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Strange Fruit Project

Strange Fruit Project is an underground hip hop group from Waco, Texas, which consists of producer and emcee Symbolyc One (also known as S1, born Larry D. Griffin Jr.), his cousin emcee Myth (short for Mythological, born Kevin Gaither) and emcee Myone (pronounced "My Own", born Anthony Ligawa, originally from Indiana). The trio officially debuted in 2004, with a pair of underground releases, Soul Travelin and From Divine. Their biggest exposure came with the release of their acclaimed 2006 album The Healing. The group's name is derived from the Billie Holiday civil rights song "Strange Fruit".

Strange Fruit Project
OriginWaco, Texas
GenresHip Hop
Years active2003–present
LabelsOm Records
MembersSymbolyc One (S1)
Myth
Myone

Contents

Early years

The group's musical director S1 began playing musical instruments, including the piano, keyboards, and the drums, at a young age. His musical inspirations included legendary producers like Quincy Jones, Dr. Dre, Pete Rock and J Dilla. He and his cousin Myth began writing rhymes after hearing Run-D.M.C.'s classic 1986 album Raising Hell. In 1996, the cousins formed a duo named Symbolyc Elementz, and in May of that year, the duo was featured in The Source's "Unsigned Hype" column. S1 met Myone, at the time still a high school student, while working on a day job in 1998. Between 1999 and 2000, the three began recording together, and decided to officially form a group, under the name Strange Fruit Project. SFP released their first group single, "All the Way" b/w "Soul Travelin", in 2003.

2004 to 2005

The track "All the Way" was included on the group's debut album, Soul Travelin', released in early 2004 on Spilt Milk Records. The album was produced entirely by S1, except for the single "Eternally Yours", which was produced by up-and-coming beatmaker Illmind. The album received little attention, but "All the Way" received airplay on college radio stations, and was nominated for 2004 Song of the Year by BBC Radio. The group followed shortly with their second album, Soul Travelin, released in September 2004 on Split Milk Records. Like their debut, the album received little sales and attention, but garnered the group more attention within the hip hop community. Jeff Wade of the Dallas Observer described the album as "a soulful mixture of personal, from-the-heart lyrics, sweet harmonies and thumpin' drums". In 2005, the group collaborated with Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah and Trife da God on the single "Milk Em'", produced by S1. The track made the CMJ college radio charts in July and August 2005. The group had a second CMJ chart topper in 2005 with "The Broke Song". Later that year, S1 and Illmind released a collaboration producer-album titled The Art of One Mind. The band also provided the soundtrack to a Winterfresh gum commercial.

2006 to present

Following the acclaim of their first two albums, and the success of the single "Milk 'Em", SFP were listed in URB magazine's "Next 100", and signed a record deal with Om Records. Their first single on the label, "Soul Clap" b/w "Special", was released in May 2006. The group gained considerable underground hype for their 2006 album The Healing, released in July 2006. The album featured production from S1, as well as Illmind, Jake One and 9th Wonder, and featured guest appearances from Erykah Badu, Little Brother, Darien Brockington and Yahzarah. The Healing was generally well received, and earned the group "Now Hear This" status on Okayplayer.com. Marisa Brown of Allmusic gave the album a 3.5/5 rating, calling it "an album of solidly good hip-hop". Justin Cober-Lake of PopMatters gave the album 7/10, commenting on its "hopeful, spiritual approach". S1 has continued his production career, signing licensing deals for MTV shows such as Run's House, Trippin' and Yo Momma.

Album information
From Divine
  • Released: September 6, 2002
  • Label: Spilt Milk Records
  • Singles: "A Place"
Soul Travelin'
  • Released: May 11, 2004
  • Label: Spilt Milk Records
  • Singles: "All the Way", "Eternally Yours"/"Remember My Face", "Luv Is"
The Healing
  • Released: July 25, 2006
  • Label: Om Records
  • Singles: "Soul Clap"/"Special", "Get Live"
M.A.S.K. (Making Art Sound Kool) EP
  • Released: November 17, 2009
  • Label: Soul Kontrollaz Production/Spilt Milk Records
A Dreamer's Journey
  • Released: September 1, 2011
  • Label: Self-published (Bandcamp/iTunes)
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  2. Willis-Aronowitz, Nona (2006) "In the End We All Want Balance: An Interview with Strange Fruit Project", PopMatters, 20 June 2006, retrieved 2010-04-11
  3. Hoover, Carl (2006) "Strange Fruit Project proud of Waco beginnings", Waco Tribune-Herald, August 24, 2006
  4. Wade, Jeff (2004) "In Their Groove", Dallas Observer, May 20, 2004, retrieved 2010-04-11
  5. Brown, Marisa "The Healing Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-04-11
  6. Arnold, Eric K. (2006) "Om Hip-Hop's future looks bright as the record label injects the genre with soulful sounds and jazzy overtones", San Francisco Chronicle, August 7, 2006, retrieved 2010-04-11
  7. Hughey, Jesse (2006) "Strange Fruit Project The Healing", Dallas Observer, August 3, 2006, retrieved 2010-04-11
  8. Cober-Lake, Justin (2006) "Strange Fruit Project", PopMatters, 16 November 2006, retrieved 2010-04-11

Strange Fruit Project
Strange Fruit Project Language Watch Edit Strange Fruit Project is an underground hip hop group from Waco Texas which consists of producer and emcee Symbolyc One also known as S1 born Larry D Griffin Jr his cousin emcee Myth short for Mythological born Kevin Gaither and emcee Myone pronounced My Own born Anthony Ligawa originally from Indiana 1 2 3 The trio officially debuted in 2004 with a pair of underground releases Soul Travelin and From Divine Their biggest exposure came with the release of their acclaimed 2006 album The Healing The group s name is derived from the Billie Holiday civil rights song Strange Fruit 1 4 Strange Fruit ProjectOriginWaco TexasGenresHip HopYears active2003 presentLabelsOm RecordsMembersSymbolyc One S1 Myth Myone Contents 1 History 1 1 Early years 1 2 2004 to 2005 1 3 2006 to present 2 Discography 3 References 4 External linksHistory EditEarly years Edit The group s musical director S1 began playing musical instruments including the piano keyboards and the drums at a young age His musical inspirations included legendary producers like Quincy Jones Dr Dre Pete Rock and J Dilla He and his cousin Myth began writing rhymes after hearing Run D M C s classic 1986 album Raising Hell In 1996 the cousins formed a duo named Symbolyc Elementz 1 and in May of that year the duo was featured in The Source s Unsigned Hype column 4 S1 met Myone at the time still a high school student while working on a day job in 1998 Between 1999 and 2000 the three began recording together and decided to officially form a group under the name Strange Fruit Project SFP released their first group single All the Way b w Soul Travelin in 2003 2004 to 2005 Edit The track All the Way was included on the group s debut album Soul Travelin released in early 2004 on Spilt Milk Records The album was produced entirely by S1 except for the single Eternally Yours which was produced by up and coming beatmaker Illmind The album received little attention but All the Way received airplay on college radio stations and was nominated for 2004 Song of the Year by BBC Radio The group followed shortly with their second album Soul Travelin released in September 2004 on Split Milk Records Like their debut the album received little sales and attention but garnered the group more attention within the hip hop community Jeff Wade of the Dallas Observer described the album as a soulful mixture of personal from the heart lyrics sweet harmonies and thumpin drums 4 In 2005 the group collaborated with Wu Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah and Trife da God on the single Milk Em produced by S1 5 The track made the CMJ college radio charts in July and August 2005 4 The group had a second CMJ chart topper in 2005 with The Broke Song Later that year S1 and Illmind released a collaboration producer album titled The Art of One Mind The band also provided the soundtrack to a Winterfresh gum commercial 4 2006 to present Edit Following the acclaim of their first two albums and the success of the single Milk Em SFP were listed in URB magazine s Next 100 4 and signed a record deal with Om Records 6 Their first single on the label Soul Clap b w Special was released in May 2006 The group gained considerable underground hype for their 2006 album The Healing released in July 2006 The album featured production from S1 as well as Illmind Jake One and 9th Wonder and featured guest appearances from Erykah Badu Little Brother Darien Brockington and Yahzarah 5 7 The Healing was generally well received 6 and earned the group Now Hear This status on Okayplayer com Marisa Brown of Allmusic gave the album a 3 5 5 rating calling it an album of solidly good hip hop 5 Justin Cober Lake of PopMatters gave the album 7 10 commenting on its hopeful spiritual approach 8 S1 has continued his production career signing licensing deals for MTV shows such as Run s House Trippin and Yo Momma Discography EditAlbum informationFrom Divine Released September 6 2002 Label Spilt Milk Records Singles A Place Soul Travelin Released May 11 2004 Label Spilt Milk Records Singles All the Way Eternally Yours Remember My Face Luv Is The Healing Released July 25 2006 Label Om Records Singles Soul Clap Special Get Live M A S K Making Art Sound Kool EP Released November 17 2009 Label Soul Kontrollaz Production Spilt Milk RecordsA Dreamer s Journey Released September 1 2011 Label Self published Bandcamp iTunes References Edit a b c Brown Marisa The Strange Fruit Project Biography Allmusic retrieved 2010 04 11 Willis Aronowitz Nona 2006 In the End We All Want Balance An Interview with Strange Fruit Project PopMatters 20 June 2006 retrieved 2010 04 11 Hoover Carl 2006 Strange Fruit Project proud of Waco beginnings Waco Tribune Herald August 24 2006 a b c d e f Wade Jeff 2004 In Their Groove Dallas Observer May 20 2004 retrieved 2010 04 11 a b c Brown Marisa The Healing Review Allmusic retrieved 2010 04 11 a b Arnold Eric K 2006 Om Hip Hop s future looks bright as the record label injects the genre with soulful sounds and jazzy overtones San Francisco Chronicle August 7 2006 retrieved 2010 04 11 Hughey Jesse 2006 Strange Fruit Project The Healing Dallas Observer August 3 2006 retrieved 2010 04 11 Cober Lake Justin 2006 Strange Fruit Project PopMatters 16 November 2006 retrieved 2010 04 11External links EditBillboard com Discography Om Record artist page Strange Fruit Project official site Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Strange Fruit Project amp oldid 993801165, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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