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Front Lines- Game Rebellion

If you’re into the Brooklyn hipster-hop scene at all, and I gather that most of you aren’t, there’s a chance you might have heard of Game Rebellion already. If not, I’m here to school you. As my esteemed colleague Billy X. Sunday recently pointed out in his “Five Hip-Hop Bands To Fuck With When You Ain’t Fuckin’ With No Rap Music…” post, these boys have been putting it down for a few years. I’ve seen them perform live, and as a dude who’s pretty much spent his post-college years at hip-hop concerts, it was really eye-opening to see people of all races, ages, and genders, cramming into a mosh pit and going fucking crazy while these dudes were on stage. I couldn’t fuck with that shit though, I’m too fragile.

Anyway, a few weeks back they released a project called Searching For Rick Rubin. It’s essentially a re-interpretation- via the Game Rebellion band and their lead vocalist, Netic- of a bunch of tracks from Rick Rubin’s catalog. The project was conceptualized by Jon Moskowitz, the cat who brought you the Biggie/Frank Sinatra mash-up mixtape Blue Eyes Meets Bed Stuy, but because this joint is all live music blended with samples and whatnot, it’s actually a lot better from a production standpoint. And J Period came in to blend all the music together with his magic touch, so it’s a nice cohesive project. Check out a couple of the songs.

“No Sleep Til BK” ft. Jean Grae, Math, and J Period

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“Under The Brooklyn Bridge” ft. Martin Luther

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“Mind Playin Tricks” J Period Remix

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You should probably listen to the whole mixtape and then go download the entire project. These boys could be signed any day now, or at the very least be making a mosh pit out of your town’s local watering hole.

-Paul Cantor

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