Animate Objects

Animate Objects

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandHip HopSoul

The Chicago Sun-Times has described the hip-hop band Animate Objects as "a live band whose music oozes an almost Philadelphia soul sound with layered grooves punctuated by rhymed lyrics about a world where hope exists alongside darkness, and women are seen as complete human beings."


*Newly nominated for a 2010 Independent Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Song ("Jesse Jackson").

**Fresh off an International Tour, opening for and backing Universal Recording Artist, Leigh Jones!**

"Animate Objects - illustrious hip-hop"
- Andy Downing, Chicago Tribune

"It is possible to make positive hip-hop without being unrealistic. This album is a prime example of what looking at the past (with its soul and jazz hooks) while looking to the future (with its optimistic lyrics and subtle production work). In other words, this is the perfect summer album."
- Valerie Enriquez, Innocent Words Magazine

Winners of the Best Hip-Hop Song category in the 2008 Independent Music Award for their hit single "El Dorado," Animate Objects have been featured in Billboard Magazine and other major publications around the world. Integrating eMCees and live instrumentation, the band embodies the spirit and soul of the new generation of hip-hop music.

Boasting a lineup that has performed with a veritable who's who in hip-hop and soul (with a list that includes, but is not limited to - Lauryn Hill, the Wailers, All Natural, Common, Mos Def, Tinariwen, Brother Ali, Digable Planets, Dilated Peoples, RJD2, Blueprint, One Be Lo, Illogic + DJ PRZM, Heiruspecs, Bobby Conn, Leigh Jones, the Opus and many many more!) the band provides a dynamic live experience!

Hailing from the Musical Mecca of the Midwest, Chicago, Animate Objects is a clear leader in the Midwest's vibrant and rapidly emerging live Hip-Hop scene. The band mixes melodious keyboard harmonies and kinetic guitar riffs with sophisticated percussion rhythms and deep-pocketed basslines to form a sound as diverse as its cultural background.

Priding themselves on a healthy knowledge base and professionalism, the band has won the praise of peers and critics while performing across the globe.

Defining itself by staying true to the origins of Hip-Hop while daringly forging the future of a musical generation, Animate Objects shall fuse their organic sound with your soul.

2010 Tours:
I.A.M. STRONG Tour featuring Universal Records own, Leigh Jones

2009 Tours:
Oregon Trail Tour (In Support of Dubs, Grunts and Things)
Opened for Dilated Peoples

CMJ Music Marathon (Headliner for the Independent Music Awards Showcase)
NACA South Regional
North by Northeast
Pygmalion Music Festival
Millennium Music Conference (TunerWar Stage)

2007 Tours:
Armed Forces Entertainment Tour of Guantanamo Bay and Honduras

Independent Music Award Winner, Best Hip-Hop Song, "El Dorado" (Judges AND Vox Populi Voting)

Debuted at #2 on CMJ Hip-Hop Adds Chart on 11/14/07 (190+ adds)
Sept. AirGod at Battle of the Chicago Bands Champion
iGo Car Sharing "Audio Emissions CD" Contest Urban Champion
Metromix Rock 'N Vote Champion
Reviewed as 'Album of the Year' (2007) by independent reviewers

IMC Award Best Hip Hop Band


The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, Amp Fiddler, Common, Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq, Mos Def, Talib Kweli


High Notes For Low Lifes
Danya and the Fail Present: The Shit!
Danya and the Fail Present: Dubs, Grunts and Remixes

Dubs, Grunts and Things
Animate Objects Presents: V.P. Rao - Obrigado Advogados

Ourstage Hip-Hop Compilation (Various Artists)
Millennium Music Conference Compilation (Various Artists)

"Riding In Fast Cars With Your Momma" (Released 03/31/07)
Windy City Records Urban Music Compilation (Various Artists)
Atlantis Music Conference Compilation (Various Artists)
iGo Car Sharing Compilation (Various Artists)

Green Street Records Compilation (Various Artists)
The Beautiful EP

Set List

We can play forever, and love to experiment. We can be both deejay and headliner.

Originals Include:
Needle Drop
Thursday 3
The Turnaround
Count Wackula
Guiding Star
10X10 Fall
Brown Eyes Blue Soul
Jesse Jackson
Axioms (A Tribute to 12-4-06)
The Lowest High
Grown A** Man
Walks For Hipsters
5000 Steps
Ridin' In Fast Cars With Yo Mama

Covers (if requested/as needed):
Little Brother - Lovin' It
Daft Punk - Robot Rock
Nina Simone - Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter
Brother Ali - Take Me Home
Estelle - American Boy
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
OutKast - Roses
Jill Scott - Gimme
Wild Style OST - Wild Style Theme
Soho - Hot Music
All Natural - Renaissance
All Natural - 50 Years
Eric B. and Rakim - Paid in Full
and more...