The Austin-based dynamic duo Blacklisted Individuals are back at it again with their trademark “everyday hip hop.” Snyp and Da’Shade may be wowing the crowd in their hometown during this year’s SXSW but there also they’ve been keeping busy recording their upcoming EP, Working Title. Earlier this month Da’Shade spoke with Spinner and explained that the band’s driving force isn’t politics, but social commentary:
Around 2002 we decided that we were going to try to create our own lane and do music that was relevant to us, as well as the people that were around us going through the struggle. It didn’t seem like there was a lot of music out there representing the common class, the working class. Hip hop, with its competitive nature and the need to display the triumph, it was too flashy at the time. So we decided we were going to make music for people, period, end of discussion.
Blacklisted Individuals have earned several notable achievements on OurStage including a multiple Top 10 rankings, an Alternative Hip Hop Channel prize and a feature on Winamp. This week’s freebie, “Dance Sucka! (Street Mix),” shows off Snyp and Da’Shade’s ability to command the dance floor while encouraging community action at the same time. Not a bad combination at all for this week’s MTV Music “Needle in the Haystack” pick.