The band was originally formed in 1989 in Palm Desert, #California4 under the name Sons of Kyuss. Is the corner stone of what is known as #StonerRock3. Although deriving influence from 60s-70s hard rock, Kyuss churned out a unique sound. This was primarily because guitarist Josh Homme often tuned to a low C, a major third below standard pitch, but also singer John Garcia’s paint stripping vocals. They took the band name from a monster in Dungeons and Dragons. Shortly after the release of their self-titled EP, the name was shortened to just Kyuss. The group #disbanded2 in 1997. They felt that they were in a decline and felt it best to call it quits before it escalated into something that could not be fixed.
The Doors were an American rock band which formed in Los Angeles, #California4, United States in 1965. The band consisted of Jim Morrison (vocals), Ray Manzarek (organ), Robby Krieger (guitar) and John Densmore (drums). In this configuration, the band released six albums, all of which were successful and reached 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 twice, with 1967’s “Light My Fire” and 1968’s “Hello, I Love You”. After Morrison’s death in 1971, the band continued on as a trio, releasing two more albums that were ignored commercially and disliked critically before disbanding in 1973. By 1966 the group was playing The London Fog club and soon graduated to the prestigious Whisky a Go Go. On August 10 they were spotted by #ElektraRecords1 president Jac Holzman on the insistence of Love singer Arthur Lee, whose group was on Elektra. On August 18 the group signed with the label. The timing was immaculate when, on August 21, the band was fired from the club after a profanity filled performance of “The End”. In an incident that was a foretelling of the controversy that would follow the group, a tripping Morrison bellowed during the “Oedipal” section of the song “Mother…I want to…fuck you!!!”. (more…)
Down is an American southern #StonerRock3 band formed in 1991 in #NewOrleans1, Louisiana. The band is a supergroup, comprising current and former members of #Pantera1, Corrosion Of Conformity, Crowbar, Superjoint Ritual, Eyehategod and Kingdom of Sorrow. Since its inception, Down has released three studio albums and has gone on hiatus twice to focus on the members’ respective bands. Down formed in 1991 with vocalist/songwriter Phil Anselmo of Pantera, guitarist Pepper Keenan of Corrosion of Conformity, second guitarist Kirk Windstein of Crowbar, bassist Todd Strange of Crowbar, and drummer Jimmy Bower of Eyehategod. All of the band members were long-time friends and were known from their respective bands, making them a supergroup. The band made a three track demo for underground trading. (more…)
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, more commonly known as #Nas2 , born September 14, 1973 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, #NewYork2, is a prominent American MC. The son of jazz musician Olu Dara, he was raised in the infamous Queensbridge housing projects in Queensbridge, New York. According to the Nasty Songfacts, as a teenager rapper, Nasir first went by the nickname Kid Wave before adopting his more commonly known alias of Nasty Nas. By the time he released his landmark solo debut album Illmatic in 1994, Jones was known as Nas. Illmatic was a critically acclaimed bestseller and is widely considered one of the greatest rap albums of all time. He married R&B singer Kelis in 2005, they have one son together, and she filed for divorce on the 29th of April 2009. Nas was also a part of hip hop supergroup The Firm, which released one album. In the years following the release of Illmatic, Nas pursued a more commercial direction, which resulted in wider success but decreased artistic credibility among critics and hip-hop purists. Continue reading
The Lords of the Underground is a #GangstaRap2 trio based in Newark, New Jersey. MCs Mr. Funke and DoItAll Dupré met DJ Lord Jazz (a native of #Cleveland1) when all three were undergraduates at Shaw University. The group released their debut album, Here Come the Lords on September 27, 1993 with production handled by Marley Marl and K-Def. The album peaked at 66 on the Billboard 200 and featured five charting singles, including the group’s signature song, “Chief Rocka”. The group released their second album, Keepers of the Funk the following year on November 1, 1994. Keepers of the Funk peaked at 47 on the Billboard 200 and featured three charting singles, the most successful of which was “Tic Toc”.The group #disbanded2 in 1995. They reunited for a third album with 1999’s Resurrection. Released via Queen Latifah’s Jersey Kidz imprint, was so small-scale a release that few realized it had been recorded. The Lords returned again in 2007 for a fourth album entitled House of Lords, but like Resurrection, it failed to reach the Billboard charts. The Lords are best remembered in connection with the golden age of hip hop. Continue reading
Queens of the Stone Age is a rock band from #California4, United States. The band is frequently labeled #StonerRock3 , although they reject the label. They developed a style of riff-oriented, heavy music which the band’s founder and mastermind #JoshHomme1 described as “robot rock”, saying that he “wanted to create a heavy sound based on a solid jam, just pound it into your head”. Since then, their sound has evolved to incorporate a variety of different styles and influences. While in high school, Homme got together with locals Brant Bjork, Chris Cockrell (later replaced by Nick Oliveri) and John Garcia resulting in the formation of Kyuss (firstly known as “Sons of Kyuss”). Queens of the Stone Age formed in 1997, rising from the ashes of Kyuss and began playing together during the now legendary Desert Sessions. Homme has drawn all of the members from that diverse group of musicians for Queens of the Stone Age. The band originally formed under the name Gamma Ray, but almost faced a lawsuit from the European metal band of the same name. (more…)
Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971–September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names, Makaveli and 2Pac, was an American #GangstaRap2 artist, poet and actor. He is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling rap/hip-hop artist ever, having sold over 75 million albums worldwide, including 44.5 million sales in the United States alone. He has had 17 top ten singles in the United States. Born in East Harlem section of Manhattan in #NewYork2, Tupac frequently found his family changing place of residence. In 1988, his family moved in Marin City, #California4 and brought Tupac and his half-sister Sekyiwa to live with a family friend. He loved the state of California and decided thats where he would continue to reside for the rest of his life. Shakur soon moved in with a neighbor and started selling drugs and hustling on the street, but he also became interested in rap music. With Ray Luv and DJ Dize, he started a rap group called Strictly Dope. Continue reading