Check out the new Invizzibl Men microsite & video for “Jimmy Swagger”.
It has been almost exactly seven years since Vordul Megallah’s epic opening of what may be this decade’s finest experimental hip-hop record; The Cold Vein. But that was not the beginning; before there was a Definitive Jux there was Atoms Fam, where the quietest member of one of the New York underground’s illest crews was redefining the compound rhyme scheme. However it was only when paired with the mercurial Vast Aire and El-P’s equally revolutionary production that the rest of the world stood up and took notice. It has been four years since Vordul’s first solo, The Revolution of Young Havoks; a critically-acclaimed effort with features from Jean Grae and Masta Killa, Revolution echoed the bleak streets of Harlem and a life far removed from the indie-rap rat race of the time.
Megagraphitti is an album that Vordul has been working on in one form or another for much of his career. The path that has brought it to light has been as dark, difficult and full of danger as the one he has walked through the heart of the Rotten Apple for his whole life. The songs spell out a journey from youthful optimism to hardened veteran and back out the other side, a tale of survival, struggle and redemption. Megagraphitti is an album that Backwoodz and Vordul are proud to finally bring to the light. Guests and collaborators include Vast Aire, El-P, The Invizzibl Men, Joey Chavez, Bond & Tommy Gunn (formerly Megalon) and artwork by the famous Stay High 149. The first single is the title track “Megagraphitti”, which is accompanied by a video that will stir some memories and set the stage for what we think is a very special project. Many thanks to Zach One for his assistance in making this project happen and hooking up the video.
The covers are finally coming off The Unveiling, the debut LP from MarQ Spekt and Karniege; The Invizzibl Men. The result is a ferociously hard rap record bristling with gunmetal beats and lyrics still dripping spraypaint. The collaboration might be new but the duo has earned their stripes as solo artists; Karniege did a stint on the Definitive Jux roster, dropping the memorable “Make News” 12”, toured the world with Vast Aire several times over and kept his name ringing in the underground by popping up on projects by everyone from DJ Ese to Dub L to The Reavers. MarQ Spekt’s lineage is equally storied if a little grimier; signed to the legendary Subverse records alongside artists like MF DOOM and The Micronauts, prominently featured on all of Bigg Jus of Company Flow’s solo albums, the brain behind the streetwise Broady Champs ‘05 debut…Spekt has already cemented his place in the underground patheon without stepping out of the shadows, until now. Guests on The Unveiling include Vast Aire, Vordul Mega, C-Rayz, Billy Woods and the Broady Champs. The first single is “Jimmy Swagger” b/w “T-Rex” featuring C-Rayz Walz, check out the video here. And while you are at it, download the free Invizibl Men mix The Hidden Hand and get familiar before The Unveiling.
The spring release of another duo , Tommy Gunn (formerly known as Megalon) & his blood brother Raylong are The Hearts Ov Darkness. Their album, Tha Nickel Bag is a follow up to Tommy Gunn’s critically-acclaimed LP Penny For Your Thoughts under his Mosta Island Czar moniker. With all production handled by the incomparable X-Ray (Escape from Monsta Island, Theophany, Monsta Mixes 1 & 2) and no guestspots, fans know what they are getting; a visionary street chronicle, audible blood, sweat and tears. And for those about to find out, The Hearts of Darkness is a duo unlike anything you ever heard and Tha Nickel Bag is an unflinching look into both the hope and the terror of street life. Available on Itunes and all other digital retailers Spring ’08, and VERY limited pressings on CD will be available too.
HiCoup is almost finished recording his debut solo LP Guerilla Jones, and a fall/winter date seems like a lock. In the meantime download the ultimate HiCoup mixtape Silverbackcadillacslang and consider it a quick guide to how HiCoup has amassed such a rabid fanbasewithout ever dropping an official release. Simply put, the man has the sort of authority on the mic and electric stage presence that makes for a rare breed of MC. Don’t take our word for it, download and become a believer!