MY NIGHT AT CHAMBER OF CYPHERS
Updated: Feb 3
I say this a lot and it never stops being true: if you’re humble you’ll continue to find interesting and extensive pockets of people even in your own community, artistic and otherwise.
I have been hearing of Chamber of Cyphers through Beat Cinema adjacent people on Twitter mainly and to a lesser extent from Phantom Thrett & Noa James for a few months now.
Mainly represented in my imagination by young stellar MC Rigano, an extremely online young socialist who helps organize Chamber events. I’ve been so busy lately I legit have been wondering if it would be an annoyingly long time until I could make one of their events; I saw a lot of them were on Sundays and other odd-days it would be difficult someone like me who also works a normal office job to make it to. The universe hooked me up this last Saturday when everything lined up for me to arrive at a comfy 10:15 PM with my weed satchel and a 3-pack of tall michelada cans.
The house the party was at was in my old neighborhood in Riverside right in between UCR and Grand Terrace. It took 10 years but apparently I’m finally plugged in enough to get invited to those college parties. Wolfstone was playing killer ass beats, giggling with his lady chaired next to him. The lighting was chill, Snazzy Bazzy checked my homie and I in at the door.
I saw lots of people whose faces I recognized from social media. Some of them I could put names to, others I couldn’t.
I was perhaps most excited about seeing Lex the Hooligan live. I’ve written about her before and she’s exactly as wonderful in person as I imagined, maybe a little more. Her talent and humor and fire and spunk are all on full display; her EP really doesn’t even do justice to what she does.
I was very lucky because I got to see her do songs with Rigano, and I don’t think I’ve heard these pieces before.
I also saw Rigano rock with his crew Intl Waters or International Waters. They got this dude Shaofist and I think he might be the I.E.’s Method Man. Also got to catch up with The Thought and see a beat-set from Geronimo X.
I got to cypher during the open mic segment, blazed with Rigano and the homie and this dude Stefon who kept rollin’ blunts. Eventually my buddy got me some of this vegan pesto pappadelle from Shaofist’s brother Tony the co-host of the Minion Death Cult podcast; ish was divine.
My homie couldn’t stop going on about how this vegan chef at this rap show at this house party was a symbol of hope for the future. That’s how the whole the night felt. He’s probably right. I got these pics but I didn’t get any backyard shots, that shit was filled up too. This event was cracking and friendly. Follow Chamber of Cyphers on Instagram for the deets, come to the I.E. and witness the young kids doing hip-hop and parties right- I ain’t gone tell you again!*
* Okay I might tell you again idk but still
Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdculture hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers