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Insanely underrated & basically unknown first hip-hop project attempt of now Black Eyed Peas members Will I Am (known as Will1X at the time) & Apl De App. They were signed to Ruthless Records by Eazy E, unfortunately Gangster Rap was the popular form of music at the time (1993) & co-inciding with the death of Eazy E due to AIDS Atban Klanns debut album was shelved because it was considered unsellable & therefore not profitable, they consequently got dropped soon after. Rare few copies exist of it & thankfully it has found its way to YouTube
The album was a fusion of mellow jazz with rap where the lyrics were positive and upbeat akin to that of De La Soul & samples of former rap songs added as tributes. When shown to friends who despise BEPs electronic phase expect results of jaws dropping to the floor at how Will & Apl have now turned out.
Atban Klann= A Tribe Beyond A Nation, only 16 songs were ever created under their name, regardless the album is definitely one to check out & differs quite significantly from BEPs first two underground hip-hop albums ''behind the front/bridging the gap''
by Datguy1datguy2 July 11, 2011
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