The 49ers, comprising of Jas Mace and Marchitect and hailing out of Newark, Delaware, are not two wanna-be football stars from San Francisco. These two Hip-Hop entrepreneurs have been blowing up clubs and venues across the country since 1995 when they where the focal members of the Hip-Hop conglomerate The Outfit. The Outfits first release, The Soundtrack to Life, had national distribution and received positive reviews from radio D.J.s and critics across the country. Their first 12 release was titled Beauty of the Week and remained on the college rap radio charts for over 12 weeks. Due to a string of unfortunate events, The Outfit has since dismantled but The 49ers have continued recording throughout the years working on various solo and group projects. They have been featured at the 2006 Allhiphop.com’s Breeding Ground showcase and won Delaware’s best Hip-Hop artist of 2007 in Out-and-About Magazine. The 49ers have also starred in, and produced the soundtrack to, the award-winning documentary called Guilty or Innocent: Use of the N Word.
The 49ers debut album, Equilibrium, was released in 2007 and has been well received by critics and fans alike. Philadelphia’s popular Hip-Hop website, 215HipHop.com , took notice to Equilibrium as one that was completely produced and written by The 49ers with no guest appearances and claims, “The 100% we do it all our self method produces nothing but high quality music, which these guys do extremely well.” Equilibrium is full of live instruments, with a blend of unique sampling, and clever lyrics well beyond your nursery rhyme rappers that saturate the radio airwaves today. HipHopLinguistics.com also appreciated the versatility of the album saying “This album seems to hold a great balance of lyrics, rhymes, production, deejay cuts, mixes and samples. All wrapped together in one, as if the purpose of the album was to take a little bit of everything and successfully mix it into sixteen tracks of hip-hop.” While promoting the album, The 49ers have shared the stage and networked with many of Hip-Hop's superstars such as Common, Life Savas, Puff Daddy, Mary J. Blige, Camp-lo, Jin, The Bootcamp Clique, and The Hieroglyphics. Grouchy Greg, CEO and founder of the popular website ALLHIPHOP.com, referred to The 49ers as “a group that is definitely pioneering a new sound and bringing a much needed change to a genre of music that has been flooded with copy cats and imitations.”
The 49ers are currently signed to Goon Trax Records, a pioneering Hip-Hop record label in Japan. Goon Trax’s parent company, Media Factory, is responsible for the worldwide phenomenon – Pokemon. In 2007, The 49ers released their first Japanese album titled State of the Art, which has been well received in Japan. State of the Art was more of a 49ers’ greatest hits and unreleased album, as it contained unreleased songs recorded by The 49ers, as well as a collection of their greatest hits released as The 49ers and The Outfit. In 2009, they released their second album titled The Ultrasound. The Ultrasound was the first album that wasn’t produced entirely by The 49ers. The Ultrasound featured producers from around the world and has also be well received as a breath of fresh air to the current state of Hip-Hop. To solidify their position in the Japanese Hip-Hop market, they have been back and forth between Japan and the United States recording and touring. Between 2007 and 2009, The 49ers have released two full length albums, and have been featured on 10 additional releases in Japan.
The 49ers are currently working on their third Goon Trax album, simply titled 49. They are also working on a collaboration album with Japan’s own – Stilla-mode. The 49ers are hoping to have both albums released by the end of 2010.