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KONSci, Tronic, DJ Slim Deluxe, and DJ Noumenon



"Self Reliance" is a highly conceptual project which focuses on bringing the listener closer to their own reality and the world that surrounds us all. Ranging from satirical insights on financial woes to calls for greater social awareness and standing strong in the face of devastating loss, whether its the love of HipHop or the love of life, "Self Reliance" takes its hold. 

The album features a variety of producers who each bring their own distinct sound to the project. Kev Brown, iLLmind, J. Rawls, Oddisee, and Dunc, along with in house instrumentalists Jamoculus and KON Sci offer musical backdrops for the vocalists to command. Emcees Tronic and KON Sci weave through the progression with clear intent, to demonstrate the strength of will necessary to embody Self Reliance. Guest appearances by John Robinson aka Lil Sci, Seez Mics of the Educated Consumers, Kev Brown, and rCyn bring their lyrical insights, while DJ Noumenon heads an arsenal of scratchwork assisted by Rob Swift, DJ Excess, J Smoke, DJ Spictakular, and John Beez.
All support is greatly appreciated!!
MindsOne Cru

MindsOne - Legion of Doom (Prod. Kev Brown)

Directed by Big Hop who put in a bunch of time and effort to making this thing official.

Peace to everyone who came to support us making our first video.

Peace to Kev Brown for the heat!

Album Release thanks

PEACE!! everyone who came through the Album Release Party @ 16 Taps over the weekend. Special thanks goes out to DJ Slim Deluxe, DJ Noumenon, Seez Mics, Fuzz Jaxx, Big Hop, Jamoculus, Whispaz, and Jones for blessing the crowd with DOPE HipHop music. Hope everyone got the album at the show but if not...CHECK ABOVE POSTS.

You can check out some photos from the show, by local photographer Chris Zachary here:


Legion of Doom

MindsOne drops their first single, "Legion of Doom", off the upcoming album "Self Reliance" which is slated for release on Soulspazm records September 21, 2010. MCs Tronic and KON Sci detail the life of the back alleyway antagonist over a gritty bass driven instrumental produced by Low Budget's own Kev Brown. The album offers production from the likes of Oddisee, iLLmind, Kev Brown, J. Rawls, and Dunc along with contributions from other talented artists such as, John Robinson, Seez Mics, Rob Swift, DJ Excess, J Smoke, DJ Spictakular, and crew turntablist DJ Noumenon.

Check for "Self Reliance" album updates and other material at:



MindsOne "Self Reliance" Release Date and Art Work

SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 --Official Release date of MindsOne NEW LP "Self Reliance" on Soulspazm records. Check out our artist page on the Soulspazm site:

SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 --Official album release show at 16Tapps (artists and flyer coming SOON)

"Self Reliance" Cover Art and Track Listing: Courtesy of the talented illustrator Ulises Farinas and graphic design chief Big Hop



MindsOne at 16Tapps Wilmington this Saturday August21

Our good holmeboi over at is hosting an event in Wilmington NC at 16Tapps this Saturday August 21, 2010. The night features fellow Monumental Music crew member Fuzz Jaxx and the reggae stylings of Tony Dread, along with DJ Slim Deluxe holding down the turntables....COME THROUGH



KON Sci MindsOne Instrumentals...Catalog Available

Gears are turning, blades are being sharpened, ligaments are being torn....The new MindsOne album "Self Reliance" fast approaches. We have been overwhelmingly busy meeting deadlines in order to have this album available in September...(release date, artwork,singles,and other album related details will be posted later this week).

In the mean time...I ,KON Sci, have managed to gather available instrumentals for you Emcees and Production freaks. Recent goodies and classic gems are all apart of this wide ranged catalog.

HIT ME @ for the link and further details!!


Times Evident Mix: Free Download through

MindsOne has dropped a free anthology for your listening pleasure. The "TimeEvident Mix" is a collection of material from various MindsOne albums along with collaborations and unreleased music from the MindsOne catalog circa 2000-2010. Crew members DJ Slim Deluxe and DJ Noumenon handled the mixing of the project as only two seasoned true school turntablists can.

You can download the "TimesEvident Mix" and more for free at:
Stay tuned because MindsOne will also be dropping their new full length album
"Self Reliance"
later this summer, which will include production from:

iLLmind, Kev Brown, Oddisee, J. Rawls, Dunc, KON Sci, and Jamoculus.

With Emcee features from:

John Robinson (LiL Sci of Scienz of Life), Kev Brown, Kenn Starr,
Seez Mics of Educated Consumers and rCyn of Systematic.

We greatly appreciate your support!


MindsOne music now has a home at

We've got Transitions available for a modest fee and Time Space Continuum for no charge, gratis, free.  Artwork is included with digi downloads and physical CDs can be ordered through the site as well.

FULL SONGS are available for listening at anytime so you can listen without downloading as well.  Bandcamp is an up and coming service that lets artists have a homebase for their personal independent music distribution.  It came highly recommended.



SoundMen...get your heads right! A recap of last weekends shows.

So...a quick recap of last weekend's shows.  Thursday, KON Sci-myself, was a part of a beat expo put on by none other then HitchaOff/ Louis T.  The speakers were blessed by production from D Allen, LO, D1, Technique, and DJ Pedo.  Though the night was some what confusing and disorganized, there was a nice little turnout and it was a good opportunity for beat makers to build.  Definitely got new perspectives from other producers that specialize in various stylings...and caught love for my ear drum crushing boom bap instrumentals.  If you were paying close enough attention you might have even caught a freestyle about what I ate for dinner the previous night, while the holmeboy D Allen was blazing his material.  Peace to 16 Tapps/Louis T/NorthCack clothing and all who came out to support....

On to Saturday night at The Soapbox....Haji P was in town from the left coast to celebrate his new album "Neighborhood Kid".  Big Hop and Hooks went on first, and showcased songs from their new project "Local Celebrity Status" (the link to this free project is on our site...just scroll down a little bit...don't be afraid).  Of course they got busy...although the soundman had their mics low and beats knocking.  Nothing to get violent about----YET.  Addictive Nature got the party going with their set, and of course the sound was still off balance.  MindsOne hits the stage immediately after Addictive Nature's set....upon grabbing the microphones during our introduction, the chords were tangled like a steel pulse dreadlock and none of them were even plugged in...Soundman--No Where In Sight!!  MindsOne being the professionals that were are, hooked the mics in, untangled the chords the best we could, and kicked rhymes with no delay.  The sound levels sucked...nothing else needed to be said about that.  Both mics were cutting in and out during the set.  Luckily, we saved our set with a fresstyle session on that super scientific.  During the set, I might have made a couple jabs at the soundman, who was at his post about 50% of the time.  Haji P then hits the stage and does what he does best...rock a party.  Although, even the man of the hour had crumby sound.  Peace to Dundee for hosting and keeping it moving throughout the night........

Onto the title of this blog entry...SoundMen get your heads right!  MindsOne is not on any premadonna BS.  We are very humble and easy to work with...I think.  Peace to all the soundmen out there that grind hard and work WITH the bands/artists.  O Dollar, Danny, Chuck...we appreciate you fellas and all that you do.
...but the new/fill in soundman at The Soapbox had a serious problem.
At the end of the night, I walk up to him to shake his hand just to show it was all water under the bridge.  He proceeds to look at my hand like it was a dog turd on a biscuit.  I then ask in a calm manner, "you got a problem?"---he replies, "Yea, you were talking sh!t about me on stage".  I loose it on this cat, apesh!t, for about 10 minutes in front of about 20 people who just happened to still be chilling at the end of the night.  He proceeded to say he has done sound for us before and I called him out then...keep in mind, I am now in kimbo slice mode and I just want to punch this dude's jaw clean off his chin.  My reputation at the Soapbox is already on shakey I just proceeded to verbally bash him, instead of dismantling his eye sockets.  At the end of this exchange, I am openly calling him a scumbag and he walks towards me like something is about to pop off.  He holds his hand out and says, "maybe next time we should both be better prepared"--because we missed soundcheck?!?! F*ck outta here...what does sound check have to do mics cutting in and out, dreadlocked mic chords, and him not being behind the boards. hmmmmm.
I then clown him, old school snap style, as he walks out of the venue.

moral of the story...shake my hand if I hold it out to you, busters!...and, during performances we are all here to have a good time, showcase skill, and make money.  We are on the same team, but we also personally hold people accountable when they don't do their job...SoundMen TO!-KON
The truth spoken above. Sound men get garaunteed loot no matter how well they do the job. The artists are getting crumbs depending on how many people come out to see them perform. You think horrible sound makes people wanna come to another event? Thats negatively effecting the artist right there. What reprecussions does the sound man face? Relatively none since demand is high but supply low (supply of quality dudes aka "sound engineers" is superlow). They think they're untouchable or something. Way we see it, getting called out in public is a risk they should have to face. The artist is putting their reputation on the line everytime they get on stage and so should the sound man. Tips for soundmen at a MindsOne show. Plug the mics in. If your cord/mic connection is sloppy loose, bring electrical tape and use it to make sure the cords dont slip out of the mic. Untangle mics between sets, hiphop vocalists dont use mic stands or stay stationary. Onstage monitors should assist the performer not make it impossible to hear whats going on. Put a little beat into it, add a little vocal into it. Don't just try and blast as much into it as possible, this is not a hardcorerockshow. HipHop is a mainly vocal art (peaceDJs), people want to understand the words coming out of the emcees mouth. We might just have to start putting the soundman's name on our fliers so that everyone knows who to come complain to or congratulate. Dont be a professional at messing it up. NUFFSAID


Music Player update:

*3 Remixes of MindsOne tracks by Jamoculus and Tronic
*"Immortalize the Culture" by L'Orange Productions feat MindsOne from the "Eternal" LP
*Exclusive!! "Its All in Your Head" by Big Hop & X3M feat MindsOne from "Everything is Impossible" - Check for it this Summer!!
*"Earth2theSeed" by Big Hop & Kotix feat KONSci from "Super High" mixtape - released 4/20
FORCES OF NATURE taking you back...
A collaborative album from Wilmington MCs/DJs/Producers from 2007. Features MindsOne, Jamoculus, Systematic, Distinguished Gentlemen, Reef, DJ Slim Deluxe and DJ Noumenon
Download the album
Download the instrumentals
Big Hop just released a couple mixtapes you should check into...


Big Hop & Kotix - SUPER HIGH


Tues. 4/20 @ the Berkeley Cafe - RALEIGH, NC

Fri. 4/23 @ the Clubhouse - GREENSBORO, NC

Sat. 5/1 @ the Soapbox - WILMINGTON, NC

Ruste Juxx @ Fat Beats for Record Store Day.
Marco Polo in the back. Pay attention to Marco's laptop... You may notice a familiar logo blazing it. MindsOne all day...


Photos from L.O.'s "Eternal" Album Release @ 16 Taps in Wilmington, NC
All photos by Chris Zachary: more photos
L.O., D.Allen with KONSci (MC, Producer, now DJ. MindsOne stays on that "Self Reliance")

Big Hop came thru from Raleigh to bless

Fuzz Jaxx freestyle

Fuzz Jaxx gets loose performing "I'm Dope" from the Eternal album

Tronic on the mic...
Put your ones up!
D. Allen on the air the heads do!
Are you serious??...Are.Aye.DoubleYou


KonSci on the MPC2000XL

New MindsOne album "Self Reliance" coming soon.... Here's a preview of one of the new songs which features MindsOne teamed up with Seez Mics of Educated Consumers and Rcyn of Systematic. Kon sheds light on the creative process with the almighty MPC2000XL.