It’s been a while since I’ve heard from Birmingham, Alabama-based label Communicating Vessels. Founded by Jeffrey Cain, a former member of the sadly unheralded Remy Zero, the label quickly developed a reputation for putting out some of the Deep South’s — hell, some of the entire country’s — most interesting and diverse music, including Green Seed; Isidore, the collaboration between Cain and the Church’s Steve Kilbey; the posthumous release of former Remy Zero member Gregory Scott Slay’s solo album; and more.
So when I got a press email about a new Communicating Vessels release, I was intrigued. Birmingham, AL-based Shaheed and DJ Supreme have developed a reputation over their 13 years in the game, 6 in which they’ve collaborated exclusively together for being unlike the prototypical Dirty South hip hop we’ve become accustomed to; in fact, their sound much like Jurassic 5 and others brings hip hop back to both the golden age of hip hop and to the earliest days of boom bap hip hop — we’re talking about the essentials of emcee spitting dope rhymes over dope beats.
This year will mark the release of the duo’s third and long-awaited full-length effort, Knowledge, Rhymes, and Understanding which will drop on August 20th. ”Champions of Truth,” the first single off the album is the sort of hip hop that sadly doesn’t get as much radio play as it should through your local conglomerate, terrestrial hip hop station. After all, real hip hop is pretty simple — emcee spitting dope rhymes over even doper beats, and it does so with a sly, witty sense of humor, too.
Real hip hop is out there and very much alive, but you gotta make an effort to find it in a way that wasn’t the case back in 1988.
"Champions of Truth", featuring Akil of Jurassic 5, is the first single from Birmingham duo Shaheed & DJ Supreme’s forthcoming Knowledge, Rhythm and Understanding.
This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.
THE GREAT BOOK OF JOHN & THE GRENADINES TOUR
AUG. 10 Communicating Vessels HQ / Birmingham, Alabama
AUG. 14 The Building / Nashville, Tennessee
AUG. 16 North Star Bar / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
AUG. 17 Roots Cafe / Brooklyn, New York
AUG. 19 The Paperbox / Brooklyn, New York
AUG. 20 Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)/Manhattan,New York
AUG. 22 The Wonderland Ballroom / Washington, DC
AUG. 23 The Garage / Charlottesville, Virginia
more dates to follow!!
New tracks from from Communicating Vessels features … The Green Seed, The Great Book of John, Gregory Scott Slay, The Grenadines, and Iris Doe.
Side B coming soon…..
THE GREEN SEED: CRACK KILLS
These guys are mostly unknown right now, but I have a hunch they’re about to blow up. Havoc was sent these guys’ music video a couple weeks back, and we had to share.
Great video, great song… Enjoy.
Gregory Scott Slay
Release Date: November 15, 2011
- Moony Pt. 1
- Keep It Secret
- Kindred Spirit
- New Loop, Old Hope
- Visit With a Snowman
- Birds Next Door
- Hidden Among the Somethings
- And When She Speaks
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