You may have seen these guys before on MTV’s The Cut, but they are far from the glamour and glitz of Hollywood. A true testament to the wide reach of Hip Hop, EMANON introduces the world to underground sounds from the land between Los Angeles and San Diego—the OC. The duo, Aloe and Exile, first connected one night at a Denny’s parking lot after being introduced to one another by mutual friends. With the customary Hip Hop salutations and freestyle session, the two were equally impressed and decided to start the Dream Sequence Crew. Dream Sequence is a group of dedicated Hip Hop patrons who live, breath, and exhibit every element of the culture from visual art and dance to verbal art and turntablism.See Also:
Combining Exile’s genius for rhythmic composition and Aloe’s intellectual lyricism proved a match that the scene was starving for. Exile’s beats are elaborate productions that integrate more sounds than the traditional boom-bap of Hip Hop music. If you listen closely to the instrumentation you can also tell that Exile makes a tremendous effort to reconstruct sounds so that they are his own and not just a sample. Similarly, Aloe refuses to insult his listeners with trite phrases and watered down concepts. He is relentless in his approach to present ideas in a way that is most thought provoking and artistic, leaving his audience with the sense that they have received something of value. In a live performance, the two display a power-packed energy that mesmerizes crowds and leaves them wanting more when the show is over.
EMANON’s first mix-tape, "Stretch Marx," is now a hard-to-find morsel that boasts Exile’s deejaying skills on one side and the impeccable delivery of Aloe and guest emcee Cable Rock. With the success of that tape EMANON was turning heads. Throughout that time, Aloe could be heard freestyling over the airwaves at KUCIs Monday night radio show Nocturnal Vibes, which later became The Next Level, hosted by DJ Cheapshot who also began producing cuts for the group. The second mix-tape, "Imaginary Friends," which features production from both Exile and Cheapshot and lyrics from Aloe with guest appearances by Akapella and Takbir of Styles of Beyond gave them even more exposure at the 1996 B-Boy Summit in San Diego. Later that year, Aloe went on to win the 1996 OC Emcee Battle for rhyme supremacy.
The success of the "Imaginary Friends" mix-tape won EMANON international exposure and heads from all over the world were looking to get their hands on new material. Interestingly, one dedicated fan saved up his earnings from work and invested in EMANON’s first single "PSI" b/w "Outside Looking In" and "IAMBLAND" released in 1997. Demand began to grow for performances all around OC, LA, and San Diego. Stores were selling out of the music faster than expected and heads were hungry for more of the unique sound that Aloe and Exile provide. So in 1998, EMANON dropped the "Acid 9" EP. Since then, EMANON has appeared on some compilations and released a third mix-tape, "Dawn’s Second Coming," but has been primarily perfecting their stage show throughout Southern Cali.
Now, EMANON is set in 2001 to drop the first release "Sometimes" b/w the crowd favorite "Emcees Like Me" from their debut album, "The Waiting Room." Keep your ears open for EMANON—they are not your everyday no-name group.
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