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'Death Drive' from Sole & DJ Pain 1 in full, August US tour dates

posted Aug 6, 2014, 8:13 PM by Vu Nguyen
'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 Pain 1. 'Death Drive' combines modern pop/rap aesthetics with the political edge reminiscent of hip-hop classics such as “Fear Of A Black Planet". The album is set for release next week on June 10th, and you can hear the album streaming in full in advance of the release thanks to Spin.

Sole & DJ Pain1 utilize the golden era hip-hop approach of a rapper and DJ without employing gimmicks or trappings of more formulaic two-turntables-and-a-mic unions. Cross-pollination between mainstream music and the underground has been happening for years, but it's unique alliance when two personalities like these lock up for a collaboration, let alone for an entire album. In a period of human history where critical music is absent from the airwaves, this is true resistance music. The duo has announced a run of August tour dates taking them from Sole's old stomping ground in Oakland, to Brooklyn and back to his new town of Denver. Additionally the album is available for pre-order and it's release will be followed by a new video for album cut "Baghdad Shake" along with a remix from Daedelus. See the full list of tour dates are below.

More info on 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.

More info on DJ Pain 1: Known for his break out production 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 like Public Enemy, Kool G Rap, MC Lyte, as well as contemporary hit-makers Juicy J, 2 Chainz, 50 Cent, and others. He has also garnered attention for his multiple Youtube video series on both production technique and music business know-how.
August 6 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
August 11 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
August 13 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
August 14 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency
August 17 - Oakland, CA @ The New Parish
August 18 - Santa Cruz, CA @ the @rium
August 20 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
August 21 - Denver, CO @ Riot Fest