Friday, October 06, 2006

The return of Rawkus.

The razorblade insignia of Rawkus Records was a stamp for great hip-hop in the late ‘90s. After disappearing in the early 2000s, Rawkus is back with a brand new roster, as it tries to duplicate its previous success.

Although it was a small independent label, Rawkus managed to create stars out of artists like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek and Pharoahe Monch. Now with a fresh start, the label has the task of selling up-and-coming acts like The Procussions and Panacea to a hip-hop market progressively less interested in artistic integrity and musical substance.

The Procussions, a Colorado-based trio, were the first of Rawkus’ new generation to release an album, 5 Sparrows For 2 Cents. They recently completed the 2K Sports Bounce Tour, opening for A Tribe Called Quest. To listen to The Procussions’ music, visit their MySpace page.

Meanwhile, Panacea released their debut full-length album, Ink Is My Drink, Tuesday. Mixing lush vintage hip-hop beats with vivid storytelling, the album is one of the most refreshing hip-hop releases in recent memory. Samples of their music are available on their MySpace page.

For more information on Rawkus Records, its roster and music, make sure to check out its home page.


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