Tuesday, April 05, 2005

I'll Crush Your Collarbone Into Little Cobblestones


In 1999, a loose collective of NYC emcees released 'Plan A' on 3-2-1/Makin Records under the name Skeme Team. The A-side, "Con Artists" featured Pumpkinhead, Block McLeod, and Mr. Metaphor (of Word A'Mouth) over a wildly cinematic, orchestral track. The B-Side, "14 Years of Rap" had performers billed as WHT, actually Non Phixion members Ill Bill and Goretex with Arsonists Jise One and Q-Unique. "Con Artists" and "14 Years" exemplify braggadocious rap, and do so quite finely. Production is both stellar and appropriate. Some tidbits:

1. I really hope this is coincidental:

U.S. - Anti-Semitic stickers reminiscent of Nazi propaganda were pasted on street lamps in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The sticker has a portrait of a man with a hooked nose hoarding money. The sticker title was ‘Skeme Team’ (conspiracy team) which calls up connotations of the Jews’ plot to take over the world according to the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' .

2. There is a stellar, low-budget video of "14 Years Of Rap" here, complete with Bobbito appearance. The trouble loading the video is worth it.

Pumpkinhead, Block McLeod, Mr. Metaphor: Con Artists (MP3) (Lyrics)
Ill Bill, Jise One, Goretex, Q-Unique: 14 Years of Rap (MP3)


At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's the 14 years of rap vid you can download


At 3:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The logo from the sticker shows at the end of the video. Looks like people mistook the intent of those stickers...

At 7:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That video was great, lovin' the low budget underground video's. some one must have an archive of these on their computer somewhere.
Hint hint... new blog!


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