Distant Relatives (band)

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Distant Relatives
Rap group Distant Relatives in 2011.jpg
Distant Relatives in 2010
Background information
OriginSan Francisco Bay Area, California, United States
GenresHip hop, Underground hip hop
Years active2003–present
LabelsIllusive Records, Distant Relatives Music
Associated actsThe Grouch (rapper), Eligh, Zion I
Websitedistantrelatives.net
MembersVocab Slick (2003-present)
Maynee (2006-2014)
DJ Ricky Switch (2006-present)
Emotionall (2003-2006)
DJ Boogie The Mann (2005-2006)

Distant Relatives is an American hip hop group based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The group consists of rappers Maynee (born Joseph Carter) & Vocabulary Slick (born Brian Gibson) and DJ Ricky Switch (born Ricky Gregg).

History[edit]

Formation and For The Passion (2003-2006)[edit]

Distant Relatives was formed in 2003 by founding members Vocabulary Slick and Emotionall who met as young children. Following the group's first recording sessions which were recorded in collaboration with the group's first DJ, DJ Boogie The Mann, Emotionall was deported to Mexico. For The Passion was released independently in the Northern California Bay Area to local acclaim but no real national attention. Shortly thereafter, DJ Boogie The Mann and Distant Relatives parted ways so that DJ Boogie The Mann could pursue a rap career. Just before Emotionall was deported to Mexico, Maynee, who had been featured on For The Passion's "Up The Ladder" and "Keep The Flow" was recruited as an official member of the group. With Maynee & Vocabulary Slick, the group toured the state of California extensively in support of their album For The Passion (2006), playing hundreds of shows in the Lake Tahoe / Reno, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and North Bay Area markets. Based on the model used by California rap group Living Legends, Distant Relatives built their fan base by selling CDs hand-to-hand during their tours, selling more than 5,000 units directly.[1]

DJ Ricky Switch and protecting the name "Distant Relatives" (2007-2010)[edit]

In the wake of DJ Boogie The Mann's departure from the group, Distant Relatives sought a DJ to replace him. After posting a listing on craigslist.org, DJ Ricky Switch, who had moved to the San Francisco bay area from Portstewert, Ireland, answered the ad and was the group's DJ the very next day at a gig in Mountain View, CA. This incarnation of Distant Relatives - Vocabulary Slick, Maynee and DJ Ricky Switch remained for the group's follow-up albums, 2007's The Ethx of Distant Relatives and 2011's This Changes Everything.

In the spring of 2007, Distant Relatives recorded an album entirely produced by Fremont, CA-based producer Ethx called The Ethx of Distant Relatives which they released for free, pressing and distributing more than 10,000 copies of the album independently.

As the group started production on their second album, rapper Nas & reggae artist Damien "Jr. Gong" Marley released and promoted an album titled Distant Relatives. While they have been referred to as "Distant Relatives", the duo is officially named Damien "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas and no legal action has been taken by either group in defense of the groups' names.

This Changes Everything (2011)[edit]

In March 2011, Distant Relatives released their second studio album, This Changes Everything[iTunes 1] featuring production by bay area producers Eleven.30 and Rick Vargas. The album featured guest appearances by Zumbi of Zion-I and The Grouch (rapper) & Eligh of Living Legends. Prior to the album's release, "Celebrate" featuring The Grouch & Eligh debuted on iTunes with instrumental and edited versions.[2] Another song from This Changes Everything, "Rusty Shack" was featured as a part of iTunes' Indie Spotlight showcase in March, 2011.[3] In May 2011, Thizzler.com wrote about the album, stating that "The Bay Area needs more groups like Distant Relatives that have a positive message with real skill."[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2006: For The Passion
  • 2011: This Changes Everything

For the Passion track listing[edit]

# Title Songwriter(s) Producer(s) Performer(s) Length
1 intro / Musica Orlando De Los Santos Starski & Hutch Emotionall 1:05
2 For the Passion Brian Patrick Gibson, Orlando De Los Santos Woody Of Furious Minds Vocab Slick, Emotionall 3:28
3 Ladies and Gentlemen Brian Patrick Gibson, Orlando De Los Santos Starski & Hutch Vocab Slick, Emotionall, DJ Boogie The Mann (scratches) 3:52
4 Keep The Flow Brian Patrick Gibson, Orlando De Los Santos, Joseph Carter, Gary Mitchell The Kali Assassin Vocab Slick, Emotionall, Maynee & Archie Ripple 4:00
5 Let It Ride Brian Patrick Gibson, Orlando De Los Santos The Kali Assassin Vocab Slick, Emotionall, DJ Boogie The Mann (scratches) 4:20
6 These Days Brian Patrick Gibson, Orlando De Los Santos Starski & Hutch Emotionall, Thelonious Jordan, DJ Boogie The Mann (scratches) 3:48
7 Interlude Orlando De Los Santos Emotionall Emotionall 0:30
8 L.O.D. / Lack Of Dedication Brian Patrick Gibson, Orlando De Los Santos Starski & Hutch Vocab Slick, Emotionall 3:50
9 Up The Ladder / Get Up Brian Patrick Gibson, Orlando De Los Santos, Joseph Carter Woody Of Furious Minds Vocab Slick, Emotionall, Maynee, DJ Boogie The Mann (scratches) 3:55
10 Control Brian Patrick Gibson Starski & Hutch Vocab Slick, Emotionall 4:18
11 My World Brian Patrick Gibson, Orlando De Los Santos, Gary Mitchell Woody Of Furious Minds Vocab Slick, Emotionall, Archie Ripple, DJ Boogie The Mann (scratches) 4:43
12 Vocab Intro Brian Patrcik Gibson The Kali Assassin Vocab Slick 0:55
13 Where U At? Brian Patrick Gibson, Orlando De Los Santos The Kali Assassin Vocab Slick, Emotionall 3:05
14 Pro Athletes Brian Patrick Gibson, Orlando De Los Santos Woody Of Furious Minds Vocab Slick, Emotionall 2:55
15 Entro Orlando De Los Santos The Kali Assassin Emotionall 3:06
16 Get Off The Next Brian Patrick Gibson, Orlando De Los Santos, Gary Mitchell The Kali Assassin Vocab Slick, Emotionall, Archie Ripple, Tim Brown (scratches) 3:06
17 TODAYWELLTALK

ABOUTHEKIDWHOCALLS HIMSELFARAPPER

Orlando De Los Santos The Kali Assassin Emotionall, Vocab Slick 3:07
18 Star Brian Patrick Gibson, Orlando De Los Santos, Big Tweez Tweez Vocab Slick, Emotionall, Big Tweez 3:51
19 Roll Up Ya Sleeves Brian Patrick Gibson, Orlando De Los Santos The Kali Assassin Vocab Slick, Emotionall, Starski 3:07
20 4 Twenty (Bonus) Brian Zaragoza Lexosyl Boogie The Mann 3:30

This Changes Everything track listing[edit]

# Title Songwriter(s) Producer(s) Performer(s) Length
1 Introduction Brian Patrick Gibson, Joseph Carter Rick V. & Eleven.30 for PopWorks Music Vocab Slick, Maynee 1:27
2 Gotta Give Brian Patrick Gibson, Joseph Carter Rick V. & Eleven.30 for PopWorks Music Vocab Slick, Maynee 3:22
3 Dream On Brian Patrick Gibson, Joseph Carter, Stephen Gaines Rick V. & Eleven.30 for PopWorks Music Vocab Slick, Maynee, Zumbi of Zion-I 2:54
4 Young Saga Brian Patrick Gibson, Joseph Carter Rick V. & Eleven.30 for PopWorks Music Vocab Slick, Maynee, Lavish (vocals), Anata De Tally (violin) 4:22
5 Death To A Taxi Brian Patrick Gibson, Joseph Carter Rick V. & Eleven.30 for PopWorks Music Vocab Slick, Maynee 4:08
6 Pressures Brian Patrick Gibson, Joseph Carter Rick V. & Eleven.30 for PopWorks Music Vocab Slick, Maynee 3:39
7 Blues Too Brian Patrick Gibson, Joseph Carter Rick V. & Eleven.30 for PopWorks Music Vocab Slick, Maynee 3:40
8 Move Brian Patrick Gibson, Joseph Carter Rick V. & Eleven.30 for PopWorks Music & Joseph Ibarra Vocab Slick, Maynee 3:52
9 Sorta Like Brian Patrick Gibson, Joseph Carter Rick V. & Eleven.30 for PopWorks Music Vocab Slick, Maynee 3:22
10 Boondox Intro Brian Patrick Gibson, Joseph Carter Rick V. & Eleven.30 for PopWorks Music Vocab Slick, Maynee 0:42
11 Where I Live Brian Patrick Gibson, Joseph Carter Rick V. & Eleven.30 for PopWorks Music Vocab Slick, Maynee 3:44
12 Rusty Shack Brian Patrcik Gibson, Joseph Carter Rick V. & Eleven.30 for PopWorks Music Vocab Slick, Maynee 3:22
13 Melody Interlude Brian Patrick Gibson, Joseph Carter Rick V. & Eleven.30 for PopWorks Music Vocab Slick, Maynee 0:26
14 Celebrate Brian Patrick Gibson, Joseph Carter, Corey Scoffern, Eligh Nachowitz Rick V. & Eleven.30 for PopWorks Music Vocab Slick, Maynee, The Grouch, Eligh, Ryan Scott (trumpet) 4:33
15 Gods Recipe Brian Patrick Gibson, Joseph Carter Rick V. & Eleven.30 for PopWorks Music Vocab Slick & Maynee 5:21
16 Long Way (Bonus) Oscar De Los Santos Suker for DVC Records Emotionall 5:32

Singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Distant Relatives". Clear Channel Publishing. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Celebrate (iTunes Single)". iTunes. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Indie Spotlight: Hip-Hop - March 2011". "Rusty Shack". iTunes. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  4. ^ "What's Slappin' In My Trunk". Thizzler.com. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  1. ^ "This Changes Everything". iTunes. Retrieved 11 April 2011.

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