Savannah’s magically psychedelic hip-hop artists Cunabear and Lady Valore are currently on tour and are making a welcome stop at Civvies on Broughton. The show, which also features performances by vast ness, Trinity Autumn Gee, and Sunflower Kamikaze, is a fundraiser for GLAHR (Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights) which provides a bail fund for people held in detention centers.
Lady Valore is also promoting a new four song EP, “Sharing the Anarchy,” that thematically focuses on community and sharing resources. The ten-stop tour will include protests at several ICE detention centers along the way. “I booked the tour on my own—it’s my 12th tour—and I wanted it to be for a cause, so I’m really about community, and upliftment, and bringing people together, sharing resources, providing solidarity and mutual aid. I wanted it to be the ‘No ICE Tour’.”
Cunabear and Lady Valore are hyper-creative artists who have each made huge contributions to Savannah’s DIY music scene over the years including Cunabear’s Beartooth art collective and Lady Valore’s WRUU radio show, “The Abyss,” and her house show venue, the Rainbow Cave. Valore may have moved to New Jersey last June, but she is excited to return for this show.
There is a collaborative spirit in Cunabear and Lady Valore’s music. Valore has worked with several different producers. “It’s fun because with hip-hop it’s really easy to work with people but not them directly know you. It’s cool to be able to connect with people—we’re like a web, like a network, so we’re all connected somehow and collaborate eventually,” she said.
Cunabear is one of the many producers who have provided beats for Lady Valore’s rhymes. “Collaborating with her is always a fun time,” said Cunabear. “In my perspective, she is a little more go-with-the-flow, and I am a little bit more structure, so we balance each other really well and allow one of us to ‘tap into our opposite energy’ so to speak. She also collaborates with me for visual artwork. I’ve designed show and tour posters for both of us for a few years, and most recently provided lettering for the album art of her new EP, “Sharing Is Anarchy”
Cunabear is also promoting new material like a recent collection of instrumentals and beats called “sidequest 14 + 15” and a collaboration with Unsung called “quiet, bear,” but, really, he is so wildly prolific, and releases so much music in a year, it’s worth taking a dip into all of it.
“My development as an artist has been interesting to me because I feel like I’m always experimenting and don’t have a strict comfort-zone,” said Cunabear. “I’d be hard-pressed to say any two albums of mine sound the same. I used to work with a larger number of producers and do more conceptual work, then I did a lot of glitchy/effect-heavy records. Lately I’ve been handling more production in-house, stripping back all the extra layers of fluff while keeping the psychedelic elements in there, playing live instruments in my beats more, etc. I’m trying to work my jazz/metal/punk guitar and drum influences into the hip-hip realm of my music as well; screaming and singing vocals, sonic transitions, odd drum loops.”
“I could give you a generic list of inspirations and it wouldn’t really relay any useful information that the music I make doesn’t already express. It’s all in there if you take a serious listen. That might sound cold, corny or even cliché, but I believe rap is a medium where developing an ear for absorbing and interpreting lyrics is a fundamental skill, therefore I ask my friends, fans, and family to listen. Flex that muscle. I haven’t posted lyrics to my music since like....album #11 or #12. We’re well over #50 now...”