I’ve mentioned this on Facebook and on Twitter a few times before but this is the official announcement and flyer for it. Saturday January 30th, 2010 @ Carabar (115 parsons) in Columbus, OH. The line-up is Greenhouse (Blueprint & Illogic), Apocalypse Inc, All Eyes Path, and DJ Johnny Cashola on the turntables. We will also have a bboy battle earlier in the night and debut the “Cold Out Here” music video on the screen there. If you live in Columbus or the surrounding area we hope to see you all out!
Any requests? Hit up the comments section and let us know!
Back in 2005 Greenhouse Effect released a record called Columbus or Bust right around the same time that 1988 came out. Because we wanted to try to get better distribution situation for the record we licensed it to a label called Raptivism records. Boy was that a bad idea. Basically, they didn’t do anything they were supposed to do and looking back we would’ve been better off releasing this album ourselves.
Columbus or Bust has been out of print for a very long time (mostly because we didnt want to risk them pursuing us legally) but as far as I know Raptivism isn’t even in business anymore, so we think its high time this record was released properly. So, in January we will be rereleasing a delux version of the Columbus or Bust. It will be available for the first time Tuesday January 26th on iTunes, and the delux 2CD version will ship from our site on the 26th. We will also release the promo version on the 26th.
The delux version will include revised artwork, all instrumentals, as well as a 11×17 poster, sticker, and maybe even some other promo that’s not listed yet. For now check out the below song to get a taste of what the album sounds like:
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Fresh pictures of the Greenhouse crew in action. All photos taken by Danielle Kline.
Click on the thumbnail to enlarge. From there you can scroll left or right through the album.
Just in case you’re still sleeping, download this shit. It’s purgatorious.
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In the decade-plus since Weightless Recordings began as a street-level hip-hop enterprise, Greenhouse (formerly Greenhouse Effect) has been the label’s flagship group, comprising label head/rapper/producer Blueprint and various other rappers. For Blueprint, aka Al Shepard, it was often an exhausting ordeal.
“Creatively, I had to drive so much of the Greenhouse thing, whereas I think a lot of people just sat back,” Blueprint said. “I couldn’t get dudes to do anything.”
Last winter, after a falling out with last remaining group member Manifest, Blueprint took a step he’d been eyeing for some time, bringing longtime collaborator Illogic into the Greenhouse fold.
Though they had never recorded together as Greenhouse, the pair has a long history. Blueprint produced Illogic’s first two albums, and the rappers have guested on some of each other’s best tracks. It only seemed natural to establish a more permanent partnership.
“He and I have a real similar work ethic in terms of our output,” Blueprint said. “I could sit around and do the production for a whole EP in a week or two. He could sit there and write all his rhymes in a week at work. When we come together, it’s really fast.”
The fruitful collaboration spun out into unforeseen directions last winter while the duo was working on forthcoming full-length Bend But Don’t Break.
“We were getting into the album heavily, and I think I just had a period where everything I was doing sounded really dark and wintry,” Blueprint said. “Usually when I get to that point, I won’t let anybody hear the beats because I’ll feel like, ‘Oh man, this weather’s affecting my sound too much.’ But this time around we just kind of embraced it.”
The artistic detour resulted in the first in a series of new EPs, Electric Purgatory, Vol. 1, to be released Saturday with a show at Skully’s.
They plan to crank out a second volume of seasonal-affective jams this winter and may drop more similar releases in the future rather than expand the concept into one self-contained album. They said they prefer to work in short, focused blasts.
“Most classic albums are short,” Illogic said. “You look at most of the classic albums and they have 12 songs max, usually. EPs are perfect for that. You don’t have time for filler.”
This six-song set is built on ominous strings, gnarly synth blurts and cold, heartless drum machine patterns, a foreboding musical climate that sent the MCs to some of the more shadowy corners of their brains. There’s a distinct feeling of unrest throughout these 28 minutes.
In particular, Electric Purgatory addresses a trusty meta-theme so prevalent in hip-hop: the artist’s struggle to endure and create in the face of hardship.
The Greenhouse guys wisely don’t beat the dead horse of me-versus-the-world martyrdom, but the EP is littered with references to the obstacles facing aspiring artists and the glories of going it alone – consider lyrics like “Waiting on a record deal is like waiting for FEMA,” track titles such as “Never Gonna Make It” and an interlude that declares “99.9 percent of bands never get paid.”
In light of their lyrical subject matter, the rappers had a laugh about how much the hip-hop landscape has changed since they started hawking self-released albums at a grassroots level in the late 1990s.
“When we first started selling tapes, people kind of looked down at us because you could still get signed in that era,” Blueprint said.
Illogic chimed in: “Now people looking at you crazy if you trying to get a deal.”
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Yup. You heard it right. Friday December 11th @ Al Rosa Villa.
Also, tomorrow (Tuesday November 24th), we will be releasing the free version of the new Greenhouse EP, Electric Purgatory Part One. You will be able to download it from here, printmatic.net, weightless.net. I will post the link in the morning and from then it’s pretty much on.
The delux version of the project comes with the instrumentals and an 11×17 poster. Pre-ordering from the weightless webstore right now for $4.99. We also have a deal where you can get a greenhouse hoodie, the cd, and poster for $25.
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If you’ve been following any of my updates lately then you already know that I’ve been working on some new Greenhouse material with my Weightless compadre Illogic. We released the song “Gettin There” last week as a free download, and will be releasing the EP (Electric Purgatory Party One) that this song is featured on in November; the free version will be available on Nov 24th, the CD version will be in stores on Dec 1st. But if you live in Columbus you dont have to wait that long. We are throwing a CD release party on Saturday November 28th at Skullys in Columbus to celebrate this release.
The line-up is Greenhouse (Blueprint & Illogic), Kam Moye aka Supastition, Envelope, and special guest DJ J. Rawls. There are also going to be a couple more special guest appearances that will be on the official line-up, but this is an event that you don’t wanna miss if you live in the central ohio area, so mark your calendars!
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For those that have questions about the Greenhouse project that Illogic and I will be releasing on November 24th, peep the above video. Enjoy and please help us spread the word!
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I figure I would repost this for the people who haven’t seen it yet. Illogic and I working on “Electric Purgatory – Part One”, in stores November 24th on Weightless Recordings. Will post a couple more of these in the coming weeks.
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As many of you know the first records i ever worked on were as a part of my crew Greenhouse Effect, from Columbus Ohio. Many things have happened and thru the years the cast has changed, and some people have come and gone. But since we started out with this Greenhouse shit as the foundation of this the weightless recordings movement, Illogic and I have decided to continue carrying the torch. We have been working on material together off and on for the past year or so, and will be releasing an EP called “Electric Purgatory – Part One” on Tuesday November 24th on Weightless Recordings. The EP will be the first in a two part series that will be completely free to download. The CD version will come with all the instrumentals and a free poster, and available at http://www.weightless.net.
So with that said, here’s a little something we decided to give to everybody as a way to get things rolling:
Download link is HERE
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Back in the day i was in a crew called the Iskabibbles. It consisted of illogic, Plead the Ph5th, and my crew Greenhouse Effect. In later years we would find out that there was an older rock band from Columbus with the same name. We did music at the time but it never really came out.