Elbo Room Presents
Illusion Of Self
Genie, Zig Zag Robinson
Cozmost, DJ Mr Bean
Every once in a great while, God-given talent and geographical proximity combine to form a kind of perfect storm of artistic expression, a superhuman movement that shocks the world. Cubism, for example. Or the Wu-Tang Clan. After all, John Lennon and Paul McCartney are both musical geniuses, but what’s extraordinary is that they were in the same band. With George Harrison. When they were in grammar school. I mean, seriously, what are the odds on that shit? Well, my friend, all I can say is brace yourself, because it’s happening again. The tide is turning. The planets have aligned. So take off your haterpants, put on your gold chain, and get ready to love rap again—Rec-League is in the building.
The Rec-League All-Stars are Northern California’s preeminent hip-hop crew you’ve never heard of, a reputation cemented by countless live shows, albums, mixtapes, and memorable appearances on highly-respected radio stations from underground classic KZSU (on DJ Kevvy Kev’s legendary show The Drum) to commercial heavyweight KDON (central Cali’s urban-music powerhouse). Rarely have so many high-quality rappers come together under one banner.
Stepping straight out the golden age and into the future, the members of the Rec—Cumulus (aka Q’m), Grip Grand, Haji P, MF Shalem, Proe, Richie Cunning, No Wonder, and Rob Rush—come correct with complimentary styles that represent different sides of the same classic hip-hop story. And, like the fabled crews of yesteryear, they present a unified sonic front, with versatile in-house production from rappers Grip, Proe, and Rich C, as well as from DJ/producer Shalem.
And the world is taking notice. Fully 50% of the group’s six rappers have been honored by Urb Magazine as part of its annual Next…campaign (Grip Grand was previously featured in the magazine’s Next 100 issue, while Rich C and Rob Rush are currently making the rounds through Urb’s online Next 1000). In addition, Grip has worked with A.G. and Percee P; Shalem was Sage Francis’ original DJ; and on a press junket through North Carolina, Barack Obama totally bought a copy of the Brown Company album starring Haji P. In short, word is getting around: Rec-League is the truth.