Wednesday, August 18, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA. August 12, 2004) - 33rd Street Records announces the release of Shock G's first independent album 'Fear of a Mixed Planet' due in stores October 12, 2004. Rapper, producer, musician, cartoonist Shock-G is the mastermind behind platinum group Digital Underground.
'Fear of a Mixed Planet' is Shock-G's long-awaited solo debut. It draws on his 15 years of funk experience at the helm of Digital Underground even as it explores radical new terrain. Fans of DU will appreciate a strong crew presence. Long-time partners-in-rhyme Money B & Humpty Hump turn up for the EPMD-fueled funkfest "Weesom Hustlas" while Numskull of the Luniz
expresses his comically controversial point of view on "My Opinion." Yukmouth
lays down a definitive autobiographical rap on "Holmedown Up," which also
features Java & 5th Element, as well as the return of Clev MC, who debuted
as a kid on Sons of the P.
Using the solo project as license for total creative freedom, Shock G has
crafted the most distinctive & personal album of his career, ambitious in
its rethinking of the musical & lyrical possibilities of hip hop. On
"Cinnamon Waves" Shock conjures up an authentic world-weariness well beyond
the reach of today's blinged-out emcees, in the form of a wistful letter to
an ex-lover, while on "Who's Clean", Shock propounds a positive spiritual
philosophy of the essential unity of the human race & speaks out against the
misogyny so often taken for granted in hip hop.
"Now more than ever," Shock says, "with almost all emcees on the same
subject matter & viewpoint, it's especially necessary to lift the human
spirit & break the monotony of continuous, increasingly bleak, negative or
desperate songs & topics; and to also break the chain of constant blatant
reality. The human mind also thrives & prospers from fantasy & hope.
Perhaps 'Fear of a Mixed Planet' is an intermission from the front line
& a visit to the recreation tent."
In addition to 2pac, Shock has brought up a considerable amount of talent
through DU, including the Luniz, Saafir, & Mystic. In 1995, Shock appeared
on the Bay Area anthem "I Got 5 on It", alongside the Luniz, Richie Rich,
Spice1, E-40, & Dru Down. He has also produced & recorded with such acts as
Murs, DJ Quik, George Clinton, & Prince.