Anti-Pop Consortium

Genres: Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s


With most rap acts of the early twenty-first century becoming too predictable and repetitive, New York’s Anti-Pop Consortium was an exception to the rule, blending inventive beats with witty prose, often showcasing its members talent for tricky, tongue-twisting rhymes and pronunciations. Formed during autumn 1997 by Priest, Beans, and M. Sayyid, the trio first came together via a ‘Rap meets Poetry’ workshop at New York’s Nuyorican Theatre. Producer Earl Blaize worked with the trio from the beginning, and is often credited as the ‘fourth member’ of Anti-Pop Consortium. Soon afterwards, they began issuing cassette-only releases and scored an underground hit with ‘Disorientation’, featuring Apani B Fly of the Polyrhythm Addicts. Their debut, Tragic Epilogue, was released by the 75 Ark label in 2000, and confirmed the word-of-mouth reputation that had established the Anti-Pop Consortium as one of the underground scene’s most...

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