Blueyedsoul - Still Roots
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Review Text Since it's inception in the Bronx in the mid-1970s, hip-hop music has become a global phenomenon, but it continues to thrive on the local level, as evidenced by groups like BluEyedSoul. The band combines Classic Blue-Collar Hip Hop & Traditional Southern Soul Music, creating a very unique style: ROOTSY HiP. The group's first official album, STiLL ROOTS was released independently by ROOTSY HiP PRODUCTions. Although the group has only been performing together for less than two years, they are no strangers to the music scene. In 1993 John "joanZin" Dennie released a solo record on Pryamid Records in Memphis, TN. Nic "INiSEE" Craig and Aaron "Atwist" Hoffman have made a number of guest appearances on independent hip hop albums in recent years. INiSEE, although primarily a lyricist, co-produced GroundBreaking with Freddie Bruno of Deepspace 5. The song also, featured underground hip hop favorites, Othello and Ohmega Watts of LightHeaded. The band was recently featured in the documentary film, ROOTSY HiP, which was directed by Isabel Machado and was the 2010 USA Film Festival's feature film. The film is a resonant documentary which charts the boundaries between the idyllic dreams and the harsh realities of an eccentric collection of white rappers in Mobile, Alabama, and Memphis, Tennessee. Hindered by financial obligation, family pressure, social scorn and even domestic eviction, these resilient artists cling to the benevolent virtues of hip-hop as a bond and a moral code which enables them to not only endure, but to spiritually thrive in the face of adversity. Phil Maher had this to say about BluEyedSoul: "Hindered by financial obligation, family pressure, social scorn and even domestic eviction, these resilient artists cling to the benevolent virtues of hip-hop as a bond and a moral code which enables them to not only endure, but to spiritually thrive in the face of adversity. These guys gather on back porches, at dive bars, street corners and makeshift studios to drop philosophical rhymes over funky Southern beats, making dynamic D.I.Y. music which embodies the spirit of buoyant bricolage which marked hip-hop in the days before MTV.'