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Know Justice :: SCDS Takes A Stand With ‘Breakfast Of Champions’

SCDS (formerly Space Camp Death Squad) has never been afraid to take a stand and voice their minds, be it as a collective or as individual members (Doc BrownProtextor and Secret Levels, respectively).  That’s why it’s not surprising that they’ve become the latest on a respectable list of Austin artists to stare racial and socio-economical injustices square in the eyes with their latest single and video, Breakfast of Champions.  Not only are the viewpoints on authority and their connection to standard society scathing, but they range in perspective, given the ethnic makeup and diverse backgrounds of the three crew members.  The video really brings the idea home, taking an almost obsolete model of television out into the streets and infusing it with a mixture of performance footage from SCDS and old images that, sadly, may never be timeless given the racial climate of America.  The video is a hard pill of truth to swallow, but if you’re an honest individual that can deal with the real, leave a like and a comment on the video, and spread it around for others to do the same.

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Raw Raps :: Secret Levels Drops ‘Oh Well Whatever’ EP

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In the wake of the members of Space Camp Death Squad putting the group on hiatus, each individual member has made a noticeable transition.  Protextor dropped a genre-blending album and is helping to run a successful YouTube channel, Doc Brown has found success on stage and behind the camera, and thankfully for us hip-hop heads, Secret Levels has continued to drop hip-hop projects while embracing vinyl DJng.  Recently, Secret Levels has continued their musical momentum with Oh Well Whatever, a blistering six song EP that is a clinic in style exploration and spitting with confidence.  The ideas are well thought out, polished and well executed, and the beats are all standout selections, flowing well from track to track.  This is their first project to hit the broader streaming world, so don’t sleep on Secret Levels… seek them out on your favorite streaming service or digital storefront, and encourage others to do the same!

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Run Through :: Secret Levels And Protextor Deep Dive Into ‘Ninja Gaiden’ For ‘Rappers Playing Games (RPG)’

Secret Levels is an expert and an aficionado in a wide range of skill sets.  Be it skateboarding, rhyming, breakdancing, acting, or being a general entertaining guy, Secret Levels is running on a wavelength that many only dream of.  It’s no surprise, then, that he would be able to join Protextor for the latest session of Rappers Playing Games (RPG), pick one of the hardest games in Nintendo‘s existence in the form of Ninja Gaiden, and subsequently run through it like a hot knife through butter.  During the one-life run through, Secret Levels and Protextor discuss being in harmony with your being, the secrets to mastering yourself via your art, tips for running through Ninja Gaiden, and so much more.  As per usual, support Baby Lion and the Rappers Playing Games (RPG) series via likes, comments, shares and subscribes, and behold the amazing feat that is Secret Levels making light work of a difficult classic.

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Rebel Music :: Secret Levels Goes Off With ‘The Game is Never Over’

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I’m all about innovation in hip-hop.  I don’t think we should be chained to production and performance tropes, and I find the divide in tastes emerging between the last few generations disturbing.  That being said, I love hip-hop that is rooted in the elements that brought it to the status that it has achieved today, and it’s apparent that Secret Levels feels the same way.  The Game is Never Over is drenched in the boom-bap aesthetic, and while dropping tons of homage to days past, the album never sounds dated.  Think Ugly Duckling with a bit more bite to it, or a linear evolution of what Pharcyde was doing.  Period point blank, this is an album that should be in your rotation if you care at all about supporting the Austin hip-hop scene, because this is high quality work.

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Chance Encounters :: Colton Ferguson Meets Verse One Federation

Words cannot really capture how special a chance encounter is between two great spirits.  Enjoy this chance encounter between Verse One Federation (an advocate of organized 1 on 1 competitive basketball) and Colton Ferguson of Secret Levels and Space Camp Death Squad (a lover of basketball and general athleticism).  Like it, share it, and try to follow suit when you’re out in these streets, because you never know whom you may have the pleasure of meeting.

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Small World :: The VelociRapTour Hits Disneyland

Austin-based crew Space Camp Death Squad (Protextor and Secret Levels) recently embarked on the wonderfully named VelociRapTour, and as anyone who has ever been on tour knows, things get interesting and wild.  Luckily, the fellas decided to document what had to be one of the better stops, DisneyLand.  The result is a wonderfully entertaining video in the happiest place on Earth.  Props to the fellas for bringing some culture to the grounds.  Enjoy!

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Krush Groovin’ :: Secret Levels Is ‘Alright, OK’

Here’s a dope new video by Austin Mic Exchange veteran and Space Camp Death Squad affiliate Secret Levels.  Alright, OK is a celebration of all the counter-culture expressions that have made Secret Levels the force he is today.  Enjoy, and spread this one around!

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We Can Get Down :: AMX Cypher, Volume One

SPACE CAMP DEATH SQUAD, The Lower Class, Scuare, Secret Levels, Mainstreem and Protextor/P-Tek got down recently with the intent of leaving the Austin Mic Exchange imprint on the currently overwhelming practice of cypher videos.  The good thing about this take, however, is that it’s full of talented cats who all swung for the fences on this one.  You can catch many of these artist at Austin Mic Exchange, every Tuesday Night at Spiderhouse Cafe (Austin).

Enjoy!

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