Published on May 28th, 2013 | by gatsbyadmin0
Acid Reign – Two decades of influence
For music, 1993 is remembered as a time when Nirvana and Alice in Chains were international grunge stars, creating a genre of their own. It’s also around the time of the East Coast crews vs. West Coast crews deadly rap war, most notably Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. However, hip-hop was emerging as an underground favorite in L.A., with Project Blowed making a name name for itself with two 13-year-old kids, Gajah, and BeOND, making their mark and becoming a part of this close knit group of MC’s. They were starting to define their existence as Acid Reign in the growing Los Angeles underground hip-hop scene.
“Back in the early 90’s when we were young and starting out, the underground scene was very clickish, and all about your own crew. Everyone had their own crew.” Gajah explained. “Project Blowed was a huge circle of many different, competitive MC’s, but everyone was still very close, so when outsiders came in you had to test them.”
Project Blowed was an event at which those tying to become part of it, or are already part of the inner circle, would test their skills of clever lyricism and creativity through rap battles. It was also a place that many went to see what skills some of the aspiring hip-hop artists really had. As young as Acid Reign was at the time they paid their dues to bring notice to their born talent and whole hearted love for music. They were earning the respect of their mentors and influences.
Paying dues and becoming acknowledged by people who had been already been rapping for decades, was a massive feat of determination and hard work from Acid Reign. They were so young, but had the right enthusiasm and talent to be taken seriously. Instead of giving up they kept trying to learn as much as they could from those who were older than. The observations and ears put them in the position to experiment with what worked for them until a process was discovered, which worked for Acid Reign.
Gajah’s quick and smooth flow is perfectly combined with his metaphorical and witty lyricism making his rhymes define his style. He makes sure you hear every word pouring out of his mind like it’s high tide. This intertwines with BeOND’s captivating tone and what could be considered ‘to-the-point’ rhymes. His use of words gives you the impression that his hand is a pen and his palm is a piece of paper always with him. They’re writers whose goal is to keep laying out lyrics, much of which if not all of it, is poetry. With practice they had refined their talents and become better writers, falling into their own.
The two came together creating their unique style, lyrics you want to laugh with, consciousness behind the music, which has made them some of L.A.’s most influential underground hip-hop artists. However, each record they decide to put out is a departure and attached to the process of moving forward with their music. They still stay true to their style with no regrets. This can be heard on their latest EP, Synergy.
Acid Reign may have started yet another revolution in music with Synergy. They stay true to their hip-hop upbringing, but twist it into a genre of its own. It’s along the lines of underground “static hip-hop” or “synergetic hip-hop.” Listen to the album and decide for yourself, but seeing this incredible dynamic and bond that makes Acid Reign’s music so amazing, can only be seen and truly felt by going to one of their live shows.
Project Blowed is still alive and going, with some of the older guys like Aceyalone, coming together every so often to create a compilation album on Project Blowed Recordings or just get together with different artists to lay down a track. Their experiences throughout their career have given Gajah, BeOND, and Olmeca the tools to inspire others and keep pushing their music along.