During the At It Again Tour, we stopped at Tempe Tavern in Tempe, AZ to rock the stage with Orangubang and The Kalen Lander Band aka TKLB. Below is the Orangubang’s new video for Killz Yours from The Hip Less Hopped plus a brief interview.
Tell the people who you are and where you’re from.
My name is Jared “Orangubang” Bangert. I am from about as many places as you can be having been born and raised all over the Midwest, starting in Montana and ending in South Dakota in 2006 when I moved to Phoenix.
What’s the scene like in Phoenix? What other artists should we watch for?
The scene here is as good as anything Ive seen around. Lots of sick mother fuckers. My brothers in arms in TKLB will blow your mind and Bob Domestic has that word play. I could go on and on and on, so I shall. Look into all these dudes:
- Bob Domestic
- Q and Blindson
- Superb Wonder
- Phal Kilmer
- The Insects
- The Adepts
- Odie McVerity
- Royal Bloodline
- Random AKA Mega Ran
- Roqy Tyraid
What inspired and motivated you to pursue music and specifically Hip Hop?
I have always been a big fan of music of all kinds. I have been going to shows since I was 13 (that’s 21 years) and was in band and chorus all throughout my educational career. I played a little guitar but never took it seriously enough. Didn’t join a band till I was 26 and when I did it was a folk rock band called Honey Pistol and I was playing the bass.
When we were not playing shows over the weekend I would get together with my friends and we would write rhymes over bootlegged RJD2 instrumentals while downing copious amounts of rum and whiskey. Thus the Hip Hop bug got me. I had loved hip hop in the 90’s when I would listen to N.W.A. alumni like Dre, Eazy E, and Ice Cube.
I remember the first time I heard Enter the 36 Chambers I about shit myself cause I was way into metal at the time and I had no idea there was this super angry and aggressive hip hop going on still! Plus it was so heavy that my metal friends didn’t give me shit for it. So having always been a fan of the genre I had some opinions about what I thought was lacking in the current state of things.
Basically all I did was bootleg Fruity Loops (I own a licensed copy now, please don’t sue) and start making shitty beats. We did that shit for like 5 years and played some house parties for our friends but never more than that. When I left Honey Pistol in 2009 or so I needed something to do with my free time so I figured “fuck it….im gonna take my hip hop to the stage”. Called in a few favors with some local artists and promotors and got a couple gigs and the rest as they say is history.
Oh and there was the time that I was kidnapped by hip hop ninjas and they said they would kill my mother if I didn’t rap my ass off from here to eternity so what real choice do I have? But that is another story for another time.
Where can we connect with you online?
I am all over the internets:
You can always just search Orangubang…..I am the only one.
Any last thoughts? Shout outs?
I would like to give a big shout out to everyone that has ever done a nice thing for someone else….that shit is cool. I am a huge selfish ass so I like to know that there are people balancing out the scales from my actions. I would also like to thank everyone at 56th Street Records for their help in getting my latest album “The Hip Less Hopped” published and the video for its first single shot and edited! I am sure there will be a link to the video somewhere here in the story and you should watch it because I put people in their underwear and that is sexy right?!