The 49ers

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The 49ers
Two man Hip-Hop group standing outside
Jas Mace & Marchitect (2009).
Background information
Origin Newark, Delaware, United States
Genres Hip Hop, Rap
Years active 1995 (1995)–Present
Labels Goon Trax, Libyus, P-Vine
Associated acts The Outfit
Website the49ers.wordpress.com
Members Jas Mace & Marchitect

The 49ers is a hip-hop duo from Newark, Delaware and consists of members Jas Mace and Marchitect. They were also the focal members of another hip-hop group called The Outfit. The 49ers are known for their laid-back, jazzy, and soulful hip-hop music.

History[edit]

The Outfit[edit]

Jas Mace and Marchitect were introduced to each other through little league baseball in their hometown of Newark, Delaware. It was later realized that the two shared more than just a passion for sports, but also for hip-hop music. They began writing raps and recording music at Marchitect's house, which is also where their group's name was created. The origin of the name is the street address of where the two emcees honed their production and emceeing skills.[1]

Marchitect's older brother, Grouchy Greg Watkins co-CEO of AllHipHop.com, organized a group called The Outfit.[2] The Outfit released three 12" singles and a full length album on Oblique Recordings, a label that was also created by Grouchy Greg Watkins.[3] The first 12" was released in 1995 and featured "Beauty of the Week" b/w "3 Mics, 2 Marks, and 1 Jas." In 1997, The Outfit released their second 12" that featured the songs "Why I Don't Know"/"Day In, Night Out" b/w "The Outfit Presents"/"Rise and Shine." Their final 12" release was in 1999 and featured the singles "Outta Sight" b/w "The Telephone." The 49ers were featured on all three of these releases. In 1999, The Outfit finally released their first and only full length album called The Soundtrack to Life.[4]

The 49ers[edit]

The members of The Outfit eventually went their separate ways, but The 49ers continued recording. In 2007, they released their first full length album called Equilibrium. The underground success of this album caught the ears of the Japanese record label Goon Trax, a subsidiary music label of Media Factory.[5] This led to their first Goon Trax album called State of the Art. The album included few new songs from The 49ers, and consisted mostly of previously released songs from The Soundtrack to Life and Equilibrium. Included on the album was the 12" single that featured the songs "Breath of Fresh Air", "Champagne", and "Music." The 12" single also included a remix of "Breath of Fresh Air" that was produced by DJ Chika of Cradle Orchestra. In 2009, Goon Trax released The 49ers' second album in Japan called The Ultrasound.[6]

After two albums on Goon Trax, in 2011 The 49ers decided to move in another direction splitting with the label and releasing their 4th album called Musaic, this time on Libyus Music.[7] The album's title is a play on two words: Music and Mosaic. According to their website, The 49ers "wanted all the songs to have their own flavor and color, but to come together and make a complete picture. Like a musical mosaic, hence Musaic.”[8] In the same year, The 49ers also released a collaboration album with the Japanese production unit ZDW!? (Zaa Dee Woo!?) called Soulstice. The album featured various concepts and instruments providing a unique blend of both American and Japanese flavor. Not wasting much time, a year later in 2012, The 49ers sought the help of P-Vine Records to release their 5th album in Japan called The World Record.[9] Staying true to their goal of spreading authentic Hip-Hop throughout the world, the album features many producers and artists from Korea, Japan, France, United States, England, Jamaica, New Zealand, Taiwan, Australia, and Poland. Featured on the album are platinum selling America Hip-Hop artist Positive K and the Japanese Hip-Hop group Samurai Troops aka SMRYTRPS.[8]

In 2006, The 49ers were featured in, and produced the Portobello Film Festival award winning documentary Guilty or Innocent of Using the N Word. Since 2007, The 49ers have been featured on many albums and compilations released in Japan. Their most successful release is titled "Imagine" and was featured on Re:plus' album called Everlasting Truth. In 2013, The 49ers and Tribeca provided the rapping vocals for "Never Say Never", the opening theme of the Japanese anime series, Danganronpa: The Animation.

Discography[edit]

The Outfit[edit]

  • (1999) 12" Outta Sight b/w The Telephone
  • (1999) The Soundtrack to Life
  • (1997) 12" Why I Don't Know/Day In, Night Out b/w The Outfit Presents/Rise and Shine
  • (1995) 12" Beauty of the Week b/w 3 Mics, 2 Marks, and 1 Jas

The 49ers[edit]

  • (2013) Marchitect x Dr. Drumah - World Wide Vibe
  • (2012) The World Record
  • (2012) Marchitect x Soulchef - Passport
  • (2011) The 49ers x ZDW!? - Soulstice
  • (2011) Musaic
  • (2009) The Ultrasound
  • (2006) Equilibrium
  • (2006) State of the Art
  • (2006) 12" Breath of Fresh Air b/w Champagne / Music
  • (2005) MarchitectFresh Out the Lab

Features and Compilations[edit]

  • (2013) V.A. - Danganronpa: The Animation Soundtrack
    • "Never Say Never"
  • (2013) Aosaki - Night, Sky, Snow, Wind
    • "Can't Stop Now"
    • "傲骨"
  • (2013) Otokaze - Save the Flavor
    • "Dedication"
    • "City Lights, City Nights"
    • "夏恋"
  • (2013) The Presidents - We are the Presidents
    • "Hip Hop Music"
  • (2013) Cult Classic Records - Friends & Family 2
    • "Evergreen"
    • "Got That"
  • (2013) BLEE - Project
    • "Guilty by Association"
  • (2013) White Rain - Love, Live, Life
    • "Exodus"
    • "Close to You"
    • "Dreamlike"
  • (2013) Noha Beats - Kosmos
    • "The Recipe (Remix)"
  • (2013) Link6 - Hard 2 Get (Single)
    • "Hard 2 Get"
  • (2013) Rice Master Yen - Rice Collaborations
    • "Daily"
    • "K.R.E.A.M"
    • "Latest Dances"
  • (2013) Formo Sir - Music Talk
    • "Music Talk"
  • (2013) Ninety One - Golden Years
    • "Don't Push Me"
    • "Everybody Knows"
  • (2012) Volta Masters - Funkin' for Jamaica (Single)
    • "Funkin' for Jamaica"
  • (2012) Yeiv - Immersion
    • "Skydiving"
  • (2012) Sounguage - Art Noise
    • "I Want You"
  • (2012) Thomas Prime - The Night and Day
    • "One of these Days"
  • (2012) Senpai - Son of my Father
    • "War"
  • (2012) Senpai - They Say Just Wait til the Morning
    • "Do You"
  • (2012) Ninety One - Short Nights
    • "Changing Laymen"
  • (2012) Tokyo Mic Jamz - Un:unplugged
    • "Still Shinin'"
  • (2012) Blazo - Reflections
    • "Doc Ellis"
    • "Pressure"
  • (2012) Volta Masters - At Work3
    • "Don't Stop the Music"
  • (2011) Soul Chef - Here and Now
    • "We Gon Turn it Out"
  • (2011) SL of Repeat Offenders - Digital Throwback
    • "World Go Round"
  • (2011) Avens - Surrounding Reality
    • "Surrounding Reality"
  • (2011) Laidbook - Laidbook12 Different Cities, Different Expressions
    • "Whatchutalkinbout"
  • (2011) Blazo - Colors of Jazz
    • "Doc Ellis"
  • (2011) Blue Bottle Records - A New Dawn
    • "Sunshine"
    • "H2O V.2"
    • "Superhero"
  • (2011) Kondor - Peace of Soul
    • "A New Day"
  • (2011) V.A. - In Ya Mellow Tone 6
    • "Music Plays On"
  • (2011) Inherit - Pledge to the Music
    • "Midnight Mirage"
  • (2011) Thomas PrimeWaiting for Tomorrow
    • "Music Plays On"
    • "International Night"
    • "Iron Mask"
  • (2011) Seasons’ EndMoments in Life
    • "Running on Karma"
    • "One of Those Days"
  • (2010) V.A. - Digi Jazz Chill City Vol. 1
    • "Crazy"
  • (2010) Nicholas WonderMy Thesis
    • "Good Feeling"
  • (2010) Vans CalMiedlev
    • "Now & Then"
  • (2010) SoulChefEscapism
    • "Wanted"
    • "Blind Man See"
    • "Franki Valli"
  • (2010) SoulChefRemember When
    • "K.M.A."
  • (2010) DJ EzassculJazz Meditation
    • "Time Passes"
  • (2010) V.A.In Ya Mellow Tone 5
    • "Running Out Of Time"
  • (2010) Am 7- Am 7
    • "Money Talks"
    • "Imagine (Remix)"
  • (2010) Navid BSubtle Waters
    • "H2O"
  • (2010) KondorPeace of Body
    • "Four Corners"
  • (2010) InciseDaily Methods
    • "Running Out of Time
  • (2010) Elfer - Hip-Hop’s Taking Over My Mind b/w What Ya Life Like?
    • "Hip-Hop's Taking Over My Mind"
    • "What Ya Life Like?"
  • (2010) V.A.Jazz City Series
    • "Something New"
  • (2010) Re:plusEverlasting Truth
    • "Imagine"
  • (2010) V.A.In Ya Mellow Tone 4
    • "My Girlfriend's Best Friend"
  • (2009) Think Twice & David RyshpanJazz Carnival
    • "Bye-Bye"
    • "Get Away"
    • "When The Smoke Clears"
  • (2009) DJ MotoraIll Communication
    • "88 Ways to Die"
  • (2009) V.A.In Ya Mellow Tone Official Bootleg Vol. 1 Mixed by Re: Plus
    • "Imagine"
    • "It's My Thing"
    • "Music"
    • "Sophisticated Freaks"
  • (2009) V.A.In Ya Mellow Tone Official Bootleg Vol. 2 Mixed By Robert de Boron
    • "In Love With Two Women"
    • "Promise Me"
    • "Universal Language"
  • (2009) V.A.In Ya Mellow Tone 3
    • "In Love With Two Women"
  • (2009) V.A.In Ya Mellow Tone 2.5
    • "Traveling Man"
    • "I Don't Want No"
  • (2009) Stilla-modeLovexperience
    • "Far East, Far West"
  • (2008) V.A.In Ya Mellow Tone 2
    • "Half Drunk"
  • (2008) V.A.In Your Mellow Tone
    • "Champagne"
  • (2008) 12" InheritUp The River
    • "Traveling Man"
  • (2008) InciseNobody’s Story
    • "Move Rhymes"
    • "In Love With Two Women"
  • (2008) 12" InciseScorpion Tail
    • "In Love With Two Women"
  • (2008) Cradle OrchestraMagical Journey
    • "Champagne"
    • "Music"
    • "Breath of Fresh Air"
  • (2008) Think TwiceRock to this Beat
    • "They Don't Know"
  • (2008) South Hill ProductionsSoul Session Vol. 2
    • "Running Up"
  • (2007) V.A.Jazz Flava Lesson 2 Mixed by DJ 411
    • "Champagne"

Accomplishments[edit]

  • 2013 The 49ers were featured on the opening theme song for the Japanese anime series, Danganronpa: The Animation.
  • 2007 The 49ers were voted as Delaware's best hip-hop group in Out & About Magazine[10]
  • 2006 The 49ers were featured in Allhiphop.com's breeding ground showcase
  • 2006 The 49ers were featured in and produced the award winning documentary Guilty or Innocent of Using the N Word

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview with Jas Mace". Repeat Offenders' Blog. 
  2. ^ "Greg Watkins". 
  3. ^ Crosely, Hillary (22 September 2007). "News You Can Use". Billboard: 70. 
  4. ^ "The Outfit Discography". Discogs. 
  5. ^ Goon Trax Website
  6. ^ "The 49ers Discography". Discogs. 
  7. ^ Libyus Music Catalog
  8. ^ a b The 49ers Official Webpage
  9. ^ P-Vine's Artist Page
  10. ^ Lotrionte, Nicolette. "Reaching out to state's quiet community". The Review. 

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