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Tucson, Arizona, United States | SELF

Tucson, Arizona, United States | SELF
Band Hip Hop Spoken Word




"Al Basics just keeps getting better and better. Don’t sleep on him"

You might remember this post from last October

Al Basics just keeps getting better and better. Don’t sleep on him. This shit is on repeat - PileCast

"New Single “Shifts Of A Rubik’s Cube” from Hip-Hop Emcee Al Basics"

Al Basics is a poet turned hip-hop emcee originally from Queens, NY who is currently based in Tucson, AZ. He just dropped a new single called “Shifts Of a Rubik’s Cube,” a track with a sparse, morphing beat that Basics’ signature slow, well-controlled flow rides perfectly. Basics’ background as a poet infuses his lyricism and allows him to explore themes beyond what is commonly addressed in hip-hop.

“It’s hard to let go of something you never had/hard to present the future you don’t want a past/but a rubik’s cube shifts/a new view can remind you why you exist.”

No Benzes, bitches, or bank account braggadocio here. And the track’s production, credited to HanSolo of 3rd Phloor Productions, deepens the reflective mood brought out in the lyrics. The song opens with a soft piano and strings, and when the drums hit and Basics start to spit the sound gets faded back and forth from left to right and back again. Everything is shifting and the effect immerses you completely in Basics’ rubik’s cube.

Listen to ”Shifts of a Rubik’s Cube” below, and you can expect more music from Al Basics in early summer, which is when he plans to release his next album. And of course, if you like Basics’ music enough to download it, consider sending him a message or making a donation, I know he would appreciate it! -

"Fatboy Radio"

Raise The Glass debut -

"Al Basics – Shifts of a Rubik’s Cube (Video)"

Debut of "Shifts of a Rubik's Cube" video -


Debut of Mainstream of Consciousness Video -

"The Heat Magazine"

Though we come across a great deal of epic talent, it is not often we come across talent of the magnitude of that possessed by Al Basics.

He possesses the trifecta of talent – intelligence, hustle and originality. We know you’ll be seeing a whole lot more of him in the near future, so we are honored to have caught up with him in the early stages of what promises to be a long and fruitful career.... - Arlene Culpepper


His poetry will grab you. His lyrics will excite you. His interesting style will make you want more.

Poets, Underground and Mainstream music fans alike…

Get into Al Basics… - J-Lyric


Bodega Cantos EP
Paradox EP
The Sound of Sense (Produced by HanSolo)
Thoughts in Progress (Spoken Word)



Al Basics makes his own version of progressive hip hop, having elements of grunge, spoken word, and indie rock. Basics has a slow cadence, his rap abilities are complimented with scholar and street allure. Although he has technical rap abilities, he's first and foremost a poet at heart. One Basics song may consist of spoken word, the next may be a boom bap classic new york rap.

Born in Queens, NY, Al Basics (Allan Holguin) discovered he wanted to rap at the age of 21. When most Emcees pride themselves with starting their music careers in adolescence, Al started out with poetry. Usually found scavenging books at the used-book store, he's the kind of guy to spark up a conversation about politics, 20th century American Modernist Poetry, or love. Al began crafting his art by blending his love of poetry and Hip-Hop into what became his recognizable slow-cadence profound lyricism. Al studied at The University of Arizona, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing. With a couple of non-fiction publications and poetry awards, Al has already begun his career as a writer. His sound has been compared to the likes of Sage Francis, Eyedea, Cecil Otter, and Slug (Atmosphere). Al continues to push his poetics by balancing both socially conscious themes and personal subject matter.

Al's debut album "The Sound of Sense" produced by HanSolo features the FIRST EVER TRILINGUAL Hip-Hop Song called "Trilateral Mindframe." Al raps in English, Spanish and French. He did 15-city tour and the album has been selling internationally.