In September 2010, Blame One hit J57 up via twitter when he heard that the legendary NYC record store and hip-hop cultural icon Fat Beats was closing its doors, knowing that’s where J57 worked, to tell him he was sorry to hear the sad news. They immediately clicked and linked up for a project. Fast-forward to 2013 and they give you the “Walk in the Sun” LP. About Blame One West Coast emcee, Blame One is a part of the Dirty Science crew (Exile, Blame One, Blu, Aloe Blacc, Fashawn, Johaz). He is a veteran in the game with a slew of albums and EPs under his belt. Sean Price, in an interview about their collaboration ‘’Disturbed’’ (Produced by Exile), said Blame One was one of two people that ever outshined him on a track. East Coast producer/emcee J57 is a part of the Brown Bag AllStars (Audible Doctor, DeeJay Element, DJ E Holla, J57, Koncept & Soul Khan). Closely linked to DJ Premier & DJ Eclipse, J57 has of late been a highly sought after producer in the indie hip-hop scene.
Koncept is an emcee born in Queens, NY, raised in both Queens, and Warwick, NY, and now resides in Brooklyn. In early 2008, Koncept began working at Fat Beats NY, and with 6 other artists employed by the store, decided to form an undeniable rap group called the Brown Bag AllStars. Koncept’s energy is unlike anything else you will see today. He brings the most captivating, entertaining performance to any stage, just like he has already shown at packed venues throughout New York City and beyond. In 2010, Koncept released an EP titled, "Playing Life", which is available for free download, and also available on CD including exclusive bonus tracks not available online. The project features production from J57, The Audible Doctor, DJ Brace, maticulous, marink, & DJ Dyllemma. Guest appearances from J57, Sene, & Silent Knight. All cuts on the project are from Juno Award Winning/ DMC Champion, DJ Brace. In 2011 Koncept linked up with Cali based producer, Tranzformer for a free EP titled “More Than Meets The Eye”. This 5 song free EP was presented by DJBooth.net. Koncept & Tranzformer dropped several videos for the project for tracks, “Change”, Day Dreaming”, and “High”. Since then, Koncept has released several exclusive tracks, as well as a video for his single, “Feel So Good” which features Canadian vocalist, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and is produced by Tranzformer. Koncept has just dropped his debut album, “awaken” through Soulspazm Records. The project features production from J57, The Audible Doctor, marink, DJ Goo, & Marco Polo. Soul Khan, Sene, and Shady Records/ Slaughterhouse’s own, Royce da 5’9 appear as guests on “Awaken”. With the lead single, “Watch The Sky Fall” featuring Royce da 5’9, produced by Marco Polo dropping and receiving a lot of praise, things are only looking up for the Brown Bag AllStar. Koncept's tracks have been aired on Sirius XM radio’s, Hip Hop Nation with DJ Eclipse, Live from Headquarters with DJ Premier, Shade 45 with Tony Touch, as well as college radio all around the world. He has been featured on hundreds of sites and blogs including 2dopeboyz, Nahright, HipHopDX, URB magazine, & DJ Booth just to name a few. He has performed alongside greats such as Pharoahe Monch, Black Thought, Styles P, Big Daddy Kane, Large Pro, EPMD, Tash (Tha Alkaholics), Brand Nubian, Dead Prez, Joell Ortiz, & many more.
“My sound is definitely boom bap, I could never deny that. But I feel like it’s an updated sound,” says Marco, born Marco Bruno, who started making music in 1999 after buying an MPC drum machine with student loan money. The MPC and a pack of Newports as his sole accomplices, Marco made a bold move to NYC in 2001. As an assistant Engineer at renowned recording studio, The Cutting Room, MP honed technical skills and got to know some of the rap game’s finest as he refined his production chops.The Marco Polo production credit quickly began to hold more and more weight, with production placement on projects from legendssuch as Masta Ace and Boot Camp Click. MP’s discog of features, collaborations and solo projects grew steadily, leading to the 2007 release of the critically acclaimed “Port Authority.” This debut production album – featuring a who’s-who of MC heavyweights including Large Professor, Kool G Rap and Buckshot – was a career milestone that claimed his place as one of the new school’s most respected beatmakers.Fueled by the excitement of these collaborations and the exposure they have provided, his focus remains on his love of producing songs with his favorite MC’s and DJ’s. Fall 2013 will see the release of the long-awaited, most anticipated follow-up production album “PA2: The Director’s Cut.”The lead single is a tribute to the late Keith Elam of Gang Starr, known to most as Guru, who passed away on April 19, 2010 due to complications from cancer. In addition, Marco reunites Organized Konfusion on “3-O-Clock” and King Tee and MC Eiht bring the hydroponic flows on “West Coast Love.” On the aptly titled “Astonishing” Large Professor, Inspectah Deck, O.C. and Tragedy Khadafi trade bars over a monster beat featuring scratches by DJ Revolution.“The album is called ‘PA2: The Directors Cut,’ because it’s 19 songs. If you’ve got A.D.D. this is not the album for you.”
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