December 3 2010
The Minneapolis-based indie hip hop label Rhymesayers has to be one of the most successful indie labels in the country and maybe the world. Some say the reason for their success is their amazing work ethic and DIY punk mentality, which I have to completely agree with those reasons. When I was in Minneapolis, I watch Atmosphere, Brother Ali and other acts on the label grow and develop into a global force in Hip Hop. In that time span, the guys were always humble and nice.
Friend and photographer Dan Monick decided to capture the spirit of what makes Rhymesayers such musical treasure in a hardcover book called "Seven: Seven Years With Atmosphere and Rhymesayers.
Dan Monick traveled with Atmosphere and a handful of other Rhymesayers artists on and off for the better part of the last decade. During his travels he documented a wide swath of territory from fans to shows and illuminated behind-the-scenes photos of the artists being themselves.
Rhymesayers fans from Japan to Australia, Europe and all of North America who have witnessed the energy in concert will enjoy feasting on the pages, and those who have never been will be brought up to speed.
The book will be available in two versions. The standard hardcover, 272 page, glossy book includes a 15 track Rhymesayers compilation CD featuring songs from the seven year period the photos were taken and a limited, numbered deluxe version which includes all of the above with an exclusive 10" vinyl copy of To All My Friends, one half of the new Atmosphere EPs.
You can grab the book directly from their store Fifth Element. Perfect gift for that Hip Hop fan in your life.