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"Rythmatic Cadence and Metaphor-Filled Flow"

Rythmatic cadence and metaphor filled flow, spit in a common sense kinda way describes Year of the I. The string of emotions on the album goes from excited, energetic verbal combat blackout style on tracks like World War 1 and Mayhem to tracks contemplating dreadful thougts of suicide on Cide Note.

The duo of Vice Verses and Propayne two thirds of the Three Kings, End of the Weak's top-notch hosting team, go bar for bar measure for measure, 16 for 16 in a back and forth style that stays fresh throughout the journey.

On Heemies, Swave Sevah joins in to pay tribute to the herb like all true Hip Hop albums should. They shouted everything out from bubblegum deisel, lambsbread, and white rhino to beef and broccolli. Tasty.

On Feet Don't Fail Me, they drop subliminal science on the masses with a bouncy, amped up flow..."add on daily, see things clearly. Never stop buildin' everyday is something new. Keep It movin in the now, (is) what we bout to do."

They show originality on concept tracks like Halls and The Storm in which they explore the characteristics of a storm as a metaphor for aspects of their rhyme skill.

The only drawback is not having a live version of most of these tracks. I do have a live version of 121 Watts which is bananas. i2i has energy on stage like watching Olympic level kickboxing, you know, mad action.

Lyrically these cats are like tigers that have been traing weekly to eat stages. They are sic on stage and self described:

"A few sandwiches short of a picnic, crazy, tryin to do everything with A.D.D." - Vice Verses


"a Kubrick flick directed by Tarantino. Edgar Allen Poe my thoughts should be illegal." - Propayne - ShadesRadio.com


i2i - Introduction 2 I.n.s.a.n.i.t.y, 2008



Their slow climb to notoriety began when they helped to co-found the legendary End of the Weak. They were 2 of the show’s original hosts, and took to the stage every week for 6 years honing their craft, and providing a venue for other artists to do the same, such as Immortal Technique, Scram Jones, Jin, Slaine, C-Rayz Walz, Poison Pen, Pack-Fm, Breez Evahflowin; and many many more.

At the same time, they helped to expand EOW into an international movement, as EOW opened satellites in Paris, London and Berlin, and toured extensively in Europe.

As artists, they have appeared on every EOW Records release, most notabably teaming up with fellow EOW member, Big Zoo, to form the supergroup 3 Kings. The self-titled 3 Kings album went on to win the 2004 Independent Music Award for Best Hip-Hop/Rap Album. i.2.i has shared the stage with such hip-hop luminaries as Run-DMC, Big Daddy Kane, Mobb Deep, Q-Tip, Boot Camp Clik, Brand Nubian, and the Beatnuts. They have also co-hosted the RockSteady Crew Anniversary Concert for the past 4 years running.

All that for a group that had never even released their own album. Well... that has changed. They hit the studio hard and and came up with "Year of the I", their debut album. This is their ’Illmatic’... an instant classic thats destined to be just as dope in 20 years as it today. It harkens back to what a lot of us consider a Golden Era in hip-hop, the early to mid 90’s, but with a decidely modern twist.

Its dark, lyrical, and hardbody with some ill ass production, and features appearances by Scram Jones, Poison Pen, Swave Sevah and Vanguard.