Hip-hop: a music genre once considered to be an influential, ground breaking art form long before it became a corrupt marketing machine focused on turning a quick profit form ringtone sales by fueling commercial airwaves with an endless supply of disposable music.
As a result, we now bear witness to hip-hop’s current “Age of Ignorance” where the industry’s become over saturated with self-indulge... [More]d dance instructors, fake ganstas and auto-tune abusers whose offerings continue to prevent hip-hop from reaching its next stage of evolution.
Luckily, despite the fact that commercial radio has become less relevant in showcasing new talent, there are still artists who make “real music” regardless of how far the industry continues to lower the bar. And some of these “real artists” make up the innovative hip-hop act know as 857…
857 is a racially diverse, multidimensional, innovative hip-hop act from Long Island, NY that creates music simply to demonstrate hip-hop\'s true potential. After observing hip-hop’s decline for several years, lyricists Tur-Bo, YKC, The 23rd Stallion, and DJ/producer, AL-G began making music out of a shared realization that “real hip-hop” is no longer supported by the industry. Originality, strong lyrics, interesting song concepts, and creativity are now scarce in hip-hop’s current “Age of Ignorance”.
Unlike many one-dimensional acts that rely on the familiar, regurgitated, cookie-cutter themes of materialism, misogyny, and violence, 857 is diverse and possesses the rare ability to connect with listeners on many different levels. Party joints, life experiences, personal reflections and role playing are just a few of the many concepts presented in 857\'s music.
Bottom line is..if you consider yourself a true hip-hop fan that’s been listening for years waiting for that breath of fresh air in hip-hop’s current “Age of Ignorance”, then there is no need to look any further than 857… “The Cure for the Cliché”!
857’s single “Mouth Music” was featured in an episode of NBC’s ward winning drama, Friday Night Lights.
857’s has been featured in magazines, on internet TB (Evolving Artist, http://evolvingartist.com) and live TV, non-commercial and internet radio in the US and abroad.
They’ve also performed in colleges, festivals and popular music venues in NY including, Downtime, The Downtown, Southpaw, Iguana, Pianos, and others.!