Animal Farm

Animal Farm

 Portland, Oregon, USA
BandHip Hop

Animal Farm is one of the hottest hip-hop groups to emerge out of the Northwest. Their latest album "Culture Shock" features Talib Kweli, Rob Swift, and Abstract Rude Animal Farm has also been featured on The Dew Tour on NBC, Myx TV, in XLR8R, URB, Exclaim Magazine, Okayplayer, and many more.


Somewhere within a city known for its indie rocking, coffee drinking, bike riding hipsters, the True School Hip-Hop group Animal Farm has spread its infectious sound and won over a wide variety of listeners. Portland, OR’s favorites are back with their new album, Culture Shock. The album features a host of legends including Talib Kweli, X-Ecutioners’ DJ Rob Swift, and Abstract Rude, and has received rave reviews from Okayplayer, PopMatters, Exclaim Magazine, USA Today, and much more. The new album recently peaked at #3 on the CMJ College Radio Hip-Hop Charts.

The first single, “Test of Time”, which features the incomparable Talib Kweli, has been featured by URB Magazine,, Nah Right, 2dopeboyz, djbooth, hiphopsite, hiphopdx, okayplayer, and hundreds more, and received over 10,000 online plays in its first week alone. The song also hit #1 on the Rapattacklives college radio chart. According to Okayplayer, “Talib Kweli jumped on this soulful track with Portland’s hip-hop kings Animal Farm with predictably strong results. If they keep growing joints like this down on the farm, the Pacific Northwest could be a new mecca for true-school rap."

The follow up to “Test of Time” was Animal Farm’s hilarious first video, “Pop Music”, which chronicles the rise of a pop star and his fall from glory. In “Pop Music”, Animal Farm’s Fury, Serge Severe, Gen.Erik, and Hanif Wondir use clever wordplay by utilizing the names of numerous pop acts to tell this entertaining tale. The video has been featured on the Smoking Section, On Smash, Hypem,, and many more.

Culture Shock was entirely produced by group member Gen. Erik, whose production has appeared on MTV and a new behind the scenes Powerade commercial with NBA Superstar Chris Paul. Animal Farm’s “Back in the Days”, which appears on Culture Shock, was also recently featured on NBC and MTV2's coverage of the Dew Tour.

Animal Farm first burst onto the scene in 2008 with the album The Unknown, which earned the group high acclaim from XLR8R magazine and URB Magazine’s Next 1000 column, partially due to an unforgettable guest appearance by the legendary KRS-One. The album was also featured on a number of prominent websites, including and, and received radio play throughout the US, peaking at #3 on the CMJ Radio Hip-Hop Charts, where Animal Farm remained in the Top 10 for seven straight weeks.

Animal Farm has risen to defy the odds and create a dedicated following by sharing stages with significant Hip-Hop acts to touch down on Northwest soil in the past five years, including Common, Method Man, Redman, LMFAO, GZA, RZA, Ghostface Killah, Wiz Khalifa, N.E.R.D., KRS-One, The Cool Kids, De La Soul, The Game, Del, Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, Ozomatli, and more. They have also toured and participated in festivals such as CMJ Music Marathon, The Dew Tour, MusicFest NW, SXSW, and NW Reggae Fest, to help build their buzz.

Animal Farm’s Hanif Wondir, Fury, Serge Severe, Gen.Erik, and DJ Wels are quickly gaining an International fan base that are coming to the same conclusion as the popular Hip-Hop blog, which proclaimed "Animal Farm is no doubt the indie scene’s best kept secret".


Animal Farm "Culture Shock" 2011
Animal Farm ft. Talib Kweli "Test of Time" 2011
Animal Farm "The Unknown" 2008
Animal Farm ft. KRS-One "Peace" 2008
Focused Noise Mixtape 2008
Cleveland Steamers "Treasure Chest" 2006

Set List

30 Minutes - 1 Hour.

1. Culture Shock 2. Down to Business 3. Can't Stop, Won't Stop 4. DJ Scratch Routine 5. Test of Time 6. Music for Idiots 7. In The Sky 8. Back in the Days