Street Academics

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Street Academics
Street Academics at The Humming Tree.jpg
Street Academics at The Humming Tree, Bangalore 2017
Background information
OriginKerala, India
GenresAlternative hip-hop
InstrumentsVocals, Sampler, Drum machine, Synthesizer, Turntables.
Years active1999–present

Street Academics is an Indian alternative hip-hop group from Kerala, known for their songs blending Malayalam, English & Tamil lyrics. The collective of rappers based out of various districts from their home state are noted for emphasizing on contemporary & philosophical themes in their works. The crew focuses on releasing singles with a sociopolitical context to familiarize their audience about hiphop subculture.[1][2][3] They collaborate with the collectives of Mappila Lahala and Palakkadan Dystopia, to release projects that focus on having cultural discussions set in avant-garde backdrops.[4][5][6][7]

History[edit]

Street Academics was an idea brought forward by Rjv Ernesto in 1999, as a small group for slam poetry & making pause tapes. Later he was introduced to Haris Saleem through hip-hop communities in Myspace & Orkut. After recording various demo tracks, they brought in Amjad Nadeem, Abhimanyu Raman & Pranav to move forward as a hiphop crew. Keyboardist & music producer Ruthin Thej worked with the group to produce a couple of singles, before leaving to pursue his career as keyboardist for Thaikkudam Bridge. Later Vivek Radhakrishnan joined the group as the DJ/producer providing a bass-oriented sound. They started collaborating with the cultural music collective Mappila Lahala, led by filmmaker Muhsin Parari, to release politically oriented singles which featured veteran actor Mamukkoya & national award-winning composer Bijibal.[8][9][10][11][12] The group has also formed avant garde hip-hop project Palakkadan Dystopia to release singles and went on to collaborate with experimental theatre acts, performing shows which combined spoken word, theatre, hip-hop music & graffiti.[13][14][15]

Themes and Influences[edit]

Members state that they started off through slam poetry before getting introduced to hip-hop music.[16] Their multilingual lyricism usually brings up questions of expression & identity, affirming the place of vernacular rap in Kerala, being one of the first acts to do so.[17][18][19] Street Academics is considered to be one of the oldest independent hip-hop outfits in India.[20] They are noted for pioneering Malayalam rap with serious content & multisyllabic rhyme patterns, against the comical parody image that rap/hip-hop music has had in their region. Even though the production relies on minimal boom bap oriented sampling as the backbone, the collective effort exhibits influences of lo-fi, glitch, folk, ambient, R&B, jazz poetry, grime & funk. Most of the themes are set in an alternate reality or a post-apocalyptic world, often presented from the narrative mode of various alter egos. It is noted that majority of those plots are inter-connected & follow a particular nonlinear storyline throughout the body of their work.[21][22][23][24][25][26]

Members[edit]

  • Rjv Ernesto (Pakarcha Vyadhi) - Rapper, MC, lyricist, music producer, graffiti writer.
  • Dr. Haris Saleem (Maapla) - Rapper, lyricist.
  • Amjad Nadeem (Azuran) - Rapper, lyricist, vocalist.
  • Abhimanyu Raman (Earthgrime) - Rapper, lyricist, music producer.
  • Vivek Radhakrishnan (V3K) - Music producer, DJ, vocalist, rapper, record producer.
  • Arjjun Menon (Imbachi) - Rapper, lyricist, vocalist, b-boy.

Discography[edit]

Albums:-[edit]

  • 1. Aathmasphere EP (2013)
  • 2. Chatha Kaakka EP (2016)
  • 3. Narakasabha (2017) (as Palakkadan Dystopia)

Singles:-[edit]

  • 1. Rest In Peace (2011)
  • 2. Vandi Puncture (2012)[27]
  • 3. Native Bapa ft. Mappila Lahala (2012)[28]
  • 4. Trapped In Rhymes (2013)[29]
  • 5. Aathmasphere (2013)
  • 6. Angot Onnai (2013)
  • 7. 16 Adiyanthiram (2015)[30]
  • 8. Genthandappa? ft. Palakkadan Dystopia (2016)[31]
  • 9. Funeral of a Native Son ft. Mappila Lahala (2016)[32]
  • 10. Chatha Kaakka (2016)
  • 11. Space Station ft. Space Behind The Yellow Room (2017)[33][34][35][36]
  • 12. Trishanku ft. Palakkadan Dystopia (2017)[37]
  • 13. Kalapila (2017)[38][39]

Mixtapes/Solo Albums:-[edit]

  • 1. Rjv Ernesto - Industrial Area (2003, 2006, 2008)
  • 2. Rjv Ernesto - Country Fellow EP: The Clairvoyant Of Alter Egos (2012)
  • 3. Asylum Of Philosophy - A Bottle of Paranoia EP (2012)[40]
  • 4. Earthgrime & Sez - Standalone Complex Vol 1: Paradox EP (2012)
  • 5. Earthgrime - Street Lights In The Sun LP (2013)
  • 6. V3K - Psycle Edukk EP (2013)
  • 7. V3K - The Gateway EP (2013)
  • 8. Street Academics - Rest In Peace (2014)
  • 9. Spank The Queen: The Death of Rjv Ernesto (2015)
  • 10. Molten Wax: The Revenge of Rjv Ernesto (2016)
  • 11. Shrapnels: The Autopsy of Rjv Ernesto (2016)
  • 12. V3K - 240P: Third World Bass EP (2016)
  • 13. Diggin In The Wasteland: The Filth of Rjv Ernesto (2017)
  • 14. V3K - 1010B & The Broken Laptop (2018)
  • 15. Sex And Time Altering Nibs: The Hand of Rjv Ernesto (2018)
  • 16. 25th Hour: The Miscarriages of Rjv Ernesto (2018)

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