 pounds. On "Hunger," he not only doesn't shy away from that fact, he even makes light of it -- just the sort of honest, self-deprecating humor that adds real heft to his work.
He builds entire songs, piece by piece, with his mouth: gut-punching bass sounds, ricocheting snare shots, and rich, precise guitar tones. If you didn't see him in person, you'd think it was a full band playing. Carnage can even imitate other people's voices, remix them, and work them into a song like a DJ switching records. Human voices aren't supposed to do what his does.
Respect the Name will be available in stores on September 11.
CARNAGE THE EXECUTIONER releases Respect the Name tonight at Triple Rock Social Club with Unknown Prophets, Meta, Wize Guyz, and DJ X-Caliber. 18+. $8/$10 at the door. 9 p.m. 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612.333.7399.