The Procussions, If I had to describe them then I’d say they’re a cross between Outkast, The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest, they’re different, they more often than not pull it off and they’re bloody talented. I can’t claim I know everything about them, what I do know is that they’ve made 2 of the best albums I’ve heard in the last 10 years and also Up All Night And Day – an ep mainly full of what appears to be spontaneous instrumental jams, not my cup of tea however near the end is the incredibly catchy ‘Freedom’ and possibly my favourite song of theirs ‘The Life Of Brian’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4llUP4a3DI a song about autism, powerful heart felt lyrics with nice laid back beats.
I read one review of 4 Sparrows For 2 Cents which called The Procussions boring. In today’s hip-hop world it is difficult to say something that hasn’t been said before, I actually liked the way they gave a shit about other people and freely spoke their minds and talked about subjects they wanted to talk about, Little People http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMHJ8LARgvM is testament to that. In a world of guns, hoes and bitches I think it’s damn brave to spit about the subjects they have. I could sit here all night and big up their songs, there’s so many I like.
Their separation has (shown me that I don’t know how to spell separation (it’s been spell checked now)) been a different one as far as splits go, as far as I’m aware it was pretty amicable and not due to a difference in anything. Rez left to pursue his art, leaving Mr J Medeiros and Stro and eventually they went their separate ways. Both have had mixed solo careers to date. Mr J kind of continued where they left off, his song Constance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqyLRpGgxRs was in the same mould as Little People and Life Of Brian. Mr J talks about a Filipino prostitute aged 13 and it has that heart felt feel to it (Mr J has started a human rights movement related to this called the Constance Campaign) with immaculate production which just comes as standard.
Mr J works hard, I follow him on Twitter and it seems to me that he never sleeps. He certainly is reaping the rewards of his efforts and should be an example to any up and coming artists. However, whilst I like his solo joints and I can feel where his influences lie in The Procussions, I miss Stro The 89th Key. His production is what made them so good, something different with 3 emcees with the strength of delivery to bring it all together. If The Procussions are truly over then I want to see more from Stro (check out his recent instrumental album http://stro.bandcamp.com/album/stros-old-beat-farm – The track Flye is particularly outstanding.) Stro is a very talented emcee and producer but only seems to dabble in the game from what I see.
The purpose of the post is to hopefully put people onto The Procussions and the solo careers that have spanned from them. I’ll also see if both Mr J and Stro will give this a read as I follow them on Twitter and hope that maybe I’ll plant a seed in their minds. I’ve been listening to real hip-hop for 20 years, I consider myself educated. The Procussions were/are great; I still play them at least once a week. I just hope one day they realise that they could be held amongst the greats if they just gave themselves collectively another go, even if it is missing Rez. I don’t think it will disappoint, I can’t see how it would.