Robinson, John

I Am Not For Sale [HipHop / Rap]

RELEASE: 10.10.2008

LABEL: Fat City

VERTRIEB: Groove Attack

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The fundamentals of foundational Hip-Hop pulsate vibrantly through the veins of the multi-dimensional artist, John Robinson. Born in the South Bronx and raised in Far Rockaway, Queens, this native New Yorker has sojourned through the underground scenes of New Jersey, Atlanta and Los Angeles with the result of creating a sound that is universally magnetic to hip-hop audiences of various backgrounds. With his raspy vocal tone and calm demeanor, Robinson AKA Lil Sci of the World Wide Underground east coast group Scienz of Life, rekindles his alter - ego to audio biographically introduce to his new chiseled personality that spits nothing less than lyrical perfection.

Inspired by Hip-Hop legends such as KRS-One, Slick Rick, Brand Nubian and KMD to name a few, J.R. has been rocking mics since before his first chin hair. These same legends helped Robinson to mold himself to a scientific sort of political advisor that enjoys speaking to audiences both en masse and one person at a time. Having performed with the likes of The Roots, Common, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Dead Prez, Run DMC, MF DOOM and many others nationally and internationally (i.e. Rome, Switzerland, London (UK), Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and Paris) John Robinson is a proven performance aficionado. If that weren’t enough this super energetic emcee, well seasoned in the marketing side and the creative side of urban music has elevated to the executive level. Currently the President of Shaman Work Recordings ( Robinson has taken all his years of experience of the independent music business and is channeling it through Shaman Work and other ventures.

Disguised as an All-American entertainer John Robinson is a truly crouching rapper hidden freedom fighter and this is cleverly interwoven in his music. Written in the character of his alter ego “Lil Sci”(introducing John Robinson to the audible world) his music speaks to every true hip-hop fan. His lyrics are scribed with sheer poetic acumen and his beats pound manhole covers off of city streets.

In a world of rancidly stale excuses for music, this Shaman Work president reps the name of his label by bringing forth a musical healing that is probably one of the reasons hip-hop hasn’t plunged into the bottom of the sea. And with a catalogue that dates back to 1996 it’s a definite blessing to the world that John Robinson rhymes.

Creating adeptly with stealth and panache, John Robinson proves to not only be a gem to every studio he graces, he also composes music that is regarded as crown jewels to his cohorts. Upon indulging in his music, listeners will be swept away by the soulfully rich tracks, stitched to Robinson’s warm and melodic utterances of messages as down to earth as Studio One style reggae music but cutting edge and ahead of it’s time. The ultimate performer, this Aries dragon isn’t just a lyricist but a producer and music business mogul as well. And he uses each of these talents to concoct a musical package that stands to be heralded as a top-flight hip-hop classic.

(Quelle: FAT CITY)

‘I Am Not for Sale’ is the culmination of over a decade of tireless work from one of Hip Hop’s most slept on MCs and all round renaissance man - John Robinson aka Lil Sci. Many of you will know J.R. from his work with Sol Uprizing or Scienz of Life or from the stellar output of his own Shaman Work label which he runs together with Chris Craft. John’s is also a unique voice you may recognise from a glut of guest apperances for and collaborations with Madlib, Count Bass D, Rawkus Records, MF DOOM, Daedelus, Ammon Contact, Dwight Trible, Jneiro Jarel and Flying Lotus.

Having teased the underground community in the last two years with the widely acclaimed mixtapes ‘The Leak Edition’ Volume 1 & 2 (and subsequent vinyl sampler ‘Leak Edition EP 1’ on Fat City) J.R. is ready to unleash his official debut album release. Production on this project comes from some of the most groundbreaking beatmakers around today namely FLYING LOTUS, JNEIRO JAREL & IG CULTURE, perfectly complimenting John’s poetic flow and forward thinking vision.

‘I Am Not For Sale’ is merely the beggining for J.R. as 2008 also promises a full collaboration album with MF DOOM on his own Shaman Work label.


01. The Genesis Feat. Renee Neufville
02. I Am Not 4 Sale
03. Don King
04. Touch Em
05. Dreaming Again
06. The Experiment
07. Mascot
08. Fly Prezidente
09. The Author
10. Stop & Think
11. Vocal Overload

(Quelle: FAT CITY)


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