The Movement Fam (Cee and Notion)
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"Cee & Bekah make the most of their talents on The Soul Originals, effectively blending two genres that are often combined but not often this well..."

"Cee distinguishes himself with a hard edge rhyming style steeped in sharp intellect and insight, playing the fire to Bekah's soothing rain. The two combine admirably on songs such as the incredibly catchy "The Charts" and the almost lyric ballad "Do It All Again". "Somebody" is a standout track, with both at the top of their respective games, but with Cee standing out in particular for a talent at stringing words together in a fashion that is a sort of magical, poetic prose..."

"Cee & Bekah's The Soul Movement Originals is a master class in how two tried and true genres can be blended in a fashion that avoids commercial cliché while managing to sound very commercially accessible in the process..." - Wildy Haskell, Wildy's World


I really love this idea. No artists release live albums anymore really. Live albums capture the emotion on stage and if they adlib on stage or anything. It also never shows how the fans react to the music they hear. So I respect this mixtape. Not only for that reason but because it’s really damn good.

- Mega - Hail Megatron


All week we’ve brought you exclusive leaks from Cee & Bekah and NoTiOn, members of the Movement Fam, in anticipation of their new mixtapes dropping this Monday, September 15th. I had the opportunity to cut it up with Cee, Bekah, and NoTiOn recently, as we talked about the new music, their take on hip hop, and the impact Australia has on it. Cee and NoTiOn even spit a couple of freestyle verses for us! Don’t pass up this article; it really is an interesting read. We’ll give you links to their previous mixtapes as well, if you don’t already have them. Let’s go Down Under!

See link for full interview - Kevin Nottingham.com


Once again, the Movement Fam invades WYDU. You might remember Cee&Bekah, the Aussies from the land down under were featured a couple weeks ago on here. Today we have Cee-Four’s little brother, Notion, gracing the site with his “fierce rhyme animal” delivery and on point lyrics. He is one of the core members of the Movement Fam, with Cee, Bekah, and Tommy Gunz. He is currently in the U.S., getting down with some other WYDU favorites in Citizen and his Understudies crew (more on them, coming soon) in San Fran, then hitting up Seattle for the world famous DJ Hyphen show. The last time I talked to them earlier this week, they were in Atlanta, getting rowdy, dirty south style. Notion is a humble cat, but a fun dude, which is evident by his music and the words he spoke when we sat down and talked for this little write-up.

See link for full interview - Bloggerhouse/WYDU


I’ve often stepped up to the plate and admitted that I’ve been guilty of ignoring overseas hip hop artists as much as the typical hip-hop snob American does. It’s something I’ve been trying to correct, since obviously, just because an artist or group isn’t from the U.S. (or North America, as I readily accept the Canadian artists) that there isn’t talented artists found all across the globe. In my attempt, I ran across this next group thanks to my man Sean Deez of producer Remote and Kevin Nottingham fame. Cee & Bekah hail from the land of down under, which this site has always had a lot of ties to in some way or another anyway. When Cee passed along the duo’s first mixtape, “The Soul Movement Vol. 1?, I was immediately drawn into the unique sound of Bekah’s soulful contributions and the charisma and attitude of the MC, Cee as he brought a certain swagger to the mic. Even when the duo rhymed over a recycled beat, they were able to turn it into their own song, which is always a great quality to have for an enjoyable mixtape. We’ve kept in touch over the summer and told them when they were ready to drop the duo’s second mixtape, The Soul Movement Vol. 2, to hit they man up.

Finally, they are ready to kick of their North American invasion by releasing The Soul Movement Vol. 2 to the masses. The duo gives you a good dose of their soon to be patented “Soul-Hop” sound. The duo is in select cities across the U.S. and Canada, doing shows, popping up on radio interviews and just raising hell, ala Run DMC. We will have their interview with the already familiar G.O.D. Hour later this week, as they chat it up with Citizen and his crew (more news from Citizen and the GOD hour to be coming later this week) and you can also catch them on DJ Hyphen’s show in Seattle, that they did tonight (last night, but their will be links for it).
Finally, after countless emails, a few MSN chats, and at least three months, we were able to hook up and Cee & Bekah and discuss their sound, Australia, their goals and an important question of where the better weed is at….deep stuff….First though, check their projects….

See link for full interview - Bloggerhouse/WYDU


I had this mixtape on repeat last night, folks! If you haven't already had the pleasure of listening to Volumes 1 and 2, I suggest you get on it post-haste, 'cos Volume 3 is where we're all up to now! Cee & Bekah are part of The Movement Fam (click on the image above to check out their blog), which is a Melbourne hip-hop collective. They've been doin their thing for a minute, gigging around Melbourne, going to the States and showing them what's what, and (of course) putting out some fine mixtapes. If you like your hip-hop soulful, then you've come to the right place.

Click on the image below to be taken to a magical place on the interwebs where you can download The Soul Movement Volume 3: The Final Chapter! - Gingersnaps


Discography

Soul District (Cee & Revelino) - Da Mixtape (2004)
Notion - It's My Turn... (mixtape, 2006)
Cee & Bekah - The Soul Movement Volume 1 - Mixed by DJ Simon Sez (mixtape, 2007)
Notion - World Domi-Notion - Mixed by DJ Crusador (mixtape, 2008)
Cee & Bekah - The Soul Movement Volume 2 - Mixed by DJ Nino Brown (mixtape, 2008)
The Movement Fam Presents The Valentine's Day Mixtape (2009)
Kevin Nottingham.com Presents The Movement Fam - The Remix Album (album, 2009)
Cee & Bekah - The Soul Movement Volume 3: The Final Chapter - Mixed by Mick Boogie & Terry Urban (mixtape, 2009)
The Movement Fam Presents The Valentine's Day Mixtape Volume 2: Second Time Sweeter (2010)
The Movement Fam LIVE @ The Evelyn Hotel (mixtape, 2010)
Notion - On The Corner of Notion & 9th: A Tribute to 9th Wonder (mixtape, 2010)
Cee & Bekah - The Soul Movement Originals (album/compilation, 2010)
Cee & Bekah featuring Notion - Ain't No Mountain (single, 2010)
The Movement Fam Presents The Valentine's Day Mixtape Volume 3: Third Time's A Charm (2011)
The Movement Fam Presents The Valentine's Day Mixtape Volume 4: The Panty Dropper (2012)
Cee - The Indie Experiment Volume 1 (2012)
Cee - The Indie Experiment Volume 2 (2012)
Cee - The Indie Experiment Volume 3 (2012)
Notion - Young & Crazy (single, 2012)
The Movement Fam Presents The Valentine's Day Mixtape Volume 5: Bitches Love Mixtapes (2011)

Please see http://themovementfam.com/the-movement-fam/ for the full list of projects that The Movement Fam has featured on.

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Brian Eno once said "It's not the destination that matters. It's the change of scene." Toronto transplants The Movement Fam never had to hear the message; they live it every day. The Melbourne natives sold practically everything they owned last year and moved themselves to Toronto in search of the dream of sharing their "Soul Hop" music with the world. The Movement Fam is a conglomerate of two acts: MCs Cee and Notion. Cee and Notion are brothers on stage and in real life, and as The Movement Fam, they draw from the collective material from both acts; taking turns at the foot of the stage and backing each other up along the way. Just like family.

Cee displays the lyrical finesse of a young Kanye West and the whip-smart style of Common. Notion's rhyming style is darker and more complex, seemingly wringing rhythm from the tales he tells in song in the style of J. Cole and Talib Kweli. On stage the duo are a teeming mass of energy, feeding off one another in a synthesis of style and sound. It's the divergent blend of soul and hip-hop that causes club goers to stop and pay attention. And these guys aren’t just about words. Cee brings his musicianship to the fold in the form of (occasional) acoustic guitar skills, while Notion’s production chops on Logic and the Akai MPK have been expanding exponentially, eventuating into one of the most distinctive sounds in modern music.

The Movement Fam moved half a world away from home to find a market for their fresh sound. The hip-hop movement in Australia is starkly homogeneous; anyone who deviates from the prescribed sound of the lone youth radio network doesn't get heard, but north of the equator The Movement Fam have found a world of opportunity. Aside from finding a label, Cee and Notion have already worked with a plethora of artists since crossing the Pacific. Collaborators include Emilio Rojas, Illmind, Skyzoo, Copywrite and Hezekiah (among others). The Movement Fam has momentum; the sort that is made from hard work, talent and not a little luck.

The Movement Fam does not engage in diffuse theatrics in their writing. The music allows practically unfettered access into the lives of Cee and Notion with no filters. They rap what they live, and they live what they rap. It is this essential element of humanity that attracted each of them to music in the first place, and continues to drive the vibrant style and sound of the The Movement Fam. It’s difficult to think of a more dedicated crew on the Indie scene. Not many artists have the courage to sell up their lives and move half a world away from family, friends and places they have known. It is this blend of courage, honesty and pure talent that destines The Movement Fam for greatness.

All you have to do is listen to the music. Cee's The Indie Experiment mixtape series shows off his distinctive and unique blend of Hip Hop, Soul, Rock, Acoustic, Folk, Alternative, Dubstep and even Metal, displaying a vibrant energy and creative tension that jumps out of the speakers and grabs you by the ears. Notion’s On The Corner Of Notion & 9th (a tribute to 9th Wonder), shows his stylistic flexibility as an artist over slick 9th Wonder beats, while his future projects will showcase his production abilities. It is hard not to get drawn in by the energy. Fans of hip-hop and soul will be enthralled with the beats, rhymes and sounds of The Movement Fam. It’s safe to say that even those who don’t normally tune in to hip-hop are going to find a lot to like with this crew.

The future looks bright. Individually and collectively, The Movement Fam has a lot going on. Cee and Notion are both working on their debut albums, which they will release (free via their Bandcamp pages) in 2013. Along with a multitude of music videos and even a collaborative EP with Cee and Montreal-based producer Dr. MaD of Alaiz, these guys have an insatiable work ethic. This isn’t the sort of crew you hear once and forget; The Movement Fam is the sort of artists you expect to see on the GRAMMYs one day. Cee and Notion believe it’s possible. You will too once you open your ears to The Movement Fam.