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MP3 ETN (of the Martin Avenue Project) - First Step

Bay Area influenced, hip hop lyrics combined with electronic rhythms from Paris, France

10 MP3 Songs in this album (36:21) !
Related styles: HIP-HOP/RAP: Alternative Hip Hop, HIP-HOP/RAP: West Coast Rap

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The story starts in the heart of the Silicon Valley. A
place that was once dominated by fruit orchards, is
now home to billion dollar companies such as Yahoo,
Google, and Apple Computers. This nest of tech
advancement is also the home to lyricist ETN of The
Martin Avenue Project. Starting by listening
to his mother''s albums on their old seventies style
console (you know the ones that doubled as a piece
of furniture), he quickly developed an ear influenced
by artists like Headhunters, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy
Cliff, Weather Report, George Benson, Chuck
Mangione and the Car Wash Soundtrack. But one
artist that was the most listened to was Fela Kuti.
It''s only natural, considering that his mother came to
California from her native Nigeria in the 1960''s. He
showed early interest in music and started studying
the cello at the age of nine but "one day I was
carrying my cello onto the bus in a soft case and it
snapped at the neck. So I switched to the drums."
After flirting with taking an athletic route with his life,
and becoming a pro ball player, he was the frontman
of Clubber Lang, an energy laced, 8 piece, funk
band that shared the stage with artists such as
Fishbone, Skankin Pickle, and Shovelhead. He
parted with the group to get his degree at San
Francisco State University and knew that it was time
to make a move. He recalls, "I knew that there was
so much out there in the rest of the world. I wanted
to see it all." He headed out to Paris less than a
week after his graduation.
It was out in Paris that ETN discovered the rich,
bohemian experience that still exists today amongst
young French artists. Collaborations soon followed
that highlighted the mix of ETN’s bay area hip hop
flow with the electronic driven production of the
Europeans. “That’s one of the things I enjoy about
working with other artists from overseas. There is
always a respective blend of the two cultures that
usually results in a sound that breaks away from the
saturated norm and allows everyone involved to
experience something new and different.” These
collaborations have harvested into a featured
appearance on the title track of French-reggae group
Legalizik’s album “Les Jardins d’Occident” (Believe)
other work includes a song called “H8te” which can
be found on the compilation “Scandale” (Scandale/
Nocturne). The song was produced by Little Mike
of the French-turntablist band Birdy Nam Nam. ETN
is currently in the studio working with Birdy Nam
Nam on their upcoming album.
A ten-track solo album titled “First Step” is the first
by ETN and the Martin Avenue Project. It was
recorded entirely in Paris in the neighborhood called
“Place des Fetes”. Appropriately this translates into
English as “The Place for Parties.” The album is a
true example of the mix and experimentation of
artists from different cultures and musical
backgrounds bringing their own respective dishes to
the potluck so that everyone can enjoy a hearty feast.
What you get is an album that flashes everything
from hip hop, rock, ska, dub, reggae, flamenco, and
many types of electronic music. the M.A.P. have
been compared to groups such as the Black Eyed
Peas, Massive Attack, The Roots, Gym Class Heroes,
Zack de la Rocha, Sage Francis, Linkin Park, Zion I,
Aesop Rock, and the Gorrilaz. Artists such as
San Francisco''s Patrick Leonard (The Filth), France''s
Marie Martin (First Step, Urban Party) Jeff (100%
Metisse), and Brooklyn''s Ramon Silva (Get Em Up)
each contributed their unique vocals while the drums
of Junior Panama (Urban Party) and the driving guitar
of Eric Dame make for a enriching union of cultures
and styles.

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