Spotlight on Samuel Oxymoron and the Break Bread Mic Sesh
Last Saturday I had the opportunity to perform at the Break Bread Mic Sesh, a San Bernardino, California-based hip-hop event thrown once every two months by Samuel Oxymoron, an Latino Christin nerd culture rapper from the I.E. His Church community, Emmaus, help throw this uncensored yet family-friendly hip-hop series. Some installments are at the always funky Serious Cartoons Records & Tapes, the city’s sole record store, but this one was in the Breezeway outside the new tea house Viva La Boba.
Along the walls outside the building, there was vegan food and an icee stand set up by friends and community members. Sam Ox’s old crewmates lke GiverOne , Brandon Delgado and Mykstroe hung out and helped keep the event moving.
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An artist in their circle who was set up and making works at the show PoorManStew gave me a bunch of really sick merch. I had kung pao cauliflower and a blue raspberry icee. I saw friends from work, from Cal State, from San Bernardino Generation Now, from CHORDS and more. It was one of those moments you get every once in awhile when you actually try to engage in your community and I was lucky to experience it.
I’ve known Sam Ox for some years now and can always count on him to deliver wholesome smart nerdy but still edgy and off the wall raps and support at a moment’s notice. He’s also creating a producer/vocalist series with twlv “Mental Floss Pencil Box” that is really earthy and spacy and remarkable.
I like that it’s a sunny perspective on the Inland Empire and the Dino. I love that it’s working class and wholesome while still gritty and often harkens back to wordy nerdy anticon late 90s style underground hip-hop. The individual artistic choices made in the pieces is even better than all that...a lot of folks deploy their kids in their rap videos lately and I’m here for it, I super prefer it to fake gangster posturing, but these videos, 3 and 4 in this series, do it better than most in my opinion. Ox is good at taking serious the epic-ness of childhood fantasies. He’s also great at taking you on a little journey within a song and then ending the song on a deadpan note of regular day-ness outside of a donut shop- plus the kids are adorable!
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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 nerdcore hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers