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Tag Archives: Antipop Consortium
While the Plug One 50’s top 20 albums list is designed to be authoritative (or at least highly opinionated), the top 30 tracks list tends to be a mishmash of random favorites. These are a few songs that caught my … Continue reading
This year’s crop of hip hop albums was an improvement over last year. But it didn’t come from the artists expected to dominate. Around this time in 2008, everyone was buzzing about the “new school” of blog-hyped rappers. They injected … Continue reading
Last month, I complained that Anti-Pop Consortium only played a few East Coast shows for its new album, Fluorescent Black. Next month, however, the group has some West Coast dates coming up…four of them, and one in Canada. You take … Continue reading
Nice treatment for the first single from APC’s comeback album, Fluorescent Black. Via Okayplayer.com. And yo, please note that, when it comes to video content, I only post music videos. I don’t post all the clumsy handheld interviews, shaky Kyte/iPhone … Continue reading
Anti-Pop Consortium are touring ahead of Fluorescent Black, which drops October 6 September 29. Unfortunately, it’s a painfully short one. Here’s hoping they’ll add more cities later.
After announcing its reunion in 2007, Anti-Pop Consortium has finished its fourth album, Fluorescent Black. Set for release via Big Dada on October 13, the disc arrives just in time for the equilibrium-disturbers’ performance at All Tomorrow’s Parties NY, as … Continue reading
Here is a speculative list of ten 2009 hip-hop albums. All of these titles are scheduled to drop sometime during the next 12 months. I omitted some perennial “coming soon” titles (Madvillainy 2, 9th Wonder’s The Wonder Years, Ghost & … Continue reading
Antipop Consortium may be one of the most distinctive rap acts of the past decade. Their name, motto — "disturb the equilibrium" — and blend of experimental techno with freestyle raps laid the foundation for the future soul movement that courses through underground music today.
Beans, High Priest, and M. Sayyid banded together as Antipop Consortium in 1997 — with Earl Blaize handling much of the production — and issued several limited-edition mixtapes (some of which were collected in the Japan-only compilation Shopping Carts Crashing) before releasing their debut, 2000’s brilliant Tragic Epilogue. A second album, Arrhythmia, came in 2002 before the trio fractured from intra-band tensions.
Beans went on to drop two well-received solo albums on Warp, and has finished a third album, Thorns, for release next year. High Priest and M. Sayyid pursued careers apart and as a duo, Airborn Audio. High Priest dropped his first solo album, Born Identity, last February.
In the Pitchforkmedia.com story, the group chose not to dwell on Antipop’s initial breakup, which shocked fans at the time. "Everybody’s examined their own individual selves as well as their relationships in the collective, and it’s just about moving forward, not so much about the past," says M. Sayyid.
"It’s about having my friends back. That’s the number one motivation," continues Sayyid. "I can’t stress that enough to the people out there who supported us, how great we feel just being back, putting bars on things. APC represents not always being inside the lines, represents that creative freedom, so that’s another reason why I’m real happy to be back on deck. I’m just really happy to be experimenting and trying new ways to break up flows, to break up productions, having my man Blaize, having Beans in the mix. That gives me an extra push to just kill it."