Sticks Downey is the solo-ish project of Portland, Oregon MC/producer Wockenfuss.
He makes the beats, writes the words, does the recording, and generally oversees all aspects.
He gets help from a few friends:
Talik plays bass on a lot of the tracks, and occasional keyboards.
Foots provides singing on some songs, and is an essential live-show vocalist/hypewoman.
Sticks Downey formed in 2007, and in 2009 they released their first (and so far only) album, When the Belt Changes Hands, on Wockenfuss's ultra-boutique label, Sly Records.
At the time, Wockenfuss described the album as "Unhinged, scattershot raps forcefully delivered over a high-BPM meld of programmed elements and live instruments." That still sounds about right.
With songs as much about wrestling, baseball, TV, and self-satisfaction as they are about nothing, Sticks Downey prides itself on cornering a market that no one else might find a reason to bother with. Wockenfuss lists Big Daddy Kane, MC Paul Barman, the Beastie Boys in 1992, Ric Flair, The Midnight Express, the 1986 Mets, and coffee as influences.
Wockenfuss and co. are currently working on Sticks Downey's as-yet-untitied sophomore album. It's coming along.
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