House of Krazees

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House of Krazees
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres Horrorcore, hardcore hip hop, indie hip hop
Years active 1992–1997, 1999
Labels Latnem Entertainment 1993–1997, 1999
Associated acts Twiztid, Halfbreed, Level Jumpers, The Howse, Skrapz, Zodiac MPrint, Drive-By, Insane Clown Posse, Prozak, DJ Clay, King Gordy, Kottonmouth Kings, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Anybody Killa, Big Hoodoo, Legz Diamond, Tha Hav Knots
Members Sol (1992-1997; 1999)
Skrapz (1999)
Past members Mr. Bones (1992–1997)
Hektic (1992–1997)

House of Krazees was an American hip hop group from Detroit, Michigan. The group was originally composed of emcees The R.O.C. (Raps On Contact),[1] (later known as Sol), (Mr. Bones and Hektic). House of Krazees performed a style of hardcore hip hop known as horrorcore or The Wicked Shit and was originally active from 1992 until 1997.

Hektic and Mr. Bones left the group in 1997 to form Twiztid, changing their stage names respectively to Monoxide and Jamie Madrox, which put the group on a temporary hiatus. In 1999, The R.O.C. resurrected House of Krazees, changed his stage name to Sol and continued to perform under the House of Krazees name (for one album, to fulfill contractual obligations for one more H.O.K. album) with rapper Skrapz. This new edition of House of Krazees released one album in 1999, "The Night They Kame Home", and the House of Krazees name was retired by the fall of 1999. Sol and Skrapz left their old manager "Uncle Kreepy", and formed the duo HaLFBrEEd, releasing the majority of its material on their own record label, Virus Independent. HaLFBrEEd was active up until 2003, after only four years of activity. In 2013, it was rumored and semi-announced that HaLFBrEEd was reuniting after a decade apart. Similarly, it was rumored around this time that House of Krazees were reuniting as well with the original lineup of Sol (who later changed his name back to The R.O.C.), Jamie Madrox and Monoxide. However, nothing came about from these rumors, despite another House of Krazees compilation album being released in 2013, "Casket Cutz", which was sold through Twiztid's online store.

Biography[edit]

Recording career[edit]

House of Krazees was formed by R.O.C. (Raps On Contact)[1] in 1992, with Paul Methric and Jamie Spaniolo performing under the names EXP and Big J, later changing their names to Hektic and Mr. Bones respectively.[2] House of Krazees' catalog was only released on Compact Cassette until the group signed to Latnem Entertainment.[3] Problems between House of Krazees and Latnem led the group to leave the label following its 1996 album, Head Trauma.[3] That year, the group was scheduled to tour with Insane Clown Posse and Myzery, serving as an opening act for ICP.[2] The tour was cancelled after Insane Clown Posse was dropped by Hollywood Records.[2] They did tour with ICP and Myzery after the Great Milenko tour finally started after Island records bought the contract from Hollywood records. House of Krazees was only on a select number of dates because of tensions within the group. Methric and Spaniolo left House of Krazees in 1997, due to conflicts with the group's manager, Walter Stepanenko.[3][4]

R.O.C. continued to perform under the House of Krazees name with rapper Skrapz until 1999. R.O.C. and Skrapz also performed under the name "Halfbreed".

Post-split[edit]

Twiztid[edit]

After the split, Methric and Spaniolo sent a demo tape to Insane Clown Posse member Joseph Bruce. The demo contained the tracks "2nd Hand Smoke," "Diemuthafuckadie," and "How Does It Feel?"[4] Bruce was extremely impressed, invited Methric and Spaniolo to perform on 'The House of Horrors Tour', and signed them to Psychopathic Records. Before the tour kicked off, Bruce, Methric and Spaniolo decided on a name that they felt would fit the duo: Twiztid.[4] Twiztid was signed to Psychopathic from 1997 until 2012.

R.O.C.'s solo career[edit]

R.O.C. later became the hype man for Psychopathic Records artist Blaze Ya Dead Homie.[5] R.O.C. appears on Blaze's 2007 album Clockwork Gray, on the tracks "Ill Connect", "Inside Looking Out" and "E.O.D." R.O.C. signed to Hatchet House in 2008[6] and released an EP, Welcome To The Darkside.[7]

In 2009, R.O.C. announced that he was retiring from music.[8] In 2012, he came out of retirement and appeared on Prozak's EP Nocturnal, contributing a verse on "Knuckle Up".[9] R.O.C. also appeared alongside Methric and Spaniolo on Psychopathic's fourth "Psypher", released in October 2012, marking an unofficial reunion of House of Krazees.[10] In 2013 R.O.C appeared on Twiztids mixtape A New Nightmare on the track "Monstrosity" which was labeled as a House of Krazees song. A greatest hits album entitled Casket Cutz was released on October 23, 2013. The album features 12 songs from all previous releases plus a bonus song previously unreleased from the vault.

Discography[edit]

  • Home Sweet Home (1993)
  • Home Bound (1994)
  • Season Of The Pumpkin (1994)
  • Outbreed (1995)
  • Head Trauma (1996)
  • Collector's Edition '97 (1997)
  • The Night They Came Home (1999)
  • Evolution (2001)
  • Casket Cutz (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.myspace.com/rapsoncontact
  2. ^ a b c Bruce, Joseph; Echlin, Hobey (August 2003). "Banned by a Filthy Rat". In Nathan Fostey. ICP: Behind the Paint (2nd ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 306–314. ISBN 0-9741846-0-8. 
  3. ^ a b c Cordor, Cyril. "Madrox Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Bruce, Joseph; Echlin, Hobey (August 2003). "Life on the Road". In Nathan Fostey. ICP: Behind the Paint (second ed.). Royal Oak, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. pp. 353–365. ISBN 0-9741846-0-8. 
  5. ^ A Family Underground documentary
  6. ^ Insane Clown Posse (presenters) (2008-01-18). Weekly Freekly Weekly Jan 2008 (internet news). Detroit, Michigan: Psychopathic Records. Event occurs at 0:55. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  7. ^ "Welcome to the Dark Side by The R.O.C. (EP, Horrorcore): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music". Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Jones, Bryan (September 9, 2009). Settin' the Record Straight. MySpace. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Strange Music, Inc. "Strange Music, Inc » Artists". Strange Music, Inc. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  10. ^ //www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg0Ioxhk5yk