Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Maroon Colony

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Here's another one I don't know anything about. I bought this back in '98 or '99, when I was picking up everything I could find from the 206. And what I heard when I put this album by the nine-member Maroon Colony was definitely pleasing to the ear: Accomplished musicians creating some awesome, jazz-infected hip hop to accompany four very talented emcees. I would compare them to the Roots, musically. Ev, Josh, Ken, Drew, and Van manage to play some lively, groovy, and sometimes psychedelic music, while keeping it uncluttered enough for Krisys (AKA Khalil Crisis, AKA Khingz), Mensah, Weapon X and Sunspot (NOT Sunspot Jonz) to lay down some lyrical density. The emcees evoke a decidedly west coast vibe (and by west coast I mean Cali), which is surprising since a lot of what came out of Seattle back then seemed to borrow a lot from the more rugged east coast sound. I always regretted not seeing this group live, because you can tell from this album that a show by the Colony would have been heat. However, the energy of a dope live show doesn't always translate smoothly to tape, and that is unfortunately the case here. But don't let that deter you, as this is some classic creativity by a group of talented artists. Vitamin D guests on the hidden track at the end.

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4 comments:

  1. Two reviews on this album if you're interested:

    http://www.earpollution.com/jan99/album/album.html#marooncolony

    http://dailyuw.com/1999/1/14/a12.marooncolo/

    Thanks for this one!

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  3. Yo this is crazy, I used to work with a couple of the emcees from MC at Nintendo in Redmond back in the day. His name was Xhavar (not sure how it's spelled), and his cousin, but I can't recognize his name in that list. Used to have their CD way back but I lost it now. They played live at bumbershoot one year too, shit was hype.

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  4. Xhavar went by "Sunspot" back then and then became "Neezie" and dropped an album called "Neezie Pleaze". His cousin was "Weapon X". I am DJ Sureal and a founding member of Anonmous?/Maroon Colony/Blacc Velevett.

    -DJ Sureal

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