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BLOOD BEFORE PRIDE – MIMESIS, CATHARSIS, AND THE IMITATION OF ART IN LIFE

Blood Before Pride is a hard rock band with heavy hip-hop and industrial rock influences, based out of New York and New Jersey, founded by vocalist Phil Anastasia. “Mimesis, Catharsis and the Imitation of Art in Life,” the band’s debut album, was entirely written and produced by Phil and Pascal Zumaque, who composed and arranged all the original music. The studio recording features lead guitarist Pat Christopher, rhythm guitarist Josh Cruz and drummer Vinny Keohane, all members of NY/NJ metal outfit Deception Theory, and bassist Ryan Kienle of Matchbook Romance. Guest vocal features include members of legendary Brooklyn Hip-Hop duos: Lil’ Fame of M.O.P., Rock of Heltah Skeltah and his partner, the late, great Sean Price. With Rock, also signed to Phil’s Digital Deja Vu Records, performing supporting vocals on most of the album. Phil’s lyrics attempt to push the envelope with concepts and analogies, drawing inspiration from classic literature and poetry, and recording artists of multiple genres, maintaining the idea that it is artists, musicians, writers and poets who influence our lives. As Oscar Wilde wrote, “Life imitates Art more than Art imitates Life.” Ambitious not only with the writing, but with the musical compositions as well, with each track being a different chapter in this book, which aims to inspire listeners to overcome adversity, welcome a challenge, be true to yourself and stand tall everyday… Swallow your Blood Before you swallow your Pride

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Jahmal Bush, AKA Big Rock, AKA Da Rockness Monsta, one half of iconic rap duo Heltah Skeltah, along with the late, great, Sean Price, and a member of legendary Brooklyn hip-hop collective, Boot Camp Clik.

A towering figure on and off the stage, Rock has been a revered emcee, trademarked by his unmistakable deep voice, complicated, multi-syllable rhyme patterns, sophisticated flows and charismatic stage performance since bursting onto the music scene in the mid 90’s. Heltah Skeltah would go on to sell hundreds of thousands of albums worldwide, releasing two critically acclaimed LP’s, 1996’s Nocturnal and 1998’s Magnum Force. After a nearly ten year hiatus, the duo returned to the studio and released 2008’s D.I.R.T. (Da Incredible Rap Team)

But now, after a roller coaster ride through the industry, culminating in the untimely passing of Sean Price in August of 2015, Rock has returned with his first ever solo studio album, Rockness A.P. (After Price) on Digital Deja Vu Records. In similar fashion to his fallen brother, this is the reinvention of Rock. A modern twist on a classic formula, a dedication to his late partner in rhyme, that will cater to their established fans worldwide and is sure to garner thousands more.

The album features a slew of Rock’s hip-hop royalty contemporaries, and artists with a mutual respect for his craft, including:
– Boot Camp Clik’s Buckshot of Blackmoon and Smif-N-Wessun: Tek & Steele
– Wu-tang Clan’s Raekwon, Method Man & Inspectah Deck
– M.O.P.: Lil’ Fame & Billy Danze
– Ras Kass
– Kuniva of Eminem’s D12
– Young Noble of Tupac’s Outlawz

Featuring production from:
– Ron Browz
– Pascal Zumaque
– The Architype
– Coptic

All of whom came out to support Da Rockness Monsta’s reemergence as a force of nature, smashing through today’s climate. This is truly the waking of a sleeping giant…

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