The ARE - Still Climbing ( Free Download)
Russell "The ARE" Gonzalez, former member of K-Otix, has been on the grind since '91. He has release several mixtape featuring his own beats (Still Climbing, Dem Damb Jacksons & Manipulated Marauders). He also has a group project with his close friend and fellow Houston resident, Kay of the Foundation, entitled "Together Brothers". His talents have landed him a position as an official member of the Trackmasters. For more information on The Are, check out RappersIKnow.com
Thes One - Lifestyle Marketing ( Buy )
Thes One (born Christopher Portugal in Lima, Peru, 1977) is one half of the alternative hip hop duo People Under The Stairs. An MC and producer, Thes One is recognized for his eclectic and diverse range of beats. He has produced the majority of People Under the Stairs albums. A crate digger by choice, Thes One, has chosen to shirked digital beatsmithing and is constantly looking for old wax to inspire his next beat. In March 2007, he released his debut solo album Lifestyle Marketing. It is a 2-disc album of instrumentals made from Herb Pilhofer's Music That Works, a demonstration album originally released in the early 1970s that showcased Pilhofer's musical compositions for radio & TV commercials, industrial films, and other projects. For more information on Thes One, check out P.U.T.S Online
These albums are both well worth it. Let me know what you think.
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