SOUND SPOT: FLY UNION
Need a new rap group to get you open representing the Midwest? Straight out of Columbus, Ohio I bring to you a hip-hop movement to watch for this year that call themselves Fly Union! As flakey as rap music can seem sometimes, there are still groups out here bringing that flavor reminiscent of the Golden Era that we all know and love. I have read where fussy critics have called these types of hip-hop artists "Throwback Theives" because they basically dress, walk and talk like the rappers from Golden Era's past. Rap groups like Tanya Morgan, Cool Kids, Kids In The Hall, etc. would fall in the catagory. Personally, I don't feel that way. Yes, much of their swagger reminds me of De La, Tribe and Souls of Mischief, but I think these young kats are just paying homage to music that influenced them when they were coming up. There's no crime in that. As long as the beats and rhymes are hot, I'm down with it.
Fly Union is made up of 2 emcees (L.e., Jerreau Smith) and 2 producers (JSwifa, Eyeon), but at first glance you may not see their hip-hop swagger. If that's the case, then just close your eyes and listen. Hip-hop is not what you see, it's what you hear.
One of the interesting things that I read about this group is that they are truly modeling themselves after The Beatles! They not only want to make lots of money, but they want to change the fabric of music as we know it today. Those are definitely some challenging aspirations, but definitely not impossible. I'll definitely keep my eyes and ears open. You (that means U) should try to get your ears on Fly Union's overlooked underground compilation that dropped back in 2007 entitled "Kill Fly U!" It's worth some investigation. More on their upcoming album real soon...
Enough typing, put eyes & ears on these videos for some more info:
FLY UNION - ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT
FLY UNION - BIG TRUCKS
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Oh yeah, before you depart there is a link posted somewhere obvious in this post that has a musical parting gift for you if you care to find it...