“To restate sentiments from my earlier short review, it’s some of the best hip-hop I’ve heard in a long time.” – The Vinyl District Best Of 2018 “…This is a true golden age for Hip Hop.” – THE WIRE Best Hip Hop Of 2018 “ Let this keep you warm all winter. As good as the Coup, seriously.” – INCREDIBLE KULK BEST OF 2018 PART 2: THE YEAR IN HIP HOP “What a glorious, hysterical, fun, funky, fantastic record this is…a suite of utterly engrossing funk and jazzed out abstraction-old sources but emerging as hugely fresh and delicious throughout, finessed to be just on the edge of being totally our of control.” – THE WIRE “This NYC-UK duo’s “Code Switchin’” EP from last year was solid, but here is a major leap forward and one of the best hip-hop full-lengths (available on 2LP) that I’ve heard in quite a while.”- The Vinyl District “Thatmanmonkz and Malik Ameer have joined forces to create one of the year’s most thoughtful and outspoken hip-hop albums… Facts, a fantastic full-length excursion that expands the pair’s musical repertoire far beyond the golden era beats that first inspired their working partnership.” – International Dj Mag “One of my albums of the year! big it up! Great album really in the now lyrically & sonically. Such a great project, people should definitely not sleep on this one! (((((FACTS)))))”- DJ Jay Scarlett, PULS Radio, München “A wildly inventive new record from Malik Ameer & producer/DJ Thatmanmonkz inspired by the historical Madison Washington (who led the first and only successful slave rebellion in the U.S.) Brilliant stuff!” -TwistedSoul “ ((((FACTS)))) serves two ends: it’s a thumbnail history of the sound of ‘90s hip-hop, with both coasts equally represented, and an incisive look at the cultures that created it—and the current forces that are making it harder for those artistic cultures to survive.” – Bandcamp Daily “This Week’s Essential Releases” “ · Album Of The Week comes from Madison Washington.” – 27 novembre Twisted Soul Music “Now, following the single release of the title track, along with Baytrified and No Cliche, the full double LP is finally here. And it doesn’t pull any punches.”- Monkeyboxing “Far from your typical hip hop release, Mad Wash’s album carries an overarching narrative exploring modern day slavery, inspired by the historical figure of Madison Washington, instigator of the largest slave revolt in history. Malik Ameer takes on the role of mouthpiece for this brave, timely and vital album.” – Groovement “…there are plenty of slick lines on here.”- Grown Up Rap “One way or another the US-to-UK pair are gonna light a fire under you with their outpouring of ideas.” – Monolith Cocktail/ Rapture & Verse “Getting Christmassy revisiting the immense by # FACTS album – superb set of songs imho. Flippin loving new @ mad_wash album @mad_wash #FACTS title track #nowplaying @BBC6Breakfast whole thing a treat ;)” – @BBC6Music DJ NEMONE BBC6 “Now they return with a politically and socially charged full length album, accompanied by a band of poets and artists, as they attempt to look at the idea of modern day slavery.”- GINGERSLIM “((((FACTS))))) – walks the line of rap and poetry.”- COLD LIPS ONLINE
Tom Ravenscroft BBC6 Recommends NO CLICHE ‘No Cliché’ sums up their sound perfectly: jazzy, mellow beats laced with excellently matched lyricism.” – DJ MAG (Artist Top 10 Gingerslim) “…it’s another great track from UK/US duo, Madison Washington, as they return with No Cliché… a ballad inspired by that selfless act, but without falling into the cliché trap.”- Gingerslim “Anyway, this one’s chilled beat and falsetto harmonies (from the mysterious A Brother Is…warbling away in the background with his newfangled name) is certainly one to get your significant other onside, and for that reason alone is not to be sniffed at.”- Monkeyboxing “Always cool stuff coming from Madison Washington, and this is the new one, it’s damn fine, Love it…” – Simone @ Naked Lunch Soho Radio “Madison Washington continue their hot streak with the laidback ‘No Cliché’, an after-party groove with the right amount of nous behind it.” – Rapture & Verse “The next single from NY/Sheffield duo Malik Ameer and Thatmanmonkz, better known as Madison Washington, is entitled No Cliché.” – Groovement.uk
BBC 6 MUSIC RECOMMENDS with Tom Ravenscroft “…Brand new track from Madison Washington partly American, partly British, really good combination Hip Hop with some crazy Max Roach samples in that…”- Gilles Peterson WorldwideFM “…They’re kind of channeling a psychadelic element, great track…” – Nemone BBC6 “… Baytrified’s Pfunk groove sits beneath scathing lyrics that document the history of the Bay Area from its immigrant beginnings to its current gentrification.” – JDP @ Buzz Magazine “Check out “Baytrified” a funkstrong tribute to ole school Oakland. Local poet/MC shares his family’s history, the rich culture & inspiring movements birthed in this community and the many changes as of late. Dope video to match! “- MalikAmeer0 DJ Moni “BAYTRIFIED is an impressive funk-flavored new hip hop track by Madison Washington featuring JTOTHEC on Def Pressé” – Akahti Magazine “This cut sees Malik once again using his platform to do more than just hype a crowd… Consequently, Malik spits with his brand of poetic venom”- Itchysilk “I got a new chunk of on the show tmro and it’s funky like madwash and u need it in ur ears . Check into GeorgeClinton 12-2pm ” sohoradio – Naked Lunch Soho Radio “Combined with thatmanmonkz’s production, the track sounds like George Clinton meets Gil Scott Heron in all the best ways.” – GingerSlim ” Gahh – bloody hipsters – they’re everywhere. No wonder the beat is a weird off-kilter affair based around a drum loop with a time signature lurch within the drum loop and falsetto P-Funk wailing.” – Monkeyboxing “Awash with the funk, it recalls George Clinton both in production (courtesy of the other half, Sheffield’s thatmanmonkz) plus keys and vocals from Belgian soul maestro JTOTHEC, as its lyrics address the gentrification of the area.” – Groovement
‘Facts’ is rugged and fuzzy as fuck, the vocals double-tracked until they reach a genuinely New Kingdom-esque pitch of groggy madness, the beats hitting those same divine pleasure-centers that the Son Of Sam album so thoroughly ravaged this year…”- DJ MAG “Check this out, it’s awesome… We love that, if you’re out there.”- Simone Marie Naked Lunch, Soho Radio “Very very decent Hip Hop…” Cherrie Flava @ Soho Radio “And so it is that Malik spits venom over relentless rock guitar-laced boom-bap and whooping sirens about all those Facts that get lost or doubted amid a welter of fake news or hit with a D notice or branded paranoia. Until, a leak gets into the press.” – Monkeyboxing.com
Gilles Peterson’s WorldWide FM‘s JULY 2017 TOP TEN “[Code Switchin’] It’s by @ mad_wash – bit addicted to it myself ;)” – @ DefPresse Nemone Metaxas BBC6 19 May 2017 “Code Switchin showcases beats from the tailored UK producer who has worked with names like that man monkz and Eric Rico Like all the best concept projects Toddla T. Code Switchin stands out from a sea of inept white noise. In fact, with its nod to old skool sensibilities it is the verbals that shine in Code Switchin. Of course, we know that rap and poetry are synergic disciplines. With the Paris based wordsmith Malik, the synergies are glaring. His slightly gravely vocals reminiscent of , in their pomp blare out in gorgeous tailored syntax.”- Wu Tang Itchy Silk “New York-Yorkshire monopoly Madison Washington show the power of non-conformity on the ‘Code Switchin’ EP, a half dozen shake up where Malik Ameer and thatmanmonkz keep their cool when mixing rolling funk and flows, and creating scenes with arch alchemy.” – Rapture & Verse “On Madison Washington’s distinctive ‘Code Switchin’, Malik Ameer is on wheat/chaff sorting duties with a gravelled larynx unafraid to put it on the Ritz, with thatmanmonkz planing down a double bass on the boards until it’s dagger sharp. ” – Monolith Cocktail “[Code Switchin’] It’s by @ mad_wash – bit addicted to it myself ;)” – @ DefPresse Nemone Metaxas BBC6 19 May 2017 9.0 “…If you’ve not got ‘Code Switchin” yet consider it an essential part of your exit-pass from 2017. Superb.” – Hip Hop Single Of The Month DJ MAG October 2017..
“…Did you get all that… Deep stuff.” – Iggy Pop BBC 6 “…As Thomas’s multi-tracked horn copies the track’s bassline and winds around itself, Crumpler’s critique expands to major US literary institutions and those who benefit from them. It’s rendered all the more fiery by a blazing rimshot…” – Resident Advisor “An uncompromising piece of work, laced with some of the most thought-provoking poetry by Ameer is riveting.”- Solenotes Mag “Anyone familiar with the label knows each release is essential and recently has been releasing tracks digitally from SWAT too, such as the fantastic ‘AmeriKKKan Poets’; a collaboration between Thatmanmonkz, Leron Thomas and Malik Ameer Crumpler – check it!”- Skiddle & Ghetto Child ” SWAT’s come through with a devastating & loving homage to The Basement Boys’ and Amiri Baraka’s 2001 jam “An American Poem”- deejay.de ” Malik Ameer Crumpler lays down an incredible, wry and poignant sermon over a swinging thatmanmonkz beat that builds into some fine freeform horn work from Leron Thomas. A fusion that spans Sheffield, Paris and New York, pays homage to Gil Scott Heron, and delivers a critical message.”- TRAXSOURCE “A love letter to the Basement Boys 2001 classic with Ras Baraka “An American Poem”, Malik Ameer Crumpler lays down an incredible, wry and poignant sermon over a swing beat that builds into some fine freeform horn work from Leron Thomas. A fusion that spans Sheffield, Paris and New York, pays homage to Gil Scott Heron and delivers a critical message, the timeliness of this is legitimate. The acapella is incredibly handy, too. With sunrays this strong, everything else is a lightbulb…” – Juno Records “The release is focused on the main track “Amerikkkan Poets” which has the same afro influenced rhythm of the 2001’s version but with few additional sounds that create a catchy groove, Malik provides new and profound lyrics while Leron adds several Free/ Avantgarde Jazz incursions with his Trumpet in the mid section and at the end of the track to create a perfect feeling of afro// Jazz/ Electronic fluctuation. Complete the EP 3 additional variations Dub, Rhythm and acapella to offer multiple options to the most eclectic Dj. A must have house track if you want to offer a more organic mix with a Jazz twist to surprise your audience.” – The Basement Radio Show “The lead track off this EP brings to mind a a lost Moodymann production, with a politically charged black spoken word riding a typically obscure beatdown groove. Think “Amerika” by KJD with different beats and lyrical content and your halfway there. Included in the package is a dub, beats and acapella version, so there’s plenty of opportunities to get lively and creative in the mix. Top stuff. ” – Piccadilly Records “After DJ Nature 12”, SWAT come through with a devastating & loving homage to The Basement Boys’ and Amiri Baraka’s 2001 jam “An American Poem” Loose real , earthed out percussive house of the highest order. – Vinyl Underground
Portrait of Ai by Heather Conley. Commissioned by Voices Of April This sound composition is inspired by Ai’s 1979 book . It represents a collaboration between myself and Godefroy Dronsart, who created/improvised the soundscape. Godefroy and I collaborated on this piece because we’ve been experimenting with poetic noise compositions. We wanted to hear Ai’s poetry in a sonic-world because we’ve never heard it there before. Killing Floor
Malik Crumpler produced Brochure and Gamez.” Leron Thomas est un trompettiste de talent, c’est un fait . Leron Thomas est un jazzman, sa conception d’une musique libre et éclatée en est la preuve. 120 Bpm Af en est il pour autant un disque de Jazz? Hmmm… ce n’est pas si évident que ça. Ce disque est insaisissable, il capte les ambiances et sonorités du moment pour les mélanger en une musique bouillonnante. La couleur hip-hop, le ryhtme electro, le chants soul et les instrumentalisations jazz . 120 Bpm Af est tout ça et beaucoup plus encore.” – KINOUZAPPA @ musikplease.com.
“An uplifting tune done with class, in the great tradition of classic Hip-Hop.” – LOOSE LIPS “Wonky beats and woozy melodies, pitched vocal cuts and mournful strings. Rhythmic fragments of melody breathe in and out, punctuating the start-stop breaks. On the flipside, Malik Ameer features on a Thatmanmonkz remix, and turns the whole affair into a slamming rhythmic hip-hop stormer. Perfectly punctuated rhythms and rhymes float above the remixed original. Top stuff. ” – Piccadilly Records “Black Beacon Sound’s debut release delivers a large dollop of rhythmic hip hop. The original edit, from Zen the Sharpshooter, is a vocally melancholic number suitably partnered by laid back, easy rolling drum patterns and sample cuts. The B-side plays thatmanmonkz’ and Malik Ameer’s heavier refixture, slamming a distinctive drum pattern and bass sequence that nests comfortably underneath the melody.” –
“Baked features the deep poetry of NYC’s Malik Ameer on this dope jam full of urban flavour.” – Juno Records Review “Baked is another classy thatmanmonkz take on Hip Hop featuring Malik Ameer on the mic.” – hhv.d “Fans of thatmanmonkz and his label will surely embrace this project, and I suspect most folks with appreciation for new wave soul music formats would also approve. In the end, Columbusing has enough dance floor-ready cuts to appeal to the Beatport single track shoppers, while also achieving more than enough fluidity and quality to be listened to from track one to fourteen as an LP.” – DANCE PARTY CHRONICLES “With a thumping hip-hop beat that’s carved right out of the West Coast, ‘Baked’ with Malik Ameer has that forward thinking cosmic vibe popping off over those old school sensibilities, reminiscent of the sort of stylings Quaimoto and Dam Funk bring to Stones Throw.” – BBS
“Ddjet’s Dance has the oomph on top that will take you to the far reaches of Goa or perhaps an Indonesian temple; have your favorite kind of incense in tow and ready.” –-Hypursuit “Max Tucker and Malik Ameer are New York based production duo Together they take us on a musical trip with their debut album ‘(((10,000+ hours)))’ that is not so much weird, but an eclectic and quirky mix of jazz, electronica and experimental sounds” – Weird HappYness. Lets Be Brief “Are you weird? Do you like to be happy? Me too. I found some friends who specialize and excel and those very things, they are the aptly named Buddhist funk outfit Weird HappYness. Hailing from New York this melodiously inclined pair of acoustic rebel rousers can raise low self-esteem to an all time high.” – Locash Magazine “Longtime Imageyenation homie Malik Ameer, known for kicking conscious Raps over firebrand Funk beats, has teamed up with musician Max Tucker for a foray into sludgy instrumental music. The two, as Weird HappYness, bring their Jazz and Funk sensibilities to the realm of experimental Electronica and Hip-Hop production a-la Dilla, FlyLo, DâM-FunK, and Juba Dance, on ‘(((10,000 Hours +))’ Malik, Max, and their collaborator Leron Thomas, were nice enough to make their initial offering free to download to those of us who might wish to join them as they embark on this new sonic exploration. You can also check out a couple of cuts, including the somnambulant, Kraftwerk-y, backwards beats, and Jazzy skronk of “Tipping to the Point”, in a much more visual milieu via a handful of YouTube uploads.” – Imageyenation “As the newly released material continues to garner interest from experimental music enthusiasts, one of the album’s most popular songs, “The Ascent of Rose” has already been featured on Jazz FM.” – AM World Group “Weird HappYness’ new 8-track album features a great mix of experimental jazz, funk and soul, electronica and hip-hop” – Music Existence “One of the album’s most popular songs, The Ascent of Rose is regularly featured on Jazz FM and has quickly become a fan favorite.” – World Net Daily “Features a great mix of experimental jazz, funk, soul, electronica and hip-hop” – Dopeminds
RifRaf – Free Musiczine, Dec 2014 “With Leron Thomas currently making major moves, we are extremely proud to release the vinyl LP of Take It…, one of his most unique projects so far, in collaboration with Malik Crumpler. “I’ve been amazed by the man’s diverse sound and projects, ‘Take It’ is the perfect EP to get introduced to Leron’s music.” — Lefto (BBE / Worldwide Family) –” – The Pusher Distribution “ Appear to Stack has a clear intent and executes with precision, smack us around the head with soulful electronica that carries more weight than an operatic baritone.” Leron Thomas’s -Let’s Be Brief “Leron Thomas makes it clear with his latest project ..Take It that he has no intention of being bound by genre or held back by being independent. With a soulful electronic vibe Thomas delivers his most challenging album yet. Co-produced with Malik Crumpler, one would never guess this was recorded by the two, home-studio style in NYC. The tracks weave in and out with a knowing sense of chord progression, cutting wit and moments of hilarity. Coupled with new music videos, Thomas shows he has no intention of slowing down and has a seemingly endless pit of creativity.” -2013 live4ever.uk.com “Now Thomas is doing so with the release of his new EP, Take It…. On it, Thomas is going a more experimental route, weaving and mashing his smooth voice with layers of sounds and electronic touches. It’s so much more than a jazz release.” – Anthony Dean-Harris, nextbop.com “The evocative and performative song is coupled with an eerie video montage of vintage school clips and really eerie, creepy clown painted children.” www.giantstep.net….
“After meeting at the funeral of a mutual friend, lyricists Seven Divine and Malik Ameer began making music together in ’96. Due to high school challenges their collaborative project was never completed until recently with the overdue album The Orsiris Effect. With a sound that is as lyrically ambitious as it is rhythmically hypnotizing, this duo is a must listen for any hip-hop enthusiast. Seven Devine currently resides in California while Malik Ameer claims New York as him home.” – 2012 Mendoza “Seven Divine and Malik Ameer, put together a very original EP, full of dope beats and rhymes. Definitely worth checking this one out.” – The Word Is Bond.com “With a sound that is as lyrically ambitious as it is rhythmically hypnotizing, this duo is a must listen for any hip-hop enthusiast…It’s no secret that New York has always been on top of its rap game. Looking back, some of hip-hop’s brightest stars claimed NYC as their home turf. Now in 2012, it’s clear that the East Coast is still raising an impressive crop of lyricists” -Epitonic. “From Brooklyn to Queens and beyond, each borough boasts a roster of up and coming hip-hop acts that are as diverse as they are talented. Take a listen and get acquainted with the new class of New York hip-hop featuring funny guys Das Racist, professional stoner Action Bronson, and the lyrically ambitious Malik Ameer.” – iHeartNYC Home is Where The House is (Edgetone Records CA. 2011)
“The stylistic disparity is stimulating: complex patchworks of texts and phonemic intricacies are designed upon techno pulses and more difficult metres, inserting quarter tones, looped clusters and absurdist glottolalia whenever this is felt as appropriate (“When It Reigns It Powers”, “Lookout For The Wolf” and “Buckwheat Passacaglia” being major demonstrations of compositional talent in that sense).” -Touching Extremes “OK, this is different. Malik Ameer raps over oddball grooves and arresting layers of scat singing (or “phonemic emanations” as they put it) by Lorin Benedict. The scat sounds like some kind of encrypted poetry, and the twisted, abstract raps are delivered in an urgent but fractured manner that throws everything off balance… if it ever was in balance. It’s all pretty damn cool.” – KZSU 90.1 Stanford University FM
“ The Roseline is by no means perfect, but that is its enduring charm. The Madmen are not attempting to create a radio album, but instead to explore the boundaries of music and genre. The album is worth owning for the Church moans on In the Smashan and the jazz piano on Jivatma Sings; however, listening to the work as a whole allows a greater appreciation of the underpinning motivation behind each track.” – The Egoist Review 2012….
“Star Still Shining. I LOVE underground music. You get to search and find artist and sounds so far from the mainstream. The down side to underground artists…..is that many are one and done. That’s why it’s always a pleasure to bump into an artist who you’ve thought you may not hear from again. Malik Ameer’s Dramatomania was an amazingly strong yet also flawed album. Drenched in originality and political message it often for better or worse came across as something made in the basement. SANCTIFIED has no such problem. You quickly get a sense that the album was more then made, rather crafted by Malik. Jazzy, poetic and away from the realm of the average this is a very good album. A neo-soul version of hip-hop if you will. Interestingly enough the only negative I can say about it, is that it is so well polished that it lacks the production harshness that his previous work had…..giving slightly less push to his politcal message. Still all in all, another fine production by Mr. Ameer. I will be picking up the next release too……whenever it may come!!! I have been dropping reviews all up and down cdbaby. Now finally you have a chance to see what my music is all about. cdbaby.com/cd/absolutepower” – MoJoKing of Absolute Power NYC “Captivating !! Stimulates the Mind, Moves the Soul, Rocks the Body!!! This Voice Must Be heard!! Malik Ameer has done it again, this ever evolving artist has taken his powerful mix of prophetic messages and Pull you in Production, and given us yet another reason to buy independant, Sanctified, takes you on a journey that delivers you to the doorstep of your Soul. Hip Hop is alive and well in this artist,teacher, poet, that is Malik Ameer. Thanks Malik for washing away the dust off Hip Hop with Sanctified!!!”- Soulflightmusic Productions “Simply brilliant! Every once in a while I listen to this CD again to catch what I missed the 23rd time around. Malik is a lyricist and as voracious a thinker. I’m really proud to know the man behind his muse-ic. He has inspired me in ways he probably doesn’t even know. Sanctified will remain the breath of ancestors awaiting resurrection from the underground of cliche’ cemetaries. may the dead rise up and breathe again! James Baldwin would snap! LOL” – Tim’m @Reddirt, Chicago “Sanctified is one of the best albums I’ve heard all year! I love the live instrumentation, the poetic flow, and substance of Malik’s lyrics. “ – T Boogie Oakland, Ca. “Every now and then you hear a track or a cd by an artist who you have never heard of but you really enjoy. In part this is true about this album. Malik Ameer hailing from Oakland, California brings a very funky, jazz influenced sounding release with positive, social conscious lyrics.” – ozhiphop.com Australia “Have you ever listened to an album and had basically no feelings about-neither good nor bad? If not, this could be the first one for you. This feeling of nothingness certainly isn’t desirable, and surely wasn’t the intent of Malik Ameer, but it at least saves Sanctified from being a thoroughly unpleasant listen. At very worst, you might come away thinking “Well, it wasn’t bad.” That basically summarizes this album.” – Rapreviews “Malik’s Music Grips The Soul And Transforms Thoughtful Emotion Into Tangible Energy. The beats are creative, unique and have a way of infiltrating your mind and body. The combination of hard center pocket drum beats and rich harmony provide a hipnotic bed for Malik’s powerful and poetic lyrics. The concepts that Malik covers and the opinions that he voices are some of the most honest and thoughtful to be found on any album these days. Rather than making blunt political statements that go unheard due to their preachy nature, Malik crafts his lyrics to bring the listener on a journey of nuanced social consciousness that leave one feeling as though their eyes have been opened to another realm of thought. In it’s entirety, this album is an honest, beautiful, powerful and addicting mix of music, emotion and thought that is virtually unparalleled in this day and age. Thank you Malik. Keep it coming.” – Al Ein, Los Angeles Ca.
“This is a listening album, something you should be listening to alone, preferbly on the headphones, with particular focus on the lyrics. Childen Of The Night will produce a lump in your throat. I can feel him on this track. The best track on here is Drapetomania. The song is just dope. One of the few tracks in Hip Hop that almost made me cry. Peep this with an open mind.” – Africas Gateway.com “This record is something very uncomfortable for you. It makes it even hard for us to approach it and appreciate it as something that’s supposed to entertain us. Unless we can take this in, as something to be listened to with the same respect and open soul, as we’d be listening to someone telling us about his struggles from past days in person. What then also means that we have to give this album a different kind of respect (but no rating). Unless you can be ignorant enough to not give a damn.” – Tadah @ Urban Smarts “Their inclusive ‘hate the system; not the individual’ rhetoric such as “The only colour I despise is the green!” And their right-on incitements like “some of us must change the world to survive in its clutch,” coupled with their jam-session instrumentals mean that The Unseen are probably going to be more appealing to fans of acts like Asian Dub foundation, fun-da-mental or Rage Against the Machine than the uncompromising and deliberately controversial tone and stance of acts like Da Lench Mob, Paris, Ice Cube et al. Whereas the AOR rock world has the likes of REM, Radiohead and Leonard Cohen to keep its fans in a state of contemplative misery, Jiggyfication and its celebration of vacuity and apathy has consolidated its grip on hiphop. Subsequently, the emphasis has been shifted from the cathartic and edutaining properties of hiphop in favour of moronic escapism. Like a lone pebble in this ocean of gloss, The Unseen offer socially conscious feel-bad music because sadly, not ” Sometimes I love it, other times I loath it..it all depends on whether you are prepared for your pop music to be hard work…” -Goldie ”Everybody knows..” UKHIPHOP.com “Don’t get me wrong though; it’s not that Malik doesn’t have good lyrical ideas – he does. But listening to him rap, I start to wonder whether the field of music was really the proper route for him to take. See, all of the album’s lyrics are printed inside the CD booklet, but the thing is, they seem to translate a whole lot better written on a page than pressed on wax.”- Rap Reviews “In an album of risky and singular choices, any mistake stands out. To The Unseen’s credit, these are few. “Trance Form” may be the weakest track, or it just may be a poor song to open with and the chorus on “Talkin’ Heads” may be repeated on too many times, but these are minor quibbles. There is an apology for “minor sonic deficiencies” in the liner notes but, if they exist, they are so swallowed in the tremendous music that they disappear. This album, devoid of filler, is a passionate, honest, experimental and traditional ode both to those who have stood up to oppression before and those who still toil under its weight.” -Hiphopinfinity.com
“It is with that in mind that I’ve embarked on a journey to bring you some real underground hip-hop music. First stop on that journey is Oakland California and a a crew called The Unseen, fronted by emcee cum spoken word poet Malik “Ahkenaten” Ameer. The brother and his band have been slangin’ harder than a bunch crack dealer for seven years, out the trunk & hand to hand in order for their voice to be heard. On their current project — The Nightmare — that voice comes through loud and clear, like one crying in the wilderness. With production handled by Malik and his band-mates the disc sports a stripped down vibe that blends programmed drum tracks with live keys and other instrumentation to give it a very original sound.” -Keter Tzadik 12/2000 Imageyenation.com “Okay, this is not for all people. Straight up. Then again, it is for all people. It will not solve the case of hip hop vs. live instrumentation, as it’s ‘abstract minimalism’, is stretching the boundaries of what is considered rap / hip hop. The courage is remarkable and deserves a nod. The lyrics are refusing to babble, as they are taking reality angst and makes them hearable for your ears. The sound structures are complex buildings that sometimes obey to rectangles, but at other times, refuse to do just that, like they’d be designed by Hundertwasser. And we can’t force that onto anyone. We can suggest it to everyone, it being a exciting chapter in ones one musical upbringing. But in the end, as some people in the jury will voyeuristically, and excitingly view the explicit and uncensored pictures of violent crimes, others are just disgusted. The same goes for this record.” – Urban Smarts.com “As with any live band production may tend to take the forefront, but Aton’s lyrics are nothing to be slept on. Intelligent social commentary and a high energy delivery make him a very well rounded emcee and make this album strong in all aspects. The Nightmare is great on many levels and, depending on your love of music, this album will likely be more suited towards those with tastes extending outside the realm of hip-hop. If you love live instrumentation and like hearing new and different takes on things, you’ll probably like The Unseen. Open minded people enjoy.” – Noyz319 www.ugsmag.com “Frontman Malik Ameer is possessed by frustrated outrage and so his grievances are not so much rapped as screamed, groaned, sneered, slurred and yelled like …” UnitedKingdomHipHop.com
BAY AREA RAP TAPES 1993- 2000 The Unseen duet with Alex Foster (2000) State Of The Art ep duet with CeeNeye aka Currency (1999) Swamp Music duet with Alex Foster C.T. featuring CeeNeye (1999) Elastik ep (1999) Many Scars featuring Herman Roberts III, Problem Child, Drift, CeeNeye aka Currency, Prac Nast, Jayleez, Big B, Relic, Ant Mars, AKIBA, P-NASTAY (1999) MANIAC MUSIC=Figure 8 Nigga Shit featuring Herman Roberts III, Drift, Problem Child Da Menace, Cee-N-eye , Procnaz, AKIBA (1998) Awkward featuring Herman Roberts III, Problem Child Da Menace, Cee-N-eye aka Currency Infinite, Procnaz, AKIBA(1998) Split Personalities featuring Herman Roberts III, Problem Child Da Menace, Procnaz & BALANCE (1997) The Nymphos duet with Herman Roberts III featuring Procnaz, Jared & Alfonso (1997) ep ZOINK: The Man The Myth Thee Legend ep EP comedy music album featuring Zoink a bisexual god from a haunted house in ancient Grease and Jared & Alfonso (1997) Jaded: Diary Of The Miserable Ones featuring Herman Roberts III, Problem Child Da Menace, Balance (1997) Bitter Doctrine featuring Herman Roberts III, Problem Child Da Menace (1997) MYOPIA: The Art Of Going Blind featuring Carlos Becknell (1996) Graveyard Thoughts (1995) Bloodshot The Wizard (1994) Hilarious ep (1993)