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Posted by Robert
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10/4/2004 11:46:15 AM

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33rd Street Records announces the
release of Shock G's first independent album 'Fear of a Mixed Planet' due in
stores October 12, 2004.  Rapper, producer, musician, cartoonist Shock-G is
the mastermind behind platinum group Digital Underground.

'Fear of a Mixed Planet' is Shock-G's long-awaited solo debut. It draws on
his 15 years of funk experience at the helm of Digital Underground even as
it explores radical new terrain. Fans of DU will appreciate a strong crew
presence. Long-time partners-in-rhyme Money B & Humpty Hump turn up for the
EPMD-fueled funkfest "Weesom Hustlas" while Numskull of the Luniz expresses
his comically controversial point of view on "My Opinion." Yukmouth lays
down a definitive autobiographical rap on "Holmedown Up," which also
features Java & 5th Element, as well as the return of Clev MC, who debuted
as a kid on Sons of the P.

Using the solo project as license for total creative freedom, Shock G has
crafted the most distinctive & personal album of his career, ambitious in
its rethinking of the musical & lyrical possibilities of hip hop. On
"Cinnamon Waves" Shock conjures up an authentic world-weariness well beyond
the reach of today's blinged-out emcees, in the form of a wistful letter to
an ex-lover, while on "Who's Clean", Shock propounds a positive spiritual
philosophy of the essential unity of the human race & speaks out against the
misogyny so often taken for granted in hip hop.

"Now more than ever," Shock says, "with almost all emcees on the same
subject matter & viewpoint, it's especially necessary to lift the human
spirit & break the monotony of continuous, increasingly bleak, negative or
desperate songs & topics; and to also break the chain of constant blatant
reality. The human mind also thrives & prospers from fantasy & hope.
Perhaps 'Fear of a Mixed Planet' is an intermission from the front line & a
visit to the recreation tent."

In addition to Tupac, Shock has brought up a considerable amount of talent
through DU, including the Luniz, Saafir, & Mystic. In 1995, Shock appeared
on the Bay Area anthem "I Got 5 on It", alongside the Luniz, Richie Rich,
Spice1, E-40, & Dru Down. He has also produced & recorded with such acts as
Murs, DJ Quik, George Clinton, & Prince.

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