Gangstagrass Reconceptualizes Hip-Hop Classics

Article Contributed by Fiona Bloom | Published on Monday, January 20, 2020

Gangstagrass continues to stir up the heat stunning their fans once again by releasing their first mixtape entitled ‘My Brother, Where You At?’ via AudioMack a music streaming and audio distribution platform.

The mixtape demonstrates their Hip Hop musicality and dedication and love for the culture.  The project is compiled of eight tracks paying homage to the lyricists whose lyrical art form has had enormous significance on both R-Son the Voice of Reason and Dolio the Sleuth’s own artistry.  This recording was reimagined from a Gangstagrass rehearsal and the discussion of doing versions of classic bluegrass tunes.   It dawned on R-Son, that there was no real treatment for classic hip hop songs in that ilk.  Their song choice was deliberate in that it had recognizable samples that were also easily translatable with the band’s instrumentation and strategically, the tape began to take shape.

The initial tracklist grew to over fifteen songs in a matter of hours and creativity started pouring out.  They trimmed it down to a Volume 1 & 2 with the latter volume coming out this Spring.  After the tracklist for Volume 1 was pared, weekly rehearsals began. Earlier this month was when the entire mixtape was recorded at JayBlakLabs in Philadelphia where both the MC’s reside.

These two opposite genres that collide together play a distinct role in our American music culture.

Tracklisting: ‘My Brother, Where You At?

Shaken Not Stirred - Shook Ones (PT 22-  Mobb Deep (Produced by Mobb Deep) 

Dozens -   Tried by 12-  East Flatbush Project.  (produced by Spencer 4 Hire)

Boom Goes The Dynamite  (Boom!- Royce The 5’9”. (Produced by DJ Premier)

We Fly - AKA Passin Me By-  The Pharcyde  (Produced by J-Swift)

Passin Me Breakdown- Instrumental

Whoadown- Whow-Black Rob (Produced by Buckwild)

Get Your Cuts Up - Simon Says - Pharoahe Monch (Produced by Pharoahe Monch

Enraged - Wrath of Kane -Big Daddy Kane (Produced by Big Daddy Kane & Marley Marl)