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The best kept secret in music


(4 out of 5 stars)

"Anyone on family vacation knows that groups move slower than individuals. With 10 MCs and producers, this crew could get weighed down. But they keep it light, with skipping beats, hair-dried samples and flow that doesn't demand everyone equal spotlight time. They must have gotten A's in sharing."

- Joshua Glazer - URB Magazine, April 2005

"Ill NYC collective, rocking a variety of styles and having fun all along the way. Check the innovative 'Raw' or the bounce of 'What Are We Gonna Do?' Sweet"

- Toph One - XLR8R, Issue 81 - October 2004

"Unabashedly left-field and fun, the mutated 12" summarizes the family unit - punchy, b-boy cockiness, breezy bounce, and ethereal experimentation... For anyone who hasn't caught the Fam marrying a hardcore stage presence with humility (heads have performed in bathrobes and ninja costumes) the Fam gets ill."

- Justin Monroe - Mass Appeal May 2004 - Issue 27

"A weird yet sensible blend of unique and haunting tracks, the EP is easily a classic pick. Within the sonic walls of this compilation lay deeper, more meaningful ties. A connection you can feel and relate to if you've ever felt the need TO GET BIZZAY! If you're sick and tired of hip-hop, hip-hop revivalists, hip-hop haters, and the rock revolution, or if you just need a little more spice in your life, check out the famalam."

- Calvin Schooledge - Vapors, November 2004 - Issue 22

"Nuclear Family is a wild bunch of cats having fun and making music... Funky ass production from the squad underlies the basketball team's worth of MCs. If you haven't seen the Fam live, you're missing out. Females actually come to their shows!"

- Ben Osher - Beautiful Decay, August 2004 - Issue H

"...Post-rap. I don't mean that in a bad way, I think it's great. I can't help but love their songs."

- Andrew Ortuzar - While You Were Sleeping, September 2004 - Issue 30

"Sexy heartbreakers with real smooth rhymes and a tight show. You can trap me in an elevator with these fellas anytime!"

- Micole Taggert - Sweet Action, June 2004 - Issue 2


"The New Singles" EP
"That's the Way the Whole Thing Started" 12"

Tracks from these records can be heard streaming on our site,, and have been played on college radio stations across the country and in Canada.


Feeling a bit camera shy


"I'm glowing again, can you feel it?"

That's what Nuclear Fam emcee Probe asks the crowd on his song "Moon", and it pretty much sums up the way these cats approach their live show. It is an experience, not just another forgettable moment in the New York City music scene.

In their show, Fam members run it down, from hardcore rock energy to thoughtful lyrical expressions - from simple storytelling to complex rythmic twists. Oftentimes they'll do it all in one song. The variety of their music reflects the variety of their personalities, which in turn is a reflection of the diversity of their audiences.

It's never a surprise to see a truly mixed crowd at a Nuk Fam show. And it's not just guys. Many observers have remarked that they've never seen so many young women at a hip hop event that wasn't an Atmosphere show. Now that's what's up.

Before you go on, you really have to see their new video. Cut and paste the following text (apparently sonicbids won't let me insert a link here)

The video was produced through a sponsorship by Scion, after Fam members won a song contest hosted by the car company (their song was chosen as the best among over 1,000 entries). The video was directed by the talented Andrew Gura (Madlib, MF DOOM, Nas). Enjoy.

Back to the story... the members of Nuk Fam just want to be themselves, and that's what separates them from the pack in a music form cluttered up with wannabes and posers. There was a time when having your own style in Hip Hop was the thing to do. Nuclear Family's music is a nod to that era, as Fam members are inspired by the likes of De La Soul, Ghostface, the Pharcyde, Aceyalone, MF DOOM, KMD, and many more.

"Real people aren't so simple. Nobody has only one side to their personality." So says Fam member and Ruffnoxious Records founder Krayola. It's never easy to express this complexity in music, especially in a group of seven, but by making music to reflect all the different sides of their personalities, Nuk Fam is going to try anyway.

Nuk Fam has been rocking shows in and around NYC for years and is now looking to expand on the loyal base they've managed to build in the rotten apple. They've opened for hip hop legends, including Ghostface Killa, Raekwon, the Beatnuts, Masta Ace and the Pharcyde. They've also done shows with underground hip hop mainstays such as Non Phixion, Jean Grae and Lyrics Born.

To continue the resume, the Nuk kids have been featured in many of the hippest music and urban culture publications, including URB, XLR8R, Mass Appeal, Vapors, Beautiful Decay, While You Were Sleeping and more. Check the press quotes for more info.

for the real deal, though, you must check their website, a real doozie, created by Johnny Forz of Piecemaker Design.

peace, and thanks for reading,

- Brandon Cattle