iHipHop Interview

The folks over at iHipHop.com just posted up an interview with Ethic and Illmaculate;
iHipHop.com: Is it difficult at times working with so many different MC’s?

Ethic: Nah, Illmaculate and me just call the shots basically…
Illmaculate: [Laughing]…

Ethic: Typically we say, “Jump,” and everyone else says, “How high?” So it just moves smoothly from there…

iHipHop.com: [Laughing]… So you two are the bosses?

Ethic: [Laughing]… For all intensive purposes, yeah…

Illmaculate: [Laughing]… I need that answer in BOLD!”
You can read the rest here.

‘Make More’ and ‘Long Story, Short…’ Reviews

The reviews have started popping up on the internets. If you want to read through them you can click the following links;

Sapient – ‘Make More';
Portland Mercury

Willamette Week
Daily Vanguard

Sandpeople – ‘Long Story, Short…’ EP
Rap Reviews (The person they refer to as Lame is actually IAMe)
Potholes In My Blog
My Life My HipHop
Crappy Indie Music (hard to translate, but seems favorable)

Review: Sapient – “Make More”


Casey Jarmin over at Willamette Week is the first to review Sapient’s latest album, “Make More”. Here’s some of what he had to say;

“The opening track from Sapient’s Make More, “Here,” is about as bold as rap songs get: a rap manifesto set to a sweeping orchestral storm of sampled brass, strings, voices and beats that’s one part John Williams and one part Ennio Morricone. Sapient comes through loud and clear. “The industry is tainted/ Piss in the batter/ So I don’t listen to rappers and all their whimsical banter/ They don’t talk like they live/ And the pleasure material objects can give is as false as it gets.” “

You can read the rest here.

Also, don’t forget to come to Sapient’s album release party in Portland on the 13th;

And in Seattle on the 14th;

Champion Sound interviews Ethic & illmaculate


Champion Sound just posted up an interview with Ethic & Illmac. Topics include touring, Long Story Short…, and the mainstream. Then there’s this gem;

ClosedFrequency: Where did the name for the group “Sandpeople” come from?

Ethic: Its probably, in all honesty, the least substantial thing about us.”

Read the rest here.

The Smoking Section writes about Sandpeople

Major shouts to Prop Jay over @ The Smoking Section. Here’s part of what he had to say;

““Hate Aside” is a perfect example of this smooth sound that this conglomerate brings. Once the hook hits it’s end-game from there on. Truthfully, Sapient’s speaker rattling thumps had me at hello but if you were not hooked early by the thumping bass, the powerful melody of the piano that shines during the chorus should help to clinch the Sandpeople a spot on your HD.”

You can read the rest over here.

Making Beats With Sapient

From DailyVanguard.com

“At this point, everyone knows about Sandpeople. It’d be hard not to.

Portland’s hip-hop mega-group has been putting out a steady stream of quality records and worthy performances for the past few years. And chances are, if you’ve ever nodded your head to a Sandpeople record, you’ve nodded your head to beat by Sapient.”

Read the rest here.

Sandpeople To Release Long Story, Short…

(April 29, 2009 – Brooklyn, NY)Sandpeople, a ten member collective from the Pacific Northwest, is proud to announce the release of their new studio EP, Long Story, Short…available May 26, 2009 viaSandpeople Music.

The Juice CrewWu-Tang Clan;Native Tongues; these names conjure memories of a time when hip-hop collectives reigned dominant. Comprising 10 members in total, each with unique styles and abilities, Sandpeople is working tirelessly to solidify the importance of the hip-hop crew once more. Ethic, a rapper and one tenth of the group says, “The collective is not something you see too much of anymore; it’s a unique group structure. Being from the Pacific Northwest puts us at a disadvantage, but being a crew adds a dynamic and cohesive element to what we’re doing that helps us stand out amongst the crowd.” With the release of Long Story, Short…, the group’s cohesive sound at once harkens back to the crew aesthetic of the past while carrying the torch for the potential of the future. 

For Long Story, Short…, operating entirely in-house, including recording and mixing, allowed the EP’s creation process an organic feel, while remaining streamlined and efficient. That process begins with Sandpeople producer, rapper, and multi-instrumentalist, Sapient, whose diverse production is on display throughout the EP. The rappers in the crew, each with a unique style, choose the beats they want to work with, brainstorm concepts, and self-select to decide who will fit the song style and concept for each song. The result of this tried-and-true process for Sandpeople is a stellar nine track EP, including the album’s lead single, “Hate Aside,” which the collective will be shooting a video for in the near future.

Since the 2005 release of Sandpeople’s debut album, Points of View, the group has seen a growth not only in their own numbers, but also in their rate of musical output. The Sandpeople collective comprises several sub-groups, each recording and releasing their own respective works in conjunction with the group projects, expanding the Sandpeople catalog and stretching the reach of their music from Japan to Australia and throughout the United States. Among the ten artists who comprise the Sandpeople is Illmaculate, a Portland native who has accumulated numerous accolades for his rapping abilities, including being crowned champion of the 2004 Scribble Jam rap battle at the age of 17. Along with the group’s producer Sapient, who has garnered recognition from his work with artists such as Tech N9ne, Inspectah Deck, andAesop Rock, Sandpeople have the firepower to put on a great show and to make great music.


Listen to “Money Is on Their Minds” http://media.audibletreats.com/Sandpeople-Money_Is_On_Their_Minds.mp3 

Sandpeople Embark On Long Story, Short… Tour

Portland’s Sandpeople are preparing for a three-week, ten-stop tour throughout various west-coast and mountain states to promote their upcoming EP release Long Story, Short…due out May 26th on self-managed record label Sandpeople Music.

The tour will begin in Bellingham, Washington on April 23rd, move across the north into Montana and down through Colorado and Arizona, and then heads west for three stops in California, wrapping up in Sacramento on May, 15th. Of the ten-person collective, five notable members will embark on this tour; Gold, iame, OnlyOne, illmaculate, and DJ Spark. Group member Ethic says of the upcoming tour, “The Long Story, Short… tour is a welcomed road trip after taking some time off to record. We expect to see plenty of familiar faces that we met on the Child Support Tour with Luckyiam, and likely lose a liver or two in the process. This EP is one of the best projects to come out of our camp, and we’re stoked to see it finally ready for release.”

Sandpeople formed in 2005 in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S., and have since established their base in Portland, Oregon. Since the release of their debut album Points of View that same year, Sandpeople have seen a growth not only in their own numbers, but in their ability to make music. Among the ten artists who comprise the Sandpeople group, one of the most notable members is ILLmaculate, a Portland-grown emcee who has accumulated numerous accolades for his rapping abilities. At the age of 17, he was crowned champion of the 2004 Scribble Jam rap battle competition in Cincinnati, Ohio, and along with partner TheSaurus also won the 2006 and 2007 World Rap Championships hosted by JumpOff.TV. Along with the group’s producer Sapient, who has garnered recognition from his work with artists such as Tech N9ne, Inspectah Deck and Aesop Rock, Sandpeople have the firepower to put on a great show and to make great music.

Tour Dates:

Thurs-April 30 Bozeman, MT – The Zebra Cocktail Lounge
Fri-May 1 Boulder, CO – The Root Underground
Sat-May 2 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater w/ Mr. Lif
Tues-May 5 Phoenix, AZ – The Low Leaf
Wed-May 6 Yuma, AZ – Open Aired
Thurs-May 7 San Diego/Carlsbad, CA Boar Cross’n
Fri-May 8 Los Angeles, CA The Alterknit Lounge (Knitting Factory)
Sun-May 10 Bakersfield, CA Fishlips
Tues-May 12 San Francisco, CA Etiquette Lounge

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