MP3 Lenzmen - Scientific Community
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28 MP3 Songs
HIP HOP/RAP: Alternative Hip Hop, HIP HOP/RAP: East Coast
Strong Island NY collective The Lenzmen have been plying their craft for a minute. Forming in the late 90's out of a college radio program, these next level cats have been blending the fantastical in wordplay with gritty hip hop.
The group debuted on The Persecution Of Hip Hop compilation album several years ago which also featured indie hip hop royalty such as Cannibal Ox, Slug (Atmosphere), Atoms Family, Deep Puddle Dynamics (Anticon) and Hangar 18. While many of those groups have already exploded onto the national scene, The Lenzmen stayed to the shadowy background like the super heroes they write about, training in the hip hop danger room on lyrics and beats. That time spent in seclusion was well worth it as the group recorded enough material for two albums worth, which is collected on the CD in this package. The Magnify Lenz part of the CD focuses the Lens on themselves. A rich mythology of references and scenarios from wrestling, sci-fi flicks, the martial arts and fantasy interweave into the tracks and the group's battle for originality within hip-hop. The Scientific Community part of the album sees NY hip-hop under attack and sees the independent scene as a community must band together to repel the attack. With more twists and turns that a Tarantino film The Lenzmen have crafted a epic album that compares to a audio version of a choose your own adventure book.
Part of the reason these albums took so long to be released, is the fact that the group have also been focusing on their own solo material. Dynamics Plus who produces all of the group's tracks has released several solo albums on his own Dynamica Music Imprint. The most recent of which Doctor Atomics And The Fortress Of Solitude is a concept album about a futuristic universe and hip hop as a weapon to stop a robot invasion. Centri is signed as a solo artist to Uncommon Records, the record label owned by NASA (Def Jux producer/engineer) and will have an album out this fall. Earthadox is close to completing his first solo album Doxology which is to be released this fall on Dynamica Music. Doctor Strange is working on material and has recently appeared on the Blu Warta: Street Tested Hood Approved mix-tape. The Lenzmen will also have group and solo tracks on a compilation Cryptic One of Atoms Family will release on his CP Records label.
Centri, Earthadox and Dr Strange grew up together and went to high school with DJ Makin Noize, who was Dynamics DJ. Centri and Dynamics met and clicked because their styles focus on progressing the lyrical narrative. The duo started a group and recruited other emcees who complemented their lyrical quest. The group chose the name Lenzmen, derived from a Japanese anime about a interplanetary police force and much like that fictional group, the Long Island crew devote their focus to exploring the cosmos of original rhyme schemes. The group also support the hip-hop community by hosting radio shows, producing a weekly showcase and waving the banner for hip hop. As Centri says "when you are buying our album, don't just think you are buying into high lyrical underground rappers, you are supporting an entire movement. We don't want to be appreciated for being different, we want to be appreciated as skilled artists with an original voice in hip hop."
Dynamica Music 2005
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