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Victor Vazquez (musician)
Victor Vazquez (born November 16, 1983), also known by his stage name Kool A.D., is an American musician, rapper, author, and artist. He is from the San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco Bay Area
of California. Vazquez is best known for being a member of the New York-based rap group Das Racist, though he has also been a member of the bands Boy Crisis and Party Animal. Vazquez has also released his own solo material, including numerous mixtapes
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Das Racist
Das Racist
Das Racist
was an American alternative hip hop group based in Brooklyn, New York City, composed of MCs Heems
Heems
and
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Spank Rock
Naeem Juwan, better known by his stage name Spank Rock, is an American rapper and songwriter from Baltimore. He rose to fame with his 2006 album YoYoYoYoYo, which was produced by former group member Alex Epton (XXXChange). A harbinger of post-millennial alternative rap,[4] the duo became known for its mixing of disparate hip hop and club genres, including Baltimore
Baltimore
club,[5] Miami bass,[6] electro music and rock. In 2007, Epton left the group to pursue his own production[7] while Juwan went on to release the Bangers & Cash EP (2007) with pop producer Benny Blanco
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Relax (Das Racist Album)
Relax is the only full-length studio album by New York City
New York City
hip-hop group Das Racist, following the success of their first two mixtapes Shut Up, Dude
Shut Up, Dude
and Sit Down, Man
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Sony Music Entertainment
Sony
Sony
Music Entertainment (known professionally as Sony
Sony
Music and abbreviated as SME) is an American music company owned by Sony
Sony
that is incorporated as a general partnership of Sony
Sony
Music Holdings Inc. through Sony
Sony
Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Sony
Sony
Corporation of America.[2] The company was first founded in 1929 as American Record Corporation and renamed Columbia Recording Corporation in 1938, following its acquisition by the Columbia Broadcasting System. In 1966, the company was reorganized to become CBS
CBS
Records
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Megaforce Records
Megaforce Records
Megaforce Records
is an American independent record label founded in 1982 by Jon Zazula and Marsha Zazula to publish the first works of Metallica. It has offices in New York City
New York City
(where the corporate office is located) and Philadelphia. The label is distributed in the United States by RED Distribution, having had previously been distributed by Atlantic Records
Atlantic Records
from 1982 to 1987 while Anthrax' recordings from 1988 to 1993 were marketed by Island Records. Megaforce artists that have appeared on the Billboard Top 200 chart include Metallica, Blue October, The Black Crowes, Anthrax, Overkill, Testament, Mushroomhead, Ministry, Bad Brains
Bad Brains
and Meat Puppets
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The Palm Wine Drinkard (album)
The Palm Wine Drinkard is the first solo mixtape by rapper Kool A.D., of the rap group Das Racist. Released in January 2012, it is the first of two mixtapes released by Kool A.D.
Kool A.D.
that year, with 51 following in April. The mixtape takes its name from Amos Tutuola's novel of the same name.Contents1 Content 2 Reception 3 Track listing 4 ReferencesContent[edit] The title track of the mixtape features the full sample of OutKast's seven-minute song "SpottieOttieDopaliscious," from their 1998 album Aquemini[1] Two of the songs on the album, "Booty in the Air" and "You Can Sell Anything," are remixed versions of pre-existing Das Racist songs, from the albums Relax and Sit Down, Man, respectively. The track "A Ganglion of Lightnings" is a re-recorded version of a song by Kool A.D.'s previous band, Boy Crisis. Reception[edit] The Palm Wine Drinkard received mixed to positive reviews from music critics
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51 (album)
51 is the second solo mixtape by rapper Kool A.D., formerly of the rap group Das Racist. The mixtape, released in April 2012, is a follow-up to Kool A.D.'s debut solo mixtape, The Palm Wine Drinkard, which was released in January 2012.Contents1 Recording 2 Content 3 Reception 4 Track listing 5 ReferencesRecording[edit] Unlike previous Das Racist
Das Racist
efforts, Kool A.D.
Kool A.D.
recorded 51 in Oakland, California, which resulted in a more confident sound according to many critics.[2] A.D. recruited many Bay Area producers and rappers to assist him with the creation of the mixtape, though fellow New York-based Das Racist
Das Racist
member Heems
Heems
appears on one track. Content[edit] A variety of references are made throughout the lyrics of 51. Kool A.D
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Pictureplane
Travis Egedy[4] (born May 1, 1985[5][6]), better known by his stage name Pictureplane, is an American electronic musician based in Brooklyn, New York.[7] He first appeared in the music scene of Denver, Colorado, making a name for himself at Rhinoceropolis, the DIY space where he also lived.[8] He has been credited for coining the term "witch house".[9] He is also a founder of the fashion brand Alien Body.[10]Contents1 Biography 2 Discography 3 References 4 External linksBiography[edit] Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Travis Egedy grew up a fan of hip hop.[11] In 2001, he started making music, using the Magix Music Maker software.[11] He was a member of the hip hop group Thinking in Circles.[11] He moved to Denver, Colorado
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Young L
The Pack was a hip hop group formed in Berkeley, California
Berkeley, California
in 2004. The group consisted of Lil B
Lil B
(Brandon McCartney), Young L (Lloyd Omadhebo), Stunnaman (Keith Jenkins), and Lil Uno (Damonte Johnson). They all recorded together for over a year at Young L's home studio where they released their first two mixtapes Wolfpack Muzik Vol. 1[1] and Wolfpack Muzik Vol. 2.[2][3] The Pack expanded their fanbase and eventually got signed to a major label, when Too Short
Too Short
signed The Pack to his Jive Records-distributed label Up All Nite Records. The Pack is usually known for their skateboard raps and the sexually explicit content of many of their songs. The group is best known for the track "Vans"
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Fat Tony (rapper)
Anthony Lawson Jude Ifeanyichukwu Obiawunaotu[2] or Anthony Jude Obi (born March 24,[3] 1988), better known by his stage name Fat Tony, is an American rapper. Fat Tony won the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013 Houston Press
Houston Press
Music Awards' Best Underground Hip Hop award,[4][5][6] and has been recognized in URB's "Next 1000", a list of emerging new artists anticipated to breakthrough.[7]Contents1 Career 2 Style and influences 3 Personal life and education 4 Discography4.1 Studio albums 4.2 Remix albums 4.3 Compilation albums 4.4 Mixtapes 4.5 EPs 4.6 Singles 4.7 Guest appearances5 See also 6 References 7 External linksCareer[edit] Fat Tony's debut album RABDARGAB was released October 19, 2010 and featured production entirely from Tom Cruz formerly of Atlanta-based rap group Supreeme.[8] The album features appearances by Murs, Negashi Armada aka Blunt Fang from Supreeme, Charly East, Bo
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Ad-Rock
Adam Keefe Horovitz (born October 31, 1966),[1] better known as Ad-Rock
Ad-Rock
or King Ad-Rock, is an American rapper, guitarist and actor. He is best known as a member of the hip hop group the Beastie Boys. He is married to musician and feminist activist Kathleen Hanna.Contents1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Discography 5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Horovitz was born and raised on Park Avenue, Manhattan, New York, the son of Doris (née Keefe) and playwright Israel Horovitz.[2] He has denied internet listings that he was born in South Orange, New Jersey.[3][4] His sister is film producer Rachael Horovitz
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Sit Down, Man
Sit Down, Man
Sit Down, Man
is the second mixtape by Brooklyn-based alternative hip hop act Das Racist, released as a free download on September 14, 2010, through the group's own Greedhead imprint, streetwear label Мишка and Mad Decent
Mad Decent
records.Contents1 History 2 Release and critical reception 3 Track listing 4 Personnel 5 References 6 External linksHistory[edit] Following the relative success of Shut Up, Dude, their first mixtape, Das Racist
Das Racist
were quick to capitalize on the growing hype surrounding them, releasing Sit Down, Man
Sit Down, Man
within six months of its release
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Beastie Boys
Beastie Boys
Beastie Boys
were an American rap rock group from New York City, formed in 1981. For the majority of their career, the group consisted of Michael "Mike D" Diamond (vocals, drums), Adam "MCA" Yauch (vocals, bass) and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz (vocals, guitar). Originally formed as a four-piece hardcore punk band, the Young Aborigines, in 1978 by Diamond (vocals), John Berry (guitar), Yauch (bass) and Kate Schellenbach (drums), the band appeared on the compilation cassette New York Thrash, contributing two songs from their first EP, Polly Wog Stew, in 1982. Berry left shortly thereafter, and was replaced by Horovitz. After achieving moderate local success with the 1983 experimental hip hop 12-inch single
12-inch single
"Cooky Puss", Schellenbach dropped out and the Beastie Boys
Beastie Boys
made a full transition to hip hop, releasing a string of successful singles
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Digable Planets
Digable Planets (/ˈdɪɡəbəl ˈplænəts/) is an American hip hop trio formed in 1987, in Brooklyn, New York. The trio is composed of rappers Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler (from Seattle), Mary Ann "Ladybug Mecca" Vieira (from Silver Spring, Maryland), and Craig "Doodlebug" Irving (from Philadelphia).[1] The group is notable for their contributions to the subgenres of classic hip hop and alternative hip hop.Contents1 History1.1 Origins 1.2 1992–1993: Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) 1.3 1994–1995 Blowout Comb
Blowout Comb
and breakup 1.4 2005–present: Reunions and live album2 Solo work and collaborations 3 Discography3.1 Studio albums 3.2 Compilation albums 3.3 Live albums 3.4 Singles4 ReferencesHistory[edit] Origins[edit] Butler and Irving met in Philadelphia
Philadelphia
in the late 1980s; Vieira and Irving had been a couple while attending Howard University
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O.K. (Kool A.D. Album)
O.K. is a mixtape by Kool A.D., released November 26, 2015. The album features guest appearances from Killer Mike, Shady Blaze, Angel Haze, Lakutis, Despot, Chairlift, Toro Y Moi, Talib Kweli, Boots Riley
Boots Riley
of The Coup, and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire[2][3] and is composed of 100 songs, meant as a "spiritual soundtrack" to his upcoming 100-chapter novel, also titled O.K.[4] Critical reception[edit] Upon release, the album was described by The Fader
The Fader
as Kool A.D.'s "most ambitious musical project yet,"[4] and Okayplayer called it "a blistering and damn impressive piece of work".[5] References[edit]^ Brock Cardiner (November 28, 2015). " Kool A.D.
Kool A.D.
Just Dropped a Massive 100-Track Mixtape". High Snobiety. Retrieved 2015-12-19.  ^ Gregory Adams (November 26, 2015). " Kool A.D.
Kool A.D.
'O.K.' (mixtape)". Exclaim!
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