Robust & Pore - Something To Sit On - December 7 2010
November 15, 2010 by Jefe
Robust & Pore 'Something To Sit On' EP
Released CD & digital: December 7th 2010
The "Something To Sit On" EP marks the first in what is sure to be a slew of collaborations by Chicago hip hop veteran Robust and G4 newcomer Pore. It's reminiscent of a time before corporate America got it's greedy hands on our livelihood. When having dope raps was more important than who's got more money or notoriety. A time when being honest and true to yourself was still admired and respected by the average hip hop fan.
The EP is meant as somewhat of a prelude and hold-over to 'sit on' while awaiting Robust's upcoming 2011 full length sequel to 2004's Chicago underground classic 'Potholes In Our Molecules', It's a mid-range EP, that still resonates as a complete project. Clocking in around 30 minutes, it's onomatopoeia for a ride from Kimball to the Loop on the CTA Brown Line.
Production on "Something to Sit On" was crafted by Chicago native Pore. After stints on the east coast and in the dirty south, he recently returned to the Windy City with little more than his MPC and a few crates of records. With styles ranging from hard hitting head nodders to soulful original grooves, Pore provides Robust with a dusty sampled backdrop that even the most elitist of beat heads can appreciate.
Never one to stay stuck in a niche, Robust finds himself more comfortable than ever in the pocket of Pore's alternating sound scape. His lyrics serve as a tour guide around Chi town from the average heads perspective, giving outsiders a true glimpse into the modern day struggles and hustles one witness' on a daily basis as a Chicago resident. From gang bangers, to poverty, to sarcastic social commentary, Robust proves once again that he
continues to grow and improve as an artist with each release.
Together, Robust & Pore tell tales of life in Chicago, from the diverse Albany Park neighborhood on the northwest side of town to a broke mans stroll down the Magnificent Mile. Sprinkled with introspective and comedic interludes, the tracks were placed carefully in transition to create a seamless mix throughout the 15 track EP, encouraging the listener to relax, roll one up, and find something to sit on.
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Qwel & Maker - Owl - Drops September 14, 2010
August 19, 2010 by Jefe
For their 3rd full-length album titled Owl (Galapagos4, 2010), Qwel & Makers creative partnership has gone from ‘occcasional collaboration to a full-fledged endeavor and the results are loud, clear, and undeniable.
Once described by Rolling Stone as having "stark, biographical songs that occupy the same bleak terrain as Francis Bacon paintings or The Dark Knight," the Chicagobased duo has matured substantially since the release of their 2009 sophomore LP and continually raise the bar with their brand of raw, unadulterated, underground Hip-Hop.
"The Owl watches and grows wiser," explains Maker. "As we became more aware of our environment, we gained new perspectives. This album is our way of reconnecting with everything that surrounds us."
The duo is most at home on tracks like "El Camino" where Qwels lyrics scrape vibrant, and often harsh, realities across Makers soundscape of hard hitting drums and deft arrangements. "Name looking strange in the limelight / Chamber what you trying to change / Sitting here soaking in hindsight / Its the road / Its the life I chose" concludes Qwel on "El Camino."
Newly commited to the ‘life they chose and resolved to defeat stagnation in an industry in transition, Qwel & Maker have only just begun...
Check out the 'Owl' preview mix by DJ Bizkid here:
Qwel & Maker 'Owl' Preview Mix by DJ Bizkid
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Coming Soon from Galapagos4: Hellsent - False Profit - August 17, 2010
July 8, 2010 by Jefe
He.llsent hails from the southside of Chicago, and he bleeds it. On his 2nd solo album, 'False Profit', you find him as an artist ready to set the record straight and up the ante with deep meaningful compositions that go against the grain of contemporary music. It features production from mainly from Max, as well as contributions by Fifth Element, DJ Alo, and Loose Cannon. He.llsent takes listeners on a deep introspective journey filled with intense lyrics, well thought out punch-lines and an fiery urgency thats missing from some of todays hip hop. "False Profit is a statement", he says. "The rap game is all about money and illusions. The False Profit is a glimpse behind all the smoke and mirrors."
Each song feels like it can be its own album; each one is its own gigantic universe. The music asks listeners to throw away all they think they know about hip-hop and just listen. 'False Profit' harkens back to a time when hip-hop wasnt easily digested, to a time when you could tell a real hip hop head by the condition of his rewind button; to an era when lyrics had weight and the music was heavy. When lyrics were deep and cryptic and the artist made sure you couldnt get what they were saying on a couple listens. When hip-hop still belonged to the ones who helped shape it.
He.llsent flexes his muscle and reveals his fangs on this release. From the bold, hard hitting, in your face lyrics of 'Number 9'; to the aggressive street anthem 'Silver Dollar', He.llsent takes control of your attention and doesnt let go until hes ready. This is hip-hop in its purest form without all the fancy bells and whistles; just an ill beat and a nice MC putting in work with a couple scratches thrown in for good measure.
This isnt about your typical clichés, bitches or drug money. This isnt about any of the stuff you see masquerading as hip-hop. This is about expression. This is an MC doing what a MC does. Not for a profit or to appear to be bigger than life, but just because he can.
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Typical Cats CD repress!
June 17, 2010 by Jefe
Finally, after a few years of being out of print, we have a new repress of the 1st Typical Cats CD.
This CD came out originally in February 2001 and helped establish Galapagos4 as one of the premier independent hip-hop labels in the world. It's considered a Chicago and/or underground classic by many.
Check it, get it here: http://www.galapagos4.com/release_view.php?release_id=56
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77Bros label launched / Perseus Noble digital release
June 13, 2010 by Jeff
Galapagos4 introduces new side label 77Bros
77Bros is a label created and run by Justus Roe aka djwhitelightning and longtime G4 art director Josh Grotto. The aim is to put out more rock oriented material, with the help and guidance of Galapagos4.
The first official joint release is the digital release of the debut album by Perseus Noble.
Perseus Noble is a band of fellows founded by the spirits. The inspiration for the electro psychwave phenomenon that compiles their works is demonstrated in the audio nuances collected from passing alien vessels. The founder, main guitar player, singer, and song writer for the group, Justin D. Bushman is a self proclaimed bio conduit for the chaotic reality waves that pulsate through our infinite chaos. Justin found that the best place to harness these waves is the middle of the desert. So that is where he went. It worked. A new sound was born in the sunset sheen.
With strange pals Justus Roe on the key boards and electro rhythms, and production, and Travis Yarak on dueling counter rhythm guitar functionality systems and back up vocals, the sounds become a beautiful gathering of audio kinetic phenomenon. With catchy licks and unforgettable fuzzy electronic tonal jizz all over the place, few will not enjoy at least a couple of the dynamic hits on the album.
Check out a track here: http://www.galapagos4.com/sounds/Perseus_Noble/Perseus_Noble_-_Shift_Your_Eyes.mp3
Perseus Noble's debut self-titled album will be available digitally everywhere on June 15th 2010.
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