About seven years ago (!) I stood in the living room of a sketchy co-op house I was staying in for summer and handed $10 or $15 to Jonny5 who, in exchange, gave me his cd Onomatopoeia. It has since lived in my ipod, and I still find myself hunting for particular tracks that pop up in my head. It's a good cd; Jonny5 is an emcee with lots to say and a unique way of saying it. I went to college with Jonny and even got the chance to do a few rhyme circles with him back then (I used to freestyle in a not-so-good way).
So imagine my surprise when I hear his uber-distinct voice on tv rapping over a track that appears on a new cd Fight With Tools by his band Flobots. Things are popping for the group with a major label contract, tour dates, and a snazzy video for the single Handlebars:
As you can see the music has a message.
I'm glad they're gaining a following.