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The Visionaries come proper on Oct.3

Fiercely independent and always marching to a beat of their own, the Visionaries come October 3 with their aptly titled release We Are The Ones (We’ve Been Waiting For) on Up Above Records.

Fiercely independent and always marching to a beat of their own, the Visionaries come October 3 with their aptly titled release We Are The Ones (We’ve Been Waiting For) on Up Above Records.  The album captures the Visionaries in a writing frenzy, tackling a wide range of topics with absolute fervor.  Coming from diverse backgrounds and different walks of life, each member openly works their growth, blurring brutally honest reflections, confessional narratives and self-discoveries into a very powerful and personal record.
 
Already the VISIONARIES have been flexing their newfound muscle with the album’s lead single “All We Need” with a video by Kong.  The song is the prelude to the new single due out Sept. 5, 2006, “In The Good,” an infectious West Coast anthem, with each emcee flipping through the pages of their distinctive Southern Cali experience.  
 
For their fourth album, the Los Angeles-based crew consisting of MC’s LMNO, 2MEX, LORD ZEN, DANNU, KEYKOOL and DJ RHETTMATIC enlist Up Above label mates and friends to produce.  Washington D.C.’s producer with the golden touch Kev Brown produces “1%,” L.A.’s DJ Khalil works “All We Need,” J Rocc of the World Famous Beat Junkies hits on “Do Gooders” and the late great Jay Dee aka J Dilla still vibes with “All Right.”  There are contributions by Madlib, James Alsander and Polyhedron, as well as the Visionaries’ KeyKool and DJ Rhettmatic.  Other guests include Ikey Owens (Mars Volta) and Mas Yamagata on “The Moreye/Reprise,” Rakaa Iriscience (Dilated Peoples), Brother J (X Clan), RBX (DPG), Sadat X (Brand Nubian) and YZ on “Need To Learn,” Georgia Anne Muldrow on “Do Gooders,” and Ariano on “In The Good.”
 
We Are The Ones (We’ve Been Waiting For) is the follow-up to 2004’s Pangaea (Up Above), which found the group soaring to new heights in both sound and scope.  Other releases from the Visionaries also include Galleries (1997) and Sophomore Jinx (2001).  Individually, the group’s six members have released over twenty solo and side projects.  Visionaries have also been acknowledged for their positive impact and contribution to hip-hop with a formal introduction into the Universal Zulu Nation in 2005.  In addition, Visionaries music was recently featured in the MTV feature film Volcano High, Warner Brothers’ box-office hit Oceans Twelve and one of Midway’s best-selling video games of 2005 Blitz.   Deemed as a “group of the people, for the people,” the Visionaries have propelled themselves onto the vanguard of hip-hop’s life-affirming countermovement.

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