Last year, local rap group H.I.S.D. (Hueston Independent Spit District) released The Weakend, an extra-meta album that was directly aimed at enlightening smart people and indirectly aimed at confusing dumb ones. Here's the bulk of what Rocks Off wrote about it then:
The title, to begin, is a double entendre, referring both to an actual weekend, which is the amount of digital time that elapses over the course of the album, and the end of The Weak (The Weak = anything that sucks), which is one of the underlying tenets of the album.
The album begins at the end of a work day ("Come Out and Play"), followed immediately with a drive home ("Autobahn"). While on the road, the MCs inexplicably disappear into the ether, only to find themselves later in a figurative outer space ("Piano Sunrise") that happens to be narrated by labelmate Michele Thibeaux (possibly a hat-tip to Carl Sagan's Contact, but possibly not).
From there, they wander around a bit (the next few songs), where, in their enlightened states, they contemplate the general state of existing - done so most effectively on "Point of No Return" and "Rockin'" - as well as search for an answer to how to end The Weak.
When we spoke about the album with Ldavoice, the group's chairman of the adenoid, he mentioned that, as a means of helping people completely grasp the concept behind the album, the group had designs on producing a comic book that would expand on H.I.S.D.'s ideas (increasing modalities is an effective teaching strategy).
It seemed like a fun, auspicious, creative thing. It also seemed like the kind of thing that rarely manifests itself in any sort of physical product.
But two days ago, our phone rang, and 20 minutes later we were holding a copy of the comic book. It's cool, a full-color, 28-page comic, complete with a glossary/manual at the end that serves as a sort of cheat sheet. It's mostly exactly what goes on over the course of the album - learning about how The Weak has destroyed humanity; higher-ing your plane of existence; glowing; etc - with a couple of unforeseens thrown in for continuity.
It ends, as most comics do, with a cliffhanger and implies that this was only the first part of a longer narrative with more parts to follow, a point the group's de facto leader, Savvi, confirmed.
"We plan on releasing each new part with each project we do," said Savvi. "There will be more."
When asked why they were doing it, Saavi said:
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"We just really wanted to differentiate ourselves, do something that nobody else was doing. Hopefully, this is more than a disposable MP3 that arrives in your inbox and people enjoy it."
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