Sandpeople To Release Long Story, Short… 10 Member Portland, Oregon-Based Hip-Hop Collective Announce New Studio EP
Sandpeople, a ten member collective from the Pacific Northwest, is proud to announce the release of their new studio EP, Long Story, Short… available May 26, 2009 via Sandpeople Music.
The Juice Crew; Wu-Tang Clan; Native Tongues; these names conjure memories of a time when hip-hop collectives reigned dominant. Comprising 10 members in total, each with unique styles and abilities, Sandpeople is working tirelessly to solidify the importance of the hip-hop crew once more. Ethic, a rapper and one tenth of the group says, “The collective is not something you see too much of anymore; it’s a unique group structure. Being from the Pacific Northwest puts us at a disadvantage, but being a crew adds a dynamic and cohesive element to what we’re doing that helps us stand out amongst the crowd.” With the release of Long Story, Short…, the group’s cohesive sound at once harkens back to the crew aesthetic of the past while carrying the torch for the potential of the future.
For Long Story, Short…, operating entirely in-house, including recording and mixing, allowed the EP’s creation process an organic feel, while remaining streamlined and efficient. That process begins with Sandpeople producer, rapper, and multi-instrumentalist, Sapient, whose diverse production is on display throughout the EP. The rappers in the crew, each with a unique style, choose the beats they want to work with, brainstorm concepts, and self-select to decide who will fit the song style and concept for each song. The result of this tried-and-true process for Sandpeople is a stellar nine track EP, including the album’s lead single, “Hate Aside,” which the collective will be shooting a video for in the near future.
Since the 2005 release of Sandpeople’s debut album, Points of View, the group has seen a growth not only in their own numbers, but also in their rate of musical output. The Sandpeople collective comprises several sub-groups, each recording and releasing their own respective works in conjunction with the group projects, expanding the Sandpeople catalog and stretching the reach of their music from Japan to Australia and throughout the United States. Among the ten artists who comprise the Sandpeople is ILLmaculate, a Portland native who has accumulated numerous accolades for his rapping abilities, including being crowned champion of the 2004 Scribble Jam rap battle at the age of 17. TheSaurus, another member of the crew, also won the 2006 and 2007 World Rap Championships hosted by JumpOff.TV. Along with the group’s producer Sapient, who has garnered recognition from his work with artists such as Tech N9ne, Inspectah Deck, and Aesop Rock, Sandpeople have the firepower to put on a great show and to make great music.
Thurs-April 30 Bozeman, MT – The Zebra Cocktail Lounge
Fri-May 1 Boulder, CO – The Root Underground
Sat-May 2 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater w/ Mr. Lif
Tues-May 5 Phoenix, AZ – The Low Leaf
Wed-May 6 Yuma, AZ – Open Aired
Thurs-May 7 San Diego/Carlsbad, CA Boar Cross’n
Fri-May 8 Los Angeles, CA The Alterknit Lounge (Knitting Factory)
Sun-May 10 Bakersfield, CA Fishlips
Tues-May 12 San Francisco, CA Etiquette Lounge
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