Underground Realroad

Posted by Christopher Rudder

Underground Realroad

Written by Christopher Rudder

 

As a hip hop artist (aLLeYNe & tEMuS) I find myself running. Running from the slave masters, the gate keepers, the record label and mainstream industry executives. The man with a suit and tie holding a pen and contract in one hand and a noose in the other. Sign away your soul to a false sense of freedom. Strangely enough I find a lot of musical friends and colleagues as well as well known artists running in the wrong direction...towards the gate keeper. Puzzled I continue running throught the trees, the bush and the feilds of grass. Cuts, scratches, bruises and ripped clothes are the result of battles with lack of radio play, lack of video rotation, lack of Canadian support. Thorns. 
Just when I feel I'm all alone in this struggle I stumble upon the Underground Realroad. Another Hip-Hop group on a journey for musical freedom and at the end of the day, the last stop on the tracks, the final destination station should be freedom. That's what we as artists are striving for...right?

Here's "Something To Believe"

 

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A chance encounter at Montreal’s Red Rhino Studios in 2008 between owner, producer Drex and rapper Big Bricc, who came in to master a mix tape, soon lead to the formation of progressive, formula-breaking collective Underground Realroad.
Releasing their debut, “Slave to the Game,” Underground Realroad delivers their own genuine, personal experiences with a sound free of influence. Bored of traditional hip-hop, they bring their vision of what hip-hop should be. “People limit themselves creatively because of the industry side of things,” says Drex, and so they strive not to emulate what is popular, opting to make their own scene.
The name, a play on Canada’s historic involvement of smuggling American slaves through the Underground Railroad, represents the “road they’re taking: trying to be free of influence of what’s going on and emancipate themselves of it. What it comes down to, as Bricc quotes, is: “Life is not made to find you, but to create yourself.”

While walking the Underground Realroad I had a chance to speak with Bricc and Drex...

CR: I wanna thank you for taking time out of your schedule to talk with me and to RogueMag. How Are You? 

Underground Realroad: Great, thnx for taking the time to interview us....
 
CR:...iiight lets do this!!! Aside from music and what is written in your bio, tell us something about you that your fans don’t know.

Underground Realroad: (Drex:) Well Bricc is an amazing painter and artist and I play the bass, guitar and drums pretty well...
(Bricc:) I was born with a third nipple (hahaha)

CR: As an artist, the musical journey is a long (trust me I know) and can not be done by oneself. Who are some of the people in your life who have supported you and continue to support you through you musical career.

Underground Realroad: So many people are supporting us but we definitely gotta thank our publicist Jon Asher, our man Skin Deep, The Reason from morburn-music.com and all the artists who featured on the album. 

CR: What experience do you value more and in turn get more personal satisfaction