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The Rebel Scum


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From the tumultuous times of the late 80s hip hop scene, fueled by reactionary crews such as Public Enemy, NWA, Gangstarr and A Tribe Called Quest, a break from the carefree attitudes of rap music as they were then was achieved. Rhymes and soundscapes were more angst than gangs, more saying what you think than describing what you’re blingin. Backpacker rap was born. A seemingly borderless demographic stood up to present their unique work, with a few crews graduating from the indie market to much larger label-backed success. Rawkus Records, the Hieroglyphics crew, Jurassic 5, The Living Legends, The Wu-Tang Clan, Anticon Records, Company Flow and Definitve Jux: all were at the forefront of this new movement. White suburban kids, skaterboys and college undergrads became a strong fixture in support of hip hop. Access to home studio equipment became more affordable, and the internet became a major conduit for this new branch in hip hop music. From the States, backpacker rap quickly spread to other lands.

The Rebel Scum is a direct product of this new environment. The members - Cliq, Illson, MicWreck, HQA and WordsManifest - having been active in making and performing hip hop music since 1998, from various crews, came together as one unit in 2000. Preferring to rely on their own resources and to come out with their own sound, they built up their own home studio and began dropping joints online.

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