Posts tagged Underground
Uncommon Records 'Save the Horn' for Ethiopia

Uncommon Records is one of our favorite labels for several reasons, having an alternative view on HipHop, DIY attitude and another is supporting great causes which impact real people. Here we have a limited release or pop-up album which all proceeds go towards Charity:Water so they can finance a drilling rig in Ethiopia to create wells, this is a fantastic cause that will impact many people as we all need clean water to drink. The album will only be available for one month (10/28-11/28) and then it's gone, hope you all can contribute to a great cause. Props to Uncommon Records for standing up for righteous causes and great music. I just bought it and will most likely be discussing it within the next couple of days.

Check out what they have to say on the project after the jump.

"Uncommon Records humbly presents our 2nd "Pop Up Album", Save the Horn.  All proceeds from Save the Horn will be donated to Charity:Water which builds water wells in the 3rd world.  They are currently raising funds to finance a drilling rig that can dig multiple wells in the country of Ethiopia.  All of the dollars donated to Charity:Water are verified to be going toward specific wells via Google Maps and photos that are directly associated with the dollars.  Even their overhead comes through a separate income source. Save the Horn will only be available for one month (10/28-11/28), we will then donate all funds raised from the sale of the album and it will never be available again.  This creates a rare piece of music in the digital format.  The album contains 16 songs for only a $5 donation, although we would encourage you to donate more if you can.  Let's tell you about the album: Save the Horn features music from Uncommon's roster like Acid Reign, Adam Warlock, Atari Blitzkrieg, Pruven, Short Fuze, Taiyamo Denku, Masai Bey, DCK VNNGT along with collaborations with fellow Progressive Hip-Hoppers like JunClassic, Billy Woods, Megabusive, Aeon Grey, Passive65ive, Carl Kavorkian, Zesto and more.  The list of producers banding together is also impressive including Nasa, Agartha Audio, IV the Polymath, Black Tokyo, Waatu, Bond and others. The opportunity to present staunchly Progressive Hip-Hop like this in a joint effort to raise money for a worthy cause is an honor.  We were able to make a difference with Japan Earthquake Relief earlier this year with a similar project, now we need to send the same love to Africa.  Thanks to everyone that takes part, and enjoy the tunes!!!"

Adam Warlock Searches for "Dark Weapons"

Adam Warlock of Uncommon Records released an album that birthed out of a break-in he and his wife just went thru, they rightfully felt the need to be on constant watch for protection and think of ways to defend themselves. This is one of those albums where if you don't understand the type of Hip-Hop (non-PopHop) this is... you just won't get it and probably shouldn't bother reviewing it as some have attempted. It was made out of the raw emotions that ran thru Adam Warlock and where it took him was to a dark place dealing with anger and fear also using what was left in his house as methods of combating anything that might come their way. It's very raw in sound and uses The Mars Volta (sometimes barely recognizable) to create the mood with convoluted yet perfectly fit beats, I would like to think it's the same way he felt and let's you experience some of what he went thru. The only thing I didn't feel to much was the opening "Chain lock" repeated chant in Chain Lockin' but other than that the rest of the album goes in and I totally understood his purpose with this album. Lyrics are straight forward and no nonsense just like going thru this victimized instance probably was, I never felt like he was trying to talk down ("smart" rap) while rhyming  and it felt like I could relate to his message and put me in his shoes for those almost 18 minutes of album length. I recommend this album to those that like Hip-Hop with an open-minded ear, this isn't your regular street do-rag sob story rap. Listen below, hit that download button and pay attention to Uncommon Records, they keep releasing good music. You can download the album for free or if you want a physical copy then preorder (with Instrumentals/Poster/Sticker Pack) it on his Bandcamp page as well.

Sidenote: I see no reason to spend sentences on the artist's name as it has nothing to do with the music and is irrelevant to the experience.