MP3 N.O. Wordsmyths - 8/29: The Movement
3 Years later, this Album is a Funky, Creative, Realistic Reclaimation of Our Lives, Our History, Our Culture, OUR NEW ORLEANS
18 MP3 Songs
HIP-HOP/RAP: Southern Style, HIP-HOP/RAP: Hip Hop
"(All the) Years of my life, my adult expansion,
Wrapped by 300 years of history. But can you imagine?
How in a few days, like Kayne, it would all fall down..."
-M. Harris, Katrina Vision
The effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans was catastrophic and long-lasting. The actual storm, making landfall on August 29, 2005, caused almost 1900 deaths, and over 800 billion dollars in damages. To this day, only about half of the 1.4 million residents of the metro area have returned. Through it all, there are people that participate in the dual role of living their own day to day lives, and doing things to help rebuild the future of this city. Enter two men that understand the dualness of both very well. S-PYanage and Work make up The N.O. Wordsmyths. Both are originally from the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans who met at the University of New Orleans back in 2000. By day, they each represent careers as a Fireman, and Sewage and Water Utility Plant Worker for the City of New Orleans. By night, there is a unique chemistry between them that brews from past experiences as solo artists, musicians, and the life of the city they are from.
Due to the aftereffects of Katrina, the central office and studio of Rexless Records had to relocate to Atlanta. It was there, under the Production mastery of both in house Producer Da ‘Y’, and M. Harris of Urban Groovz Entertainment, the cultural rebuilding took place for the next 2 years. Out of the journey, affectionately called “The Atlanta Chronicles,” came 8/29: The Movement. This album, like The Wordsmyths themselves, are not limited by the stereotypical “Gansta” of “Crack” rap of the mainstream, nor the local “Bounce” music of their home. Their unique concepts and lyrics are based in their everyday lives as middle class African-Americans recovering and rebuilding the world they knew before and envision for the future. Picture Outkast, UGK or Kanye West with Creole Seasoning.
Regardless if you are listening to the Groovy Gumbo that makes Bayou Queen, the alert commentary of Mr. Suit and Tie or Nickel to a Dollar, or just cruising along to I-10 Pimipin, you will hear the truth in every lyric, and every beat. You can hear the creativity acquired from their actual lives. The City of New Orleans occupies a unique place in America’s cultural landscape, and the recovery won’t be complete until New Orleanians return home and their culture is restored. You know, commitments in politics sometimes mean nothing. The N.O. Wordsmyths are making a commitment that means something and the world needs to hear musically. IT’S A MOVEMENT!
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