With The Key (Sissies​)​:​The Very Best of Deep Dickollective

by Deep Dickollective (D/DC)

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A best of selection from Deep Dickollective's five releases :

BourgieBohoPostPomoAfroHomo (2001)

Them Niggas Done Went And Said.... ( 2003)

The Famous Outlaw League of Proto-Negroes (2004)

Live At Wildseed and Mo' (2005)

On Some Other (2007)
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CD version available in September 2012 at CDBaby.com


*100%* of digital proceeds will go to a rotating list of community health and advocacy organizations to be listed here soon.
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Deep Dickollective was formed in early 2000 by Juba Kalamka, Tim'm T. West and Phillip Atiba Goff.[1]

The three began working together after Kalamka and West met following a 1999 screening of black gay filmmaker and scholar Marlon Riggs' film Tongues Untied. Kalamka and West later met Goff on the campus of Stanford University, where West and Goff were enrolled in PhD programs. Though Goff, Kalamka, and West had performed solo work at several readings in the previous months, The group's first performance as Deep Dickollective was May 12, 2000 as a part of curator William Jones' Black Gay Male Radical Performances series at the legendary Black Dot Cafe's original location at 2330 International Blvd. Titled "With The Key: SISSSIES", the show's naming served as an overt recontextualization of popular early 1990s Afrocentrist/Black Nationalist rap group X-Clan's homophobic tag line.

Kalamka and West had been performing for years as MCs but had few opportunities to work as out queer artists until encountering each other and Goff shortly thereafter. Kalamka had begun recording an experimental spoken word project called "Pre/tensions" with San Francisco blues and avantgarde jazz guitarist/bassist Dick Deluxe Egner (formerly of Club Foot Orchestra) and with groundbreaking queer hip hop group Rainbow Flava. but both were interested in the possibility of creating a project that would push buttons around race, queerness and masculinity in hip hop all at once.

Frustrated with the resistance they had faced from an allegedly progressive "conscious" spoken word scene, the three began jamming together in private on Stanford's campus and came up with the skeletons of about 20 songs, 13 of which would become their debut recording, BourgieBohoPostPomoAfroHomo.

In a moment of anger while discussing their difficulty with the local scene (West had been performing at readings and with bands since his arrival in 1998, but lost all of his bookings once the scene became aware that he was gay) Kalamka blurted "well, if them girls can call themselves the Punany Poets (a then popular Oakland poetry group), we can be Deep Dick Collective!". The name was then shortened to "Deep Dickollective", but the initials "D/DC" remained as the three letter abbreviation seemed to roll off the tongue well,and signified the group's deconstructionist intent. What started as a parodic exercise to vent frustration became a blooming underground yet internationally critical success that involved 11 queer men who recorded and performed as members of D/DC.

During the recording of BourgieBoho, Kalamka decided that it would be easier to promote and manage the group's work if there was a micro-label of some sort that served as a reference point for people that were hearing about the group. Taking its name from a comment on his and West's choice of clothing by an old black man in downtown San Francisco, Kalamka created Sugartruck Recordings,[5] which has since released additional recordings by D/DC as well as that of rapper Katastrophe (the Outmusic Award winner Let's Fuck Then Talk About My Problems), and did micro-distribution of close to 20 titles by other artists in the scene.[6]

BourgieBoho's release was followed by the 6-song EP Them Niggas Done Went and Said... in 2003, concurrent with a 7" vinyl single release of "Movin' b/w Straighttrrippin'(C-Phlavormix)" by the now defunct Boston punk distro Agitprop! Records.

The group recontexualized statements such as the lyrics "In a circle of faggots, your name is mentioned" from the song "Dooinit" from Common's album Like Water for Chocolate.[7]

The same year, D/DC won the "Best Hip Hop Group" category in the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay reader's poll.[8] In February 2004, the group released its third project, The Famous Outlaw League of Proto-Negroes, which was a double nominee in the 2005 Outmusic Awards as well as being named to Out's Top Ten Gay Albums of 2004 list. March 2005 saw the release of the 9-song EP Live at Wildseed and Mo', as well as much more extensive touring as a group and solo following the premiere of Alex Hinton's documentary Pick Up the Mic at the 30th Toronto International Film Festival.

The ensuing increase in visibility created for queer hip hop artists (as well as the opportunities for self-promotion and distro created by MySpace)led Kalamka to shift Sugartruck's promotional attentions to releases by himself, Deep Dickollective and Katastrophe. Its fifth disc, On Some Other was released by Sugartruck on June 22, 2007.

Ongoing creative differences and the desire to work on other projects led to Kalamka's formal dissolution of the group in April, 2008. Deep Dickollective played its last contractually obligated show at Albuquerque (New Mexico) Pride on June 13, 2008. The group's members currently perform work as solo artists and lecturers based in various cities across the United States.

credits

released August 13, 2012

1 THE POINTFIVEPOINTS
(Kalamka)

2 MARIPOSA PRELUBE
(Ampu/Goff/West)

3 OTHERWISDOM
(Kalamka)

4 STRAIGHTTRIPPIN' (featuring Doug E.)
(Ampu/Eglin, Jr./Kalamka/West)

5 OFF THE HOOK (featuring Mitsu)
(Ampu/Overstreet)

6 OXYMORONICON
(Ampu/Goff/Kalamka/West)

7 DISS ORDER (Live At Oaklandish April 6, 2004)
(Brown/Carey/Kalamka/Pridgen/West)

8 WE OUT
(Brown/Counce/Kalamka/West/Van)

9 RED LIPSTICK (JBemix)
(Van/Brown)

10 SOLDIERS (Featuring Marvin K. White)
(Brown/Frost/MacDonald/Kalamka/West/White)

11 STRAIGHTTRIPPIN' (C-Phlavormix)
(Brown/Kalamka/Parnell/West)

12 NEGROLOSOPHY
(BoschettiTaylor/West/)

13 MOVIN'
(Brown/Frost/Kalamka/Pridgen/MacDonald/West)

14 OTHER COUNTRIES
(Kalamka/Lalgee/Noel/West/Wright/Van)

15 I AM
(Frost/Kalamka/MacDonald/West/Van)

16 MAN OF ME
(Brown/Kalamka/Lalgee/West)

17 PROTONEGROES THEME
(Brown/Kalamka/Muscat/West)

18 FOR COLORED BOYS
(Brown/Kalamka/Lalgee/Taylor/West)



All lyrics written by Deep Dickollective (D/DC) Essexincantations (BMI)

Music produced by the following:

2,4,5,6 Deep Dickollective Essexincantations (BMI)
1,3,16,18 Juba Kalamka Boermann Sixgirl (BMI)
7 Jason (ENS) Carey Jason Carey (BMI)
8 Tori Fixx Lamaj Attiire Publishing (ASCAP)
9 Jerry Brown Copyright Control
11 C-Phlavor Copyright Control
12 Jason Boschetti Boschetti Sauce Music (ASCAP)
14 artistbaron. Baron Wright (ASCAP)
10,13,15 DJ Soleil
and Prince Marvelous Copyright Control
17 Jason Muscat Copyright Control

Additional production and tracking by Kris deJong and Eliot K Daughtry for Killer Banshee Studios

1,2,4,5,6 Recorded mixed and mastered
by Russell “ArchieSmooth” Gaddis
@ The Kitchen, San Francisco, CA June 2000-September 2001

7 recorded by Ayanna M. U’Dongo
@Oaklandish Gallery, Oakland, CA April 6,2004

12 recorded by Jason “Caveman” Boschetti
@ Caveman Studios,Cincinnati,OH Nov. 2003

3,8,9,10,11,13,14,15,16,17,18 recorded, mixed & mastered by
Kris deJong and Eliot K Daughtry
@Killer Banshee Studios, Oakland CA Jan. 2003 - Jun. 2007

Additional editing by TracyKaye
@the TracyDome,Oakland,CA April-May 2004

Additional vocals for 14 recorded by Cari Campbell
@ Skoolstudio, San Francisco,CA Mar. 2005

General licensing and publishing inquiries: juba@jubakalamka.com
Legal: Alex Austin, Austin Law Group theaustinlawgroup.com

Deep Dickollective Members:

Juba Kalamka (Pointfivefag) 2000-2008 co-founder

Tim'm T. West (25Percenter) 2000-2008 co-founder

Phillip Atiba Goff (LSP the Lightskindid Phil/osopher)
2000-2001 co-founder

Ralowe Trinitrotoluene Ampu (G-Minus) 2000-2003
Douglas Eglin, Jr. (Doug E. ) 2001
Dazie' R. Grego (Miss Edge) 2001
Jeree Brown (JB RapItUp) 2002-2008
Marcus René Van (Mr. Man Man) 2002-2008
Leslie Taylor (Buttaflysoul) 2004-2008
Rashad Pridgen (Soulnubian) 2003-2006
Ryan Burke (Solis B. Lalgee) 2005-08
Baraka Noel (Mumbles) 2005-08

©2001-2012 Deep Dickollective LLC, all rights reserved

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Juba Kalamka Oakland

Juba Kalamka is most recognized for his work with intersectional performance troupes Mangos With Chili & Sins Invalid,"homohop" group Rainbow Flava,as co-founder of Deep Dickollective (D/DC) and his development of the micro-label Sugartruck Recordings.

Kalamka's personal work centers on intersectional dialogues on race, identity, gender, disability, sexuality and class in popular media.
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