“Remember that feeling? Yeah, that feeling. You know the one. The one when a new hip-hop jam drops and you just can’t get enough. Every time you hear it, your face scrunches up like UUUUNNNGGGHHHH!!!!! The beat is too hard. The rhymes are too clever, too brilliant, you can’t believe someone thought to say that. Every rap fan has felt that feeling at some point. Maybe you first got hit in 1988. Maybe 1994 or 1997 or possibly even 2006. It could’ve been “Time’s Up”, or “Easy Star”, or “Nutmeg”, or “Come Clean”. For many of us it has probably come from at least one song on Illmatic. Boombap good enough to give fans that feeling has never entirely gone away, but it has certainly become more and more rare as the most popular hip-hop no longer quite reflects the gorgeous aesthetic and cultural values that were rightfully prized in that bygone era.
Please welcome the arrival of the new hip-hop collective devoted to bringing back precisely that feeling, over and over again, on every single track they ever make. Please welcome the Sons and Sisters of Boombap.
Sons of Boombap is an unapologetically ambitious endeavour, but if anyone is suited to the ludicrous complexity of the task of ensuring artistic unity among a crew four times the size of the core Wu-Tang, it’s Sharky. The veteran Canadian emcee, long one of the most talented truevschool hip-hop artists unknown to most fans’ ears, took the project on out of a devotion to the specific style of hip-hop it strives to bring back – that beautiful crate-digging, dusty-fingers, bangerational East Coast legacy. No disrespect whatsoever to the great contributions made by the Midwest, the South and the West Coast, but this crew is all about that undeniable New York thump and thwack. Buss-ya-shit-open beats that would make DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Easy Mo Bee, Large Professor, The Beatnuts, Buckwild and Diamond D proud. Hyper-intelligent, well-written, clever, wordplay-packed lyrics designed to pay tribute to and stand nobly alongside the genius likes of those who fashioned the heritage, the patrimony of East Coast rap. Chuck D, Nas, Organized Konfusion, Rakim, Masta Ace, CL Smooth, Queen Latifah, Kool G Rap, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, Redman, Ka, AZ, A Tribe Called Quest, The GZA, Tragedy Khadafi, O.C., Bahamadia, Lord Finesse, Raekwon, Maestro Fresh Wes, Black Sheep, Method Man, Black Thought, Ghostface, Inspectah Deck, X Clan, Poor Righteous Teachers, Digable Planets, Camp Lo, Cormega, Roc Marciano, Monie Love, Show & A.G., Percee-P, and the souls of the late, much-lamented Biggie, Big L, Big Pun, ODB and Sean Price, to name a few of many. Every last one of them is meant to feel honoured and saluted by this project.
SoB (Sons of Boombap) aims to make music that the legends themselves would love and could listen to for the fun and joy of it, that would reconnect even the cherished royalty themselves with their love of rap, with the fun they had with it when they were all young and starting out. At least one special mystery guest is already down for the cause, and SoB look forward to inspiring thousands of fans to join them in the legacy of greatness they’re trying to build. And what a legacy it will be. More than 65 members strong, with contributors on five continents, representing lands as far afield as Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Colombia, Ghana, Wales, the USA, and Senegal, and not a single less than gifted artist in the bunch, SoB’s earnest aim is to make music that can stand with the best work of the greats mentioned above and also make an obvious case for its own integrity as distinctive and original art.
SoB (Sons of Boombap) make throwback music, but they’re not backward-looking in orientation. Racism, misogyny, ageism and homophobia are unwelcome in their ranks, The troglodytic impulses that sometimes afflict other oldschool-style rap groups are mercifully absent. Present instead is the kind of commitment to great music that only a truly inspired rap collective could pull off. Several gifted women, such as Ahlee and Kimbit, are included; so are such revered leading lights of their local scenes as Age, Dopey Ziegler, Madhattr, Oskeptical and Jukebox. DJs like Digital Junkie rub shoulders with scene-building entrepreneurs like Tyler Hetherington. Mind-crushing beats from Klubba Lang, Phadetoven and Know it play host to insane rhymes from Ghost of the Machine, Weapon ESP, Adam Walsh, Ultra Magnus, Donny Yonder and The Mighty Rhino. And at the centre of it all are the four men responsible for coordinating the whole beautiful shit – Cable, Illtone, Fraction, and the grand man himself, Sharky.
The entire endeavour is designed to carry forward one of the most beautiful traditions ever to become a part of this thing called hip-hop. And its success in so doing will be wild, almost unprecedented. The mixtape “The Past is the Future” made that clear, but the sheer strength of the talent on display already makes it obvious enough. It’s on like Donkey Kong, bitches. Be prepared like Scar from The Lion King. Sons of Boombap is here now. In fact, that’s the core truth of this – the more than 65 people assembled to be part of this movement are some of the most talented ever to make hip-hop, and the combined force of their talents is enough to crack the world wide open. It will either stand at attention and salute them, or explode from the sheer force of the pressure applied by their amazing work. The whole world, that is.
There isn’t a rap fan on earth who won’t gain something from listening to these crazy motherfuckers and motherfuckerettes do their thing. They’re charging into the game like the motherfucking Spartans, and it better to stand up and take notice, because you can fail to salute them or you can survive, but not both. In the spirit of utmost integrity, possessed of power and glory like unto that known to Kane, Pharoahe Monch, Rakim and every single great mentioned above, Sons of Boombap will reduce every single obstacle in their path to dust. Yesterday. Every head who doesn’t at least show due respect might as well already be dead. This movement intends to help revitalize everything that is best about hip-hop, and it will happily welcome in everyone who’s down with that, and crush everyone else like Steve Buscemi in the wood chipper in Fargo.
That’s the truth. They! Are! The sons! And sisters! Of! BOOMBAAAAAAP!!!!!!!!!!!!”
(SONS OF BEATDOWN)-
(SONS OF BOOM BAP)-
– HEAD OF EUROPEAN RECRUITMENT
LAKES (Street Hop)-
NOTION (the Movement Fam)-
CEE (the Movement Fam)-
DYNAMIC (Bring Ya Eh Game)-
S E N N E S-
KINGZ OF VOCALS-
WEARELABRATS (BLUESY B & AYYBE)-
MLNY (Breaking Wreckords Radio)-
PUN RA (APPLIED SCIENCE)-
THE MIGHTY RHINO-
ZOETIC MINDS (ZIGGID, SKEPSYS)-
MIKE NASH REAL i-
THE MICROPHONE MISFITZ-
GHOST OF THE MACHINE-
KNOWIT (Sound Lab Studios)-
NOTION (Illnote Studios)
DJ ALKEMY (APPLIED SCIENCE)-
RSONAL THE BEATCHEF-
G-SPOT (Pots and Pans Radio/maximum FM)-
HULLEWUD (CHRW Sausage Gut Radio)-
DJ ALKEMY (The Hold Up)
CHASE MARCH (CHRW Word Is Bond)
SISTERS OF BOOMBAP-
ROBERT HARRIS (CALI SPIT CLUB www.calispitclub.net)
TYLER HETHERINGTON (CHRW Consignment Show)
MINDSTATE ACADEMY (www.mindstateacademy.com)
PATRICK YOUNGER (RA Photography www.facebook.com/RealAbilty/?pnref=lhc )
DANNY GABLE (DWG ENT.)
JEREMY (PROMOKING) STAFFORD (Boombap Hiphop)
EMPTY HANDED WARRIORS