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Junk Science

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Junk Science is Baje One on the mic and DJ Snafu on the beats. Simple. These two gentlemen met in high school in Brooklyn in 1996 (when Baje One stole a handful of tapes from Snafu’s backpack, including a cassette containing original beats that were “dope”) and started making lots of “not-that-good-but-definitely-interesting” music together on half-days and weekends. Not that much happened between then and 2003-ish. At that point, they moved in together and started working on their debut album, Feeding Einstein, an album that URB magazine called “simply superb.”

In 2005, they caught Scion’s attention when they won the car company’s NextUp Song Contest with their track Roads (feat. Scott and Probe), a victory by popular vote which earned them a marketing deal that included a music video directed by Andrew Gura (Nas, Madlib, MF DOOM). The success of their video and the quality of their then-finished debut LP in turn grabbed the attention of DJ Ese of Brooklyn’s Embedded Music, who released Feeding Einstein in 2005 to critical acclaim. The album was praised in part for its lyrical risk-taking, particularly in the song House Wigger which found Baje discussing the role of white people in hip hop, and vice versa. In the Hip Hop Site review, one editor commented that “these are the type of artists you can only hope for, ones who will push the limits of what hip-hop artists can or should talk about.”

The success of their debut led to a license of their 2nd record to indie superlabel Definitive Jux, who released Gran’Dad’s Nerve Tonic in 2007.

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