Groundbreakers – From the Ground Up [Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – Straight from Vancity’s underground, the Groundbreakers bring their good-time-party-vibe hip-hop to the surface. A combination of DJ, two MCs, beatboxer and live bass, these guys do what they do for one reason and one reason only, for the love of hip-hop; their release From The Ground Up makes that love and commitment to the culture apparent.
Emcees Babie Paul and Attikus kick smooth, effortless flows over classic hip-hop beats and samples with crisp and clear timing. The added components of GBoXX on the beatbox and Backbone’s live basslines bring a nice touch of originality and flavor to the album as a whole. The term ‘Torchbearers’ might be a more apt name for these cats: they’re proudly keeping the spirit of the boom bap alive with their clean, listenable sound. The lead-off tracks “Like It Or Not” and “Second Nature” couldn’t be clearer: the album jumps off with strong headnodders that pull you in right away, and your head stays nodding as the songs progress. The two lyricists cover much ground, ranging from dealing with emotions on “Don’t Cry” to displaying their rhyme skills on “Showtime,” all the while reppin Vancity nonstop and maintaining a positive vibe.
Groundbreakers are coming from the underground but have undeniable mass appeal. Whether rolling in a limo, Lexus or a broken-down Honda, heads across the board would find it impossible to not bob to this joint. These bangers could be bumped anywhere, whether in an underground dive or a glossy club . With From The Ground Up the Groundbreakers may have begun their bubble to the surface, so check for their sound coming up through the cracks in the pavement on a sidewalk near you.
For more information check out http://www.myspace.com/vancitygroundbreakers.
Written by Jesse Furnell for HipHopCanada
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