Bernard Dolan (born March 8, 1981) is an American rapper, spoken word artist, activist, screenwriter, and composer based in Providence, Rhode Island.[1]

B. Dolan
B. Dolan performing live in 2010
B. Dolan performing live in 2010
Background information
Also known asB. Dolan, Evel Knievel, Bombzo Way, Bombzo the Clown
Born (1981-03-08) March 8, 1981 (age 43)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
GenresHip hop, alternative hip hop, political hip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • spoken word
  • spoken word artist
  • activism
Years active1999–present
LabelsStrange Famous
Member ofEpic Beard Men
Websiteiambdolan.com

History

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B. Dolan's first performances took place at New York City's Nuyorican Poets Cafe, where he gained respect as part of HBO's Def Poetry in 2002 and won numerous slam titles.[2] He has since distanced himself from and criticized slam poetry. In 2011, he told the Boston Phoenix:

Doing spoken word was the first time I ever tried to present my writing on a stage, and that's what it was good for. It taught me some basic stage tricks that I still use — like how to change my voice and talk to a crowd. But once you've picked up those chops, you need to get the hell out before you become some asshole who wins the poetry slam for the 10th year in a row.[2]

After performing at a Def Jam industry party at the Rush Arts Gallery, B. Dolan realized he wouldn't be able to work within the major label structure. Within months, he dropped out of welder's college, bought a drum machine, and began recording the first album The Failure.[2] During this time, he slept on "park benches and subway trains" while working as a doorman at a building in close proximity to the Twin Towers. It was at this time that the September 11 attacks happened, leaving B. Dolan in a "paranoid mental state", which caused him to move back to Rhode Island.[1]

Once back in Rhode Island, B. Dolan tapped into the local arts community, volunteered for at-risk youth programs, created the consumer activist website Knowmore.org, teamed up with Sage Francis, signed to Strange Famous Records, and began to tour internationally since 2005.

B. Dolan has also remained prolific as a rapper, releasing albums on Strange Famous Records since 2008 and most notably creating the "Bombzo Way" and "Evel Knievel" characters, which make surprise guest appearances at his concerts.[1][2] In 2010, he released his second album Fallen House, Sunken City, the entirety of which is produced by Alias of Anticon.[3]

In 2011, B. Dolan created the package show The Church of Love & Ruin, which combined activism and art by bringing openly LGBT and Queer performers into the arena of hip hop, in an attempt to address homophobia in rap.[2][4]

On July 10, 2015, B. Dolan released his third studio album, entitled Kill the Wolf[5], on Speech Development and Strange Famous Records.[6] This was followed with a world tour,[7] visiting the US, UK and Europe.[8]

Knowmore.org

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As an activist, B. Dolan is known primarily as a co-founder of Knowmore.org, a wiki devoted to connecting consumers with social responsibility information about corporations.[9] He is also an author of several articles within the website. He is especially known for an article on American Apparel's CEO Dov Charney.[9][10] In 2008, due to a lack of workers and funds, Dolan decided to take the site down. Recently in 2016, he has started a funding page to redesign the site and get it up and running again.[11][1]

Film work

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B. Dolan co-wrote, appeared briefly in, and composed music for the 2015 independent horror film Almost Mercy, directed and co-written by Tom DeNucci. He subsequently co-wrote and composed the score for the 2019 crime-thriller Vault, also directed and co-written by DeNucci.

Discography

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Studio albums

EPs

  • Live Evel (2008)
  • Season 1 (2018) (with Sage Francis, as Epic Beard Men)

Mixtapes

  • House of Bees Vol. 1 (2009) (with Buddy Peace)
  • House of Bees Vol. 2 (2012) (with Buddy Peace)
  • House of Bees Vol. 3 (2015) (with Buddy Peace)
  • Unjustified: Man of the Peckerwoods (2018)

Film scores

  • The Vault (2021)

Remix albums

  • F.H.S.C. Remixes: Desert Sessions (Strange Famous, 2013) (with Buddy Peace)
  • Kill the Wolf Remix LP (Strange Famous, 2021) (with Buddy Peace)
  • Fused: Selected Remixes from the Discord Community (2022)

Live albums

  • Antiquiet Sessions #24 (2015) [EP]
  • We Show Up: Live Recordings 2013-2015 (2016)

Guest appearances

  • Sage Francis - "The Failure Disc 2 #6" on Sickly Business (2004)
  • Sage Francis - "Broccilude" & "High Step" on Human the Death Dance (2007)
  • Prolyphic & Reanimator - "Survived Another Winter" on The Ugly Truth (2008)
  • Sage Francis - "House of Bees", "Sea Legs" & "SFR Pays Dues" on Sick of Wasting (2009)
  • Sole - "Fuck Wells Fargo" on Nuclear Winter Volume 2: Death Panel (2011)
  • Scroobius Pip - "Soldier Boy (Kill 'Em)" on Distraction Pieces (2011)
  • Dan le sac - "Caretaker" and "Good Time Gang War" on Space Between the Words (2012)
  • Sage Francis - "You Can't Win" on Sick To D(eat)h (2013)
  • Cas One vs Figure - "Burn It Down" on So Our Egos Don't Kill Us (2017)
  • Aupheus - "Run the Machine (Redux)" on Megalith (2018)
  • Sammy Warm Hands - "Buckshot" on Figures of Speech (2018)
  • MC Lars & Mega Ran - "1984" on The Dewey Decibel System (2019)

Filmography

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  • Almost Mercy (2015) - screenwriter, composer, actor
  • Vault (2019) - screenwriter, composer

References

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  1. ^ a b c Strange Famous Records B. Dolan Biography
  2. ^ a b c d e Boston Phoenix B. Dolan Goes Where Few Emcees Have Gone Before
  3. ^ URB B. Dolan – Fallen House, Sunken City Archived 2014-01-01 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Boston Globe The Grand Experiment of B. Dolan's Church of Love & Ruin Tour
  5. ^ Maxwell, Ryan. "25 Facts About B.Dolan - Kill The Wolf". Hip-Hop Kings. Ryan Maxwel. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  6. ^ "It's Time to Kill the Wolf. | B Dolan". Archived from the original on 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2015-04-22.
  7. ^ Maxwell, Ryan. "B.Dolan World Tour Dates". Hip-Hop Kings. Hip-Hop Kings. Archived from the original on 8 July 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  8. ^ Maxwell, Ryan. "B Dolan - Kill the Wolf Interview". Hip-Hop Kings. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21.
  9. ^ a b About Knowmore.org
  10. ^ Knowmore.org American Apparel
  11. ^ "Web's Largest Searchable Corporate Crime Database". Generosity. Archived from the original on 2017-02-17. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
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