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Not really averse to ignoring hip-hop conventions, LA upstart MC Blu (Johnson Barnes) and offbeat maker/rapper Ta’Raach (Terrell McMathis), a Detroit-to-L.A. transplant, started collaborating as C.R.A.C (pronounced “crass”) in 2005. Blu and Ta’Raach had been both labelmates at L.A. indie Sound In Color and fulfilled while documenting their respective tasks. They hastily come up with the origins of what will be their debut recording, The Piece Discussions, in 2005 and utilized it on the path to sell at concert events starting in summer time 2006. The next 12 months, Blu shot in to the nationwide limelight, albeit for underground hip-hop, using the critically acclaimed cooperation with DJ/maker Exile entitled Below the Heavens. Blu utilized the promotion to shine even more light on C.R.A.C. (aka C.R.A.C. Knuckles). And by that point, the proper documenting from the Piece Discussions was about finished; plus, vocalist Noni Limar was added as the group’s third member. Because of disputes within the managing of Below the Heavens, Ta’Raach and Blu had taken their debut LP to Tres Information for an effective release in springtime 2008.

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