Anti-Pop Consortium Reunites, Returns

 

Hip hop luminaries to release long-awaited reunion record
October 13th on Big Dada.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Six
years after they parted ways to pursue separate projects, Anti-Pop Consortium have reunited and
recorded their fourth album Fluorescent Black, slated for release
October 13th on Big Dada Recordings.  APC, who took hip-hop by surprise
with their 2000 debut, Tragic Epilogue, proceeded to make a name for
themselves as one of the genre’s premiere boundary-pushers with Shopping
Carts Crashing
(2000) and cemented their status as luminaries with Arrhythmia (2002), say they reunite enriched by the time apart.   “We’re grown
men,” says Anti-Pop’s Beans.  “So our acceptance of our
differences has allowed to bring all that more magic to the table. We’re
stronger now and the music is better for it.”

 

When
Anti-Pop Consortium’s Beans, M. Sayyid, Earl Blaze, and High Priest parted ways
in 2002 to pursue other projects, they left a gap in hip-hop no other group was
entirely prepared to fill.  2002’s Arrhythmia was proof enough that
if any other group of MCs could match the collective’s left-field
adventurousness or their lit-caliber lyrical dexterity, none had produced a
record that both pushed the envelope with experimentation and made heads
nod.  As Dusted Magazine put it, Arrhythmia “throws down the
gauntlet to the rest of indie hip-hop – yeah, it’s one thing to spit complex
vocabulary like a thesaurus, but how about you make your music
move?”  Anti-Pop Consortium disbanded shortly after the record was
released and nearly seven years later the challenge posed to hip-hop by Arrhythmia remains largely untouched. With Fluorescent Black, APC will finish the
job.

 

 

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