We Stay True is proud to present a brand new project..
THE ARTFORM. A collaboration between two unique
and very talented hip-hop artists: CONFUCIUS MC and MR BROWN.
South London’s Confucius MC is a unique voice, rising above the noise and cutting through the clichéd conversations. The son of a Irish/British teacher and a Grenadian musician, the young Con fell upon the teachings of his namesake - the Chinese philosopher Confucius - after becoming enamoured with the movies of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and the like. After buying Wu Tang Clan’s iconic ’36 Chambers’ album with his high school work experience money the seed was planted. But it wasn’t until he heard A Tribe Called Quest’s Dilla-produced ‘Beats, Rhymes & Life’ that his own unique brand of lyricism began to blossom. Confucius has been active in the London hip-hop scene for several years, garnering praise as one half of live act ‘Con+Kwake’ and supporting the likes of Mos Def, Public Enemy and Slum Village to name a few. His debut release ‘The Highest Order’(YNR Productions) firmly established Confucius MC as one of London’s emerging new talents.
We Stay True’s own Mr Brown has been quietly producing tracks for nearly two decades, keeping to the ‘OG’ methods laid down by the greats of digging for records and chopping up samples. After a handful of releases including 2 volumes of his “Beats for Days’ instrumental series and a spattering of collaborations (Planet Asia, Copywrite, Beneficence, MCM) he crossed paths with Con through a mutual friend and instantly knew they could make something special. Hence forth... THE ARTFORM was born.
Both with a shared passion for art, film, manga/anime and hip hop they blended it all together to create THE ARTFORM. Mr Brown’s production showcase his classic sense of groove and masterful use of samples producing a solid mixture of unique beats. Confucius’ intelligent lyrics and superb flow combine perfectly with the beats to make a riveting and dynamic collection of songs. Thematically built on their shared interests the album examines the nature of art and the role of the artist in a subtle and conscious manner, stimulating the brain as well as the ears. UK hip hop legend JEHST was drafted in for the only feature on the project, adding his unmistakable lyricism to the track ‘The Art-Form pt.2’ and helping out with some post/executve production work to complete the project. With 7 tracks in total THE ARTFORM is necessary listening for anyone who likes well-produced, intelligently written, thought-provoking modern hip-hop.
*The vinyl release is a limited edition of 250 copies on frosted vinyl with exclusive instrumentals plus a 20 page booklet featuring artwork, lyrics and digital download*