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"I am familiar with one half of the duo Moke and Tone. Tone is a member of the Problemaddicts. A group that I got into a couple of years ago. They are very creative and lyrical in their endeavors..."

Moke and Tone – Shot Heard Around The World (2011)
Posted: April 28, 2011 by stefanoneder in Album Reviews

Artist: Moke and Tone

Album: Shot Heard Around The World

I am familiar with one half of the duo Moke and Tone. Tone is a member of the Problemaddicts. A group that I got into a couple of years ago. They are very creative and lyrical in their endeavors. Also, Tone had a song on the Ide (Creative Juices) and Skavenger release called Razor. And that joint was in my Top 5o last year. So with all that background, I definitely wanted to hear what this duo had to offer and I was not disappointed in the least.


They are on point lyrically, musically, and conceptually. Conceptually being the integral factor in what differentiates this album from the rest of the pack. There are a lot of creative tracks on Shot Heard Around The World.

The first joint that caught my attention was, Shit Is A Trip. The song essentially a discussion on wordily things that amaze these emcees, They mention items such as military intervention, nuclear holocaust, and stem cell research along with a variety of other things the artists find perplexing. What makes the track even doper is the outstanding production from Team Genius. The bass line on this cut is thick and makes this track exceptional.

Destiny was the first single which I covered a couple of weeks ago. This track still remains among the elite of the album. The chorus on this track really binds the emcees verses together. There is a lot of chemistry to be found on this album, and this track serves as an excellent example of that fact.

By far my favorite track is the song, Pitch Black. This song features a couple of stories that literally leave your jawbone dropped. Moke and Tone tell some extremely depraved tales. I can’t even begin to comprehend how someone’s mind would create something of this nature. I couldn’t quote Tone’s verse bar for bar but I wanted to give you all at least a synopsis so you know where this commentary is coming from.

Spoiler Alert

Tone narrates the tale of three friends who go out in the evening to drink. Those friends are Doug, Kyle, and Brian. As the story goes, Doug drives his friends home but is driving recklessly. He crashes the car. The accident kills Kyle horrifically. Doug, fearing for his own skin, knowing he is in hot water, drags Brian’s unconscious body to the driver’s seat to avoid accountability. Brian then winds up fighting a legal battle and recovering in the hospital, while Doug gets off scott free. But Doug is riddled with guilt, becomes a meth addict, and then takes his own life by hanging himself. Now imagine this story set to an ill beat, again provided by Team Genius, and rhymed in perfect form. The beat uses the Rolling Stone’s classic, Paint It Black. The use of the sample is extra clever and is blended perfectly with the drums and synth. It’s incredible, trust.

Shot Heard Around The World is a strong album by any set of standards. Moke and Tone are a great combo on a lyrical level. They were on the same page and cohesive with each track. They also enlisted the help of some renowned production, with the likes of Illmind. But not to be outdone is the lesser known, Team Genius, whose production is featured on the tracks that stand out the most to me. The album is very well put together. It encompasses many components that constitute great music and makes for a great listen. It is an album that will retain great replay value. So if you favor dope and intricate rhymes, superlative production, and varying concepts (I know you do, by the way) do not hesitate to cop this. - HipHopDependency.com


"Massachusetts hip hop duo Moke & Tone recently released their album Shot Heard Round The World. Moke, who is a member of Hard Times Alliance and Tone, a member of The Problemaddicts, have come together to bring true hip hop to the masses with their debut"

Massachusetts hip hop duo Moke & Tone recently released their album Shot Heard Round The World. Moke, who is a member of Hard Times Alliance and Tone, a member of The Problemaddicts, have come together to bring true hip hop to the masses with their debut album as Moke & Tone. Hit the jump to get to know the guys…


Where you reppin?

Moke: We both currently reside in Western Massachusetts

Tone: 413, Stand Up!

Introduce yourselves:

Moke: I’m Machete Mokeout, a Hard Times Records recording artist, a member of Hard Times Alliance, and one half of Moke & Tone.

Tone: What up what up? My name is Tone. I emcee and produce for Moke & Tone and my other group, The Problemaddicts.

Where did the name Moke & Tone come from?

Moke: It rolls off the tongue better than “Machete Mokeout MacGruber and Tone”.

Tone: Hahaha

Main musical inspirations:

Moke: I have a deep love of music, and come from musical family. I’ve been inspired by numerous artists, but especially those whose art reflects their heart and soul.

Tone: Way too many to list; I grew up with my grandmother playing a lot of classical music, which influenced my later development as a musician. As far as hip hop, I came up listening to The Roots, Wu-Tang, Black Star, Dead Prez and Outkast to name a few. Recently, I’ve been feeling a lot of the Strange Music artists, Zion I and the Grouch and Slaughterhouse has been killing it. It was definitely dope to do a record with Crooked I!

When did you fall in love with hip-hop?

Moke: Who said I loved that ho?!? Hahaha, but really I had the privilege of spending time in NYC during the ’80s; so I guess around six years old.

Tone: Probably when I was around twelve… 36 Chambers was the theme music to my adolescence.

Current projects we should be looking out for:

Moke: Our debut album, Shot Heard Round The World, available now. I’ve also got two mixtapes dropping this spring, one still untitled and one called Good Day To Die. I’m also appearing on the upcoming Best of 413 Mixtape from producer Live! and his company Hard Work No Play.

Tone: I’m currently working on my solo project, a third Problemaddicts album, doing a weekly hip-hop commentary on current events called the 2012 Countdown, and producing and co-producing records for artists that work with our production company, Mystika Music. Be on the lookout for Jason Vorheez’ (of the Problemaddicts) solo album, dropping soon! Also, I’m a co-producer of the Bella Terra Festival 2010/11. This year we’re in Stephentown, NY, August 18-20. The line-up’s looking crazy! Moke & Tone and The Problemaddicts will both be performing.

Previous work that we should know about:

Moke: I’ve been on numerous songs and projects with other artists. Check out my first mixtape, Savage Slang hosted by DJ Vlad.

Tone: The Problemaddicts! The First Step, Dark Side of Oz & the Burn This Shit mixtape are our three releases so far.

If you had to pick one song that defines your career to date, what song would that be?

Moke/Tone: We both are in strong agreement that would have to be the theme song from MacGyver.


If you weren’t doing music, what would your occupation be?

Tone: I don’t think either of us can picture a life with out music.

Moke: what he said

Why should our readers give you a shot and listen to your music from here on out?

Tone: Because the world needs more reality-based Hip-Hop.

Moke: And good music period!

If you could only take one record on a deserted island with you, what album would that be?

Moke: People that have the direct fucking answer to that question are fucking weirdos, son.

Tone: Illadelph Halflife. I’m a weirdo, son… really, that’s a tough question though.

Moke: I’m just scared that one album might do something irreversible to my brain.

Tone: And I feel like I would probably hate one of my all time favorite albums after hearing it on an island for the rest of my life.

Tell us one thing that very few people may know about you.

Moke: I was raised by wolves.

Tone: How am I supposed to follow that?

What’s next for you?

Moke: Howling at the moon. Nah, hopefully the world and everything in it.

Tone: I’m just trying to finish these projects and stay busy.

Any shout outs or last words?

Moke: Shout out to my Hard Times Family, shout out to Tone, and shout out to my son: Savian.

Tone: Big Ups to Kevin Nottingham and all the good people who’re putting up with us and posting this interview, and to all the people who helped put the album together. Fuck the pigs.

Moke: Remember kids, if you let a bitch ruin your life, that’s what she’s gonna do.
- KevinNottingham.com


"Massachusetts hip hop duo Moke & Tone recently released their album Shot Heard Round The World. Moke, who is a member of Hard Times Alliance and Tone, a member of The Problemaddicts, have come together to bring true hip hop to the masses with their debut"

Massachusetts hip hop duo Moke & Tone recently released their album Shot Heard Round The World. Moke, who is a member of Hard Times Alliance and Tone, a member of The Problemaddicts, have come together to bring true hip hop to the masses with their debut album as Moke & Tone. Hit the jump to get to know the guys…


Where you reppin?

Moke: We both currently reside in Western Massachusetts

Tone: 413, Stand Up!

Introduce yourselves:

Moke: I’m Machete Mokeout, a Hard Times Records recording artist, a member of Hard Times Alliance, and one half of Moke & Tone.

Tone: What up what up? My name is Tone. I emcee and produce for Moke & Tone and my other group, The Problemaddicts.

Where did the name Moke & Tone come from?

Moke: It rolls off the tongue better than “Machete Mokeout MacGruber and Tone”.

Tone: Hahaha

Main musical inspirations:

Moke: I have a deep love of music, and come from musical family. I’ve been inspired by numerous artists, but especially those whose art reflects their heart and soul.

Tone: Way too many to list; I grew up with my grandmother playing a lot of classical music, which influenced my later development as a musician. As far as hip hop, I came up listening to The Roots, Wu-Tang, Black Star, Dead Prez and Outkast to name a few. Recently, I’ve been feeling a lot of the Strange Music artists, Zion I and the Grouch and Slaughterhouse has been killing it. It was definitely dope to do a record with Crooked I!

When did you fall in love with hip-hop?

Moke: Who said I loved that ho?!? Hahaha, but really I had the privilege of spending time in NYC during the ’80s; so I guess around six years old.

Tone: Probably when I was around twelve… 36 Chambers was the theme music to my adolescence.

Current projects we should be looking out for:

Moke: Our debut album, Shot Heard Round The World, available now. I’ve also got two mixtapes dropping this spring, one still untitled and one called Good Day To Die. I’m also appearing on the upcoming Best of 413 Mixtape from producer Live! and his company Hard Work No Play.

Tone: I’m currently working on my solo project, a third Problemaddicts album, doing a weekly hip-hop commentary on current events called the 2012 Countdown, and producing and co-producing records for artists that work with our production company, Mystika Music. Be on the lookout for Jason Vorheez’ (of the Problemaddicts) solo album, dropping soon! Also, I’m a co-producer of the Bella Terra Festival 2010/11. This year we’re in Stephentown, NY, August 18-20. The line-up’s looking crazy! Moke & Tone and The Problemaddicts will both be performing.

Previous work that we should know about:

Moke: I’ve been on numerous songs and projects with other artists. Check out my first mixtape, Savage Slang hosted by DJ Vlad.

Tone: The Problemaddicts! The First Step, Dark Side of Oz & the Burn This Shit mixtape are our three releases so far.

If you had to pick one song that defines your career to date, what song would that be?

Moke/Tone: We both are in strong agreement that would have to be the theme song from MacGyver.


If you weren’t doing music, what would your occupation be?

Tone: I don’t think either of us can picture a life with out music.

Moke: what he said

Why should our readers give you a shot and listen to your music from here on out?

Tone: Because the world needs more reality-based Hip-Hop.

Moke: And good music period!

If you could only take one record on a deserted island with you, what album would that be?

Moke: People that have the direct fucking answer to that question are fucking weirdos, son.

Tone: Illadelph Halflife. I’m a weirdo, son… really, that’s a tough question though.

Moke: I’m just scared that one album might do something irreversible to my brain.

Tone: And I feel like I would probably hate one of my all time favorite albums after hearing it on an island for the rest of my life.

Tell us one thing that very few people may know about you.

Moke: I was raised by wolves.

Tone: How am I supposed to follow that?

What’s next for you?

Moke: Howling at the moon. Nah, hopefully the world and everything in it.

Tone: I’m just trying to finish these projects and stay busy.

Any shout outs or last words?

Moke: Shout out to my Hard Times Family, shout out to Tone, and shout out to my son: Savian.

Tone: Big Ups to Kevin Nottingham and all the good people who’re putting up with us and posting this interview, and to all the people who helped put the album together. Fuck the pigs.

Moke: Remember kids, if you let a bitch ruin your life, that’s what she’s gonna do.
- KevinNottingham.com


"Moke and Tone’s Shot Heard Round The World , off Mystika Music, is a vibrant, old-school-inflected album that showcases world-class production and slick emcees. From the first track, the lyrics are consistently delivered with an ease too-often-missing fro"

Moke & Tone
Shot Heard Round The World
Mystika Music LLC : 2011
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Moke and Tone’s Shot Heard Round The World , off Mystika Music, is a vibrant, old-school-inflected album that showcases world-class production and slick emcees. From the first track, the lyrics are consistently delivered with an ease too-often-missing from today’s hip-hop scene.

This collaboration, consisting of Mokeout, of Hardtimes Records, and Tone, of Problemeaddicts notoriety, is a cohesive, well-conceived mixture of social consciousness and street smarts, spanning the gamut with their topics.

With the likes of Illmind, J Clyde, and DJ Theory along with Mystika’s production crew, Team Genius, most of the tracks employed novel approaches to new-sounding musical tracks. There were a few cuts where the musical accompaniment was uninspired, but anytime I noticed it, Moke and Tone’s delivery overpowered any negative aspect of the production.

Shot had many bright spots: The first six tracks, with the exception of “False Flags” (too club like), are really excellent mixtures of production and lyrical content. After that “Pitch Black” (a Rolling Stones allusion), “This Thing of Ours” (or as Italians would know it, “Cosa Nostra,” sampling elements of The Godfather theme song), and “My Life” wrap the album in a bow, as a present for their listeners, of whom, I might add, there should be many.

I can’t say the last track, “Shining Remix” was particularly worth sticking around for, as it’s a little too similar to the original song for my taste to include. The cut has an extended instrumental track, which may have been better without the initial lyrics. But as you can see, I’m stretching to be critical. Shot Heard Round The World is an album that you can lean back and relax to, or use as the soundtrack for your next adult-beverage party. You should buy it. Still here?

-Paul Fisher - Okayplayer.com


Discography

Moke and Tone have been featured on the following projects.

"Burn This Shit - A Mixtape By The Problemaddicts" - 2009

"Coast 2 Coast Mixtape Vol. 144 – Hosted By John Legend" - 2010

"The Livest" - (Digi 12") featuring Fresh Vetz and YC The Cynic - 2011

"Shot Heard Round The World" - Moke and Tone's debut album. April 12, 2011.

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Bio

Moke and Tone are the two man hip-hop consortium consisting of the Cali-born, Bronx-bred Mokeout of Hardtimes Records and the Massachusetts based Tone of The Problemaddicts (Mystika Music, LLC); ranked in 2009 as URB.com's "Next 1000".

Shot Heard Round The World is Moke and Tone's debut LP which delicately walks the divide between street and conscious rap, addressing a wide brush stroke of themes that range from the powers of good versus evil, overzealous emcees fighting for position, 911 conspiracy theories, and the call for alarm in this uncertain world.Produced extensively by Mystika Music's in-house production crew Team Genius, Shot Heard Round The World also boasts production from Illmind (50 Cent, Eminem, Little Brother), J Clyde (Young Buck, Heltah Skeltah) and features precision turntablism courtesy of The Problemaddicts own DJ Theory.

Shot Heard Round The World includes an impressive line-up of guest features that include Slaughterhouse's Crooked I, Brooklyn Academy's Mr. Metaphor, Catalyst and Vorheez of The Problemaddicts.The album's first single "Respect" was campaigned for an eight week college radio campaign where it peaked as the number three hip-hop single in the country through RapAttackLives.com and RapNetwork.

"Moke and Tone’s Shot Heard Round The World , off Mystika Music, is a vibrant, old-school-inflected album that showcases world-class production and slick emcees. From the first track, the lyrics are consistently delivered with an ease too-often-missing from today’s hip-hop scene."

-Paul Fisher, Okayplayer.com