The Mountain Brothers, from left to right: CHOPS, Styles, Peril-L
|Origin||Philadelphia, PA, United States|
|Years active||1991–2003, 2013|
|Labels||Ruffhouse Records (U.S.)
Pimpstrut Records (U.S.)
Babygrande Records (U.S.)
Mountain Brothers is an American hip hop group originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Named after the legend of 108 mountain bandits depicted in the Chinese novel Water Margin, the group formed in 1994 after all attended the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania.
They are considered cultural pioneers, being one of the first Asian American hip-hop groups and also for the lack of sampling of other music in construction of their own. Mountain Brothers released two critically acclaimed albums, Self Vol 1  and Triple Crown. Some of their more notable songs included "Paperchase," "Galaxies (The Next Level)," and "Thoroughbred." The last of the three is featured in remixed form on CHOPS' album Virtuosity. They produced national radio and TV commercials for Sprite on the ad "Rhymes from The Mind" and Nike on the ad "Players Delight". They also produced a music video for "Galaxies (The Next Level)". Styles Infinite also released two 12" singles, "Fresh Air/Aquarian Mind" and "Easy on the Ears/Finishline".
The group disbanded in 2003 shortly after the release of the album Triple Crown. CHOPS is the only member still active in hip-hop, working with artists such as Kanye West, Chamillionaire, Bahamadia, Planet Asia, and Paul Wall. He also provided music for the MTV reality television show Rob and Big, the soundtrack for the independent film Dark, and contributed music to the soundtracks for the films Brown Sugar and House of Wax. Peril-L is currently a medical researcher and collector of vintage furniture and Styles Infinite is a doctor. In June 2012, they reunited and recorded new material for a compilation by CHOPS. They released the music video for their song "Keep On" on September 25, 2013.
- Styles Infinite
Additional band members performed with Mountain Brothers during certain live performances, including
- DJ Roli Rho from 5th Platoon
- The Black Republicans
- Self: Volume 1 (1999) (Pimpstrut Records (self-released))
- Triple Crown (2003) (Babygrande)
- Microphone Phenomenal (2002) (Babygrande)
- CHOPS official site
- CHOPS MySpace page
- Music Video for "Galaxies (The Next Level)
- | Interview with Mountain Brothers]
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