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"OUT OF BOUNDS" by HR of Bad Brains
D.I.A's HR (of Bad Brains) Out Of Bounds Release
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"HR IN DUBB" (EP) by HR (Human Rights) of Bad Brains
D.I.A's HR (of Bad Brains) HR IN DUBB

"HR IN DUB" CD available on ITUNES, AMAZON MP3. EMUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY and SPOTIFY. "HR IN DUBB" will be live on RHOPSODY soon.


The immortal STALAG 20, 21 & 22 -- THE NEXT GENERATION featuring Elephant Man, Mr. Vegas, Junior Demus, Ce'Cele, Merciless, Danny English, Egg 'n' Bread, Hawkeye, Chico and more... (Reggae-Dancehall super artists). Project was mixed by Cordel "Scatta" Burrell.

D.I.A's Stalag 20, 21 & 22 - Next Generation Release

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HR: Peace and Justice


(Various Artists)
Inverted Paradox: Various Artists

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Inverted Paradox is a 14 track album featuring HR (of Bad Brains), songstress/model/actress Jez Blak (alter ego: Earth Godessa), the salty, magruff gravel-voiced Junior Demus, Snuupi (great writer courtesy of Kesta Records), Li-On (NYC underground hiphop mic stalker), Roguish Armament (alternative hardcore hiphop pioneers), the great Bobby Culture, Merciless (one of dancehall's best) and Long Island's punk krew Bumfounded.


Roguish Armament
Roguish Armament Alternative Hiphop.

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LI-ON -- New York City Underground Mic Stalker. By Elana Oumano.

Li-On spittin' at Speed Nite Club November 15, 2000, in Mid-town Manhattan, NYC.Whether hiphop MC or reggae DJ, those mic-rockers who are blessed with twin roots, stand on the strongest riddim/beat foundations. Born in Jamaica and raised in Boogie Down Bronx, Evon Grandison, aka Li-On, fling and spits it equally hard whether he�s rhyming over a one-drop-ruled dancehall jam, or a drums-up-front hiphop joint.

�I feel this was meant for me since birth,� he says. MCing is a form of deejaying, and it all started with Jamaican deejaying, but for Jamaicans and Americans to perform each other�s styles is like learning a second language. I have an edge with deejaying. It�s my first language, so I can go in and out of it.� Unlike 99% of contenders on both sides of the water, Li-On is a master of both. He described his polyglot style as �TNT, treacherous new technique,� he explains, �because I try to stay on the edge, by bringing something new but with the rough street sense to it. So it�s treacherous new technique. A lot of artists say they�re freestyling but the rhymes are written. Skill level starts from freestyling, and you have to have more than one style. You have to talk about this and that and then build on it. You have to include more than one level in your dimensions. When you�re totally feeling it, totally riding the beats, I call it �saddling up.� You feel every element of that beat, and you become one with that track.�

Li-On and Disaster in studio for Ghetto Rich track. This Li-On of hiphop�s legendary East Coast jungle, distinguishes himself as well in his �old school with a new twist� of conscious lyricism. �I couldn�t compare my style to anyone,� he says, then quips. �I considered myself underneath the ground, and the East Coast is where it began. West Coast and South Coast artists are really a part of the big plot. But you won�t find as many underground hiphop artists in the West and South as you do here on the East Coast. There are a lot of styles and players on the scene but my style falls somewhere in between. It�s not about actual drugs or warring; it�s about the street and warring on the MC level.

Inspired by KRS1 (�he�s one of the originators; he shows full freestyle and skill�), Li-On and Water chillin'Rakim, Tupac (he was able to express emotions and he wasn�t afraid to talk about certain things others wouldn�t�), and Biggie -- Li-On honed his own skills to razor edge danger over a decade of freestyling and street battling. He�d show up at the right parties and �grab the mic,� he recalls. �That�s where I established the name Li-On. I represent the strength in the human equivalent of that animal.� As a founding member of the much-respected Bronx-based Fifth City Mob crew, Li-On was featured in �94�s �Sales To Be Made,� a tune that appeared on the soundtrack movie, �South Central.�

�Right now I�m concentrating on D.I.A� he says. �I�m with D.I.A because of the direction they�re taking music � skillfully mixing rock, hiphop, reggae, etc., and that�s a big picture that can take you into different markets instead of stagnating in one.� �I�m trying to show versatility; rap about this and that, and take people through certain things I�ve been through,� says the young but seasoned MC, who uses his training as an engineer to build most of his own beats. �

Li-On's 'Ghetto Rich' -- D.I.A RecordsFantra Zine note: There are tons of MCs like Li-On, Water, and Disaster across the five Boroughs of NYC at any given time. And a lot of them are alwayz on the grind spittin' fiercely sicc (sick) 16s at hiphop showcases nightly in the shadowy concrete jungle of Gotham. And check dis, only a handful of folks can get on at any given time period (in any genre). Whether it is a slot for a recording deal, live performance or radio play (at any level), only a few are chosen. (Man, a DJ can only play so many tracks in an hour. A club can only feature so many acts from 9pm to closing...) Definitely not a gig for the overzealous, jealous or impatient.

Underground MCs like Li-On could have rocked the mic with likes of KRS1, DMX, Puffy, Fifty Cents and skool 'em. But again, only few get through the door at any given time. When one factor in the ever changing style of hiphop (beats a spittin'), a multitude of killer artists fall through the cracks or are placed on the backburner with the success of banging club and radio-friendly tracks like Teddy Riley's 'Rumpshaker' in the early '90s. Throw Li-On street poster and flyer snipe: D.I.A RecordsBiggie's street anthems in the mix in mid-90s, and shit really changed for the "hiphop" spitter. By 2000, recordings like Mystikal's 'Shake Ya Ass' were dominating the charts, clubs and streets. And "rap" was in. The "A&R fraternities and sorieties" concentrated on signing "rap" artists who were delivering ass-shaking club tracks with videos feturing exotic dancers gyrating in g-strings. Man if you wanna meet A&R personnels for urban muzik jus' go to the local strip club in NYC. (Hey yo - ever wonder why especially urban and pop muzik generally sounds alike? It is simply because "A&R" personnels know each other. Those fuckers submit demos to one another. Reason why they send rejection letters saying - "thank you but we do not accept unsolicited materials.")

But NE-wayz -- Real hiphop artists like Li-On couldn't care less about rap. There is five elements of hiphop. Li-on is one of the ruffest MCs in New York City! Li-On's classic underground recordings are available via the "Inverted Paradox" (Various Artists) release on D.I.A Records via iTunes, Emusic, Amazon MP3, Google Play and Spotify.

Fifth City Tower - Bronx, NYC.Shoutz to all Fifth City and Co-op City massives. Shoutz to all krews in The Valley too. Yo it is time to stop the shit niggahz. Over two generations you niggahz have been beefin'. What is the reason? Bet y'all can't explain. The crap started a while back. Now sons of those who started the beef are doing the same shit. STOP IT!! BG muzik: Li-On -- 'Ghetto Rich.' Respect alwayz!!

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