2009 Artists

Anti-Pop Consortium

Alternative Hip-Hoppers Antipop Consortium formed in 1997 when Beans, High Priest, M. Sayyid and producer Earl Blaize met at a poetry slam in New York City. They are often praised for their stream-of consciousness lyrics, often irreverent and featuring associative groups of words, and their ability to give seemingly unrelated word clusters hidden meaning. Before being signed by Warp Records in 2000, the group released several singles and two albums on Dan the Automator's experimental hip-hop label 75 Ark. Their releases were met with mixed reviews from the mainstream and underground music scenes alike, including the press, however, the group has always been praised and acknowledged for their inventiveness and the experimental electronic productions contributed by all members. They were frequently compared to other rappers with unorthodox lyrics, such as Kool Keith, MF Doom and Aesop Rock. In 2001, they opened for Radiohead during the European leg of their Amnesiac tour and subsequently toured with DJ Shadow. After a five-year stint of solo-career aspirations by each of the group members, they reunited in 2007 and have since returned to their awe-inspiring method of music creation. The We The People Festival proudly seconds the Anti-Pop Consortium