Quannum is one of my favorite labels and given that I highlighted the achievements of the Living Legends with my last crate dig I would like to spotlight Quannum Projects with my current one. Quannum Projects is an alternative hip hop collective based in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has been active since 1992.
The label bosts an impressive list of musical talent from around the world:
Blackalicious (Gift of Gab & Chief Xcel - Sacramento, California)
Curumin (Luciano Nakata Albuquerque - Brazil)
General Elektriks (Hervé Salters - Paris, France)
Lateef & the Chief a.k.a. Maroons (Lateef & Chief Xcel - Oakland, California)
Latyrx (Lateef & Lyrics Born - Oakland, California)
Lifesavas (Jumbo, Vursatyl, Rev. Shines - Portland, Oregon)
Lyrics Born (Berkeley, California)
Poets of Rhythm (Whitefield Brothers & Borris Borale - Munich, Germany)
DJ Shadow (Josh "Shadow" Davis - Oakland, California)
Joyo Velarde (Berkeley, California)
San Fransisco Weekly said:
"Over the past 13 years, Quannum Projects and its stable of musicians/owners have had arguably the greatest success of any independent hip hop label in balancing artistic viability with commercial appeal. Quannum co-founder DJ Shadow's 1996 album Entroducing is the top-selling instrumental hip hop album in the genre's history, while many consider Blazing Arrow, the second full-length album from Blackalicious, a duo composed of MC Gift of Gab and producer Chief Xcel, to be the epitome of politically conscious, socially responsible hip hop. Lyrics Born's 2003 release, Later That Day, was renowned as one of the strongest debuts from an MC this decade and broke into the Top 40 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.But what is most exciting -- and what makes Lateef's assertion seem genuine -- is that the label is really just beginning to gain momentum."
Mp3: Blackalicious - "Excellent"
Mp3: Blackalicious feat. Lifesavas - "Your Move"
Mp3: Lyrics Born feat. Dialated Peoples and KRS One - "Pack It Up" (Remix)
Mp3: Lyrics Born - "Do That There" (Hip Hop Remix)
Mp3: Lyrics Born - "Stop Complaining" (Morcheeba Remix)
Mp3: DJ Shadow - "Dark Days Theme"
Mp3: Lifesavas - "Head Excercise"
Mp3: Latyrx - "The Wreckoning" (Live 45 Mix)
Mp3: Latyrx feat. Blackalicious - "Burning Hot In Cali On A Saturday Night"
Mp3: Poets of Rhythm - "Survival of the Freshest"
Mp3: Poets of Rhythm - "Guiding Resolution"
Be sure to check out The Giant Peach for everything Quannum. They have been bobbing and weaving since 1992 so give them some due. Great threads and beats all around.