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Okay, you know those songs that immediately just take you back to those days when things were just a bit more simple? Those types of songs always feel good, especially when you’re dead tired and writing blog posts at 1 a.m. Well, the latest single from Viceversah does just that. “Right Now” sees Vice spitting unbelievably inspirational and motivating lyrics over a fluid and dreamy beat. So go ahead and toss this record on, and stare out your window (or something) and envision the days when everything is going to be perfect again. (I know it’s cheesy, but humour me.) - PotholesInMyBlog.com


Hopefully you’re starting to pick up on the name Viceversah. We’ve featured the Boston-based rapper here on Potholes numerous times before, and he always seems to impress with his brand of relentless hip-hop. Taking the role of the underdog, Viceversah delivers yet another motivating single, “League of the Pros”, from his upcoming album, Shine Not Burn. Once again, Vice finds himself backed by some very fine production from The Arcitype. - PotholesInMyBlog.com


Fresh from the Boston underground, we have the first single from AR Classics rapper Viceversah. I don’t have too much in the way of details on this track, although I do know that Vice has an album in the works produced by The Arcitype, also from the AR Classics collective. This song features a finely-tuned, glossy beat and an uplifting hook courtesy of KiKi’s gorgeous vocals. However, most impressive is the way that Viceversah absolutely tears apart the microphone. Hopefully he’ll have plenty more music of this caliber on the way. - PotholesInMyBlog.com


“Actually, T-shirts are a big step for us,” jokes Viceversah, in reference to the newly formed A R Classic Records. “It stands for ‘Always Recording’ classic records,” Vice clarifies, as he picks at some Indian food with his recording/label partner The Arcitype. Each of them is sporting the freshly printed shirts with the label’s logo across the front. They have a gig later in the evening opening for hip-hop supergroup eMC, and the idea is to promote the label during their set. A last-minute cancellation casts The Arcitype in the role of hype-man for the evening, a part he isn’t used to playing, but one that doesn’t seem to faze him either. “I mean, it makes sense,” he says. “I probably know Vice’s music better than anyone else.” As he should. The Arcitype produced Viceversah’s entire 2006 debut Career Suicide, in addition to his follow-up James and the Giant Beats, which is slated to come out later this year.

“The album is done as far as content goes,” says Viceversah enthusiastically. “Right now, we’re basically just waiting on art work.” Judging from the promo tracks, James and the Giant Beats is shaping up to be a more commercial and refined take on Career Suicide. Although, this is not meant to suggest that Career Suicide isn’t a fully realized project. Quite the contrary. Viceversah’s lucid and provocative lyrics atop The Arcitype’s autumnal soundscapes certainly provide an ambitious debut.

Says Viceversah of the album, “I’m surprised with how much I still like listening to it. More established artists have a tendency to disown their earlier work. The Roots have gone on record saying how much they hate Do You Want More?. But that’s one of my favorite albums of theirs.” Viceversah also describes something like nostalgia for the rhymes on Career Suicide. “A lot of those rhymes I had before I had even planned on recording an album. For instance, there are parts on the album that I wrote while I was in Russia. Artistically, it was important because I put down parts of me that I don’t have to come back to.” With James and the Giant Beats, the two shouldn’t have any reason to look back.

Despite the passage of less than two years between albums, the progression of both Viceversah and The Arcitype’s growth as artists is apparent. In simple terms, the rhymes are richer and the beats are bolder. Also, James and the Giant Beats marks each artist’s increasing level of comfort with one another. Both originally from New York, Viceversah and The Arcitype met in early 2006, began working together a few months later, and amazingly put out Career Suicide later that year. However, their partnership hasn’t always been perfect.

“I didn’t even think he was good at first,” recalls The Arcitype. “I remember hearing him freestyle at this party and I just thought he was wack.” “Creepin’ Up,” one of the more successful tracks on Career Suicide is another example of where the two haven’t seen eye to eye. According to The Arcitype, “Vice was hesitant at first to do it. But I just knew it would sound good.” Indeed, “Creepin’ Up” is something of an unlikely hit. Its upbeat swing stands in contrast to the rest of the album’s dark atmosphere, yet the haunting vocals on the chorus manage to seep into head and stay there.

In terms of commercial goals, Viceversah’s only hopes for the new album are, “That it sells.” Career Suicide sold an impressive 500 units hand to hand or through their partnership with Boston-based outlet Undergroundhip-hop.com. With better exposure and a little luck, James and the Giant Beats should surpass these figures. Rumors of some surprising guest spots have already begun to generate buzz for the album.

Currently, Viceversah is A R Classic Records sole artist, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t taking applications. Says The Arcitype, “The problem with getting new acts is finding people who can commit to making sample-free music. If I want a hot beat, I know at least ten people that I can go to. But if I need it sample-free, that number drops down to zero.” Although this sample-free philosophy will create less obstacles in the long run. It’s also likely to get them more exposure and set them apart from the rest of the pack. Be sure to watch out for James and the Giant Beats due out later this year.

- Review by Dustin Dibona 7/9/2008
www.qromag.com - QRO Magazine


Over the past year, VICEVERSAH, has been spotted grinding in New York, outside Boston Phoenix headquarters, and on bills with hardcore street rappers whom he can easily hang with despite, well, being white. This week, after a pair of expertly executed mixtapes, the Greater Boston native turned North American wanderer drops his James And The Giant Beats debut. "Man vs. Wild" attests not only to VICE's beastly abilities (I'll invite you in for dinner but not for your entertainment") but also to producer The Arcitype's ability to upgrade contemporary hip-hop while staying true to boom-bap basics. For real rap fans only - hipsters beware. You can catch VICE at Harper's Ferry on November 15 and grab the MP3 at www.thephoenix.com/onthedownload. - The Boston Phoenix


VICEVERSAH :: Pay Your Dues

Few rappers exude as much passion and fire in their rhymes as Boston’s VICEVERSAH; each word the MC spits seems to escape his mouth only after much tension and resistance. Equally adept at conveying personal and political anguish on the mic, the rapper’s aggressive, rhythmically smooth flow is the perfect vehicle for relating his thoughts to listeners’. Along with his producer The Arcitype, VICEVERSAH is due to bring his unique brand of scorching lyricism to hip-hop aficionados worldwide. “Pay Your Dues” features the wordsmith delivering his trademark fire-and-brimstone raps atop a brooding, post-apocalyptic musical backdrop.

Reviewed by Amorn Bholsangngam - URB Magazine


"Young new talent viceversah [...] has joined with his Emerson-trained producer The Arcitype to create some hot tracks that are burning up local charts" - David Day - Oct. 3, 2006 - The Boston Phoenix


Discography

"Whitman's Sampler" EP. Produced by Protector Head & Mike Hughes of The Deadly Syndrome (2002).

"Career Suicide" LP. Produced by The Arcitype. (Oct. 3, 2006).

"V for VICEVERSAH" Mixtape. Hosted by DJ Slipwax of The Deck Demons (June 27, 2008).

"James & The Giant Beats." Produced by The Arcitype. AR Classic Records 2008. (November 11, 2008).

"Northern Lights" EP (December 2009)

Featured on P.R.'s "Pre-Heated" mixtape hosted by Statik Selektah (Winter 2009)

"We Elevating" feat. KiKi - Produced by The Arcitype (Single, Sept. 7, 2010).

"League Of The Pros" - Produced by The Arcitype (Single, Sept. 28, 2010).

"Right Now" - Produced by The Arcitype (Single, Oct. 19, 2010).

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Upcoming Projects:

Upcoming LP, "Shine Not Burn". Produced by The Arcitype. (Dec 2010).

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Radio Airplay & Streaming:

VICEVERSAH has many songs in rotation throughout Boston's leading hip hop radio stations.

"Legends Of The Game" featuring Kool G Rap was the second-most downloaded track from an independent label on Breakthecrates.com (an digital DJ record pool) its first week released, and has since gone into regular rotation across the country and even internationally in Europe.

Other tracks by VICEVERSAH are streamed on various different online radio stations and podcasts.

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Bio

VICEVERSAH was raised on Gun's n Roses, Nirvana, Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against the Machine, Doc Cheatham, Biggie, and Led Zeppellin among others. His razor sharp delivery and keen ear set him apart from other rappers.

Born in NYC but raised in the suburbs, rhyming was an unlikely trail for VICE to blaze. He started performing at the age of fifteen at political open mics, spitting scathing verses that caught the attention of anyone within earshot. However, a lack of original production kept him from making headway into a real project. A 2002 EP was circulated through the Boston area and received critical acclaim, but the disc was not actually replicated officially.

In 2003, after having dropped out of NYU a year earlier, VICE linked up with producer, The Arcitype, and the two immediately began making track after track. At this point, it was clear that an album was in the works, and stirred up by the criticism of skeptics, VICE wryly named the album "Career Suicide."

Since then VICE has been no stranger to the stage. He has performed at some of the Northeast's most reputable venues, such as The Middle East Downstairs, Harper's Ferry, and The Bowery Poetry Club. VICE even had the opportunity to perform inside the general assembly hall at The United Nations in 2007 for their International Day Of Peace celebrations. VICE has shared the stage with some of Hip Hop's greatest legends and most exciting new artists, including:

Jay Electronica
Jeru The Damaja
Raekwon of Wu-Tang
N.O.R.E.
Made Men
Edo. G
Immortal Technique
Freeway
Styles P
M.O.P.
Dead Prez
Rapper Big Pooh (of Little Brother)
Skyzoo
Torae
Zion I
Brother Ali
and more...

With multiple albums under his belt, his selection as one of URB Magazine's Next 1000 Artists and as one Hip Hop Official's Artist of the Week Battle finalists, and his next highly anticipated LP on the horizon, VICE can only foresee himself as a powerful voice for a generation who may rather remain silent.