The Yah Mos Def Channels Minor Threat Through Hip-Hop

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The Yah Mos Def isn't an insanely talented, yet currently wayward emcee by way of Brooklyn. Nope. They're an insanely hardcore, yet currently hip-hop duo by way of Philadelphia. Check the cool wax:

The YMD are worth their spit. Any good MC knows where he came from, recalls his roots in his rhymes, and the young men of the YMD have good memories. When they sat down to record Excuse Me, This Is The Yah Mos Def, their debut full-length record, the Philadelphia party-starting twosome took something familiar to them, the hardcore punk music of their youth, rapped over it, and turned it into something brand new. There's no nostalgia to stain it, nothing in their samples that smells like an over-priced reunion show. The YMD stood on the shoulders of their idols to make something louder than hardcore and more vocal than hip-hop: a fountain of youth for the party.

The ten tracks on Excuse Me, This Is The Yah Mos Def are built on samples from a laundry list of bands that includes Bikini Kill, Minor Threat, Shipping News and Cap'n Jazz. The production is raw and guerilla, and lyrically, the album is a cultural history of the city they call home (on "New Direction" the boys attempt to shout out every neighborhood in Philadelphia.) It amounts to a freestyle parking lot battle waged at a dingy punk club, a clash of genres that is a musical revolution.

--Oscar Pascual

THE YMD ANNOUNCES EXCUSE ME, THIS IS THE YAH MOS DEF
PHILADELPHIA GENRE-SMASHING MCs RELEASE DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ON
MY PAL GOD RECORDS - FEBRUARY 12TH 2008

Princeton, NJ - My Pal God Records is proud to announce Excuse Me, This Is The Yah Mos Def - The YMD's most compelling work to date. My Pal God Records will unveil this beat-packed album on February 12, 2008, and it will be distributed throughout the US via Southern Records and be made available worldwide through online platforms.

The YMD are worth their spit. Any good MC knows where he came from, recalls his roots in his rhymes, and the young men of the YMD have good memories. When they sat down to record Excuse Me, This Is The Yah Mos Def, their debut full-length record, the Philadelphia party-starting twosome took something familiar to them, the hardcore punk music of their youth, rapped over it, and turned it into something brand new. There's no nostalgia to stain it, nothing in their samples that smells like an over-priced reunion show. The YMD stood on the shoulders of their idols to make something louder than hardcore and more vocal than hip-hop: a fountain of youth for the party.

The ten tracks on Excuse Me, This Is The Yah Mos Def are built on samples from a laundry list of bands that includes Bikini Kill, Minor Threat, Shipping News and Cap'n Jazz. The production is raw and guerilla, and lyrically, the album is a cultural history of the city they call home (on "New Direction" the boys attempt to shout out every neighborhood in Philadelphia.) It amounts to a freestyle parking lot battle waged at a dingy punk club, a clash of genres that is a musical revolution.

YMD members Distro and B. Awesome deliver manic, breathless, and hysterical rhymes from the stage. Their live shows shut down clubs, and start the after-parties early. Woe is the band or MC forced to play after them, there may be no stage left. And since their tracks straddle genres, so do their shows. The YMD has shared bills with everyone from Matt & Kim to Flosstradomus and Pissed Jeans to Plastic Little.

Both Philly natives, the two members of the YMD met as they traveled the east coast hardcore scene in the late nineties. They recorded three songs together, the first examples of their brand new blended genre, but never expected to play a live or record anything more serious. In the fall of 2004 a few tracks by the duo on MySpace caught the attention of a Philly club promoter and she booked their first show.

The first proper EP from the YMD, Plays Ugly for Suckers, has now sold out of its second pressing and their limited edition 12" single "Yah Mos Def is a Gang," with artwork by Evil Design, was released in September of 2006. After hearing the group's self-released efforts, WPRB DJ Jon Solomon invited the YMD to play a live in-studio on his show, and soon decided to release their full-length album on his label, My Pal God Records.

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