Eprhyme is a Brooklyn based MC with deep roots in the west coast underground. His unique blend of universal b-boy poetics and personalized rap polemic combines in a rare formation of boom-bap indy-hop that speaks to hardcore hip hop heads and serious music lovers alike. His music is both dense and dope, ”moving hip-hop to both an academic level of fixation and an inspirational (yes, it had to be said) level of enthusiasm.” (Tiny Mix Tapes – 2012).
Over the last 10 years, Eprhyme has put in work in both Olympia, WA and Brooklyn, NY as a hip hop and Jewish community organizer and educator, an underground show promoter, booking agent, and artist, independently and commercially releasing over 10 albums. Whether he is diving into a solo album, working in collaboration with side-projects Darshan or the Saints of Everyday Failures, or producing a compilation, Eprhyme approaches each project with a curator’s touch, utilizing ”a cross-continental perspective to shake his sound free from distinctions, embracing many instruments, rhythms, and textures with a jazz-man’s ear for bringing the disparate into harmony” (Mudkiss – 2012).
Eprhyme’s solo debut ‘Waywordwonderwill‘ was released in 2009 by Brooklyn based Jewish and World music label Shemspeed. The album itself is an around the world audio tour of the Jewish Diaspora, as well as an in-depth exploration of Contemporary Jewish American experience and identity.
Eprhyme’s sophomore release, Dopestylevsky (KLP230), came out on K in April 2011; it was the first hip-hop album put out by K in over a decade. Dopestylevsky showcases Eprhyme’s signature blend of storytelling, social commentary, literary references and intricate wordplay woven together with an epic electronic orchestra conducted by Smoke of Oldominion and a host of live musicians.
Eprhyme’s latest album, “Lost Tapes and Found Sounds: 2006-2012“, is also being released on K Records in June 2013. Composed of half new tracks produced by Smoke of Oldominion and half unreleased and remixed tracks from the vaults, the album has that old-school organic mixtape feel – where every song is a single or an unsung hero come home to reclaim the throne.
Make sure to stay tuned for some secret operations set to be made public sometime this fall (2013).
“Eprhyme is a nice breath of clarity that isn’t the exception to any specific rule, just hip-hop music at its best.”
-Skyscraper Magazine (2012)
From Eprhyme‘s international pop underground release, Shomer Salaam [IPU124]. With a chorus lifted straight out of the Torah, this song reminds us of the absurdity of trying to achieve peace through violent means…
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