Strange Famous Records & Fill In The Breaks present:
Prolyphic, ECID v.s. WIDE EYES AND PHILLIP MORRIS
Guante, Dem Atlas
629 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55454
This event is 18 and over
Prolyphic began writing lyrics in his parents' Rhode Island breezeway at the age of 14, using a dual tapedeck stereo to record rap songs over instrumental mixtapes. In 1999 he released his first demo tape and shopped it around at Scribble Jam, catching the attention of many stalwart figures of the underground hiphop scene such as Sage Francis, Sole and Kevin Beacham. This demo, a collection of songs and sketch interludes that tested the genre's artistic boundaries, acted as a precursor for the official albums that would soon follow.
For the next 4 years Prolyphic attended college, worked a day job, honed his writing skills, and, out of pure necessity, delved into beat production. With not much more than a Gateway PC, an MPC sampler, and some tedious record digging, his first self-produced album, "An Alarm Clock Set For 9:01," was birthed unto the world. It was a 70 BPM baby with blunted, melancholy backdrops. Soon after that Prolyphic linked up with Chicago emcee Robust on a collaboration project called "Stick Figures."
Prolyphic signed to STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS in 2005 when Sage Francis partnered up the introspective lyricist with his long-time production partner, REANIMATOR. The subsequent album, THE UGLY TRUTH, received critical acclaim even though it didn't quite match the success of the auto-tuned raps it sat beside on the charts that year. That was 2008, and by today's standards that's practically a lifetime ago. 5 years later the snarling, pessimist emcee has emerged once again, this time with eclectic DJ/Producer extraordinaire BUDDY PEACE (London, England,) to answer the question: "Where has Prolyphic been?" The content of this new album makes it abundantly clear; "in the same hell as you."
WORKING MAN takes the all-too-familiar tales of family turmoil, cancer scares, lack of health care, unemployment woes and then forges them into blue collar anthems. Buddy Peace's obscure loops and dusty breaks give the musical backdrop a quintessential "golden age" throwback sound, while Prolyphic uses grim life experience as the launching pad for an exploration of realities that are bigger than one man's experience. This is a collective experience and it comes across as such. We all know someone with cancer. We all feel the pinch of the bad economy. Now it becomes a matter of what to do with that frustration and how to address the bigger picture.
Prolyphic uses the personal approach and goes for the throat like never before. On songs like "DRUG DEALER" we hear about doctors pushing pharmaceutical products on his mother to treat her cancer, and why her ultimate decision was to refuse them. "SIX FEET HIGH" tells the story of his father losing the family business in the floods that overran New England a few years back. With his unique honesty in full view, Prolyphic courageously tells the story of what it meant to rebuild everything from scratch without help from the Government, and why experiences like this have working class New Englanders "losing faith in the Democrats."
It's not all doom and gloom though. The first single, "BUSINESS AS USUAL," has Prolyphic double-timing his vocals while weaving lyrics around a catchy, Buddy Peace bounce pattern. "DEATH OF THE BOOMBOX" is a playful posse cut that features SFR label mates SAGE FRANCIS and METERMAIDS. Songs like "FUCK BANKS" use clever metaphors which help to illuminate the reasons why everyone is so disgruntled over their paychecks being "held for ransom." If the new generation of hip-hop fans are no longer interested in deriving meaning from their music, the intricate beat layering and masterful wordplay used throughout makes it more than worth the journey for them. However, in a musical climate where so much airtime is wasted on throwaway bars and the latest dance crazes, it's refreshing to see a duo like this making brave, honest music.
ECID v.s. WIDE EYES AND PHILLIP MORRIS
Ecid, mc/producer & fill in the breaks poster child is one of those rare artists that can rap, write, & produce in an arguably equal fashion. As a writer/mc Ecid crafts thoughtful, visual, honest, Heart over mind songs. As a producer he is the definition of a record digger. His sample based/drum heavy beat-scapes can be colorful, abrasive, grungy, simple, beyond bizzy, soulful, sparse & or dark. As a fearless leader Ecid is aimed at building "Fill In The Breaks" into one of the premiere indie-hiphop labels in North America, all while leaving America as paranoid & afraid of themselves as ever.
"Biograffiti" was Ecid's coming of age record, a personal glimpse at a twenty something just trying to figure it all out. "Economy Size goDD Costume" was his f--- you record, an awe-inspiring, jaw dropping, honest to goodness middle finger in the face of society's time tested cliché's. And "Red Beretta" his third official solo album is the career-defining album that people five years from now will associate him with.
Known for his intense, personable, & insanely energetic live shows. Ecid has shared stages with the likes of KRS-ONE, Eyedea (E&A), Awol One (Shapeshifters), Sole of Anticon, OMD, 2MEX, QWEL of Typical Cats, Prince Po (Organized Konfusion), Blueprint, Glue, Hanger 18, Heiruspecs, POS, Sims, Cecil Otter, RA The Rugged Man, Killah Priest, Grayskul, Blowfly, & Count Bass D to name a few.
His new album Red Beretta, which is a "concept" album based on the bizarre events that turn a modern day hero into a monster is in heavy rotation on college radio stations across the US and has received praise from fans, peers & press alike. So check it out. Or else!
"Ecid is playing some really cool audio games with the samples he uses, and some of the production techniques help pull the listener in and keep them there. It's not only a rapper's album, but it's for the production heads too, who will be smiling at the known sounds and scratching their heads at the unknown ones for days, if not months or years."- OKAYPLAYER.COM
Guante is a hip hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, social justice activist and educator. His work, which explores the places where progressive politics, magical realism, working-class identity and the power of perspective intertwine, has been featured in URB Magazine’s “Next 1000” list, City Pages’ “Artists of the Year” list, CMJ and the Progressive, and he's shared bills with Talib Kweli, Atmosphere, Dead Prez, Sage Francis, Brother Ali, Mr. Lif, P.O.S. and many more of the top names in indie hip hop. Apart from these artistic endeavors, Guante also founded and manages the MN Activist Project, freelances as a music writer, curates the Hip Hop Against Homophobia concert series and facilitates writing and performance workshops for youth. See www.guante.info for more information.
i started making music in highschool, 2006. around the time i was really into dance and theatre. i joined a rock band called the Argonauts, in which i was the lead vocalist, we recorded demos in our drummers basement and played at talent shows around the way.
late in high school, my art professor gave me a huge mix of various hip hop tapes ranging from nas's illmatic, to pharcyde, to kool keith. i started freestyling with friends at parties and became more interested in the culture.
Life was confusing during that time and before it, i was just beginning to learn the craft of putting words and pictures to it.