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OriginThe Bronx, New York, Brooklyn, New York
GenresHip hop
LabelsDecon Records
Associated actsSpank Rock

Ninjasonik are a Brooklyn-based rap duo composed of frontman Telli and DJ-turned-vocalist Jah-Jah.


Ninjasonik started in late 2006-early 2007 [1] when fellow DJ's Jah Jah Brown and Kevin Ross began writing and recording songs in Bushwick, NY.[2] The original songs were best described as sarcastic incantations which lyrically played with themes like pregnancy and racial identities. The tunes were sung over beats similar to Baltimore Club Music. In mid-2007, they released a mixtape which featured a handful of original songs mixed with various other tracks. The most recognizable of their songs was "Tight Pants", a song which aggressively shouted about being black and wearing tight pants, a taboo idea at the time (since hip hop and black culture emphasized baggy pants at the time). The song quickly gained recognition within segments of the New York club and indie rock scenes. In fall 2007, the group produced a YouTube music video for "Tight Pants" [3] and it went viral. Shortly after that, Kevin met Michael Ratcliffe (a.k.a. Telli Gramz) at a bar in Brooklyn and invited him to record a rap verse on a remix of the song. Telli soon joined the group. Between 2007-2010, the group toured and performed nationally and internationally and released several more mixtapes and albums.[4] In summer 2010, DJ Teenwolf left the group. Jah Jah and Telli continue to perform and record under the Ninjasonik moniker[5]

Ninjasonik are native New Yorkers: Telli grew up in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn while Jah-Jah was born and raised in The Bronx. Their music combines elements of hip-hop, electro and punk. Their latest release No Sword Or Masks landed on Decon Records on July 27, 2011 and featured a guest appearance from Theophilus London.[6]



Title Album details
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Marriage Records
Art School Girls
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Chief Records / Green Owl Records
No Swords or Masks


Title Album details
Tight Pants
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Chief Records
Red Cups


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  5. ^ Ameen, Taji. "Jumping Around With Ninjasonik". Vice. VICE Media. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  6. ^ Pablo, J. "Q&A: Ninjasonik On Tight Pants, Skating, And Coming For The Throne". Village Voice. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  7. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Ninjasonik". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  8. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Ninjasonik". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 December 2013.