Pigeon John

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Pigeon John
Birth name John Kenneth Dunkin
Also known as MC Pigeon
Born (1972-11-30) November 30, 1972 (age 44)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.[1]
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Underground hip hop[2]
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1992–present
Labels Syntax, Basement, Quannum Projects
Associated acts Brainwash Projects, L.A. Symphony, Rootbeer, Wordburglar

John Kenneth Dust (born John Kenneth Dunkin:[3] November 30,[4] 1972),[5] better known by the stage name Pigeon John, is an American rapper based in Los Angeles, California.[2] He is a former member of L.A. Symphony.[6]

Early life[edit]

Pigeon John claims that his stage name was provided by Jesus who was driving around Inglewood: "He hopped out and handed me a dead pigeon, he whispered, 'Please have a good time, you're really bumming me out.' I watched him sink back into the cushioned seats and drive, quickly away. And that's when it happened, the pigeon started shaking violently and became awake, picked up and flew away. I don't think I had a choice... it was 'pigeon' or die."[7] He later explained that he was discussing his need for a stage name with a friend when the friend suggested "Chicken John", taken from the character Chicken George in Roots, the friend's mother then interjected that John didn't look like a chicken, claiming that he looked like a pigeon and should therefore be called "Pigeon John".[8]

Career[edit]

In the early 1990s, Pigeon John and his childhood friend B-Twice formed the hip-hop duo Brainwash Projects.[9] Brainwash Projects contributed the single "Muchas Muchachas" to the Christian rap compilation "Sanktifunctafyd" released by N-Soul Records in 1995. Brainwash Projects eventually released a record titled The Rise and Fall of Brainwash Projects on the independent label Jackson Rubio.[10] One reviewer characterized The Rise and Fall as "pure, uncut, holy hip-hop" but gave mixed reviews of its beats and lyrics.[11]

Between 1997 and 2000, Pigeon John recorded the songs that became his first solo album, Is Clueless, the album was released in 2001 by The Telephone Company and then re-released in 2002 by The Telephone Company/Syntax Records with three new tracks and new artwork. Pigeon John then signed to Basement Records and released Is Dating Your Sister (2003) and Pigeon John Sings the Blues (2005); in 2005, Lyrics Born saw Pigeon John on the Cali Comm Tour and brought him into Quannum Projects.[citation needed] That same year, Pigeon John's single "Deception" was featured on a series of Nestle Crunch commercials;[12] in 2006, after signing to Quannum, Pigeon John released his fourth solo album, And the Summertime Pool Party. The album has received positive reviews from many sources, including LA Weekly,Entertainment Weekly,and Vibe.[13][14][15][16]

A new album, entitled Dragon Slayer, hit physical and digital retail October 12, 2010,[17] with the aid of General Elektriks' Herve Salters, he produced the whole record, including, for the first time, sampling original instrumentation rather than flipping samples from records.[18] In 2014, he released an album, titled Encino Man.[19]

Personal life[edit]

John was married to Harmony Dust from 2002 to 2010.[20][21][22]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Featuring Pigeon John (2004)
  • Featuring Pigeon John 2 (2007)

EPs[edit]

  • Pink Limousine (2009) (with Flynn, as Rootbeer)
  • 18 Minutes (2014) (with Flynn, as Rootbeer)
  • The Rebound (2014) (with Alpha MC)

Singles[edit]

  • "Life Goes On" (2003)
  • "Originalz" (2003)
  • "Is Clueless" (2003)
  • "Nothing Without You" b/w "Sleeping Giants" (2004)
  • "The Bomb" (2011)
  • "Champagne on My Shoes" (2014)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Freedom of Soul - "Not This Record" from The Second Comin (1993)
  • LPG - "Judge Not" from The Earth Worm (1995)
  • Flynn - "Spanish Harlem" from Louder (1998)
  • Flipside - "Sunny Days" (1999)
  • Knowdaverbs - "Call of the Dung Beetle" from The Syllabus (1999)
  • MG! The Visionary - "Scared As..." from Transparemcee (2000)
  • PAX217 - "Gratitude" from Twoseventeen (2000)
  • Soul-Junk - "Sea Monsters and Gargoyles" from 1956 (2000)
  • .rod laver - "All Around America" from Trying Not to Try (2000)
  • Murs - "The Two Step" (2000)
  • 4th Avenue Jones - "Truth or Dare" from No Plan B (2000)
  • DJ Maj - "Golden Motorcycle" from Wax Museum: the Mixtape (2000)
  • DJ Maj - "Deception" from Full Plates: Mixtape 002 (2001)
  • Flynn - "Endless Maze" from Burnt Out (2001)
  • Royal Ruckus - "Pocket Lint", "Jon&Stacie", "A Las Chicas", "Easily Forgotten" and "Let's Start a Boy Band" from Pocket Lint & Spare Change (2001)[citation needed]
  • Tapwater - "Debris", "Passion" and "The White Man" from Two Forty Five (2001)
  • Red Cloud - "The Pigeon John Song" from Is This Thing On? (2002)
  • Sharlok Poems - "Driven by Facts" from Left (2002)
  • KJ-52 - "Revenge of the Nerds" from Collaborations (2002)
  • Future Shock - "Paperweights" from The Art of Xenos: Entertaining Aliens (2002)
  • DJ Maj - "God Music" from The Ringleader: Mixtape Volume III (2003)
  • 4th Avenue Jones - "U Rockin'" from Hiprocksoul (2003)
  • The Grouch & Eligh - "No More Greener Grass" from No More Greener Grasses (2003)
  • Adventure Time - "Whetting Whistles" from Dreams of Water Themes (2003)
  • Crankcase - "The Next Big Thing" (2003)
  • Luke Geraty - "Brandon's Folly" and "Pandemonium" from It's Cold Out Here (2003)
  • Mars Ill - "Planes and Trains" from Backbreakanomics (2003)
  • Kiz Charizmatic - "The Hype, The Hustle" from Rawthentic (2003)
  • Sup the Chemist - "Reaching" from Eargasmic Arrangements (2003)
  • Joey the Jerk - "Same Dark Sweater" from Average Joe (2004)
  • KJ-52 - "All Around the World" from 7th Avenue (2004)
  • .rod laver - "The Official Pigeon John Guest Appearance" from The Dialogue: Rudolph Wayne Vs. The Man (2004)
  • Shape Shifters - "Little Life" from Was Here (2004)
  • Neila - "Rules" from For Whom the Bells Crow (2004)
  • Braille - "It Won't Last" from Shades of Grey (2004)
  • Fat Jack - "Pay Back" from Cater to the DJ Vol. 2 (2004)
  • Apsci - "Stompin'" from Thanks for Asking (2005)
  • Blackalicious - "Side to Side" from The Craft (2005)
  • Bobby Bishop - "Show Love" from Government Name (2005)
  • Cheap Cologne - "Barry Manilow Is Alive and Well" from Something Random (2005)
  • Opio - "Granite Earth" from Triangulation Station (2005)
  • Project Blowed - "The People" from 10th Anniversary (2005)
  • Othello - "Shallow" from Alive at the Assembly Line (2006)
  • JRemy - "You Don't Know Me" from Backwoods Legend (2006)
  • Lightheaded - "Surprise Cypher" from Wrong Way (2006)
  • KJ-52 - "Revenge of the Nerds (Horns A Plenty Remix)" from Remixed (2006)
  • Lyrics Born - "I'm Just Raw (remix)" from Overnite Encore: Lyrics Born Live! (2006)
  • Wordburglar - "Breeze" from Burglaritis (2006)
  • Mils - "Upside Down" from The And Album (2006)
  • Cookbook & Uno Mas - "Take Control" from While They Slept (2006)
  • Daedelus - "Something Bells" from Something Bells EP (2006)
  • 4th Avenue Jones - "Zoom" from Hip Hope Hits 2006 (2006)
  • Acid Reign - "Never Fold" from Time and Change (2006)
  • GRITS - "Open Bar" and "You Said" from Redemption (2006)
  • Grayskul - "Dance the Frantic" from Bloody Radio (2007)
  • Heath McNease - "Love Me" from The Heath McNease Fan Club Meets Tonight (2007)
  • Toca - "Liar" and "Hearts and Gold" from Toca (2007)
  • DJ Stibs - "WildNights" from ...And I Love Her (2007)
  • Mr. J. Medeiros - "Money" from Of Gods and Girls (2007)
  • Hi-Fidel & DJ Crucial - "Small Victories" from FF Express: The Company of Wolves (2007)
  • Kruse - "Daydreaming" from True Stories (2007)
  • Mr. J. Medieros - "Money" from Of Gods and Girls (2007)
  • Redcloud - "Death of a Salesman" and "Tapatio" from Hawthorne's Most Wanted (2007)
  • The Remnant - "Catch Your Breath" and "The Salute" from PB&J: Players, Babes and Jesus (2008)
  • Josh Martinez - "Beerhunger Lovestory" from The World Famous Sex Buffet (2008)
  • Yoni - "Fly" from End of an Era (2008)
  • The Gigantics - "Memory Loss" from Die Already (2008)
  • GRITS - "Beautiful Morning" from Reiterate (2008)
  • General Elektriks - "Crush" (2009)
  • Peter Daily - "Bright Lights Remix" from The 9th. Street Sessions EP (2009)
  • Scout Da Psalmist - "Change Is Gonna Come" from Emceeing Again (2009)
  • Soulico - "S.O.S." from Exotic on the Speaker (2009)
  • The Grouch & Eligh - "All In" from Say G&E! (2009)
  • Eligh & Jo Wilkinson - "Honor Me" and "Safe" from On Sacred Ground: Mother & Son (2009)
  • Sapient - "Shoot for the Ground" from Barrels for Feathers (2010)
  • Factor - "They Don't Know" from Lawson Graham (2010)
  • Eligh - "Whirlwind" from Grey Crow (2010)
  • Heath McNease - "American Idle" from The Gun Show (2010)
  • CookBook & UNO Mas - "Where Ya Been All My Life" from C&U Music Factory (2010)
  • C2C - "Because of You" from Tetra (2012)
  • Chantal Claret - "Light It Up" from The One, The Only... (2012)
  • RationaL - "Dream On" from The BirthWrite LP (2012)
  • Dumbfoundead - "Freedumb" from Old Boy Jon (2013)
  • Blu & Cookbook - "Popeye" from Yes (2013)
  • Sleep - "Truth Serum" from Oregon Failure (2014)
  • The Grouch & Eligh - "Run" from The Tortoise and the Crow (2014)
  • Abstract Rude - "Relay" from Keep the Feel: A Legacy of Hip Hop Soul (2015)
  • Royal Ruckus - "Coulda Swore I Saw You" from The Summer of the Cicadas (2017)[23]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Pigeon John. "About". Pigeon John. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  4. ^ Pigeon John (dothepigeon) (November 30, 2012). "Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Love y'all. Ill be rocking Denver tonight with @therealgrouch & @therealeligh at Cervantes! Come party!". Twitter. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
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  6. ^ Langhoff, Josh (10 March 2011). "Pigeon John: Dragon Slayer". PopMatters. 
  7. ^ Anti (11 January 2007). "LAist Interview: Pigeon John". LAist. Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2007. 
  8. ^ Anti (21 January 2008). "Jordan, Jesse, Go!: Conventions". 
  9. ^ Powell, Mark Allan (2002). "Brainwash Projects". Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 105. ISBN 1-56563-679-1. 
  10. ^ "the rise and fall of the BRAINWASH PROJECTS". Published by Jackson Rubio. Available through the Internet Archive.
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  12. ^ "Sweetdisaster Newsblog Archives". Sweetdisaster. 12 May 2005. 
  13. ^ Sullivan, Kate (December 6, 2006). "L.A. Music '06: Welcome to Indie Land: Retro-Futuristic Postmodern House Party". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on December 19, 2006. 
  14. ^ LA Weekly. June 8, 2006.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[page needed]
  15. ^ Entertainment Weekly. September 2006.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[page needed]
  16. ^ Vibe. October 2006.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[page needed]
  17. ^ I.G.O.D. (25 August 2010). "Pigeon John Will Slay Some Dragons This October". the9elements. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  18. ^ http://pgamusic.com/Artist.aspx?ArtistID=88
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  20. ^ "Important Announcement | Treasures". Iamatreasure.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  21. ^ "Album Review: Dragon Slayer By Pigeon John « Christian Rock 20". Thechristianrock20.com. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  22. ^ "News - Q&A: Pigeon John (plus podcast!)". FILTER Magazine. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  23. ^ "Royal Ruckus – "The Summer Of The Cicadas" (Album Review) | | UndergroundHipHopBlog.com". undergroundhiphopblog.com. Retrieved 2017-09-24. 

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