Stetsasonic created the concept to become Hip-Hop’s first band. The Roots perfected it. Now Blount Harvey is taking this conception to new heights; solidifying their status as one of Hip-Hop’s elite underground ensembles. Blount Harvey is:
Lady Bri (vocalist), Mad Shah (keys), John (trumpet), Nigel Cheeks (strings), ill Will (drums), John Beez (DJ), Big Hop (hype man), Big Ben (sax), Pablo Nieves (trombone), X-Ray, The Pocket Protector 3000 (bass), Q, and the unparalleled Rudolph Lyrics (emcee). Hailing from Greenville, NC this group of talented musicians fuses a myriad of styles from Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul and Funk to provide the listener with a true magnum opus experience. Utilizing a 10-piece band that includes a full horns section, Blount Harvey delivers the goods on their independent release “Live at the Station”.
Live At The Station boasts eleven outstanding tracks that represent the essence of Hip-Hop. This holds true on “Crunk Music”, where front man Rudolph Lyrics takes aim at B.E.T. and other musical media outlets for allowing the buffoonery of Hip-Pop to dominate the airwaves. The band provides the perfect background for Lyrics’s rhythmical flows as their DJ, JohnBeez, provides cuts and scratches for your listening pleasure. The melodic trumpet solo blends flawlessly as The Professor navigates through notes like Magellan. The siren of the crew, Lady Bri, provides the harmonious contrast to her emcee counterpart as she pours her soul into BH’s rendition of Jill Scott’s “It’s Love”. Her beautiful voice fluctuates seamlessly through various octaves as she conveys the true art of vocalism. The horn, string and percussion sections display the type of musical dominance that James Brown would be thrilled to work with. On “Something in the Drum”, these sections flow impeccably as JonBeez transforms the rhythm with ill cuts and scratches.
A band of this size has endless possibilities; it shows in their live performance. BH uses all of its interchangeable parts to move crowds like U-haul. Their showmanship is unmatched, and is clearly displayed as they inject their souls into each composition. Although they may be compared to acts such as The Roots or The Fugees, Blount Harvey has a distinct sound that separates them from similar artists in their genre; putting them in a league of their own.