A new rap group from the 208 area comprised of 6 members, The MasterMindz are quickly becoming known for their raw lyrics over hard-hitting beats, delivering original tracks that capture hip-hop and rap's true essence. Catchy hooks and masterful wordplay make the MasterMindz one of the hottest new acts in the 208 rap scene. True rap fans of all ages can appreciate the undilluded flavor of the group's music, which merges each member's individual style to create a unique and compelling sound.
The group is dedicated to the preservation of pure unadulterated, underground hip-hop, and they work tirelessly to self-promote and distribute their debut album under their new independent label, MasterMindz Entertainment. From street teaming to consignment and distribution, the MasterMindz are independently taking the steps necessary to spread their music to the public, and to prove that real hip-hop is not dead.
Since their recent formation, The MasterMindz have already begun to develop a following, and have performed at clubs throughout the 208 area, with popular acts such as The Ying Yang Twins, Andre Nickatina, Cool Nutz, Kymani Marley, Brown Boy, Yukmouth, Glasses Malone, The Hi Power Soldiers and more. They have collaborated with other talented local artists and labels, such as Chop Shop Records, 33 Deep, Hustle Hard, and Street Empire, and are constantly networking with other acts who are passionate about their music. They pride themselves on helping out young, undeveloped and inexperienced artists whenever the opportunity arises. Despite the record's rugged and explicit lyrics, the group hopes that music fans of all types will find something they can relate to or appreciate in the music, as they pull their concepts from real issues in everyday life, with topics ranging from religion to drugs, from beautiful women to political corruption.
"Clearly, our major fan base will consist of hardcore rap lovers like ourselves," says Sketchy Waze, the founder of the group. "But the songs we sing touch on very real issues that affect a lot of people. . . So anyone, if they listen to the messages behind the music, should be able to find something they can understand and relate to, as well as hopefully appreciate and enjoy."
The group has released their debut album 'Revelationz', which was followed by Sketchy Waze's ground-breaking solo debut, which is also available here online. They are currently working on a duo release from Sketchy Waze and Jesse James entitled 'The Pleasantville Killerz'. The group can be reached for merchandise and booking info at www.mastermindzrecords.com, or www.myspace.com/mastermindz208.
Check out the videos at youtube.com/mastermindz208