Great Great Great Gran'pa
Article from The Underground Tribune, Jan. 2005. Todd Eric Lovato a.k.a MC Skinny Dangerous was on his way to hip-hop stardom in the mid 1990s when his life was changed forever. In 1998 Lovato was nearly killed in a car accident following a high-speed police chase in northern New Mexico. The incident occurred after local police and media operations uncovered Lovato's caper to over throw the corporate music industry through an intricate network of P2P software and file sharing programs. On Oct. 30, 2000 authorities raided his estate but came up empty handed. Escaping with the help of his faithful servant Lordsburg, Lovato escaped into the night only to be discovered by authorities two weeks later through an anonymous tipster who remains nameless to this day. A second chase ensued and rather than be detained, Lovato and passenger Lordsburg drove off New Mexico's Taos Gorge in a sports car where the parachute seat ejection feature malfunctioned sending the duo careening more than 600 feet down the chasm and into the Rio Grande River. Police searches afterwards proved fruitless and Lovato and the MC Skinny Dangerous legend was assumed dead after Lordsburg's body was found near the wreckage of the car. Meanwhile, in an undisclosed hotel in Costa Rica, a badly damaged man began recovering from severe wounds - lacerations, bruises, amnesia and post-traumatic shock. Known locally as 'flaco-gordo' or Skinnyfat, the bitter man began piecing together his shattered past with a solemn oath to vindicate the death of his lost friend. Nobody recognized the badly disfigured man who began frequenting dark inner-city open-mic battles dressed in a deep hoody in an attempt to hide his face. MC Skinny Dangerous was dead now and so was Lovato. What was left behind was the walking shadow, the echo of the old-school, an enigma, a ghost in a shell - the paradox known as Skinnyfat. Beware commercial hip-hop, he's back. Ian Szcbiatch - Underground Tribune, Jan. 2005. Skinnyfat Press Release/Bio Albuquerque, NM - Feb, 2005--Skinnyfat Challenges Hip-Hop. 'Let's take it to the stage, sucka!' asseverates Todd Eric Lovato during recent press conference. ABOUT THE MUSIC Skinnyfat is a testament to the many faces of hip-hop. Grounded in the psychedelic jazz-funk movement of the 1960s and 1970s (Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, Funkadelic, Frank Zappa), the group has become a prototype for the modern eclectic funk revival. Skinnyfat's colorful pallet of instrumentation includes upright bass, saxophones, turntables, keys, lap steel guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, and beatbox. The result, a rhythmically captivating and complex stage show engaging dance crowds and wall flowers alike. Although the majority of mainstream hip-hop and rap leads some to believe that the genre is unidimensional, pioneering artists including Outkast, Jill Scott, El-P, Beck, The Roots, Erika Badu and Mos Def have successfully ushered the marriage of hip-hop and live music into the 21st century. Over the course of the genre's evolution, hip-hop artists have borrowed from a variety of sources: funk, jazz, Latin, rock, blues and even country. Like all music, rap and hip-hop is simply a sum of it's parts and Skinnyfat is no exception to the rule. Currently, the hip-hop, rap and R&B market share is bigger than the entire music industry of 1988. People are listening and Skinnyfat's 'zappadelic' brand of hip-hop is redefining the borders of hip-hop. Skinnyfat is not for every demographic unfortunately. Current market research revealed that only five percent of the deceased showed any response to the music what-so-ever. Skinnyfat takes a satirical stab at commercialism (Ahh Fame), mainstream hip-hop (My Dogs and I) and co-dependent love songs (Savior Faire) with a two-hour set of songs packed with catchy hooks, air-tight rhymes, and deeply engaging content (It's Hard to Grow Up, Tsunami Like Me). Winner of 2004's New Mexico Music Industry's Awards for 'Best Musical Production in Hip-Hop' (Live Local Music Scene) and 'Best Musical Production in Rap' (C-Spot), Skinnyfat is on a blazing trail to cult stardom. 'Every time I watch Skinnyfat I almost forget I'm in Albuquerque,' says advertising salesperson Mariann Minana. 'It feels more like something you'd see in a small, exclusive club in New York or Philadelphia or something like that.' The group is the brainchild of Todd Eric Lovato (Felonious Groove Foundation) who assembled the seven-piece group with co-leader Mike Jaramillo (FGF) to tour the independently-released and self-produced 'Great, Great, Great Gran' Pa' LP. The group is made up of recruits from some of New Mexico's most noteworthy bands, Chronic Logic, Los Brown Spots, Concepto Tambor, Felonious Groove Foundation and The Misdemeanors. Other members include Willy Cookson (wingman), Colin Darby (wingman, beatbox, sax), Josh Flowers (upright bass), Delmone Taylor (alto sax), Matt Martinez (guitars) and Spaghetti (turntables). For further info contact: Skinny Breaks Productions Todd Lovato (505) 480-3865 4316, Hillspire NW Albuquerque, NM 87120.