The underground has been primed and waiting...and now it's finally here. On July 27th, 2004, Outerspace will release their debut LP, Blood & Ashes on Babygrande Records. A highly anticipated album a long time in the making, Outerspace has paid their dues on the underground 12" circuit and now present their most musically sophisticated offering to date. The record features a virtual who's who of the underground hip hop elite including guest appearances from Vinnie Paz, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Esoteric, Immortal Technique, Celph Titled, King Syze, Des Devious and more, and production by 7L, Panik, Celph Titled, Sat One, Beyonder, among others.
Outerspace is the brainchild of Philadelphia MC's Planetary and Crypt the Warchild. The philosophy of Outerspace runs much deeper than music; it's literally a family. The two founding members have been friends almost since birth and found a common bond in the music they grew up on such as Gangstarr and EPMD.
The Outerspace vision began to take shape in the early 90's as the duo worked tirelessly to hone the skills that would eventually lead to an alliance with fellow Illadelphians Jedi Mind Tricks and their home-grown label Superegular Recordings. In 1998, Superegular released their debut single "We Lyve" which was met with critical praise for its complex, scientific rhymes and ethereal, seemingly other-worldly beats.
Outerspace would go on to appear on several JMT tracks and in 1999 the Illegaliens EP was released in on the Wordsound label. Soon thereafter, Outerspace hooked up with DJ SAT ONE and began recording with Jazzy Jeff's production company A Touch of Jazz. This collaboration proved fruitful with the release of the SAT ONE produced Danger Zone 12" on Soulspazm Records.
In May of 2004, Outerspace released "Jedi Mind Tricks presents...Outerspace." A collection of Outerspace's 12" and previously unreleased tracks from the Superegular label era, loyalists were treated to unreleased gems, while new fans were given the chance to experience the tracks that established Outerspace's underground presence.
Having toured extensively nationally with Jedi Mind Tricks throughout their fall 2003 "Visions of Gandhi" tour, the release of "Blood & Ashes" marks the culmination of years of activity in the underground hip-hop circuit, and serves as a remarkable first offering from a rising underground powerhouse.
Look for Outerspace on tour with Jedi Mind Tricks and 7L & Esoteric throughout the fall.
Outerspace All Music Guide Biography
Often mistaken for some spacy, weird rap group, Outerspace has made it a mission to reinvigorate Philadelphia's underground hip-hop scene, laying down tracks of hardcore rhymes and beats. The duo's close affiliation with one of the scene's staples, Jedi Mind Tricks, has created the ideal platform to carry out such a task. Both growing up in the streets of north Philly, Crypt the Warchild and Planetary have been the best of friends since childhood. In fact, their families knew each other before they were born. They started playing with rhymes when Crypt was 11 and Planetary 13 but wanted to make a serious effort out of it once they reached high school. The two kept bumping into Jedi Mind Tricks MC Vinnie Paz at monthly events and underground joints and eventually hooked up with his label, Superegular Recordings, in the late '90s. Paz pressed their first single, "We Lyve," in 1998, but their first conceptual effort, the Illegaliens EP, came out on Wordsound Recordings in 1999, exposing more of their Puerto Rican heritage. Outerspace continued to appear on Jedi Mind Tricks' albums through the early 2000s and became a part of Paz's supergroup Army of the Pharaohs. After Outerspace moved with Jedi over to Babygrande Records, they released their debut full-length album, Blood and Ashes, in July 2004. Second time around, Crypt and Planetary branched out to other artists like Royce da 5'9" and Sheek Louch (of the LOX) to deliver Blood Brothers in September 2006. ~ Cyril Cordor, Rovi