Grand Invincible was formed under the philosophy that hip hop as an artform was best served under the technological limitations of the late-80s and early-90s. Armed with only an AKAI MPC 2000, two turntables, a mixer, a microphone, and a diggin’ ass record collection with the intention of making the most out of the least (the original hip hop aesthetic), the duo set out to resurrect the grimey breaks and elevate a rare science. Time to put the hoodies and Tim boots back on and spark a White Owl as we present their debut demo/album “ASK THE DUST” here at gurpcity.net. Everyday or so we will be streaming a new track (in the order they appear) off the album up until G.I.’s debut show on Jan. 20th, 2008 (MLK weekend) at Annie’s Social Club (with Conceit, Trunk Drank, and DJ Toph), so STAY TUNED until then and peep the whole album which will be available in full as a 13-track CD accompanied by a comic book (filled with the artwork you see displayed with every streaming track) at myspace.com/grandinvincible for a ballin’ on a budget price.
Grand Invincible Track 1 “Codenames” is an introduction of the men in charge:
DJ Eons One– producer/DJ (former guitarist of Bay Area power violence outfit, Spazz)
Luke Sick– M.C. (from Bay Area’s legendary Sacred Hoop and Gurp City)
Eons One’s heavy, hoodlum-velvet loop and disciplined, name-dropping rubs put you right on the stoop, only pulling your freezing hands out of your Carthartt to split the blunt, dump it, fill it, light it, and occassionally ash it. Use your bus transfer to make a crutch for that roach, dun, the journey’s just begun!
Grand Invincible Track 2, “Earn The Pay”
“Ask The Dust” was recorded in the Invincible Lab with the tin-foil walls in San Carlos, CA, and mixed at Cornerstore Studios (AKA the West Coast’s resurrection of 1212) in Oakland by Hiro Matsuo, a purist who at first assumed “Ask The Dust” was a respectful tribute to seminal “Golden Era” records like Gangstarr’s “Step in the Arena” and Chill Rob G’s “Ride the Rhythm,” but upon closer examination he became aware that “Ask the Dust” is actually a renewed call to arms for disillusioned b-boys worldwide. Hiro was really feeling the opposing basslines laid down by Eons on “Earn The Pay” and beefed them up considerably (like Bob Power on Low End Theory) to cushion Luke’s rant about the current state of the world and its insignificance to his purpose. Luke’s position is simple: “I’m here for the hip hop, I ain’t here for the hugging,” perfectly capped off by Eons final stinging acapella cut: “All these weak rappers steady makin’ hits?” All together now: “Fuck that!”