Motion Not Emotion
Motion Not Emotion is the latest offering from Poorly Drawn People, the Providence, R.I.-based hip hop collective composed of five like-minded artists who come together for live performances, recording sessions, and the occassional late night, whiskey-fueled roundtable. PDP, formed in 2005, is fronted by emcees Reason and Storm Davis, with soundscapes provided by producer Dox. Motion Not Emotion features wall-to-wall production by Dox, a collection of beats that range from soulful and melodic to dark and thunderous. The album's 12 tracks are brought to life by the dense and electric wordplay of Reason and Storm Davis, with additional verses from the multi-faceted Dox and guests Labeless Illtelligence. Although it was never intended to be a concept album, the songs of MNE reveal a clear set of themes particularly relevant to both artist and listener in today's trying times: the lint-filled pockets that endure in a lurching economy, the struggle for personal and professional relevance, the penetration of celebrity culture, all delivered with the fresh aftertaste of the last of a Saturday night bottle of Jim Beam, and a dash of hope. Tracks like the lead single "Sawbucks & Fins" and the pop-culture-soaked anthem "Celebrity Rehab" amplify the signature PDP sound: a noise that fuses classic rap soundscapes with a refreshing voice and vision uncommon in the genre. The crew has introduced this brand of honest, homage-paying hip hop to audiences throughout the New England area and beyond, creating lasting impressions with their uniquely kinetic live shows and relentless work ethic. Key facts about Poorly Drawn People: * Winner of 2008 Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll, 'Best Hip Hop Act.' * Winner of 2007 Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll, 'Best Album" * Performed live with notable hip hop acts, including: Apathy, Akrobatik, Mr. Lif, Last Emperor, Eyedea & Abilities, Vast Aire, C-Rayz Walz, Keith Murray, Cappadonna (Wu Tang Clan), LL Cool J, and Sage Francis. *Full-length releases include: Storm Davis's Kegstand Poetry for the Recovering Alcholic (2006), Reason's Gemini Slang (2006), and Dusty Pickup (2007), a collaboration between producer Dox and RI-based rapper Symmetry, plus Nothing Stays Gold (2007) and Shoot For The Stars, Hit The Ceiling (2008). 'If you've lost your patience with hip-hop, find it again. And once you do, check out Poorly Drawn People, the hope and future of Providence beats.'- Providence Phoenix "PDP have solidified both Providence's place on the hip-hop map and Poorly Drawn People's place among upcoming hip-hop crews." - HipHopLinguistics.com.