These guys (to me), are definitely a staple in the Sacramento Hip Hop community and the Sacramento community in general. Droppin’ so much knowledge over dope beats and keeping the music classic. “Follow My Lead” was long overdue and is on regular rotation in my collection. If you get a chance to see them live you won’t be disappointed. If you’re interested in booking them, please refer to the email below the press release. I was asked to come through to the video shoot so you might see me in the background somewhere 😉
For Immediate Release
True School Trio Releases Debut LP’s Follow-up Single
Northern Californian hiphop mainstays TRIBE OF LEVI have released “Take it Easy,” the second video from their critically acclaimed debut LP Follow My Lead. Filmed and edited by up-and-coming director J-Mar in the group’s hometown of Sacramento, the video tackles the current obsession with ‘haters’ over a smoothed-out instrumental produced by renowned producer LEE BANNON (“Fantastic Plastic”).
After making their national debut on BLU’s Open LP (Nature Sounds, 2011), in 2012 TRIBE OF LEVI released their long-awaited full-length album Follow My Lead. Featuring production by LEE BANNON, TWIZ THE BEAT PRO, and AKILI BEATS, the album has been described as a “launchpad to the national and international hip-hop scenes” and “a rhyme fest that runs a 360-degree gamut from socially aware to poetically pornographic.” (Sacramento News & Review, 7-15-2012) Now, the Tribe is looking to expand upon the success of their lead single, “Things To Do,” also produced by Lee Bannon, which recently won the 2012 Sacramento Area Music Award (SAMMIE) for “best music video.”
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Sacramento emcees NowOrNever, MICjordan, and Poor are TRIBE OF LEVI, purists who embody the core values of its golden era: originality and substance. Their style contrasts a laid-back, melodic, California vibe with hard-driving, East Coast-style lyricism, featuring futuristic sounds or soulful melodies atop a boom-bap foundation. Voted the winner of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Sacramento Area Music awards (SAMMIEs) for “Outstanding Hiphop/Rap,” the Tribe elevates the artform by returning to its roots.
(Verse 1: Poor) I’m trying to keep hope alive without telling you jive duck behind some wicked disguise, distorting the vibe true, I ride on a different frequency, why the mutiny? “friendlies” at the murder scene, pointing out their scrutiny down another King, chopped from the jealousy dropped on a balcony, so what’s this you’re selling me? Ah, conspiracy secrets, you can keep this it came on a cheap disk, written on some sheep shit but I insist you peep the art of state consists of actual facts of the case you must face stakes is high when you’re dealing with crimes that’s got a million motherfuckers sitting wishing you died and you swear you got it bad ’cause you got two haters? Live good now and try and worry ’bout it later! Stay about your paper, keep your mind on your goals and I’m a try to do the same and vibrate on these molds I know I touched a few souls in my day that overcame the hate one spark can light up a place, so don’t forget it… (what you say?) I’m saying one spark can light up a place, so don’t forget it
(I know you’re gonna miss me when I’m gone) That’s why I ain’t trippin’ of hating, you know what I’m saying? Because I know some fools who were really, REALLY hated on.
(Bridge: Poor) Oh, such-and-such is hatin’ on you Don’t worry ’bout it Nobody’s got respect for your crew Don’t worry ’bout it They telling lies and the rumors at school Don’t worry ’bout it Pay your dues, do you, and get through Don’t worry ’bout it
(Hook: Poor) You gotta take it easy Yo we shakin’ ’em off You gotta take it easy Ay yo we shakin’ ’em off You gotta take it easy t hat’s how we shakin’ ’em off You gotta take it easy that’s why we shakin’ ’em off
(Verse 2: MICjordan) I define my life as what I devote my attention to the things I think, see, taste, smell, touch, and listen to the focus of my consciousness is what I am driven to so I don’t understand givin’ headspace to niggas dissing you often shit that I do is misconstrued as intentionally rude or as hating, I’m just navigatin essential moves honestly it’s kinda funny what ego can do we ain’t crew, why would I even BE thinking of you? but that’s constantly true, so I try not to assume that other people’s thoughts are consumed with plotting MY doom. Half the time when cats seem hostile, it’s not because you’re an obstacle to a goal they want to pursue or you’re the object of desire of some broad they wanna screw, you probably just caught them in a rotten mood, ’cause their boss just chewed them out, or they’re worried about a case they caught, or the bills long overdue on the place they bought face it, ock, in spite of what you want to be true, their thoughts do NOT constantly revolve around you! (the point) I’m making is that we’re probably exaggerating our statements about how awfully bad all this obnoxious hating we’re facing (is) affecting us… all this crab and barrel crap keeps us from stepping up and that just sucks, ’cause love is there for us to find, but caring so much about all the haters impairs our minds.
(Verse 3: NowOrNever) Ay yo, we all up in the same program, so what’s the point of breaking at the joint if the connection’s to anoint? the purpose of a person is certain and undetermined so learning how to act and applying it is a burden people make mistakes, it’s a humanistic trait so give the dude a break and wake him up instead of hate see, it’s the state we create and if we can’t associate or take the criticism when it’s brought for you to face in any case, there’s more than a billion different opinions so get your wins in, ’cause life is your dominion while others hate because they’ll never relate to the path that you take when it ain’t even their place that’s why I keep it based on the lessons that’s laced and never waste time with rumors that consumers debate separated from the bull, ’cause the goal’s to elevate the controller of your fate, straight destined for something great