The Weatherman [HipHop / Rap]

RELEASE: 30.03.2007


VERTRIEB: Groove Attack


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"Raised in Santa Monica til' the divorce/ six years old/ I couldn't see what was coming of course/ the plan/ Mom bounced on Old Man/ then we moved to the Venice sand/ a young youth seen gangs first hand/ fake address for school/ two educations/ rich friends then back to my land."
- "Born in LA" - Evidence

Those bars, a nod to Raekwon's verse from "C.R.E.A.M", are from the L.A. anthem on Evidence's (of Dilated Peoples) solo debut album "The Weatherman LP" and paint the backdrop that catapulted him on the course that would shape his life and career.

Evidence's affinity with hip hop and the culture began in the early 1980's, with his parents' divorce and subsequent move from the affluent city of Santa Monica to neighbouring Venice Beach. While only separated by a few blocks the two beach communities were worlds apart. Raised by his single mother of Russian decent with his Italian father less and less in the picture, Evidence took solace in his new backyard, where his favourite pastimes became break-dancing at the former Venice Pavilion and skateboarding with the legendary Venice Z-Boys. By the early 1990's he became a well known graffiti artist, painting hip hop-inspired hieroglyphics under the name "VANE", a name given to him by Vision from WCA, one of the most respected graffiti crews in Venice and possibly the greater Los Angeles area at the time.

As much fun as he had tagging, breaking and skating, Evidence soon found his true calling after fatefully moving next door to QD3, son of legendary producer Quincy Jones. QD3, an accomplished West Coast producer ("To Live and Die in L.A." for Tupac, "Bop Gun" and "Ghetto Bird" for Ice Cube, "I got the Knack" for Everlast) became one of Evidence's major influences in his pursuit to create music. "At night I would hear a loud thumping coming from the backyard next door and it wouldn't stop until early in the morning", says Evidence recalling those early days. "I could tell that they weren't just playing music, but sounded like music was being created."

Shortly after meeting QD3, Evidence turned his attention to a career in rapping and producing. He studied how raps were constructed and began crafting his own material. Anxious to team up with other artists, he became a regular fixture at the Hip Hop Shop on Melrose, a hip hop haven of sorts for emerging MCs. It was there that Evidence first met Rakaa Iriscience. So impressed with Rakaa's knowledge of hip hop, song-formatting and advanced lyricism, the two shared a tremendous love for hip hop culture which made them perfect partners in rhyme.

Evidence teamed up with the likeminded Rakaa to form the highly praised group Dilated Peoples and after the success of their 1997 single "Third Degree" b/w "Confidence" and "Global Dynamics" on ABB Records – and the addition of DJ Babu to the fold a year later - the group's buzz exploded out of the underground and quickly became a fixture on the hip hop tour circuit. They hoped their success would serve as a platform for solo projects, much as the Wu-Tang Clan's success had done before them.
Four critically acclaimed albums, countless performances around the globe, outside production work including tracks for the Beastie Boys, Linkin Park, Swollen Members, Defari, Planet Asia, and Kanye West Dilated Peoples rapper/producer Evidence gives his fans a spectacular taste of his own individual talent on his debut solo album "The Weatherman LP" on ABB Records.

Through his work as one third of Dilated Peoples, Evidence became a torchbearer and champion of hip hop culture.
"This is for people who get what I do", Evidence says. "If I'm going to come out independently and I have the freedom to do what I want, there's no better way to represent. I want to be a leader and carve out a new path."

"The Weatherman LP" erases the misconception that it never rains in Southern California, as Evidence's reign over the rap world is imminent. With production from The Alchemist, Sid Roams (producers Joey Chavez and Bravo), Jake One, DJ Babu, DJ Khalil, and Evidence himself, the high-powered collection boasts brilliant beats that perfectly compliment Evidence's impressive lyrical scope.

The lead single "Mr. Slow Flow" features a thunderous track from Sid Roams and Evidence's signature punchline-heavy rhymes. "There are a lot of gems on that record", he explains. "I didn't waste one line. If you really sit and break it down, there's not a filler line in there. I'll be very comfortable performing this on stage."

The follow-up single "All Said And Done" is an introspective song where Evidence explores his position as a solo artist and individual when he steps from behind the mask of his group. "I have been around the world many times, but wonder if anyone really knows who I am as an individual at the end of the day. I hope this song will help establish my identity."

One of the most powerful songs on the album is "Believe In Me" featuring Res (vocalist for Gnarls Barkley a.o.). "I think people can tell when an artist isn't confident in themselves and on this song I let the audience know I have something to say and I am going to stand behind it. When you come and see me on stage I am going to look you in the eyes and make that connection, I want the audience to know that I am ready to take the responsibility of being a leader, something they can believe in."

Elsewhere "Down In New York City" pays homage to hip hop's birthplace in the Bronx. The song has a special significance for Evidence because his parents were originally from Brooklyn and Evidence spent extensive time with his family in New York during his formative years. He considers the song his version of the late hip hop icon The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Going Back To Cali", because while Biggie was from New York and respected the hip hop art forms originating from California, Evidence is from California and feels that New York is his second home. And, just as Biggie presented an outsider's view of Los Angeles with admiration and appreciation, Evidence does the same toward New York.

Evidence displays innovative layers of his artistry on the revealing "I Still Love You" and "Chase The Clouds Away", both tributes to his mother, who succumbed to cancer more than two years ago. She was the inspiration behind both songs and Evidence's life. At the highest point in Dilated's career, with a hit single "This Way" and on tour with Kanye West to support the 2004 release of "Neighborhood Watch", Evidence received a phone call that would change his life forever. He left the tour immediately and his mother's sudden death two weeks later propelled him into a depressive state that made him seriously contemplate his career. Writing and performing "I Still Love You" was emotionally challenging for Evidence, a single child whose mother was his best friend and confidante. "I produced it, I rapped on it and I recorded it by myself with nobody in the room because I couldn't have anybody around when I was doing it", he explains. "It's the one time you're definitely going to get all of me." Evidence constructed "Chase The Clouds Away" after coming out of the disheartened state he fell into after his mother passed. "When my parents got divorced my mother began taking pictures of me and realized she had a talent..." She turned that talent into a career and became a commercial and portrait photographer forming Jana Taylor Photography, taking pictures of the families of Denzel Washington, Kevin Costner, and Tracy Ullman to name a few. "I saw her make something out of nothing. She turned pictures of me into a career and that is what I ended up doing in a way by making music and rapping in my bedroom, then taking that product around the world to become my profession."

With the release of "The Weatherman LP", Evidence will continue to build upon a new brand fueled by his re-inspired work ethic. "I am not relying on the success of Dilated Peoples to push this album, while they are featured on it and heavily co-signing my solo venture I understand that I am going to have to work twice as hard and get back in front of the people and re-introduce myself through shows, my music, and constant day-to-day networking with my fans. I am not married; I don't have kids, so I can stay on the road all year long if that is what it at the end of the day what I put in is what I get out and it will all be a reflection of me, Evidence."

01. I Know
02. Weather Report 1
03. Mr Slow Flow
04. Letyourselfgo feat. The Alchemist & Phonte
05. Down In New York City
06. A Moment In Time feat. Planet Asia
07. Look For The Evidence Interlude
08. All Said & Done
09. Weather Report 2
10. Perfect Storm feat. Rakaa Iriscience & Madchild
11. Chase The Clouds Away
12. NC To CA feat. Defari, Joe Scudda & Rapper Big Pooh
13. Evidence Is Everywhere
14. Things You Do
15. Biggest Belgium Fan Interlude
16. Hot & Cold feat. The Alchemist
17. Line Of Scrimmage feat. Slug
18. Believe In Me feat. Res
19. Born In LA feat. Chace Infinite & Sick Jacken
20. Weather Report 3
21. I Still Love You

(Quelle: Groove Attack, 20.3.2007)


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