New York’s Hangar 18 are the latest act to come out of hip indie label Def Jux, home of RJD2, El-P, Aesop Rock, and Del. They have been steadily releasing songs on cool compilations and 12" singles, and touring the country, sharing the stage with the likes of Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Murs, Aceyalone, Atmosphere, and many others.
Many first got wind of “The Hangar” on the underground classics The Persecution of Hip Hop and The Prequel Album. In addition MCs Windnbreez and Alaska were also featured on Random B-Sides from Weightless Records. Plus, Alaska was featured on the seminal Cannibal Ox album, The Cold Vein, and he and Windnbreez were featured on Def Jux Presents 2 as well as the CP Records release Euphony. The group’s follow up to their debut effort, the awesomely titled The Multi Platinum Debut Album, is coming soon, so keep your ear to the streets!
Windnbreez and Alaska, accompanied by touring wax spinner DJ K-Tel, stopped by The Engine Room to spit some wacky-ass, right-off-the-top rhymes over a furious Messiaz beat. They also gave us some insight into the underground freestyle scene in The Big Apple and generally kept us all entertained with their zaniness. So listen up, America, ‘cause Hangar 18 might just be the future of hip hop…in which case, lock up your daughters!
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