- THIS RECORD WILL SHIP ON FEBRUARY 1ST, 2021
- Originally released in Seattle on cassette only in 1991 on Conspiracy
- The group was featured in The Source‘s “Unsigned Hype” column in October 1990
- Conscious rap masterpiece with the qualities of Public Enemy and Gang Starr
- 30th anniversary deluxe vinyl mastered from original DAT by Jack Endino
Early ’90s Seattle hip-hop group Brothers Of The Same Mind reached such heights that NYC-based The Source magazine featured them in their October 1990 issue, as the “Unsigned Hype” group for that month, declaring them to be the next big thing in rap.
The Source shouted out the group’s “excellent street-wise production, unlike anything we’ve heard from the Emerald City,” while adding that “the Brothers can hang with many popular NYC rappers at their best.”
In 1991, on the strength of local and national praise, the group released their acclaimed debut, a seven-song, self-titled cassette. This album is a Northwest classic, full of hometown pride: The cover photo was shot in the Central District at East Portal Viewpoint, and the music video for their hit single, “Cool Drink,” was filmed at Seattle’s Gas Works Park. The video found regular rotation on BET, and the Brothers appeared in The Source a second time later that year.
Thirty years have now passed and the BOTSM cassette is long sold out. Indeed, it has become one of the most sought after (and valuable) artifacts in the history of Seattle hip-hop. UNTIL NOW!
Today, on the 30th anniversary of this remarkable Seattle hip-hop release, golden era rap label Ever Rap/P.I.G. Records is proud to reissue Brothers Of The Same Mind for the first time on vinyl. This deluxe edition contains all the songs from the original cassette, remastered from the original DAT by Jack Endino. The cover includes liner notes by Novocaine 132.
Here’s a record that is insistent and relentless, comforting the afflicted while afflicting the comfortable. It was delivered straight to the streets of Seattle, by five local legends—MC Class, DJ Swift, B-Max (aka Nerdy B!), Mellow Touch, and Sin-Q.
They combine the persuasive messages of empowerment (inspired by Public Enemy, whose lyrics gave the group their name) with choppy sample-based production (akin to Gang Starr), together reaching a heightened creative plateau, “unlike anything we’ve heard from the Emerald City.”
This is that real, real Seattle rap. Order your copy today!