As an respected DJ and producer, DJ Revolution’s skills have graced the tracks of many hip-hop luminaries. Those skills were optimally displayed on his three critically-acclaimed solo and collaborative albums including R2K, King Of The Decks, and In 12s We Trust.
He has also gained the esteem of fans from around the globe, as a renowned DJ, producer and editor of the highly-influential “The Wake Up Show” with Tech & Sway (MTV). Through more than two decades of success, Revolution never forgot those early years and the promise of hip-hop.
So, this week, DJ Revolution announced the formation of a new hip-hop group, called Malcolm & Martin, consisting of himself, Los Angeles’ Styliztik Jones and Queens, New York’s KB Imean.
“Not just another disparate crew, but a true collective of teachers and learners working to lead a people, a movement,” a rep for the group said. “Encouraged by the iconic men who fought for the every man during a different time using different tools, the trio reverentially took on the moniker Malcolm & Martin as a siren call announcing new leaders armed with new tools to fight for modern-day liberation.”
Fresh off the release of their latest, already heralded mixtape (Malcolm and Martin were…Criminal Minded, a 2010 re-working of the seminal album released by BDP in 1987), which was released in November, the trio returns to wake-up sleeping hip-hop fans with their debut LP, DJ Revolution Presents Malcolm and Martin: Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, set to drop in February via SoulSpazm Records.
“It’s a progressive throwback. It’s hip-hop music for the intelligent listener. Something you’ve never heard before, that feels like something you have loved your whole life,” Revolution said of the group’s debut LP.
DJ Revolution played producer for the album’s 17-tracks, aside from one created by Marco Polo.
It’s first single is the Marco Polo-produced track, “Movement Music.” Download it here, for free.
“Life Doesn’t Frighten Me is our journey through real topics that are seldom talked about and or discussed in this day and age of hip-hop,” said KB Imean. “We provide vivid commentary over gritty production; which is certain to provoke thoughts and opinions.”
A who’s who of hip-hop luminaries have already voiced their overwhelming support for Malcolm & Martin — including DJ Premier, MTV’s Sway, Evidence, Statik Selektah, and Masta Ace, among others.
“Its gritty and soulful music delivered by two lyrically skilled guys who can actually rap and feed you knowledge at the same time, without the insecurities and ignorant complexes,” Sway boasted. “Its wise music for those in the hood. The original Malcolm and Martin would be proud.”
“These kids are FIRE! Hip-hop is alive and well. I’m co-signin’ ’em,” added Masta Ace.
Life Doesn’t Frighten Me drops February 1.