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J. ANDREW

San Diego, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015

San Diego, California, United States
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Hip Hop Rock

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"J. ANDREW"

Cult Muzic Drops Album “Its Own Place” by San Diego Hip-Hop Artist J. Andrew Showcasing his Mix of Rap & Metal

Real rap and metal both come from the underground at heart. J. Andrew proves this solidly on his new album from Cult Muzic, “Its Own Place” where he takes from both scenes to deliver something above and beyond.

January 16, 2019

The independent label/music collective Cult Muzic isn't afraid to go against the stream. Blasting through with that furious kind of spirit is Hip-Hop rising star with a serious metal influence, J. Andrew. Cult Muzic recently released his new album “Its Own Place” across all the major digital platforms, with guest appearances by label mates like Black Hesher, who share J. Andrew's unorthodox but smart and compelling approach.

“I’m a fan of all music genres,” commented J. Andrew “There's no rules to music and I think my album shows how these two seemingly very different forms of expression have a common ground that many, like myself, relate [to] and identify with.”

The new album features 23 tracks where J. Andrew takes his lucky listeners in all kinds of directions, opening himself up in ways that may surprise those unfamiliar with his work. With Black Hesher's own album also recently being released, Cult Muzic is building a catalog that is as coherent as it is very much out of the ordinary. But, of course, that's the intention. Black Hesher has even called the Cult Muzic crew as “Wu Tang Clan meets Jackass”, which is certainly a compliment.

Highlights, according to many, of the new album includes “Shut it Down”, “The Damage”, “Saved”, and “The Worst Part”, not to say there's a weak track present.

Beyond the studio, J. Andrew is known for his fierce live performances that never fail to energize a crowd. An important part of the live experience is Cult Muzic's comedian Tommy Lucero and rapper Van Brando, who bring more chaotic energy to the stage while J. Andrew delivers his lyrical flow.

Expect more from the team soon.

The album is available on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify.

For more information be sure to visit www.cultmuzic.com or contact cultmuzic@gmail.com. -


"Cult Muzic collective: three different rappers, a comic, a lively stage show, and a producer"

Five years ago, rapper Van Brando (born Brandon Van Eklenberg) was driven by anger. His lyrics told how his imprisoned father “fucked up his family” and how that pent-up anger led to his going to jail a couple times (including once for assaulting an officer). He was known for spewing lines about his plight and about lazy local rappers who only cared to mimic radio hits. "You call yourself a rapper/More like a borderline slacker."

Things are different now. “My dad just got out [of prison],” says Van Brando by phone from the DMV parking lot while waiting for his dad to get his first legal ID in years. Son is now helping out dad with a place to stay. “When he got out, he didn’t have anyone to help him. I feel good about how he has changed.”

And Van Brando admits he has changed too. “I got married and I have a daughter now. I still get angry when I need to, but I’m more like the Hulk controlled.”

But now, instead of bitching about the uninspired local scene in rhyme, he’s helped to create something entirely different. It’s a collective called Cult Muzic including three different rappers, a comic, a lively stage show, and a producer who creates genre hopping instrumental tracks.

“We’re like the Beastie Boys plus mushrooms times alien,” says Van Bates who performs as Black Hesher and brings in the more exotic musical strains of psychedelic rock, new wave, and country into the mix. Headbanger-turned-rapper Van Brando comes with a Nu Metal edge while rapid-fire rapper J. Andrew (Jason Nichols) represents more traditional hip hop. “We’re like the Wu Tang Clan if they were Jackass,” says Black Hesher.

Black Hesher says producer Rick Rubin inspired him to put together Ichabod Cranium, released this week. “It’s a free download of 20 Halloween songs with a bunch of different local artists and people from out of town.”

Hesher says local performers sometimes forget that every show should be full-tilt. “I had to go the hospital for knee surgery because I fell off the stage at a show in Lemon Grove. We can play in front of any type of crowd.”

The three rappers were part of a touring package brought together by a local manager/agent who understood the value of a multi-dimensional hip hop revue, but who didn’t seem to get along with the talent he assembled.

The artists parted company with the manager but kept the format. “He was good at booking shows but bad at managing acts,” explains Black Hesher.

Regarding the local hip-hop scene: “It’s whack” says Black Hesher. “There is a lot of talent but no unifying scene.” He says it was different back home in Boston. “People in the scene out here don’t want to see others being successful… it seems like it’s based on a lot of mumble rap which to me is so fucking boring.”

Comic Tommy Lucero emcees the lively Cult Muzic stage shows. He says it serves as an antidote to the late XXXTentacion, who was caught lip synching to his own music after he was knocked to the ground at his fateful House of Blues show last year. “Who wants to go see karaoke for $50 a pop?” asks Lucero. “When I saw these guys open for Kottonmouth Kings and I saw the three different styles intertwined, it was like the six lion robots coming together for [’80s cartoon] Voltron.” - Ken Leighton- SAN DIEGO READER


Discography

2018 - ITS OWN PLACE LP     (available on all major streaming services)

2019 - AWAY FROM HERE EP  (available at CULTMUZIC.COM)

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