Brookzill! w/ Prince Paul, Ladybug, Don Newkirk & Rodrigo Brandão
Since hip-hop’s inception, it has been the product of a gestalt of influences, carried in its founding artists. Many were clearly inspired by Afro-Brazilian rhythms, rich instrumentation, and dance interplay. For Brazil in particular, the culture thrives in the nightlife, arts, and street expression. The album Throwback To The Future is the sonic link between New York and Brazil, hip-hop’s future with its far-reaching past, by BROOKZILL!, a quartet collective of Prince Paul (Stetsasonic, Gravediggaz), Ladybug Mecca (Digable Planets), Rodrigo Brandão (aka Gorila Urbano), and Don Newkirk (The Dix), a band of individuals that discovered a family by stepping out.
Ten years later, recorded in five cities in two nations, their debut record is ready for the world. Besides skilled Brazilian players, keyboardist Brian Jackson, MCs Del The Funky Homosapien and Count Bass D, turntablists Kid Koala and Mr. Len are featured on the globally-minded LP. On September 16, 2016, Tommy Boy Entertainment will release the 12-track album, titled Throwback To The Future. To prime the palettes for the music of Brazil, Prince Paul will release three mixtapes leading up to the LP, themed around his three band-mates and their contribution to the group. Further, upon release, the band plans to tour their creation, bringing to the stage Grammy Award-winning artists writing the next exciting chapter in their careers.
As Rodrigo explains the title, "This has deep old school hip hop roots, but at the same time, is something that has not been done before, that celebrates creativity and a true love of the art.” For three New York City artists, this experience showed them how the culture of Brazil was a welcomed escape and rejuvenation to their creative spirits. For one Brazilian MC, this opportunity allowed him to live his dream of taking his music—influenced by the Hip-Hop greats, and give his message, his perspective, and his story to the same place that birthed the culture. The music goes backwards to go forwards, and in redefining itself, discovers its creative essence.