'Death Drive' is a collision of two very distinct worlds; the
scorched earth of indie rap legend, Sole, and the
concrete jungles of certified platinum producer, DJ Pain1. 'Death Drive' combines modern
pop/rap aesthetics with the political edge reminiscent of hip-hop
classics such as “Fear Of A Black Planet". Sole & DJ Pain1
utilize the golden era hip-hop approach of a rapper and DJ without
employing gimmicks or rap cliches typical with more formulaic
two-turntables-and-a-mic unions. Cross-pollination between
mainstream music and the underground has been happening for years,
but anything that bubbles up is always devoid of substance. Death
Drive is a political rap album executed in a way that eschews the
rapper persona of savior/prophet and speaks from the riot line. In
a period of human history where critical music is absent from the
airwaves, this is true
(Overseas orders please add shipping costs per item)
Sole: In 1998 he founded Anticon Records, the first collectively owned indie Hip-Hop label in the United States. Since then, Sole has played over a thousand shows throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Japan. Recently, Sole pulled his masters from anticon and has re-invented himself as a new kind of artist, business, and political entity. His music has been featured in major media outlets such as Rolling Stone, 2DopeBoyz, Pitchfork, MTV, Huffington Post, Spin, Alarm Press, Alternet and many more. Sole has released ten full length studio albums and over a dozen mixtapes. Throughout his career sole has been known as one to push the limits in terms of genre and content and is widely heralded as a pioneer of avant garde & experimental rap music. This year, Sole & his wife Yasamin released the instrumental project WHITENOISE and Sole launched "The Solecast", a podcast featuring long form interviews with academics, artists and activists . Sole’s activism reaches beyond the studio and stage into his everyday life where he is deeply involved material and logistical support to many projects that engage directly in the class struggle.
“Sole is an Indie hip hop legend.” - The Huffington Post
"Sole is a true revolutionary." - Pitchfork
"Cult indie-rap icon" - Spin
“Sole is controversial and experimental…the Crass of the hip-hop world” - Diffuser.fm
DJ Pain 1: Known for his 2008 break-out beat on "Don't Do It" for Young Jeezy's platinum-selling album "The Recession", producer DJ Pain 1 stays busy. He tours as a DJ, produces full albums, as well as creating original and free content for the producer community - this Hip-Hop musician takes no breaks. Pain 1 spent the late 90's cultivating his hip-hop sensibilities through graffiti, DJing and beatmaking. He juggled a youth service/teaching career with creating music, often times marrying the two worlds-- he co-founded the first hip-hop performing arts program to be hosted in an institute of higher education in his city. Once Pain 1 decided to focus on his production career, his resume quickly grew to include both legendary hip-hop acts (Public Enemy, Kool G Rap, MC Lyte) as well as contemporary hit-makers (Juicy J, 2 Chainz, 50 Cent). He has also garnered attention for his multiple Youtube video series on both production technique and music business know-how.
"[T]he next truth in sonic production." - Chuck D of
"DJ Pain 1 has done a lot for Madison’s hip-hop rep and a lot for others period, either as a beatsmith for Young Jeezy and Kool G Rap or as an educator working in the community." - The AV Club
"DJ Pain 1 provides the cure for the common beat." - 77Square Magazine
Explanation of Rewards:
Everyone who contributes gets a copy of the album regardless of dollar amount!
DEATHDRIVE Card game is a 560 piece card game, based on the rules of "Apples to Apples" but with an anti-capitalist/ Death Drive bent, that is both humorous and intellectually stimulating.
DEATHDRIVE Lyric Tapestry, similar to the "Lyric Prayer Flags" that came with ARCOEE, the Lyric Tapestry is an art object with all the lyrics from the album; gold ink on black fabric.
DEATHDRIVE T-Shirt, Gold Ink on a black shirt.
- DEATHDRIVE "Producer Kit" is a sample collection put together by DJ Pain 1 with all the stems, samples and acapellas used to make DEATHDRIVE.
- DEATH chain: Beautifully constructed DEATHCHAINS, very limited.
- Lyric Sheets: These are pages from sole's notebook from the Deep Puddle/Bottle of Humans/ Selling Live Water/ Live From Rome era. (Sole stopped using paper shortly thereafter)
What we are fundraising for:
- The funds from this fundraiser will go towards Mixing, Mastering, Video Production, Manufacturing, Publicity, Tour Support and Marketing.
- This release is testing out new DIY methods of releasing & distributing music overseas and in North America.
- This music has the power to empower, educate, intervene & bump in the club, and must be heard outside of the radical niches that Sole & Pain inhabit.