Ali Douglas Newman, better known by his stage name Brother Ali, is an American rapper, community activist, member of the Rhymesayers Entertainment hip hop collective. He has released four EPs, a number of singles and collaborations. Ali was born in Madison, with albinism, a disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin and eyes, he moved with his family to Michigan for a few years and settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1992. He attended Robbinsdale Cooper High School in Minnesota, he began rapping at age eight. Ali stated that he was influenced by hip hop culture at a early age. In an interview with Huck magazine, he stated "Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always been into hip hop. I started beatboxing; that led to me falling in love with the words." On August 13, 2007, Brother Ali appeared on The Late Late Show and performed his single "Uncle Sam Goddamn" from The Undisputed Truth. On October 19, 2007, Ali appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and performed "Take Me Home" from The Undisputed Truth.
On December 16, 2009 Ali appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and was featured with late night band The Roots. On July 24, 2013, Brother Ali appeared on the Maximum Fun podcast Judge John Hodgman as an "Expert Witness". On April 4, 2017, he appeared on The Combat Jack Show: "The Brother Ali Episode" and on October 19, 2017, on BuzzFeed's See Something Say Something podcast. On April 5, 2018, he appeared on Max Fun's Heat Rocks podcast. Ali appeared in Sacha Jenkins' 2018 documentary Word is Bond. Ali has a son, from his first marriage, a daughter, from his second marriage in 2006, his music addresses his role as a father and husband. The song "Real as Can Be" off his 2009 EP The Truth Is Here refers to the incoming daughter and in the song "Fresh Air" from his 2009 album Us, he goes on to say "Just got married last year/ treated so good that it ain't fair/ got a boy now the baby girl's here/ Bought us a house like the Berenstain Bears." Ali makes fun of the media's constant urge to mention his albinism condition in the first lines of their reviews or newspaper articles.
He is legally blind, caused by his albinism. In an article titled "The Art of Mourning in America", Brother Ali said his favorite food is sweet potato pie; the interview was conducted during the month of Ramadan and Ali performed a freestyle: "life long Starvation every month is Ramadan, walk in the crib and I'm surprised that the power's on." Ali followed Imam Warith Deen Mohammed. During this time, Ali was selected to join a group of students on a Malaysian study tour, in which they explored ways that a more liberal Islamic society could peacefully coexist with different religions. Ali credits his conversion to Islam to fellow hip hop musician KRS-One, whom he met during a lecture at age 13 at a local Minnesotan university; when asked about his faith, Ali stated, "KRS-One was the one who told me I should read Malcolm X. He assigned the autobiography of Malcolm X to me. Many of Brother Ali's themes of social justice are incorporated into his lyricism, though he takes part in activism outside of the music.
He focuses on themes of racial inequality and critiquing the United States government, though overarching themes of hope and rising from sorrow are often present. Much attention was garnered through Ali's album, The Undisputed Truth, as it criticized much about the United States' political system. After the music video for "Uncle Sam Goddamn" was released in 2007, it gained much attention, shortly after, the United States Department of Homeland Security froze a money transfer to his record label. In 2012, Ali was arrested along with thirty-seven others while occupying the home of a Minneapolis resident to fight the house's foreclosure; the goal of the protesters was to block the eviction of the family through their assembly and occupancy, but they were unsuccessful. Ali ended up using his celebrity as a platform to discuss these events, bring them to the attention of his audience. Ali deals with the notion of privilege, focuses on bringing to mind issues that are all too ignored within society.
He stated in an interview with Yes! magazine that "The best definition of privilege I’ve heard is anything you don't have to wrestle with, that you don't have to think about". Ali feels a certain obligation to act politically, as he is unwilling to sit aside after experiencing all he has, he states, "I feel like that's my job, I feel like within the last few years I woke up to that, found the courage to understand that, stepped out like that". Underground hip hop Twin Cities hip hop Hess, Mickey. "Volume II: The Midwest, The South, Beyond." Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2010. 368–70. Print. Jones, D. Marvin. "Part 1: Racing Culture/Erasing Race." Fear of a Hip-hop Planet: America's New Dilemma. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2013. 33–39. Print. Tepper, Fabien. "Rapper Brother Ali on Privilege and Other People's Stories." YES! Magazine. Positive Futures Network, 18 Feb. 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2014. Ali, Brother. "The Intersection of Homophobia and Hip Hop: Where Tyler Met Frank." The Huffington Post.
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Public Enemy (band)
Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Keith Shocklee, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, Khari Wynn, DJ Lord, Sammy Sam, the S1W group. Formed in Long Island, New York, in 1986, they are known for their politically charged music and criticism of the American media, with an active interest in the frustrations and concerns of the African American community, their first four albums during the late 1980s and early 1990s were all certified either gold or platinum and were, according to music critic Robert Hilburn in 1998, "the most acclaimed body of work by a hip hop act". Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine called them "the most influential and radical band of their time." They were inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Carlton Ridenhour and William Drayton met at Long Island's Adelphi University in the mid-1980s. Developing his talents as an MC with Flav while delivering furniture for his father's business, Chuck D and Spectrum City, as the group was called, released the record "Check Out the Radio", backed by "Lies", a social commentary—both of which would influence RUSH Productions' Run–D.
M. C. and Beastie Boys. Chuck D put out a tape to fend off a local MC who wanted to battle him, he called the tape Public Enemy #1 because he felt like he was being persecuted by people in the local scene. This was the first reference to the notion of a public enemy in any of Chuck D's songs; the single was created by Chuck D with a contribution by Flavor Flav, though this was before the group Public Enemy was assembled. Around 1986, Bill Stephney, the former Program Director at WBAU, was approached by Ali Hafezi and offered a position with the label. Stephney accepted, his first assignment was to help fledgling producer Rick Rubin sign Chuck D, whose song "Public Enemy Number One" Rubin had heard from Andre "Doctor Dré" Brown. According to the book The History of Rap Music by Cookie Lommel, "Stephney thought it was time to mesh the hard-hitting style of Run DMC with politics that addressed black youth. Chuck recruited Spectrum City, which included Hank Shocklee, his brother Keith Shocklee, Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, collectively known as the Bomb Squad, to be his production team and added another Spectrum City partner, Professor Griff, to become the group's Minister of Information.
With the addition of Flavor Flav and another local mobile DJ named Terminator X, the group Public Enemy was born." According to Chuck, The S1W, which stands for Security of the First World, "represents that the black man can be just as intelligent as he is strong. It stands for the fact that we're not third-world people, we're first-world people. Hank Shocklee came up with the name Public Enemy based on "underdog love and their developing politics" and the idea from Def Jam staffer Bill Stephney following the Howard Beach racial incident, Bernhard Goetz, the death of Michael Stewart: "The Black man is the public enemy."Public Enemy started out as opening act for the Beastie Boys during the latter's Licensed to Ill popularity, in 1987 released their debut album Yo! Bum Rush the Show, their debut album, Yo! Bum Rush the Show, was released in 1987 to critical acclaim; the album was the group's first step toward stardom. In October 1987, music critic Simon Reynolds dubbed Public Enemy "a superlative rock band".
They released their second album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back in 1988, which performed better in the charts than their previous release, included the hit single "Don't Believe the Hype" in addition to "Bring the Noise". Nation of Millions... was the first hip hop album to be voted album of the year in The Village Voice's influential Pazz & Jop critics' poll. In 1989, the group returned to the studio to record Fear of a Black Planet, which continued their politically charged themes; the album was supposed to be released in late 1989, but was pushed back to April 1990. It was the most successful of any of their albums and, in 2005, was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress, it included the singles "Welcome To The Terrordome", "911 Is a Joke", which criticized emergency response units for taking longer to arrive at emergencies in the black community than those in the white community, "Fight the Power". "Fight the Power" is regarded as one of the most popular and influential songs in hip hop history.
It was the theme song of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. The group's next release, Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes Black, continued this trend, with songs like "Can't Truss It", which addressed the history of slavery and how the black community can fight back against oppression; the album included the controversial song and video "By the Time I Get to Arizona", which chronicled the black community's frustration that some US states did not recognize Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a national holiday. The video featured members of Public Enemy taking out their frustrations on politicians in the states not recognizing the holiday. In 1992, the group was one of the first rap acts to perform at the Reading Festival, in England, headlining the second day of the three-day festival. After a 1994 motorcycle accident shattered his left leg and kept him in the hospital for a full month, Terminator X relocated to his 15-acre farm in Vance County, North Carolina. By 1998, he was ready to retire from the group and focus full-time on raising African black ostriches on his farm.
In late 1998, the group started looking for Terminator X's permanent replacement. Following several months of searching for a DJ, Professor Griff saw DJ Lord at a Vestax Battle and approached
Blackalicious is an American hip-hop duo from Sacramento, made up of rapper Gift of Gab and DJ/producer Chief Xcel. They are noted for Gift of Gab's tongue-twisting, complex rhymes; the duo have released four full-length albums. While Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel spent their early childhood years in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area the two first met while attending John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento, California. At the time, Gift of Gab was known as Gabby T. After graduating from Kennedy High in 1989, the two went their separate ways. In 1992, during a time when Xcel was attending the University of California, Gift of Gab joined him in Davis, California to form Blackalicious. At UC Davis, Xcel had been working with a hip-hop group named Solesides, whose members included DJ Shadow, Lateef the Truthspeaker, Lyrics Born. Solesides Records was the name of the collective's Northern California record company, in 1994 the label released Blackalicious' debut single "Swan Lake", which garnered acclaim within the independent music scene.
In 1995, Blackalicious released an EP titled Melodica under Solesides Records. By 1997, Solesides Records had transformed into the now acclaimed Quannum Projects, under this label, the group released an EP titled A2G in 1999; that year, the group released its debut full-length debut album Nia. The album was released in Europe by Mo' Wax on August 30, 1999 and re-released in the United States by Quannum Projects on February 29, 2000 with a altered track list. In 2000, the group signed a major label deal with MCA Records. In 2002, Quannum/MCA released Blazing Arrow, which boasted guest appearances including Zack de la Rocha and legendary soul and jazz musician Gil Scott-Heron. Blazing Arrow contains the song "Make You Feel That Way". Following a promotional tour, both Xcel and Gab began working on separate projects. In 2004, Gift of Gab released 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up; the pair returned in 2005 for their third album The Craft, released under ANTI- and Quannum Projects. For this album, the group worked with Grammy Award-winning engineer Russell Elevado.
The album contained more live instrumentation compared to previous Blackalicious albums, was met with positive acclaim. Following the release of The Craft, Gift of Gab joined a supergroup called The Mighty Underdogs, which released an album Droppin' Science Fiction in 2008. Gift of Gab went on to release two additional solo albums. On October 28, 2014, actor Daniel Radcliffe recited the full lyrics to the Blackalicious song "Alphabet Aerobics" after being challenged by host Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. Upon challenging Radcliffe, Fallon had stated, "That's one of the trickiest, fastest songs I know." Since the lyrics to "Alphabet Aerobics" have been recited throughout media outlets in various contexts. Blackalicious reworked the song with sports-themed lyrics for Bleacher Report. In 2015, after ten years since releasing a project together, Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel announced the fourth Blackalicious album Imani Vol. 1. The group partnered up with PledgeMusic to give dedicated fans the opportunity to purchase the album and other special items, with over 120% of the project's goal funds being met.
Imani Vol. 1 was released on September 18, 2015, was well received by critics. In January 2015, Gift of Gab stated that Imani Vol. 1 would be the first in a three-volume series to be released over a two year period. As of February 2019 Gift of Gab has stated that the group has over 70 recordings in progress and is in the process of selecting and polishing 14 tracks for Imani Volume 2. Studio albums EPsMelodica A2G Deception Remixes Singles"Swan Lake" / "Lyric Fathom" 12" "Deception" 12" "If I May" / "Reanimation" 12" "Paragraph President" / "Passion" 12" "Make You Feel That Way" / "Sky Is Falling" 12" "Your Move" / "My Pen And Pad" 12" "Powers" DVDs4/20: Live In Seattle Blacalicious - Official website
Corey Miller, better known by his stage name C-Murder, is an American rapper, songwriter and author. He gained fame in the mid-1990s as a part of his brother Master P's label No Limit Records as a member of the label's supergroup, TRU. Miller went on to release several solo albums of his own through the label including 1998's platinum Life or Death. C-Murder has released nine albums altogether on six different labels, No Limit Records, TRU Records, Koch Records, Asylum Records, RBC Records and Venti Uno. In 2002, Miller was arrested in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Steve Thomas, was sentenced to life in prison on August 14, 2009. Miller is serving his sentence in the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Controversy surrounding witnesses involved in Miller's trial came to light in 2018 when two key witnesses recanted their statements, claiming they had been pressured into testifying against Miller by authorities. Miller maintains his innocence, both he and his brother have called for a new trial numerous times.
Miller rose to fame in the late 1990s after being featured on numerous No Limit releases. In 1998 Miller released his debut album Death. Miller's debut made it to number three on the US Billboard 200 with 197,000 copies sold the first week; the album would sell over one million copies making it certified platinum. In 1999 Miller released his second album Bossalinie it would prove to be more successful charting at number two on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 175,000; the album was promoted with the singles "Like a Jungle" and "Gangsta Walk" featuring fellow No Limit artist at the time Snoop Dogg. The album would sell over 1,000,000 copies making it certified platinum. In 2000 Miller would release his third album, Trapped in Crime, the album was known for containing Miller's biggest and most well known single to date "Down for My N's" the single featured fellow No Limit artists at the time Snoop Dogg and Magic; the album would chart on the Billboard 200 at number eight. In 2001 Miller would release his fourth album C-P-3.com and his final with No Limit Records, the album would only chart the Billboard 200 at number forty-five a significant decrease from his previous releases.
The album contained the singles "What U Gonna Do" and "Im Not Just". The album has sold over 260,000 copies. In 2005 Miller released his fifth album The Truest Shit I Ever Said, it would be his first album released while being imprisoned for his pending murder charge at the time; the album was promoted with the single "Y'all Heard Of Me" which featured fellow New Orleans artist B. G.. The album would debut on the Billboard 200 at number thirty-four. In 2008 Miller would release his sixth album Screamin' 4 Vengeance, this would be Miller's second album released while being incarcerated; the album was promoted with the single's "Be Fresh" and "Posted On The Block". The album charted on the Billboard 200 at one-hundred-thirty. In 2009 Miller released his third album while imprisoned Calliope Click. In 2010 Miller released his eighth album and fourth album while incarcerated entitled Tomorrow. On June 11, 2013 Miller released his debut mixtape Ricochet featuring variety of unreleased tracks. On March 11, 2014 released rapper Lil Boosie collaborated with Miller on a song entitled "Came 2 Da Can", the song has caused major controversy due to Miller's negative remarks of his own brother and former CEO Master P.
On January 5, 2015 Miller announced via his website that he will be releasing a new album entitled Ain't No Heaven In the Pen Bruh. On January 10, 2015, Miller via his website released the official track list for Ain't No Heaven In the Pen. On February 28, 2015 Miller would announce via his website the release date for Ain't No Heaven In the Pen, March 24, 2015. On March 24, 2015, Miller would release his ninth album Ain't No Heaven In the Pen, it would feature guest appearances from Boosie Badazz, Shy Glizzy, Snoop Dogg, Callipoe Doefus, Al, Big Be, Bloc Boyz Click, Lil Kano, Montez, G-Dinero, Lil Soulja Slim, Adrian E and Jigga. In January 2016, C-Murder released a diss track aimed at 2 Chainz entitled 2 Stainz, due to the usage of the slogan and name style of his former group TRU and record label TRU Global Records. In April 2016 C-Murder and Boosie Badazz released a collaborative album about his murder charge entitled Penitentiary Chances. Artists on the album include Snoop Dogg, Calliope Bub, Verse, 2Meka, Cuttyboy G Dinero, Mac Milli, Yella.
The first single on the album, entitled "Dear Supreme Court", discusses his case and his hope that the Louisiana Supreme Court will drop his charge. In 1998 Miller co-starred in the major No Limit film Da Game of Life. In 1998, he acted in the No Limit film "I Got the Hook Up" starring his brother Master P and A. J. Johnson, his role was he played one of T-Lay's henchmen alongside Mystikal. In 2000 Miller co-starred in the No Limit film Hot Boyz. Bossalinie Records is a record label founded by C-Murder in 2000. Current C-Murder Tammy Ty Page Wali Da Great James "JP" Parker On January 1, 2007 Miller released his first written novel entitled Death Around The Corner. On February 1, 2014 Miller released two novels entitled Red Beans and Dirty Rice For The Soul and Bound By Loyalty. In September 2003, Miller was convicted of the January 18, 2002 beating and fatal shooting of a fan, 16-year-old Steve Thomas, at the Platinum Club, a now closed nightclub in Harvey, Louisiana. Miller was arrested in the early hours of January 19, 2002, for causing a disturbance at the House of Blues in New Orleans.
He was indicted on February 28, 2002
Das EFX is an American hip hop duo. It consists of emcees Skoob, they named themselves "DAS" standing for "Dray and Skoob" and "EFX" meaning "effects". They rose to popularity in the early 1990s due to the duo's stream of consciousness lyrical delivery, which became one of the most influential lyrical styles in hip hop music at the time, their style combined intricate rhymes, sometimes mixed with made up words, delivered with a fast-paced flow and numerous pop culture and hip hop culture references. Skoob hails from Brooklyn, New York City while Dray hails from Teaneck, New Jersey, but the two met at Virginia State University in 1988 and began performing together. Das EFX caught the attention of EPMD at a local talent show where, despite losing the competition, they did well enough to convince EPMD to sign them to a recording contract; the duo gained critical and commercial fame with the release of their landmark debut album Dead Serious, which highlighted their unusual rapping style. Dead Serious went platinum and its lead single, "They Want EFX," reached the top ten on the U.
S. Billboard R&B the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and # 1 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. Follow-up singles "Mic Checka" and "Straight Out the Sewer" did not chart on the Hot 100, but reached #1 and #3 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart, respectively; the duo made a guest appearance on the remix of Ice Cube's smash hit single "Check Yo Self". The song reached # 1 on the Rap Tracks chart; the track peaked at #36 on the UK Singles Chart in August 1993 and sold over one million copies in the U. S; as their career progressed, Das EFX's once-distinctive and unique lyrical delivery was imitated by several other artists and became more commonplace. Derailed by the popularity of their own style, the duo slowed down their fast-paced flow, eliminated the iggedy suffix and downplayed their cartoonish content on their second album, Straight Up Sewaside. Around the time of their third album Hold It Down, Das EFX found themselves caught in the middle of EPMD's ugly breakup, they ended up siding with PMD, they returned in 1998 with the album Generation EFX and followed up in 2003 with the album How We Do.
After a hiatus, the group went on an international tour with DJ Rondevu in 2006. In 2007, the duo appeared on the remix of Nas' "Where are They Now" and continued to tour the globe on a regular basis, they toured again in 2010, are working on a new album. Das EFX continues to perform today to a much smaller yet devoted cult following. From the time of their debut in 1992 to 1993, several elements of their style were adopted by other hip-hop artists, including Lords of the Underground, Fu-Schnickens, Kris Kross, Common and to a lesser extent, Public Enemy; the 1996 BLACKstreet song "No Diggity", with "diggity" meaning "doubt", bears a title phonetically identical to the track "No Diggedy" on DAS EFX's 1995 release Hold It Down. This became a popular catchphrase at the time. Jay-Z's early style is described by Vibe as "a distinctly Das EFX-type, stiggety style" on his 12" single "Can't Get With That" although Jay-Z predated Das EFX with this style on the song "The Originator" alongside old school rap legend The Jaz AKA Jaz-O in 1990.
Some hip-hop pundits maintain that Das-EFX exploited the tongue twisting style as a gimmick and that they are erroneously credited with originating a style, established years before their debut. Their refrain of "Chiggedy-check yo self before you wriggedy-wreck yo self" from their feature on Ice Cube's hit single "Check Yo Self" became a catchphrase in 1993; the song appeared in the videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on the radio station Radio Los Santos. In an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210, David Silver can be seen reciting the lyrics to "They Want EFX." Comedian Dave Chappelle has made numerous references to DAS EFX's unique style and lyrics in sketches of his popular Chappelle's Show. In one sketch, a teenage Chappelle tells his girlfriend "I riggity-realize that I liggity-love you." In another, Chappelle as President Bush announced that a country named "Riggity-Row" will join the Coalition of the willing. In yet another sketch, Chappelle as a news presenter announces the opening lyrics of "They Want EFX" as a special report.
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Del the Funky Homosapien
Teren Delvon Jones, better known by his stage name Del the Funky Homosapien or Sir DZL, is an American rapper, record producer and singer. Born in Oakland, California, he is the cousin of seminal west coast rapper Ice Cube, began his career writing lyrics for Ice Cube's group, Da Lench Mob. In 1991, with the help of Ice Cube, Del released his first solo album, I Wish My Brother George Was Here, at the age of 18; the album was a commercial success due to the popularity of the hit single, "Mistadobalina". Del, not pleased with the limited musical range of the album, severed his production-artist relationship with Ice Cube for his next album, No Need for Alarm. No Need for Alarm saw the introduction of the Oakland clique Hieroglyphics, whose original members included Souls of Mischief, Pep Love and producer Domino. No Need for Alarm helped to expose both the regional Oakland sound of hip hop, as well as the freestyle based, "golden era 90s" style of hip hop being expanded at the time. Del would not produce another album for five years.
About a month before the release of his third album, Future Development, Del received a letter from his label, stating that his contract had been terminated. Future Development became available in 1998; the album was only available on the Hieroglyphics website in tape form, but was re-released in 2002 under the Hieroglyphics Imperium label. Del released another collaborative work with the Hieroglyphics crew in 1998, the Hieroglyphics crew's first album: 3rd Eye Vision. Two years Del released his fourth solo album, Both Sides of the Brain, as well as Deltron 3030, a collaborative work with artists Dan the Automator and Kid Koala. With Nakamura and Koala, Del was a guest performer for Gorillaz' 2001 eponymous album Gorillaz, he appeared on the singles "Clint Eastwood" and "Rock the House". 2003 saw the release of the second full-length album from the Hieroglyphics crew. In 2004 Elektra released The Best of Del tha Funkee Homosapien: The Elektra Years without the approval of Del; the CD only includes songs from his first two albums, along with a handful of b-sides from that era.
Del was not pleased and advised people to not buy the CD, saying it was just Elektra trying to make money out of him due to his newfound fame. Together with his crew, Del established his own independent record label, Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings, which consists of an expanded Hieroglyphics roster and a few other artists with whom the group collaborates regularly. On March 11, 2008 Del released Eleventh Hour through Definitive Jux. On March 31, 2009 Del's next album Funk Man was made available for free download on the internet; the album is available at his page on Bandcamp, though he gave away some hard copies on his supporting Funk Man tour. In September of the same year, he released a new album, Automatik Statik, for an unfixed rate with a minimum of $3. Del released his next album It Ain't Illegal Yet on August 6, 2010. There is no fixed price for the album, allowing listeners to pay. Paying certain prices for the album will give certain incentives, including opportunities for personal collaborations with Del. Del released the album Golden Era on April 19, 2011 in a three-disc set including Funk Man and Automatik Statik.
Del shared a free LP entitled Iller Than Most on January 2, 2014. He uploaded the record to SoundCloud under the username Zartan Drednaught COBRA, he described the project as "lyrically ill but fun to listen to, nothing super heavy." Del handled the production on the project as well. Del's songs have seen frequent use in various forms of media including video games, film soundtracks, as well as skateboarding and snowboarding videos. In 2000 the song "Catch All This" from Both Sides of the Brain was featured in the game Street Sk8er 2, "Jaw Gymnastics", featuring Casual, was featured in Knockout Kings, "Positive Contact" from Deltron 3030 was featured in Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX. In 2001, "If You Must" was featured in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. In 2003, "Positive Contact" from Deltron 3030 was featured in Tony Hawk's Underground and "The Izm" was featured in Rolling. In 2005, the Hieroglyphics song "Soweto" is featured on ESPN NBA 2K5 and Del's song "Burnt" was featured in Tony Hawk's American Wasteland.
In 2006, "Catch a Bad One" was featured in Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure and "At the Helm" featuring Hieroglyphics was featured in Tony Hawk's Project 8. In 2006, his song "Dr. Bombay" was used in the movie Beerfest; the Hieroglyphics song "Don't Hate the Player" was featured in NBA 2K7, "Clint Eastwood" was featured in NBA 2K14. "Teamwork" is featured on PlayStation Home. Del has had many songs featured in snowboarding movies. "Press Rewind" was the song for Eero Ettala's part in the film White Balance and "If You Must" was featured in DC Mountain Lab. Del collaborated with John King of the Dust Brothers and Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo to produce the original score for Skate 3, released in May 2010. In February 2016, Black Thought and Fashawn recorded a new track called "Rise Up" for the video game Street Fighter V. A music video for the song was released by Capcom, includes appearances by Del and his fellow collaborators. In October 2018, Deltron 3030 collaborated with the Cartoon Network series Craig of the Creek, with Del making an appearance in the episode "The Kid from 3030" as Deltron.
The episode featured original songs by Deltron 3030 made just for the episode of the show. He has made cameo appearances in films, such as Ted Demme's directorial debut Who's t
Christian Palko, better known by his stage name Cage, is an American rapper and actor from Middletown, Orange County, New York. He spent most of his career on the labels Definitive Eastern Conference, he has released four solo albums, from Movies for the Blind to Kill the Architect, in addition to two compilation albums and two extended plays. Aside from his solo career, Cage is one of the founders of the underground hip hop supergroup The Weathermen, formed in 1999, he established a group called Smut Peddlers, with hip hop duo The High & Mighty, publishing an album titled Porn Again, in 2001. He is known for his collaborations with New Jersey rapper Tame One. Cage and Camu Tao made up the duo Nighthawks. Chris Palko was born in West Germany, to American parents, his father was stationed on a West German military base as a member of the military police. Palko lived there until the age of four when his father was dishonorably discharged for selling and using heroin, the family was sent back to the United States where they lived in Middletown, New York.
His father would force Palko to pull homemade tourniquets around his arm as he injected heroin. At the age of eight, Palko's father was arrested during a standoff with state troopers after threatening his family with a shotgun. By the time Palko was expelled from high school, his mother had remarried twice, he was beaten by his stepfather Frank. Palko began using PCP, cocaine, LSD, cannabis and alcohol, was sent to live with his uncle on a German military base, where he was beaten and sent home after a year. Palko was arrested several times for drug fighting in the streets; when he faced jail time for violating probation, his mother convinced the judge that he was mentally unstable, he was sent to the Stony Lodge psychiatric hospital for a two-week evaluation. He stayed in the hospital for sixteen months, where he was a part of a small group used to test fluoxetine used in Prozac. After being misdiagnosed and placed on the drug, he became suicidal and made several attempts to kill himself, including hanging himself with his shoelaces and saving his lithium dose for a month before ingesting all of them at once.
When Palko was released from the hospital at eighteen, he pursued a career as a rapper, giving himself the stagename "Alex", after the protagonist of Anthony Burgess' novel A Clockwork Orange. After hiring a manager and recording a demo, he was introduced to rapper Pete Nice, Cage was featured on the 1993 album Dust to Dust. Pete Nice introduced Palko to radio personality Bobbito García, who featured Palko on his program several times, increasing his reputation among New York's underground hip hop scene, where he became associated with KMD, Kurious Jorge, K-Solo, Godfather Don, Artifacts, Pharoahe Monch and El-P. Palko signed a recording contract with Columbia Records, but recorded while intoxicated, the label found his efforts to be unsatisfactory. Palko put his career on hold and his drug use increased, he became father to a daughter in 1994. When García founded the label Fondle'Em Records, he offered Palko a record deal, Cage released a single featuring the songs "Radiohead" and "Agent Orange" in 1997, to success and acclaim.
Following the release of Slim Shady EP in December 1997, Palko accused Detroit-based rapper Eminem of imitating his style. After several more singles with Fondle'Em, Palko met Mr. Eon and DJ Mighty Mi of The High & Mighty, the trio formed the group Smut Peddlers, releasing the album Porn Again on Rawkus Records in 2001; the album peaked at #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #43 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, #184 on the Billboard 200, while its single "That Smut" peaked at #9 on the Hot Rap Singles chart and #96 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. In 2001, Palko's music was featured on the soundtrack to the psychological crime film Bully. Palko signed with The High & Mighty's Eastern Conference Records, releasing his debut album, Movies for the Blind, on August 6, 2002, it peaked at #12 on the Heatseekers chart, #14 on the Top Independent Albums chart, #58 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, #193 on the Billboard 200. Palko stated, in 2006, that the album "sort of glorified drugs" and that he felt the album was "crazy for the sake of being crazy.
During this period, Palko formed the group The Weathermen, named after the left-wing political organization. The group released their debut album The Conspiracy on June 3, 2003, before Palko left Eastern Conference over alleged non-payment. An extended play, titled Weatherproof, was released on July 29, 2003. During his time on Eastern Conference, Interscope Records showed interest in signing Cage despite Eminem being on their label, but ended their interest after judging that he would not attract a mainstream audience; because Palko felt that he should no longer play a character, he began to take on a more open writing style, signed with Definitive Jux, where he released his second studio album Hell's Winter, on September 20, 2005. Palko is quoted as saying "I make progressive rap, it's as simple as that. I don't live for drugs anymore, I don't support them, I'm not about to make a million songs about them anymore." He said that he would no longer make battle rap or music that offends women.
Hell's Winter peaked at #26 on the Top Heatseekers chart and at #36 on the Top Independent Albums chart. In a 2007 interview with American actor Shia LaBeouf, for Vanity Fair, LaBeouf expressed interest in starring as Palko in a possible film biography. On November 30, 2007, Spin reported. In July 2009, Palko released his third studio