Gaining local notoriety is easy for some, while for others it can be rather difficult.
WAMI-nominated hip-hop duo Amerikas Addiction falls into the latter category.
Though they are often seen out and about in Milwaukee at myriad different events, usually interviewing people for their own Web site, they somehow find themselves still on the outside of "in crowd."
This is something troublesome to them, but it is also something that they embrace as a worthy challenge after finding supporters elsewhere.
On the heels of their new release "The Enlitened Ones," I talked with Ebonix and J-The Truth about their plight and their new project.
OnMilwaukee.com: You have released two projects this year. How does "The Enlitened Ones" differ from the previous project?
Addiction a.k.a. Ebonix: This album is less sexual than "Dark Desires" and the subject matter is all over the place. It's more hip-hop. I was also very, very passionate when I made this album. I was in a very dark place mentally.
J-The Truth: "Dark Desires" was a concept album, to take listeners outside of the norm from what comes from our area. Yes, it was extremely sexual and we knew people would run from it. We don't and didn't mind at all. Take a listen to our first AA album "Foreplay" and then you will understand. "The Enlitened Ones" takes us back to our roots of hip-hop/rap music, which, despite what we make, will always be in our soul and is the foundation for us musically and culturally. We were also quite disgusted with all the lack of identity with the artists here and in the industry, period. Stand for something and be different.
OMC: How is Amerikas Addiction different from your former group, Black House Gang?
A: Amerikas Addiction is only two members where The Black House Gang was 7 members deep. Musically, Amerikas Addiction dips into other genres while The Black House Gang was entirely hip-hop/rap with a rock fusion. Amerikas Addiction is a fusion of all types of music.
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