The Harry Potter franchise may have reached its official conclusion with this summer’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the final film in the series based on J.K. Rowling’s best-selling wizarding books, but local rapper LiL iFFy isn’t quite ready to let go. Next month, iFFy (whose alter ego, Wil Wright, leads the quirky, long-running local indie-pop band Senryu) and his posse Dude Source are releasing a full-length (unauthorized) album based on the teenage wizard.
In a recent e-mail, iFFy describes the new disc, Wandcore, due out on Nov. 13, as “a VERY real, fully realized, full-length album of Harry Potter-themed rap songs.” He and Dude Source will perform material from the album at a release show at Pilot Light that night. The act has already played in Chicago and a handful of other cities, and is scheduled to play at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York this week.
“I doubt we’ll ever do it again, but I think it’s going to be a really bizarre, special show,” iFFy writes, referring to the upcoming Pilot Light performance. “It’s all been a super-weird, mostly unplanned adventure. The level of enthusiasm that people have for these hyper-aggressive, bizarre songs is really funny to watch. It is almost invariable. People LOVE it. I’m not sure why!”
You can hear the first single from Wandcore, “Patron Us,” at the Music Slut.