Friday, May 2, 2014

The UMCs Unleashed Hardcore Before 'Unleashed'

But you weren't paying attention.

Ok, it wasn't exactly hardcore, but there was definitely expressed frustration on how they were perceived by Hip Hop following the release of their debut album Fruits of Nature.

Peep these b-side remixes from their second and third singles:

Swing It To The Area (Side Show Bob Recreation)

Never Never Land (Remix)

I also remember hearing stories about some of their shows between albums, where their frustrations were on display as well.

Similar with what happened with Souls of Mischief when they released their second album, people were surprised, offended, or humored by the duo's (Kim especially) more aggressive approach. The response wasn't entirely surprising, as I'm guessing that many grew attached to the feel and messaging from their debut album. Maybe not the Children's Television Workshop visuals of Blue Cheese, but definitely the wonder and optimism present in tracks like One To Grow On, and Never Never Land.

Their second album was a departure, but the hardcore-ness of it never offended me. Yes, it was aggressive, but there was a familiarity with their wordplay that often referenced music, cartoons, or games from childhood; much like their Shaolin brethren, the Wu-Tang Clan.  Of course many of us didn't know about their label and financial situation at the time, but in hindsight, darker tracks like Evil Ways, and Some Speak Ill Thoughts make more sense given their reality, and the changing landscape of Hip Hop.

Anyway, that's all in the past. Now that we're clear that The UMCs can be both a new way of being, and a new way to wreck, we can move on.  The reason why I made this post is because The UMCs are recording together again, and released a new track earlier in the week. NYOIL (Kim) takes vocal duties on the track produced by Fantom of the Beat (Hass). Good or bad, I'm always going to champion artists that were around when I loved Hip Hop most. In this case I'm digging the track, and I look forward to hearing more from them.

Follow The UMCs on Twitter: NYOIL | Fantom of the Beat


NYOIL theideal said...

I think this was a very thoughtful article.. that speaks from a particular perspective. One I thin many people who know the subject matter would share.

But as a matter of curiosity.. I wonder What made my (Kool Kim's) departure from the "umc's original style" so off putting.

I guess at the time the visual may have given you one idea.. but.. if anyone REALLY LISTENED to the lyrical content u would hear the beginnings of who would later become NYOIL

I'd love some feed back on that.

Si Mane Price said...

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