After collaborating on 2005s promo-only Live From San Fran, and again on last years It Came From Beneath The SFC, Bay Area beatmaker Unagi and Chi-town super-emcee Infinito 2017 have reunited for a brand new project, entitled YOU and EYE. The 7-song EP will be released on 442 Records in July of 2007, and will be available through all online digital music stores.
Representing for South Side Chicago and currently based in Memphis, Infinito 2017 is arguably the most prolific lyricist in hip-hop today. He has released over 70 albums since 1989, recording for labels such as Fat Beats, Raptivism, Molemen Records, and his own company Nephew of Frank Records.
In addition to his tireless work ethic, the Regular Black Dude is known for his relentlessly positive wordplay, stressing the importance of Nubian self-empowerment, dedication to family, and the celebration of original style. A true renaissance man, he is also an accomplished painter and author of several books.
Hailing from Western Massachusetts and headquartered in San Franciscos Mission District, Unagi is a producer and DJ who has released three critically acclaimed albums and a Valentine-themed EP on his own label 442 Records. He has also created music for television shows, feature films, and commercials.
Raised by a professional jazz musician/teacher, Unagi developed a specialized ear from childhood, which is readily apparent in his distinctive, genre-bending beats. Utilizing forgotten vinyl and comically outdated gear, he crafts all of his tracks by hand, playing samples and drums live in real time, without the aid of computers or sequencers.
Adhering to GZA's "half short and twice strong" philosophy, YOU and EYE treats hungry ears to 17 minutes of thought-provoki
Infinito 2017 & Ungai - YOU AND EYE (Review @ smother.net)
Beat arranger Unagi and Chicago emcee Infinito 2017 once again join forces on this 7-song EP. Hip-hop thats political, socially conscious, and adverturous both in the lyrical format and Unagis challenging compositions. Sweet samples that arent always just heavy on the bass are looped with funky abandon. You can nod your head or shake your rump to the clever beats. While its only 17 minutes long, You and Eye is powerful hip-hop that will change peoples perspectives.