- ARTIST: DRES (BLACKSHEEP) & JAROBI(TRIBE CALLED QUEST)
- GENRE: HIP HOP | RAP
- LOCATION: BROOKLYN, NY
- AVAILABILITY: TOURING NOW
The genesis of the evitaN project is rooted in the traditional spirit of Native Tongues; the movement, the message and the music. Andres “Dres” Titus of Black Sheep, and Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest, have joined together to form the group evitaN, a name that pays homage to its inspiration as it is the word “native” spelled backwards. Both Dres and Jarobi were instrumental members of the Native Tongue movement while within their re- spective groups. The marked difference between the artists being that Dres has a body of work to reference, whereas prior to the evitaN releases, no one had yet to hear Jarobi rhyme. In Jarobi’s 20 year affiliation with the iconic group A Tribe Called Quest, he had not appeared on any released music, instead opting to lend his positive energy and creative input to the group in other ways.
Based on their longstanding relationship, Dres was always interested to unleash the MC within Jarobi, and recently invited him to the studio to collaborate on a new project. The result was spectacular, and fireworks exploded in the booth as Dres jumped on the first track with Jarobi, and the duo created an instant classic called “Keep, Keeping On”, and now, 25 tracks later, the rest is and will be Hip Hop history. Releasing their first project on September 21, 2012, titled “Speed of Life”, the dynamic album includes collaborations with R&B sensation Yummy Bingham, heavy hitter female MC Rah Digga, and the infamous him- self, Havoc of Mobb Deep. Described as a “salad” amidst the “fast food of today’s hip hop” by notorious hip hop blogger Big Ghostfase, evitaN’s debut release is already providing a breath of fresh air for those starved for the return of real Hip Hop.
Represented by Dres’s independent label Pool of Genius, evitaN represents the true essence of hip hop music. Hip hop in its purest form, with lyrics that paint motion pictures in the mind of the listener, and beats that hit you in your chest and heart simultaneously. The group pens their own lyrics, and takes great pride in cultivating creative thoughtful music for their fans. “I hope our music always reflects hope and knowledge, fun and faith, love and pain, imagination and honesty,” explains Dres. “I hope our music affects listeners as music has affected me in my lifetime…it’s been instrumental in my well being.” evitaN is ready to make their mark on the world, and now it’s time for the world to get ready to listen.