MICRANOTS Performing The Album: OBELISK MOVEMENTS
After a ten-year hiatus, I Self Devine and DJ Kool Akiem return to 7th St Entry for a one night only performance. Celebrating the digital release of their 2000 underground classic Obelisk Movements, they will be performing songs exclusively from the album. On March 26, Obelisk Movements will be available for sale digitally for the first time through iTunes and the Fifth Element website along with the original pressing of Obelisk Movements on CD, also available as a bundle option with a new Limited Edition Micranots T-Shirt.
Enter the Micranots...traveling at the speed of light and sound come two individuals on the long and winding path to assist in the restoration within the Hip Hop landscape. Emotions swell from the sound system, the meditative study of the rhythm, the beat and drum grappling your head forcing a hypnotic nodding motion.
The heavy sonic imagery of Kool Akiem's production skill lays forth a grand illustrious empire, a solid land mass of steady ground, providing the building blocks on which only the truest of MC can facilitate. From the mind of I Self Devine comes a steady stream of consciousness focused on cadence, delivery, and tangible content. A great world war is being waged, the Micranots, determined to be victorious, do battle for the best ground... the stage. In the midst of battle the stage implodes with masterful manipulation of the sound and visual elements designed to command, enlighten embrace, provoke, and propel the crowd into the grand unified theory of Hip Hop collectively.
In 1999 the Micranots signed a licensing deal with the New York based label Subverse. The year 2000 marked the release of the premiere album entitled: Obelisk Movements, as well as the lead off single "Pitch Black Ark" and the second single "Culture / Illegal Busyness." In 2002 the Micranots signed a licensing deal with the minneapolis label Rhymesayers which oversaw the re-release of the limited run of the Return of the Travelers as well as the long awaited highly anticipated follow up to the Obelisk Movements: The Emperor and The Assassin, with the lead off single "glorious / heat." What you should expect to see from the Micranots is constant touring bringing their message to the people.
I Self Devine returns with his highly anticipated sophomore album The Sound of Low Class Amerika. You can feel the passion I Self Devine delivers on topics of community, class and social injustice in America as he spits truths to inspire the masses. The album is both a narrative for the current state of the world and a telling history as to how we arrived here. I Self Devine's truly unique voice and style create a sense of urgency and call to action while leading and equipping the listener with the tools necessary to act and dissent.
From underground mixtapes in the early nineties and the various Micranots releases, to 2006's Mixtape Deluxe, DJ Kool Akiem formerly of the Micranots and DJ for MF DOOM has been providing a steady diet of funk to the public for years now. Lacing ornate and eclectic samples over rugged drum hits and 808 kicks, Kool Akiem's productions have a distinct feeling that provide just the right amount of stimulation not to take attention away from the lyrics of his various collaborators.