I’m excited to give you guys a preview of some of the music that’s featured in “For Three.” As has been well documented on this blog, one of the most difficult things for me to do was to musicians generous enough to donate a song or two. Luckily, I did have 18 good souls who let me use a song. I’m in no way legally obligated to promote them (aka – that’s not “part of the deal”). They were good to me, though, and in turn, I want to be good to them and hope that if you find something that you’re interested in, you check them out and buy a song, album, t-shirt, or whatever. All of them have quite an online presence, so at the very least, you can shoot them a tweet or Facebook message saying you think it was really cool that they are part of “For Three.”
You’ve heard stories about music groups that sold a million records but don’t have a dollar to show for it, right? I know I’m not alone in seeing that story on the news and wondering “How can you sell 25 million records and have no money to show for it ______.” You can fill in the blank with Meat Loaf, MC Hammer, Toni Braxton, Billy Joel, or many more.
You’ve also heard stories about bands that had a great record that didn’t sell. I can’t count how many interviews I’ve read from musicians shortly after they left their label that claim records didn’t sell or songs weren’t played on the radio because the label didn’t want to promote them.
Anyway, without getting to windy here, “The Living Legends” are rap crew – consisting of eight members – who’ve been around selling their music for 15 years now. Consisting of Aesop Rock, Murs, The Grouch, Eligh, Sunspot Jonz, Luckyjam PSC, Scarub, and Bicasso. For 15 years, they’ve avoided record labels and done things the DIY way (which is how I’m doing this movie). They do their own writing, recording, production, and promoting.
Most importantly, they’ve been successful. After 15 years, they’re still around and they are better than ever. I think I’ve said it here before, but when it comes to making music, I respect longevity a ton. Unless your name is Jon Bon Jovi. You can argue about who’s the best guitar player, best singer, best drummer, best rapper, best producer… whatever. You can’t argue longevity.
Check out his limited edition Grouch LRG snapback hat. It’s a really cool hat and it’s cool to support artists that a) make good music and b) are cool enough to let us use one of their songs!
If you’ve never heard of The Grouch & Eligh but are into hip hop music, do yourself and check out one of the ten best beats you’ll hear this year (Boom). As an added bonus, it features one of my favorite Minnesota rappers – Slug of Atmosphere. Plus, extra credit for make a really cool music video. Remember when people used to make cool videos? I miss those days. You listening MTV?