THINK TANK

THINK TANK

 Miami, Florida, USA
BandHip HopAlternative

“They take pride in writing, performing, producing, and mixing all of their own music, combining understated samples, jazzy guitars, and old-school bass ‘n’ drum into a tasty all-purpose mix that’s drawn comparisons to The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, Bob Marley, and even NOFX.”
– Eastern Surf Magazine

Biography

Llamabeats & Parable are THINK TANK, and THINK TANK is more than just Hip-Hop. In fact, they’re sound parallels the likes of Sublime and Incubus as much as it does The Roots and Black Star, with hints of everything in between, from reggae grooves and rock chords, to soulful harmonies and boom-bap rhymes. The group is comprised of production heavyweight Llamabeats (the musical trio of bassist The What’s Good?, guitarist Master Fader with vocalist and beatsmith Spits) and one of South Florida’s highest respected MCs, the vicious yet expressive Parable. Together, THINK TANK aims at merging brighter appealing sounds with substantial deep-rooted content and wordplay, topped with engaging choruses and melodies.

The collaboration stemmed from their work together on one song, “Money Kulture.” Parable and Spits first crossed paths after Parable’s set at the infamous Madlib Comes To Miami show during the world’s largest art conference, Art Basel, in late 2008. Parable, who performed right before Stonesthrow cult icon Madlib, boosted the night with his crowd captivating antics and stage-thrashing energy. This immediately intrigued Spits, who invited Parable to the studio for a beat listening session. “I was on board from the first song they played,” explains Parable, “Their music combines all the elements a song calls for. Llamabeats truly is Miami’s best-kept secret.”

Since their formation THINK TANK has crafted a variety of songs, they’ve found time to work together amidst their complex schedules. As Llamabeats maintains work at one of South Florida’s most respected studios, working on projects for artists such as Damian Marley, Nas, Charles Hamilton, and Lil Jon, and Parable tours nationally, having spent over 42 weeks on the road in the last year, performing in venues of all sizes throughout New York, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Los Angeles, among many more. THINK TANK is still able to collaborate in the studio and perform locally.

Their debut mixtape, Mashed Potatoes, is currently out on DJBooth.net and is also sponsored by Public Wizard, Inc., Rogue Status, and DTA. Their recent singles have received praise from XXLMag.com, HipHopDX, KevinNottingham, ImFlashy, and tons of other websites. They recently completed a 2-week mini-tour, culminating with 3 shows at SXSW 2011, where they performed alongside notable acts such as Binary Star, Emilio Rojas, M-Phazes, Stalley, The Niceguys, Hollywood Holt, and several others.