- Joel Rodriguez
- BullHead*ded is “using [its] powers for good” and hosting a fundraiser and school supply drive for Rocky Mountain Kids.
Academic and mythologist Joseph Campbell’s concept of the “monomyth,” a universal structure for myths and heroic journeys, has infiltrated popular storytelling to such an extent that the structure itself will likely seem familiar even if you’ve never heard of Campbell or given comparative mythology a second thought. (Though, c’mon — I don’t know what else you people would be doing on your Saturday nights.)
Seen the original Star Wars films, for example? Then you’re already familiar with Campbell’s hero’s journey. But one step in the sequence is usually overlooked: the final one, wherein the victorious hero returns home from his adventure to share the spoils of his or her newfound triumph and reward.
In this sense, we can say with confidence that local hip-hop trio BullHead*ded is well along in their own heroic journey, as their upcoming show at the Black Sheep on Saturday, Aug. 17, is all about giving back to the community.
“The Black Sheep had been asking us to headline a show, and we figured if we were going to, we wanted to use our powers for good; we wanted to enrich our community for younger people,” explains emcee ZETfree.
The all-ages show is a benefit for the nonprofit organization Rocky Mountain Kids, which has worked to assist and empower abused and neglected youths in Colorado Springs since 1997. Joining BullHead*ded for the evening will be Denver-based producer Maulskull (founder of Black Mask), TMC! & Tone ET, Kind Dub, Affliction Music, Clydesdale Ent. and more.
Doors open at 7, and admission is either a $10 donation or an equivalent in new back-to-school supplies. If you’re unable to attend but would still like to contribute, you can also donate to the cause through BullHead*ded’s Facebook page.
Partnering with Rocky Mountain Kids seemed like a natural fit for BullHead*ded, given that the trio of ZETfree, Che-Bong and Nato now all have children of their own. And parenthood, of course, is nothing if not eye-opening to the struggles currently faced by children.
“We are now all fathers,” says ZETfree. “Che-Bong is expecting his son to be born any day now. I’ve joked that we’re going to change the name to BullHead*dad.”
“With all the troubles our world faces, we often don’t know what to do, or where to start. We figured we would start here at home. We can very much relate to younger people struggling to find their place in this world... we struggled to find our place until we found the music. We’re now coming full circle, using the music that is our guiding light to help others.”
BullHead*ded is currently putting the finishing touches on the third release in their ongoing collection of releases, The Brazen Series, which comprises music and accompanying comic books that “intertwine into a fantastic tale of the human spirit.” The second comic, which coincides with the EP Heartstones and features artwork from Mike Garcia, will be available soon.
Heartstones, which dropped in January 2019, is a dynamic, seven-track release, featuring production from Maulskull on the tracks “Protect You” and “Muse” (the latter of which also features a guest spot from Sleep of the Northwestern collective Oldominion) and showcasing the Haunted Windchimes’ Chela Lujan and Los Angeles-based emcee 2Mex on the evocative single “Owl Cries.” The first entry in The Brazen Series, Boiled Bones, was released in September 2018.
Fans can also catch BullHead*ded next month, notably, at CSU Pueblo’s Packfest 2019, where they will be joining New York-based singer-songwriter MAX, New York-based emcee Hoodie Allen, Los Angeles-based emcee/singer Bryce Vine and a whole slew of others.
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