In the fragmented state of rap music today--“east” vs. “south,” “mainstream” vs. “underground,” “conscious” vs. “gangsta”—there’s a distinct lack of community. It’s not uncommon for up and coming artists to feed into this separatism, and compromise...
In the fragmented state of rap music today--“east” vs. “south,” “mainstream” vs. “underground,” “conscious” vs. “gangsta”—there’s a distinct lack of community. It’s not uncommon for up and coming artists to feed into this separatism, and compromise their music in hopes of getting ahead. In all the infighting the question isn’t who killed hip-hop, but rather who will revive it?
The Problemaddicts are a 5-man squad of emcees assembled by and including Executive Producer Tone, Vorheez (formerly of Lords of tha Fly), Force (also of The Alchemystics), Black Buddha (multiple freestyle tournament winner and former WSKB DJ), and 1ne Man sound (also of Lyke Minds). Backed by 3-time Valley Advocate DJ of the Year, DJ Theory, they are Mystika Music’s flagship act.
Though the group was only conceived in the summer of ’06 their roots run deep. After crossing paths in local venues for years, these solo artists finally combined their diverse and unique styles. In August of 2006 they recorded "What It Seems", "Show Stoppers", and "5 on 4". These rough cuts, with their raw beats, contagious spirit, and powerful lyricism are a politically conscious antithesis to the soulless pop music that hiphop has become. In September 2007, The Problemaddicts had played over 50 shows as a group and released their debut album, "The First Step". This 16 track LP, primarily produced by Tone and DJ Theory, features underground giants Planet Asia and Masta' Ace. The rest is history in the making
In their various guises, The Problemaddicts have shared the stage with national acts such as The Beatnuts, Little Brother & the Justus League, KRS-1, Living Legends, Mos Def, Soulive, De La Soul, Planet Asia, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Addison Groove Project, J-Live, Ghostface Killah, Swollen Members, Self Scientific, Blackalicious, Rahzel, GZA and DJ Muggs, MF Doom, C-Rayz Walz, Breez Evahflowin, MOP, Pharaoh Monch, Percee P, Sizzla, Turbulence, Terry Ganzie, Jah Dan, Sean Price, Ed.Og and Special Teamz, Miri Ben Ari, Breez Evahflowin, The Brazilian Girls, Grand Buffet, The Heiruspecs. Virtuoso, and co-created Northampton Massachusettes’ first weekly Hip-Hop showcase, Speakeasy.
The Problemaddicts won "Best Hip Hop for 2007", in The Valley Advocate's reader's poll, as well as first place in the Hip Hop catagory of ourstage.com for the month of August, 2007.