Meat Number 5
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Meat Number 5

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"KEXP Presents: Equalizer Showcase, Darkroom, Chicago 2/7/08"

Meat Number 5 was first to rock the darkroom stage with a dreamy groove oriented set of instrumental jams featuring live drums played by Ricky Ropesack and additional beats, hooks and samples spun by DJ Onceamonth. Meat Number 5 are a mysterious and cagey duo… nearly as mysterious as the music they create. Not much information is available about the group and their approach to their tight-as-a-military-school-bed-sheet stage show is all business, as they let the jams speak for themselves — a stark contrast to the Hollywood Holt hype machine. On their website Meat Number 5 list their influences as "American Meat Science Association, American Meat Institute and the Beef carcass quality grading system." Likewise they compare themselves sonically to "the ultimate in tenderness, juiciness, and flavor." So, yeah… not real helpful there; the funny thing is though, it kind of makes sense when you see them live. At one point, Kid Static even joined the duo on stage slinging some impromptu freestyle rhymes that sparked a flurry of break-dancing at the foot of the stage. The break-dancing was fucking good too! Thankfully, it was about as far from embarrassing drunk wedding party "break-dancing" as possible, which sadly is about all that most of us are exposed to these days when it comes to this lost art. - KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle


"Meat Number 5" presented by Ricky Ropesack and dj onceamonth. Released September 15th, 2007 on Anodyne Electric Company.

Several tracks from the Meat Number 5 album have gotten radio play on independent and college radio programs.

dj onceamonth has collaborated and appeared on roughly 30 albums since 2003. He also has a two mixtapes online and available for download.

Ricky Ropesack released "The Be Quick or Be Dead EP" in 2005.

Both appeared on the Cankles' "God Damn!" in 2006.



Both Ricky Ropesack and dj onceamonth are former members of the deceased Chicago hip-hop band The Cankles. The Cankles recorded a critically-acclaimed album and played several shows around the Chicago area between 2004 and 2006, eventually acheiving runner-up honors in the 2006 Lollapalooza Last Band Standing battle. A month after playing the festival, the band broke up.

In the spring of 2007 the two joined forces to create a narrative album called Meat Number 5, which was originally slated supposed to be a side project. The album and debut performance (at Chicago's Darkroom club in December 2007) were so well-received that Ropesack and onceamonth decided to adopt Meat Number 5 as the name of their group and have continued to play live and record new material and play shows all over Chicago.

Their live set consists of Ropesack on live drums, with onceamonth triggering beats and providing additional samples and cuts via two turntables and a beat machine. They have shared the stage with musicians of all genres, from hipster party hip-hop to folk rockers.

Meat Number 5 draws inspiration from a diverse array of bands and styles, everyone from DJ Shadow to Slayer has influenced the duo.