Claude VonStroke Drops Hip-Hop Album Using Real Name Barclay Crenshaw: Listen

Barclay Crenshaw
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Barclay Crenshaw 

You never forget your first love, and for Barclay Crenshaw, that was hip hop.

Better known to fans as Claude Vonstroke, he started a little electronic empire with his boutique-turned-trend-setting Dirtybird label. He still runs the thing out of his house with his closest friends, aka the artists. They've got their own camping festival and successful series of BBQ events, plus he's got his own family and kids to take care of, but the last few years, there's been this nagging feeling to get back to his rap-roots basics.

Today (Jan. 27), that destiny has finally be fulfilled with the release of his debut album Barclay Crenshaw. He uses his birth name for the project because it's a representation of all the musical things he truly loves. It's his most personal project, and while the 10-track LP isn't a completely foreign affair from his VonStroke sensibilities, it certainly stands solid as a work apart.

There are vocals all over, not a thing Crenshaw sees fitting into his house productions. There's plenty of bass, and there's an overarching theme of alien life, a theme that comes into play in lyrics from The Cool Kids on the LP's lead single “U Are In My System.” The self-titled LP also sees collabs with Aviella, Lady Chann, The Underachievers, and Mr. Carmack.

It's a departure for sure, but not something VonStroke fans will find completely – wait for the pun – alien. Check the album below, and look out for Barclay Crenshaw coming to support the record in your town.

US Tour Dates

1/25: Low End Theory - Los Angeles, CA

2/01: Holocene - Portland, OR

2/03: Cervantes’ Masterpiece B. - Denver, CO

2/04: Double Door - Chicago, IL

2/10: Bardot - Miami, FL

2/11: Kingdom - Austin, TX

2/16: House Of Yes - Brooklyn, NY

2/17: The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA

2/18: U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC

2/22: Q Nightclub - Seattle, WA

2/23: 1015 Folsom - San Francisco, CA

2/24:  Bang Bang - San Diego

2/25:  The Roxy - Los Angeles


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