"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but
in having New Eyes"- Marcel Proust. Quote taken from the County of Los Angeles
Natural History Museum (by the Dinosaur Hall).
On the heels of the NuAi
Tribe's release of the Detention & Recess album, Aaron and Rahten5Star got
together on some sessions with banging Jack Spade beats. They show-and-proved
(once again) that they remain prolific on some positive energy! These cats
stayed hot and recorded a batch of good-vibe songs that flowed so smoothly- they
have to be some of the best in the game. Week by week, seriously, they would
write and record a song Monday / Tuesday; by the end of the week: broadcasting a
video for that same track! Each and every song a heater! It just came so natural
('cause that's what they do). Like a well-oiled machine, they got the
assembly-line going with the team (including Shorty's Sons Films/ MISOL Tribe
Multimedia). They put together 13 gems that would have made it one of the best
albums of the year. But it was never an album... it was a collection of songs
with the potential to re-inspire that fire in hip-hop.
See, a lot of
people enjoy music. But for some, music is a sanctuary, a comfort zone, if you
will, and a means to escape the agitations of the world. It's no wonder, songs
have always been connected to worship; and hip-hop (in its root sense) is as
ancient as the drum. So when A10 filters out life's distortions and puts out
something fresh & new, they're only taking it back to the old days... when
the lyrics were cultivated and the beats therapeutic. This is an honest
representation of an art manifested in the streets and these "reality songs"
prove that the dope Los Angeles underground soundtrack doesn't have to be about
gang banging. It's like the everyday bustle of the City that sounds so familiar
to us, and when we hear it, it feels like home. It absolutely becomes a
different place, when "serving" your rival is done with a microphone instead of
a gun and "battles" are showdowns of skill, instead of homicides. Imagine
that... music being a remedy for violence, instead of a catalyst for it.
A10 featured one artist on Last of the Old School. It was none other
than: Kwixminded One from NONOTUS. An original member of the Misol Tribe, Kwix
is known for his unmistakable, fluid rap-style and sharp attention to detail.
This brother does not play games or follow bandwagons, you'll see. He's the one
with the native braids and wearing an old-school Kangol hat. Anyone that knows
the homie Kwixminded will tell you he's always remained the same person and kept
it true. His dedication to the good sounds has led him to study the science of
recording. Plus, he could play the piano and tickle them ivories.
more thing, the fact that Aaron and Rahten5Star (who known each other from high
school) have been recording in home studios for years definitely gives
experience to the team. A10 is tech-savvy and the network is vast! Check out the
Not a Bios (Vol.1-6) on YouTube and you'll see what happens when the underground
has a platform and the streets have a voice. I must say, it is a blessed feeling
to see the masterís bust out the Apple Laptops and connect the M-Audios right
here in the heart of the ghettos. I call A10 masters because they have chosen
the path of showing others how to use modern methods of recording to express
their message. Every Friday evening they lend themselves to the community and
mentor all ages at Going Hard N Da Paint workshops at Self Help Graphics new
location (1 Street and Mission) in front of the Eastside Goldline stop. There
you could find Rahten and Aaron teaching others how to develop the artists in
themselves, strictly for the love of it. What else would you expect from this
Camp? Just stay tuned to see what the Misol Tribe has planned for 2012! The
REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED!