With the world in such emotional taxing, tumultuous times, it’s sometimes hard to focus on, or even think about, music. One thing that I love about hip-hop, however, is its ability to rationalize madness, remind us of the wins and losses of our past, and most important of all, inspire change and evolution (if not revolution). Luckily, the San Antonio-based powerhouse that is Third Root is fully aware of their ability to make those specific impacts, and with they culled an all-star lineup to put together Passion of the Poets : Adrian Quesada, El Dusty and Illfudge all get producer credits, while guest features include Black Pumas, Mad1ne, Grupo Fantasma, Kam Franklin and Bavu Blakes. If you’re simply curious about listening, you can find this one any and everywhere you stream or buy music online, but if you’re looking to support deeper, visit the Bandcamp page for exclusive merchandise. Most importantly, spread the Third Root word if you’re feeling what they’re dealing.
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You heard the radio, now you get the TV show. Third Root blessed us all by going behind the scenes for the recording of their powerhouse track Soul Force, so sit back, enjoy, and listen to the experience of everyone who took part.
Dig it… Third Root and Adrian Quesada collaborate on what would already be a banger on its own. Reinforcements are then called in, in the form of Da’Shade Moonbeam, Riders Against The Storm (RAS), Bavu Blakes and Vocab. Bars upon bars, all spitting on the knowledge tip. Soul Force is a monster of a song… not since the days of We’re All In The Same Gang or Self-Destruction has there been a collaborative effort this deep and meaningful. Certainly worth the $0.99 price tag. Here’s to hoping all parties involved can find the time to make a video out of this, because songs this strong deserve visual accompaniment.
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Growing up in the Austin / San Antonio corridor is a beautiful thing as a music fan. Reflection of the Times, the lead single off of San Antonio-based hip hop outfit Third Root‘s upcoming release Libertad is a perfect example of that synergy. The album is produced by Austin legend (and old friend) Adrian Quesada, and it features the guest vocal stylings of Reggie Coby. The track in itself is exactly what it’s advertised as… vocalized thoughts on how the more things change, the more they stay they same, and why we cannot accept that. Share this far and wide.
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from the digital desk of Third Root:
‘Even though some of the content of this remix speaks critically to current events, the ideas and conversations that went into producing and writing this song took place before the Ferguson, Garner, and Brooklyn tragedies. The insight of the poets involved is honest, revolutionary, and seemingly prophetic. This remix is a FREE download. The original version of Michelle Alexander was inspired by Alexander‘s book The New Jim Crow and appears on Third Root and Greg G‘s 2014 album Revolutionary Theme Music.’
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from the digital desk of A.T.P. :
“MEX STEP is part of Third Root. REL is part of Chisme. Together they made the HOMEWORK EP. Although they have worked together before, this is the first official MEX STEP and REL project.”
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Tagged acquired taste prefered, chief, chisme, homework ep, mexican stepgrandfather, mexstep, r.e.l., the doomsday device, third root