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Thursday, Feb 28 2008 | 12:24

The Hip Hop world has long been looking for a breath of fresh air and four legendary emcees are about to step up – together, as EMC. EMC is a brand new super group consisting of the Midwest’s phenom Stricklin, the widely respected Lyricist Lounge duo Punchline & Wordsworth, and the Brooklyn-bred, battle-tested Juice Crew member Masta Ace. After having extensively toured together in 2001, the four became extremely close and both they and their fans recognized their chemistry. The Milwaukee born and raised Stricklin garnered attention in the late 90’s while he was signed to Tommy Boy Records and Punch and Words were integral in the success of the groundbreaking MTV program “The Lyricist Lounge Show” and have released EP’s both as a group and as solo artists. All three rhymesayers caught the ear of Masta Ace before touring together and all three were featured on his two most recent albums. “The group idea was a natural progression of the relationships we all made from being on the road together,” says Ace. “It’s not just about the music with us, we are pretty much like brothers.”

EMC started a feeding frenzy in 2007 with the release of the 12″ single “E.M.C.” and now they are ready to finally drop their full-length album The Show. With more than 20 tracks and appearances by Sean Price, Little Brother, Ladybug Mecca (of Digable Planets), and Money Harm (of Product G&B), The Show is going to satisfy even the most Rap-hungry fan. And while the album proves to be a showcase of lyrical talents, the tracks themselves guarantee to bang with production by The Are, Ayatollah, Nicolay, Koolade, Quincy Tones, Frequency, and J. With the combination Stricklin’s personality, the cleverness of Punchline and the word play and work ethic of Wordsworth, and the leadership of the Music Man himself Masta Ace, EMC is ready make some noise in the music industry. “EMC is a movement and Hip Hop should get ready for something really special,” says Stricklin. “It’s about to be a problem!”


01. Who We Be
02. The Airport
03. Leak It Out
04. The Check In
05. Traffic feat. Little Brother
06. Say Now
07. The Message
08. Don’t Give Up On Us feat. Adi of Growing Nation
09. Git Sum feat. Sean Price
10. We Alright
11. The Interview
12. EMC (What It Stands For)
13. The Angry Merch Guy
14. The Grudge
15. Make It Better
16. The Lobby
17. Winds Of Change
18. The Show feat. Ladybug Mecca
19. The Backstage
20. Borrow You
21. Once More
22. U Let Me Grow
23. Feel It feat. Money Harm of Product G&B

The album EMCThe Show” (M3) is going to be released March 28, 2008.

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