“this guy obviously has too much time on his hands. —Bilal
“all around innovative. He is exactly what the game needs right now.” —James Poyser
“I’m telling you the brother is gifted.” —Ge-ology
“Hezekiah is a great talent. It’s about time.” —Scott Storch
Citing country music, Quincy Jones and Kool G Rap as influences, Hezekiah was undeniably born to be different. Alas, music is second nature to Hezekiah, as he was raised in a musical family just outside of Philadelphia and got his chops at an early age, soaking up his parents predilection for Blues (Otis Redding and Bo Diddley) and belting out God’s greatest hits at his family’s church; and before long Hezekiah was singing in his Uncle’s band, the Funk Disciples (who dropped some super hard-to-find wax in the mid-70’s).
But it was getting up with the Legendary Roots Crew in ’93 that spurred him to get down to business. Hezekiah then began to work his way up through the ranks of the Philly’s ever-strong and flourishing Hiphop scene with his on point wordplay, superior songwriting, and lovely production skills—working with the likes of Musiq Soulchild, Bilal, The Jazzyfatnastees and Bahamadia.
In 2005 Hezekiah’s debut album Hurry Up & Wait (a title dedicated to the woes of the independent artist), was released to critical praises by Vibe, Trace, XLR8R, Allhiphop.com, Pitchforkmedia.com, okayplayer.com and also included on Itunes “Best Of 2005” list among many others) on New York’s Soulspazm Records. Put together in full-on Hiphop hermit mode, as he produced the record locked up in his home studio and penned all of its lyrics lost amongst crowds in the chaos of Philly. What resulted was a collection of luxurious, smoked out Hiphop beats and minimal synth Funk produced by the man himself (with notable exceptions coming from Illmind); with Hezekiah flowing beautifully atop it every second of the way.
In addition, he’s the driving force behind the influential Beat Society and at the request of Dawn Thompson (sister of The Roots musical mastermind ?uestlove) was tapped to co-produce the music for a Showtime original series entitled Street Time.
Now the Philly based Beat Society member renowned for his live performances (Hezekiah will be exclusively touring throughout 2007 and is currently opening up for Mos Def) returns with his sophomore LP, I Predict A Riot, which will be released on 9-18-07 courtesy of Rawkus/Soulspazm Records. Featuring guest appearances from a who’s who list of Philly’s finest; Hezekiah’s I Predict A Riot includes collaborations with Freeway, Bilal, Jaguar Wright and Chief Kamachi among others. While Hezekiah continues to flex his chops behind the boards and he handles the majority of the production, I Predict A Riot, also includes production from Oddisee. Hezekiah laments “I’m not a conscious rapper; I just have something to say. I’m a nerd, a freak, a geek, but I’m dangerous. This is the start of something new.” Born to be different—indeed!
Hezekiah’s riot begins on September 18th, 2007!!
You can view the incredible EPK for Hezekiah’s I Predict A Riot here: http://www.laskarmusic.com/artists/hezekiah/
Tracklisting and credits for Hezekiah’s I Predict A Riot:
1.) The Beginning f/Muhsinah, (produced by Oddisee)
2.) Wild & Wreckless, (produced by Hezekiah and Rick Tate)
3.) If One Falls f/Eleon (produced by Hezekiah)
4.) That Filling f/Freeway (produced by Hezekiah)
5.) Looking Up f/Bilal (produced by Anthony Accurate)
6.) Single Now (produced by Hezekiah)
7.) Let’s Get Involved f/Jamal (produced by Hezekiah)
8.) Bombs Over Here (produced by Vegan Pork Grind)
9.) Definition of A Bitch (Lude)
10.) I See Yaw f/ Jaguar Wright (produced by Hezekiah and Fred Kenny)
11.) I.P.A.R. (Lude)
12.) Moments in Sometime f/Aaron Livingston (produced by Hezekiah and
13.) I Predict A Riot f/Keziah & E. Shon Burgundy (produced by Hezekiah
14.) Freak (Lude)
15.) Gotta Love It f/Tarentz Moreese (produced by Hezekiah)
16.) Ghetto People f/Richard Raw, Chief Kamachi & State Store (produced by
17.) Afro Lude (produced by Hezekiah and Tony Whitfield)
18.) Muhsinah Outro