Peace, Love and Rock & Roll

By Mark Lipman
As a new generation starts coming into their own in Venice, more and more talent is beginning to emerge. Making their debut onto the hip-hop, jazz-rock funk scene, The Capitalist Hippie Complex slammed The Mint (6010 Pico Blvd.) on Friday, May 8, with a musical collage that kept the house dancing for hours.
Lead singer and architect of the 10 piece band, Joey Flores kept a lightning fast paced rap of hard hitting, timely and relevant lyrics going to a multilayered backdrop of rhythm and sound composed by drummer and producer Yotam Rosenbaum, featuring a full horn section and succulent backing vocals, it’s a show you don’t want to miss.
For the release of their first CD: Peace, Love and Cold Hard Cash, you can see the direction this band is going. Songs like What I Know and Brainwash for Profit hit very close to the modern day dilemma our youth face growing up in a society that has forgotten about them, while others, like I’m a Rapper and Bad Things, show a lighter side of where one can make fun of the material world that we take as so important and still keep a beat that makes you want to groove.
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