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15 MP3 Songs in this album (57:03) !
Related styles: HIP-HOP/RAP: Underground Rap, HIP-HOP/RAP: Alternative Hip Hop
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Diametric Connection formed in the fall of 2007. However, its two members had previously recorded under the King Goody record label in 1992. After 15 years the two team up again to create works that go against the mainstream topics of sex, money, guns, and drugs. Diametrically opposed to mainstream hip-hop, they have set out to be a socially conscious group, striving to be a positive force in hip hop. Growing up in what seems like two different worlds, Crazy Pantha and DJ Rob collaborate to create a fresh sound with a fresh message of what we should be striving to become, the changes needed in the political arena, unification and topics that have been ignored for too long in hip-hop.
Crazy Pantha began rapping at the age of 12. He was watching Soul Train, and saw L.L. Cool J performing on the show. L.L. ripped the stage up by performing songs off the album I Canât Live Without My Radio. He was very impressive on the mic, and Crazy Pantha was amazed at the rhymes in which he delivered. Crazy Pantha started buying instrumental music cassettes and began rapping to the instrumentals. His friends and relatives were impressed, and so he began to enter talent shows. He was placing 1st or 2nd in all the talent shows that he entered. In high school, Crazy Pantha had established a reputation as a rapper and began to make this goal a reality. He entered a rap contest that was given by a manager (from Chicago) who was looking for new talent. It was a one winner takes all contest. Pantha did not win, but the manager liked his performance and thatâs when it all beganâ¦.
As a result of the contest and watching the winning group having a DJ, this is when he knew that he needed to step up his game and get a DJ. Crazy Pantha began to let everybody at his high school know that he was looking for a DJ. The manager told him that he wanted Pantha to perform at his shows and later work on an album. I was excited and kept writing lyrics constantly. One day at school, one of his friends was telling me about this DJ who was tight (incredible). Crazy Pantha had to see for himself how tight this DJ was, and so he arranged to meet him. He called him up, and met about a block, outside the projects, where Crazy Pantha lived. DJ Rob drove Crazy Pantha over to his grandparents place and he began to cut on his tables. It was amazing to see him on the tables. He was definitely tight. Pantha could not believe that a white kid, who was his age, had skills. DJ Rob also knew how to make hip-hop tracks and play classical music. DJ Rob and Crazy Pantha immediately clicked. Pantha told his manager that he had his own DJ. DJ Rob impressed Pantha's manager as well. DJ Rob and Crazy Pantha performed at many schools, clubs, and on the radio. They became good friends and recorded a song for an independent record company that made a name for them locally. They thought that we were on our way of becoming major rap stars, but this did not happen. The manager and the record company started making bad decisions. They did not live up to their agreement of putting out the album. DJ Rob and Crazy Pantha began to get frustrated with the record company, because they had no control. The record company made all the decisions, and the artists had no input. DJ Rob left the group and Crazy Pantha was on his own. Pantha continued to work with the label. Later, he departed with the label and the managerâ¦.
Crazy Pantha began to reinvent himself by changing his name and rapping harder lyrics but still with a political message. He recorded 2 solo albums and was enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University studying Recording Industry Management. He graduated with a B.S. degree. Two years after he graduated, he looked on my MySpace page and saw a message from DJ Rob. Pantha was surprised because he had not heard or made contact with him in about 12 years. Pantha's wife convinced me to meet with DJ Rob. They met and discussed the possibility of working on a song. Pantha listen to the tracks that DJ Rob created, and immediately started free styling to the tracks. Pantha was excited about the tracks DJ Rob created, because it was funky, competitive, and original. DJ Rob and Crazy Pantha immediately connected again and decided to work on an album. Even Crazy Pantha are able to work well together. Thus became the existence of Diametric Connection.
DJ Rob began studying piano at the age of 7 and loved every minute of it. He competed in classical competitions every year, loved performing, and knew at an early age that he wanted to do something in music when he grew up. He always loved Pop/Rock music and remembers taking piano lessons in the back of âThe Music Shopâ in Murfreesboro. DJ Rob's Mom would frequently buy him a 99¢ 45 RPM record of his choice while they were in the store. His first record was Queenâs, âAnother One Bites the Dust.â Before long Rob had a nice little collection. By the time he reached 5th grade he had a love for classical piano and Rock music. This is not too unusual for a child. However, a pivotal moment occurred at a swimming party that year in 5th grade that changed him forever. One of his friendâs older brothers brought a âJam Box.â Rob remembers being on the high diving board when he turned it on. Before Rob jumped off it began to play. All he heard was a beat with a simple bass line and maybe some horn hits. Then the vocals came in and it was like nothing he had heard before. Rob had the feeling inside like adrenaline was pumping all through veins. He knew that he wanted to make music like that. After finding out that the name of the group was called Run D.M.C., Rob quickly saved enough money to go to the record store and buy it. He was intrigued by the new sounds he was hearing, specifically the âchiga chigaâ scratchy sounds. All Rob could do to figure how to scratch was to watch MTV, listen to Vanderbiltâs WRVU on Friday nights and talk to older kids. He began to aggressively save money from working in his Dadâs warehouse in the summers and saved up enough to buy a mixer. That Christmas Rob got two really cheap Scott brand belt drive turntables. They were awful, but since they were light and skipped easily it was like swinging a weighted bat in baseball; in the long run it helped his technique. Rob placed coins on the cartridges to weigh down the needles and began making mixes for the older kids who could drive and had their own cars. He was also spending every dime he earned on a drum machine, sampler, 4 track, etc. Rob was obsessive about making this music.
One of Rob's friends had told him about this guy who could really rap, but he didnât have his own music. He was rapping to instrumentals. Keep in mind that Rob was from white suburbia and this guy lived in the projects. Rob didnât know him and had no idea what would happen if he met him. Somehow they made arrangements to meet either through a mutual friend or from a pay phone. The details are sketchy in Rob's mind, but the long and short of it is they simply clicked. They were two of the most opposite people. Crazy Pantha was black and DJ Rob was white. Pantha lived in the projects and Rob lived in a Middle-class home. Pantha had lost his father at an early age and Rob still had both of his parents. The list goes on and on, but they just worked well together. Of all of Rob's friends, Pantha had the strongest character, the most drive, and the greatest work ethic. He wrote all of the lyrics and Rob wrote all of the music and spun the turntables. Soon they were playing shows weekly, getting written up in all the local papers and signing a record deal the month they both turned 18. On the bus trip home from playing the Apollo theatre, Rob realized that he wasnât having fun anymore. Rob had no control over the music, his look, or even his dj name (DJ Ricochet at the time). Rob was a puppet and he didnât like the feel of the strings that were attached to him. Soon after, Rob left the group. So many things happened to Rob after that. He graduated from college, got married, had kids, and was working in the music business as an engineer/producer in the Christian music industry in Nashville. Rob soon became disenchanted with the music business due to the character of many of the people he had to work with on a daily basis. After praying for over a year, he decided to leave producing and engineering and go into the family business. After a year of fasting from music, Rob started back with his classical studies. A few years later, Rob completed his Masters in music with an emphasis in piano performance. As a gift to himself, Rob purchased Serato Scratch Live and another technics 1200. As soon as he hooked it all up, he found the magic in turntablism and hip-hop again. Rob began writing tracks for fun, thinking that maybe he could rap to them. After laying down vocals, Rob quickly realized that I was NOT a rapper, so he decided to work on a dj record. Around this time his wife found Crazy Pantha on MySpace. Pantha and DJ Rob hadnât spoken in 15 years and Rob felt bad about the way things ended so many years ago. Rob decided to send him a message of apology and an invitation to lunch. He graciously accepted and they met down the street from Rob's office. It was like they had never broken up. After a little reminiscing Rob asked him if he was interested in working on one song together just for old times sake. He accepted and they met again to listen to some tracks Rob had laid down. After freestyling to the tracks they mutually decided to work on an entire album. They both felt that Hip-Hop had been backwards for many years and wanted to take a positive & proactive approach to the art and walk in the footsteps of Arrested Developmentâs message. While this is certainly an unpopular way to get your music heard, it was what they believed in and anything less would be selling out.
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