Om: Hip-Hop Announces New Signing………..Strange Fruit Project

OM: HIP-HOP ANNOUNCES NEW SIGNING………..Strange Fruit Project!

August 15th, 2006

San Francisco, CA – Om Records’ Om: Hip-Hop
imprint, in conjunction with Spilt Milk, announces the
signing of critically acclaimed hip-hop group Strange
Fruit Project! The group just released their third full
length album ‘The Healing’ on July 25th 2006,
with their first single ‘Get Live’ featuring Erykah
Badu.

Check out their single, “Get Live” featuring Erykah
Badu:

http://www.om-
records.com/mp3/Get_Live.mp3

In conjuction with their album release they’re also on
a nationwide tour. (See dates below)

“Most of my iPod is just a random 9000 song trip
and occasionally I have to walk up to it/pull it out of
the pocket and see who it is. The artist I did that the
most to was Strange Fruit Project (From Divine/Soul
Travelin’)” – Ahmir ?uestLove Thompson of The
Roots

Myone, Myth and Symbolyc One (S1) are Strange
Fruit Project. Three emcees who continue to set
trends as not your typical southern hip-hop group, all
hail from Waco, Texas.

Each member of Strange Fruit Project sings, raps and
is influenced by the constant journey of everyday
life. The group has made a huge impact in a short
period of time. Through innovative production and
creative lyrics their music separates them from many
independent artists. Strange’s 2004 release, Soul
Travelin’, was an underground beat banging
collector’s item which included hip-hop and soul at
the root of its origin. Highlights from Soul Travelin’
included the singles ‘Luv Is’, ‘Eternally Yours’ and ‘All
The Way’. The single ‘All The Way’ was nominated by
BBC Radio for 2004 Song of the Year. During 2005,
Strange Fruit released the single, Milk’em, with world
famous emcee Ghostface Killah, produced by S1. This
single topped the CMJ college radio charts in July and
August of 2005. S1 continued to receive praise in
2005 and on into 2006 due to his producer album with
fellow producer Illmind, The Art of Onemind.

SFP’s 2006 LP, The Healing, is nothing short of
a classic, carving out their own niche in this hip-hop
game, earning respect as emcees and original
songwriters. The Healing includes a young dream
team of producers such as Jake One (G-Unit, Lloyd
Banks, De La Soul), Illmind (Common, Dave Ghetto,
Supastition), 9th Wonder (Little Brother, Jay Z,
Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige) Nicolay (Foreign
Exchange) and Vitamin D (Rah Digga, Kardinal
Offishall, Black Sheep, Choklate, Blackalicious) just to
name a few. The Healing also includes special guests:
Erykah Badu, Little Brother, Darien Brockington and
singer/songwriter Thesis.

Myth, Myone and Symbolyc One (S1) are Strange
Fruit Project. These are 3 emcees that sing and flow.
They have come from humble beginnings while all
growing up in Waco, a small town in Texas where
diversity is not the normal. S1, the music director of
the group, grew up in the church playing instruments
such as the piano, keyboards and the drums. His
influences include Quincy Jones, Dr. Dre, Pete Rock,
Jay Dilla and a host of other producers. S1 and Myth
are cousins who have been rhyming and flowing since
the days of Run DMC’s Raising Hell. Myth, short for
Mythological, is the abstract one of the crew. His
influences include Common, Ghostface Killah, Mos Def
and Erkah Badu. He has an unusual rap style that
instantly grabs fans attention. In 1996, cousins S1
and Myth formed a group called, Symbolyc Elementz.
They received minimal praise as Symbolyc Elementz
with the highlight for the group coming in May of 96’
while being chosen for the then credible publication
The Source as part of their Unsigned Hype
review.

Myone (pronounced my-own), considered the baby
boy of the crew, is originally from Indiana. He was
always someone hungry to get on the mic and his
opportunity came when he met S1.S1 met Myone in
1998 through work (day job). At the time Myone was
still in high school, but felt he had the gift of gab to
battle and compete with the break time freestyle
they always had. S1 would murder him on the
freestyles but Myone continued to work hard, craft
his art and get better. During the latter portion of
1999 and into 2000, S1 began to vibe and collab with
Myth’s long term friend Lysoul and Myone began to
hang around the studio. One day they all worked on a
track together and S1 really liked how everyone
vibed. So they recorded another track and one
became 3 and 3 became 6 and before you knew it,
S1 had put together an entire album and they
collectively decided to call this project the Strange
Fruit Project. The choice for this name stemmed from
the 1939 song performed by Billie Holiday, which
focused on black men being lynched throughout the
south at a time when people of color had not rights in
the United States. More black men were lynched in
Waco in the early 1900’s than anywhere in the U.S.
Therefore the music and style of SFP focuses on and
targets everyday people’s struggles, trials and life
experiences. There’s a message and a story in every
verse, not meant to be preachy or hypocritical but
challenging those who cannot see, to step outside
their comfort zone and experience life musical
through the eyes of Strange Fruit Project.

DJ Whiz T met SFP in 2001 and it was like a match
mad in heaven. Whiz’s influences include Marley Marl,
Grand Master Flash and Kid Capri. Whiz, originally
from Louisiana, is considered to be the big kid of the
crew, always joking, mixing records and playing video
games. Once you hear his style of cuttin n’ scratchin’
on the 1’s and 2’s you understand how his style
allows him to compete with the Z-Trip’s and Q-Bert’s
of the DJ world.

Check out their Tour Dates, coming to a city near
you:
Aug 31st – Tempe, AZ @ Blunt Club
September 4th – Denver, CA @ Cervantes
Serptember 5th – Bozeman, MT @ TBA
September 6th – Missoula, MT @ The Loft
September 8th – Chicago, IL @ The Empty
Bottle
September 9th – New York, NY @ TBA
September 10th – New Haven CT @ TBA
September 11th – Boston, MA @ TBA
September 12th – Burlington, VT @ TBA
September 13th – Charlotte, NC @ TBA
September 14th – Atlanta, GA @ Apache
Cafe
September 15th – Miami, FL @ TBA

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