Get Open – “4, 2, 1” [audio]
Hip-Hop collective Get Open has been active in New York Cityâ€™s underground scene for the past two decades. The quartet, comprised of founder Siba-Giba (producer/emcee), Kiambu (emcee), Zook (emcee), and VonMeista (producer/emcee) has shared the stage as an opening act for the likes of KRS-One, Tha Alkaholiks, Special Ed and De La Soul, to name a few. On top of these notable accomplishments, Get Open was also invited to open up for American jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie, alongside his Hip-Hop Feel-Harmonic Orchestra in 1995â€”four years before Bowieâ€™s untimely passing.
As their movement would continue to pick up steam, Get Open would go on to release their first 12-inch single, â€œHere & Nowâ€ b/w â€œMad Controversy.â€ Positive feedback from the single brought them to the attention of Yellow Productions, a France-based record label owned by renown record producer, Bob Sinclair. This led to the release of their EP, Here & Now, which features Brand Nubianâ€™s Sadat X.
Since then, the talented collective have gone on to collaborate with Native Tongues-affiliated Soul singer, Vinia Mojica, while Siba went onto produce tracks for Everlastâ€™s multi-platinum solo LP, Whitey Ford Sings the Blues. By 2014, Get Open released The Week-End, an ambitious 17 track effort that includes guest features from beatbox sensation baba Israel, and turnatblist extraordinaire, DJ Rob Swift.
Placing a strong value on the community in addition to various social cuases, Get Open are also the founders of The Hip-Hop Loves Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on â€œempowering aspects of the culture as a tool for social change.â€
Now fully recharged, the crew is pleased to unveil, ‘IAM Open,’ a 16-track project that serves as a platform for each artist to shine over instrumentals from ‘Arts Martiens’ (Martian Arts); the sixth studio LP from the multi-platinum French Hip-Hop group, IAM. The project finds the group reunited with Swift on three of the albumâ€™s cuts. If you like your raps raw, funky and Boom bap abound, then this album just might be your soundtrack for the summer.
IAM Open Mixtape: https://soundcloud.com/get-open-music/sets/get-open-x-iam