BLACK LANDLORD is an exceptional new sound for hip-hop today. It combines all the elements of an old Motown review with classic old school hip-hop. Straight outta Philly, Black Landlord is set on collectin' the rent. The motto is, "Rent is due on the 1st not the 5th Bitches!". The founder Maxx was a member and lead rapper of The Goats (Ruff House Records; Cypress Hill, The Fugees, Kriss Kross) where he became politically motivated musically and helped write the groundbreaking LP "Tricks of the Shade". After The Goats broke up in 1997, Maxx formed Incognegro with DJ Smoove and Mark Boyce, both of the Goats. After releasing one self-titled album, the group went on the road where Maxx met French electro producers Olaf Hund and Léonard de Léonard and began his solo career.
Maxx then moved to Berlin, Germany and began working on his solo album with Olaf and Léonard de Léonard. After this album was completed he left Berlin and moved back to Philly, album in hand. He then took these electro hip-hop tracks and began working with a few friends. They took these tracks and began to re-work them into what is now Black Landlord. These friends are made up of local musicians who Maxx had worked with or partied with in some shape or form. Drummer Bob Bannon (Psyclone rangers) and Bass player Bruce Rekon (Delta 72) were the first people Maxx called. After laying down the basics he then called in horn players Micheal Tramontana and Kenneth Brune. The hornplay is what makes Black Landlord something special. The final touches were guitar player Adam Campos, percussion player Mark Sonstein and back-up vocalist Al Tango. Trumpet Player Henning Thomas was delivered from Germany to help round out the horn section. Mark Boyce (The Goats, G-Love) smoothed it all out by recording keybords on Black Landlord's first release "Munf ta Munf Lease".
Working together, they turned the electro hip-hop tracks into something organic. Inspired by the funk and soul of Motown and Stacks recording artists, Black Landlord is all about making ya move. The live shows are filled with the energy of a backyard BBQ or North Philly Block party. Set to release their self-titled debut album on Rope-A-Dope Digital, Black Landlord is, at the end of the day, friends playing music that makes them happy.
Oh yeah and collecting the f'n rent! Don't be late bitches!