Hip-hop that knows its history
MC Runt and DJ Deeko feel like they’re a dying breed in hip-hop.
James Owens (aka MC Runt) and older brother Jason (aka DJ Deeko) started as unknowns in 2000, handing out thousands of homemade CDs to passersby. Now their hip-hop outfit, Jivin’ Scientists, is an established fixture of the Tucson music scene. “We make very touchy-feely hip-hop,” James says. “I think the genre is becoming less personal, to where now people make a few songs, get a few plays on their MySpace, and then think they can start playing shows, without really recognizing what it takes.”
For the Owens brothers, making a name for themselves required an understanding of where hip-hop came from and an awareness of the days when funk samples were as common as today’s vocoder trend. “You need to be experiencing the full culture,” Jason says. “A lot of MCs don’t go out and support b-boys, graffiti writers and DJs, but then they get mad at those guys for not coming to see them. Why should they support you if you’re not doing the same for them?”
The album came together randomly. One day, EYE was listening to some rough cuts with Mike Schank (formally ‘Impulse’ of Sector 7 G/ Fill in the Breaks) on the way to a show in Duluth, MN. He thought it was some of Schank’s best writing to date… and his comment on one of the songs was… “I really like this chorus, but, I think someone else should be on it….. ME!
From then on the collabo expanded to showing a few rough cuts to Mr. Dibbs. He was excited to hear something different too. Low and behold, he was in Minnesota a few weeks later and we worked a few days drinking Steel Reserve, and the cuts laid themselves in. I remember him saying “this is by far the most comfortable recording session that I’ve ever been in… when I am working with (big producer’s name deleted) he always wants to have me do the take 20 times, then he chops it up into pieces that I could never duplicate live”.
We are in New Mex shooting a video with our boy Flux and his crew. We are embarking on a new kind of journey and its a bit crazy. Never in a million years would I have thought we would be working at this kind of level. Flux has been our brother for years and we have seen him grow. With a dream and hard work he has come to a level of professionalism that is a bit hard to grasp.We are stoked to bring you a video that will truly entertain. The next couple of weeks will be crazy for us, so please keep an eye on whats going on. The release of The Morning After is just around the corner. Hear is a small look at the video shoot, there is much more to come.
love you all
hug some one amazing.
We approached are dear friend, Jessica Gonzales, to paint a cover for out new album, “The Morning After”. When we started talking about what we wanted as a group, our over all thought was dark. Jessica brings an unexpected touch of life and love to the world she paints. The end result took us all by surprise and by the final stroke, embodied the over all message of the album. The girl in the painting is a piece of all of us, beautiful, tired, longing, full of hope and a bit evil. This song is featured in the Album sampler (link above).
Get ready kids,
The Morning After is coming…