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With a sound that can only be described as an all male, 2006 version of the Fugees, Epitome stands alone as the single most relevant voice in modern progressive hip hop.


With hip-hop in dire need of a new soul, Ced “Tha Arch Bishop” & Maza “The Messenger” have unearthed a catalogue of music baring theirs, enter Epitome.
Formed in the late 90’s, Epitome has defined their style of music as being “bridge rap.” The duo has always knack creating music that sparks the interest of otherwise disinterested patrons. This ability to connect with listeners in all markets has led to Epitome often being the lone hip-hop feature in several venue’s and publications. The program directors at New York’s WBAI radio station were so moved by Epitome’s “Peacemaker” that it wound up being the featured song of protest during the 2004 GOP convention. Humbled by praise, Epitome remains focused on the execution of their craft.
Having performed along side hip-hop’s brightest wordsmith’s, Epitome has graced the stage in venues that include New Brunswick, New Jersey’s Legendary Cross Roads Theatre, Jimmy’s Uptown Cafe, and Arkansas’ Harding University. Often performing in front of mixed crowds, Epitome’s Maza has even performed a portion of their set in his native tongue of Creole. This level of intensity combined with an unrelenting work ethic has landed Epitome on musicsnippet.com, several spots in CMJ’s new music weekly hip-hop charts, and Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Sirius Hip-Hop Nation” show (receiving a staggering 50 spins in under a month).

“It’s all about averages, says the twenty something Maza. Ced and I stay on our grind”

That very same grind, along with moving 2000 plus copies of their 2002 project “Fight Club,” led to the inevitable founding of EPE Entertainment, the duo’s own label. Anchored by the Cedric’s experience in radio & street promotion and undeniable in house production, (provided by Maza) Epitome repeatedly puts their money where their mouth is by personally funding each individual release. “The purpose of EPE Entertainment is to provide us with a vehicle to release and control music we create, says Cedric who emphatically states that his initial intentions were never to start a record label.”
Always active in the community that support’s their music, epitome has spoken and or performed in events sponsored by local churches, non profit organizations, and festivals geared towards promoting peace and education among children in impoverished and middle class areas across the tri state.


“Fight Club” the single (2002)
“The Prelude” EP (2002)
"No Support" Maxi Single (2004)
Forthcoming Full Length coming in Fall '05

Set List

Peace Maker
No Support
Runnup on me