Many years ago, during the days of The Word Association, Experience and Binary Audio Misfits, I made a connection with the highly driven, super talented and insanely humble Francisco Esteves. Although we did not speak the same language, we understood one another enough to form a base connection, and music has since then propelled that connection into places I never expected.
From the ashes of Binary Audio Misfits arose the label We Are Disco Doom Revenge, and an effort to keep like-minded and forward thinking artists connected and collaborating. When Zedrine and Francisco reached out to me to be a part of the Dum Spiro upcoming album, I was very excited, to say the least. Months later, Hors chant has hit the music scene, and as impartially as I can say it, this is quite the entertaining and engrossing album. I knew it would be good… I did not know it would be this good. I am honored to have been a part of this, and hopeful that you all will give it a listen and some support… next time you’re on your favorite streaming service or download app, give it a look up and a listen.
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The central Texas area has never been a stranger to massive amounts of talent, and that goes for all creative and expressive cultures. Right smack in-between Austin and San Antonio lies the rapidly growing small town of San Marcos. Back in the 2000s, there was a massive boom of talented rock, folk and hip-hop acts that hit the scene, and one of the premier acts was Heroes. This hip-hop collective of OMNIII, Dusty Grin and Tone of the Cosmos brought some of the most insightful and infectious tunes around.
Return Prophets was a love letter to that creative scene and moment in time. With guest spots by songbird Sarah Lamb, hip-hop underground legend Josh Martinez, and members of The Word Association on multiple tracks, this album was a celebration. Now, we celebrate it finding the digital light of day, forever stored online for future generations.
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While doing some recent housecleaning, I found two missing pieces that had yet to make their way to The Word Association‘s digital archive. I am very happy to now present to you, after years of “lost tapes” status, From The Crates Vols. 1 & 2.
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This post is an attempt to clarify some misconceptions about The Word Association. There seems to be a belief that The Word Association is “broken up”, but that is not the case.
In order to understand the current state, one must understand the past of the collective. The Word Association began as a weekly creative outlet/think-tank, consisting of former .::liquidstereoproject members Omari Kamau and myself, Compound Abstract members Adlib Hopkins and The Ill Mathematical, and fellow San Marcos MCs JP The Volcanic Emcee, Enique and occasional guest colloborator Sigma Prime. The collective was formed as a way to pool the resources of fan base, recording equipment and social networking that all members had acquired in their respective experiences.
As the creative output grew, the need to perform live allowed The Word Association to step out of the realm of artistic collective and into the world of performance. As the shows compiled, and the buzz grew, membership expanded.. Jaysin and Muggzy Flowz joined the collective as MCs, and DJ Crown held down DJ duties. The group scored a monthly showcase at Triple Crown which was dubbed Spread The Word, and this allowed the collective to provide a performance platform for artists/bands/groups that provided the same in their respective cities. This form of collaboration eventually led to the most succesful branch from the tree of The Word Association, an intercontinental collaboration known as Binary Audio Misfits.
As a DIY collective, certain realities are inevitable. Members have come and gone, and the misleading notion to think of The Word Association as simply a rap group has lead to many rumours of break ups, disbanding, etc. As a founding member, I am here to state that THE WORD ASSOCIATION CANNOT BREAK UP. The Word Association was never meant to be a band, or a group. It is simply a safe haven for those who want to create with others and reach a higher artistic ground. ALL MEMBERS, FORMER-PRESENT-FUTURE, represent The Word Association in all projects that they do, unless they state otherwise.
As long as I live and breath, however, The Word Association collective will continue to create. For all artists looking for like-minded, forward thinking individuals to create with, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Some footage from Bordeaux, France of our Binary Audio Misfits show with Themselves… one of the funnest nights of my life.
Themselves : Doseone et Jel (US/Anticon)
BAM Binary Audio Misfits (US, France/Expérience, Diabologum, The Word Association/Platinum)
Editing : Moomin on Vimeo
The San Marcos Daily Record recently interviewed yours truly, and the article was released in today’s paper (9-23-11). The article covers my progression as a solo artists, talks about my impact on the local scene, and let’s folks know about “It/ll Be Better Tomorrow”. You can read the article here.
Thank you to Jeff Walker, the San Marcos Daily Record, and to everyone in the Austin/San Antonio corridor that has supported me over the years. We’ve only just begun to live!