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blocsonic on 04/16/2013 at 08:08PM

From Def Jam to blocSonic and the FMA

The Impossebulls (From left to right: C-Doc, Marcus J, Chuck D, DJ President Ike)

Thirteen years ago, if you were to tell me that I’d be running a music label now and releasing an album by a rap squad featuring Public Enemy’s legendary Chuck D among its ranks, I’d tell you to go write a book, ‘cause you’ve got one hell of an imagination! Thirteen years ago, I was still in art school and blocSonic wasn’t even a kernel of an idea yet. At the same time The Impossebulls began as a group of international Public Enemy fans joining forces with the Hard Rhymer himself, Mr. Chuck D, fellow PE member Professor Griff and long time PE collaborator Kyle Jason on a song railing against the major music industry entitled “We Don’t Need You”. At that point in time, the internet was still such a new entity that never before had a major music artist virtually collaborated with a group of fans. Actually… never before had a rap squad virtually collaborated, period. Thus, The Immpossebulls became the first virtual rap squad to collaborate online and distribute their music digitally.

Fast forward to today and you find that over the subsequent years The Impossebulls released music via Chuck D’s SLAMjamz and are still doing their thing. You’ll also find that members of the squad have made their way to this humble label, blocSonic, which began its story in 2007. If you’re familiar with blocSonic already, you might be familiar with names such as C-Doc, LOWdown (C-Doc and Tirade), Marcus J, DJ Def Chad & DJ President Ike who’ve already made their mark here on releases by C-Doc & LOWdown. They now all return as part of their core unit, The Impossebulls.

So who are The Impossebulls? The ‘Bulls are Marcus J, Tirade, Chuck D, DJ President Ike, DJ Def Chad, C-Doc, Mportd Flows (who we’ll hear more from later this year), Kyle Jason, 2DN, Pvt Militant, Jeff 10 as Bigg Jimm Slaade, Xeno, Dels Digglah & Wildman Steve. Over the years, they’ve developed a rich body of work that this retrospective does a great job of shining a light on. With blocSonic as a partner to help them get their incredible hip-hop music out to the world, they’re ready to continue to bring you the REAL. Get to know some of what they’ve already done and get ready for what they’re going to do! For a group who began it’s existance with a song that was in fact a big F*CK YOU to the major music industry, it only seems appropriate that they’ve made their way to a label that exists as an antithesis to that bloated, sleazy, music-product pumping industry.

Thank you to Chuck D, without whom the ‘Bulls wouldn’t exist! Thank you to the ‘Bulls for being a part of what blocSonic’s doing! It’s truly an honor to be able to help you get your music out to our listeners.

Of course, as always, thanks to YOU for continuing to listen to what we’ve got for you. If this is your first time listening to a blocSonic release … extra thanks to you for giving us a shot! I hope you continue to check us out. If you dig what you hear, be sure to support the artists however you can. Please, also spread the word about blocSonic, if you enjoy what we do. Remember… everything we release is cool to share! Always keep the music moving… share it… blog it… podcast it! If you’re in radio… support independent music and broadcast it!

— Michael Gregoire, Founder

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blocsonic on 11/01/2012 at 03:35PM

Public Enemy producer C-Doc bum rushes blocSonic and Free Music Archive!

David 'C-Doc' Snyder

It’s been quite a year for blocSonic. We released our 100th release. So far we’ve released a staggering 34 releases and we’re not done with 2012 yet! We welcomed a few new artists to our humble netlabel and a number of them were new to Creative Commons licensing.

Among the CC newbies is C-Doc, a man who wears many hats… director, producer, MC & musician. As producer and director, he’s had the opportunity to work with one of the biggest names in hip-hop… Public Enemy. Among the work he’s done for PE is what’s become a modern classic from their post Def Jam era, “Superman’s Black In The Building”. He not only produced the song, but he directed the video, as well. Check it out below:

You can also find tracks of his on both PE albums released this year “Most Of My Heroes STILL Don’t Appear on NO Stamp” and “The Evil Empire of Everything”. Check them out below:

We were psyched this year when Doc showed interest in re-releasing a project of his that didn’t originally receive the attention it deserved. That project was for his and partner in rhyme Tirade’s LOWdown. In May their album dumpTRUCK received the Xtended Edition treatment and got released at blocSonic with a bonus disc of material from that album’s sessions.

We were even happier to find out that he wanted to release a new solo album! That album, “Divided We Stand” along with it’s four singles were finally released this past month and contain a stunning array of hip-hop for the discerning listener. Real hip-hop, my friends. You definitely shouldn’t sleep.

As with all our free releases, the LOWdown and C-Doc releases all made their way to the FMA. Below are a few highlights. Thanks for listening!

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on 03/30/2014 at 07:15PM
You are so welcome! I love all the music from your label and artists!
Peter Sharp
on 01/02/2012 at 11:27PM
A wonderful 2012
on 12/21/2010 at 06:38PM
Thank You! Good to be here!
Peter Sharp
on 12/19/2010 at 01:44PM
thanks to be my friends
Jaan Patterson
on 08/04/2010 at 03:39PM
thank you VERY much!! X
on 09/21/2009 at 12:16PM
hi blocSonic! great to see you here.. greetings from Indoensia!
on 05/22/2009 at 02:54PM
Bloc Sonic is responsible for ridiculously good compilations. Thanks for all the great work.
on 04/17/2009 at 10:31AM
YES!! i was hoping you made it here. great to see Just Plain Ant's album as a part of this archive. BLOCSONIC IS THE MOVEMENT, Y'ALL! RECOGNIZE!!!