Endemic Emerald & Skanks the Rap Martyr present their collaboration album opus entitled ‘Rapsploitation’. Producer Endemic first met Skanks in Brooklyn mid 2013 when he first touched down in NYC. The duo built on the Nostrand Ave blocks & started to work instantly as they shared a similar stance on Hip Hop.
Skanks stated: “I first rocked on Endemic’s beats on the Ruste Juxx ‘Adamantine‘ project which he produced for Duckdown Records, so I knew a joint project would be Ill. Working with him also allowed me to sharpen my skills as an engineer & I recorded material for G Stats & Bankai Fam after we built a studio on my block in Crown Heights”.
‘Trouble’ is the project’s lead single which portrays tales of US police taking innocent black lives. Skanks breaks down his frustration with the recent events while another Crown Heights O.G – Eric E-Class Wright intensifies the track with his vocals on the hook. Skanks is a founding member of Brooklyn’s Bankai Fam who released their debut, On my side, in 2013 & has also released an influential solo LP on French label; Shinigami records. At age twelve he was known as Problem Child & opened up for MC Lyte on numerous US tours, gaining accolades from many of the 90’s legends.
Producer Endemic Emerald has released two instalments of his ‘Terminal Illness’ series along with albums on Duckdown Records & EMI. Originally hailing from the UK he is now based out of NYC & still maintains a role in the UK scene. Members from the Wu-tang Clan, Boot Camp click, Ill Bill, Skyzoo, Immortal Technique, Royal Flush, Roc Marciano, Easy Mo Bee – these are just a few of the artists he has worked with.
Endemic added: “Skanks is one of my closest people out here in NYC, he actually hooked me up with a room and initial place to stay in Crown Heights. Soon after, I moved across the block & ran the studio while we made major moves. This album encapsulates the natural recording process which is missing in many albums & songs these days”.
‘Rapsploitation’ showcases Skanks as his finest delivering lyrics with substance over a diverse sound set from Endemic. Featured appearances come from Shabaam Sadeeq, Ruste Juxx, Tragedy Khadafi, Mic Handz, DJ Ready Cee, Darkim be Allah & Bankai Fam. The Album drops February 2016 via No Cure Records / IDC.