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The High Decibels

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Nas was the first to say it: Hip Hop is dead. Some rap fans agreed and wondered aloud where has all the originality and creativity in Hip Hop gone? The carbon copied rap robots promoted by major labels and commercial radio leave one to ponder that even with glimmers of hope such as Kanye, Lupe, The Roots & Talib, will Hip Hip ever evolve from its dumbed down state? Rolling Jack Records has found part of the answer in its new act THE HIGH DECIBELS.

Here to show you that Hip Hop isn’t all about commercialism and the rigamoro, THE HIGH DECIBELS are like a musical Molotov cocktail, mixing hip hop, old school rock, and superfunky blues. Featuring two MCs and a crackerjack live band, the group slides easily between classic rap and rock styles bringing a brash, adventurous spirit back to hip hop with feelgood music and uplifting lyrics.

Frontman Duke Johnson, an East Oakland native, started freestyling at the age of 12 in the schoolyard with some friends, including his current HD partner, hypeman Chief. His first live performance was at a talent show at a local high school. Mid - performance his show CD started skipping and the audience booed him offstage. Young and inexperienced, Duke’s confidence level was shot. “After that”, says Duke, “kids at my school who heard about the performance started booing me in the hallways just to rub it in.”

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