The attitude of great poets is to cheer up slaves and horrify despots.
IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING...
Since 2002 we have been on an oft-delayed mission here at backwoodz studioz, to punch a hole in the rap game big enough for all of the talented cats we know to crawl through. We are not there yet, but the hole is definitely a lot fucking bigger. So look and listen your way around this site, read some interviews, wander through the stacks and you might catch a contact.
Once again Uncommun Music & Backwoodz Studioz are proud to bring you Yule Prog 2008: The 2nd Annual NYC X-Mas Progressive Hip-Hop Fest.
This year in addition we are hosting the first ever Yule Prog MC Battle @ Public Assembly, the day before the main event @ Southpaw. The winner get’s to perform a set at the Southpaw show, a digital single release through Uncommon Music and $100 CASH! If you want to sign up, go to uncommonmusic.net NOW to register. Hurry as slots are filling up. The battle will be hosted by NASA of Uncommon & billy woods of Backwoodz, judged by Masai Bey & and will feature performances by Masai Bey & The Presence.
The following we need we have a big show lined up to end the year with a bang. To headline we have Vast Aire & Despot backed up by a solid crowd of NYC veterans including Homeboy Sandman, Super Chron Flight Brothers, Zesto, HiCoup, 11:00A.M. & W.A.S.T.E.L.A.N.D.S. So make sure you come through as it will be an event you won’t want to miss.
2008 was a big year for Backwoodz Studioz but we aren’t resting on our laurels, ’09 is going to be even more grilchy©MarQ Spekt. Here is your first taste of Guilty Party from MarQ Spekt & producer Lex Boogie from Da Bronx. Artwork now, music soon…
smoke em if you got em friends, smoke em if you got em.
The Flight Brothers may have been quiet since Emergency Powers and it’s companion disc Tour Support dropped in early 2007 but Priviledge and the venerable Mr. woods have been hard at work. That work will pay off with two new releases in 2009, starting with Indonesia and following up with Cape Verde. Indonesia will be a FREE DOWNLOAD but will also be available as a limited edition vinyl LP for all you luddites out there who are still willing to pay us for our artistic efforts [we love you!]. Expect it to drop inn January.
Production on Indonesia is handled primarily by DJ Marmaduke [Megagraphitti, Terror Firma, The Chalice] with assistance from longtime Backwoodz producer DR MONOKROME. Add to that beats from Nasa [Uncommon Music] and electro-dub impressario Teleseen and you’ve got an interesting soundscape for the Brothers to fly over.
As for Cape Verde…well, one thing at a time…
We here at backwoodz really do care about our fans & are fully aware that our website hasn’t been the most up to date of sites. With that observation comes our goal to change (as that seems to be the hip thing to do these days). We have now updated our website to a CMS so that we can more easily make frequent updates. We will also be including more media content in our posts. So be on the lookout for more updates on the backwoodzstudioz.com v3.0 (for those of you that remember v1) & check out our new spiffy calendar on the right side bar where we swear to promote our events far in advance!
Fresh out the cage is the second single “T-Rex” from the Invizzibl Men. This track features fam C-Rayz Walz and many cameos (Poisen Pen, Lo Deck, L.I.F.E. Long, Access Immortal, Steven Tapia, and Tommy Gunn) . Thanks to Brooklyn Surfer for the gear & Frank’s Chop Shop for the location.
Video Directed by Alex Berman & Anton Schlesinger.
The Invizzibl Men will be performing at CMJ this week in NYC. We are looking forward to & very excited for what should be an exhilarating show by the new duo that are taking the industry on by storm.
@ National Underground, LES, NYC
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.