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Endless Mic okay with Beasties comparison

by Heather MacIntyre

I remember the firsttime I personally met Stewart, AKA Stu. He was in my creative writingclass at UNCG, one of the most personable and intelligent students inour class – not to mention a clever writer. So it didn’t surprise me tofind out shortly after that he was in a local hip-hop group that somany of my friends were into. Endless Mic signed to Trekky Records(myspace.com/trekkyrecords), a label that close friends of theirs puttogether for local and North Carolina-based bands. "When we come intotown for meetings now," comments Zano, "It’s less business, and morelike going to hang out. This label is like a big family." The group hasbeen together for almost six years now, originating from Stu and Zano’shigh school friendship and later merging through introduction to Deezby another DJ. Over the years, so many artists have influenced them inthe direction they are running like Outkast, Heltah Skeltah, Camp Lo,and Prodigy of Mobb Deep. But lately they’ve all been listening tonon-hip-hop: Zano is all about the Band, Stu has been into a lot ofstoner metal, and Deez has been in an Elvis Costello mood recently.This is important though, not getting stuck or pinned down into acertain genre. It’s the reason why their albums are so eclectic andfull of multi-contemporary ideas. Though the band has always beencompared to the Beastie Boys, they’ve recently learned to appreciateit. "We used to hate it," Stu rolls his eyes, "but now we understandthat there aren’t many hip-hop groups that get as much respect as theBeasties. They’re pretty much universally adored. So we’re cool withit." If they could share the stage with anyone though – and not thatBeastie Boys wouldn’t be an honor – they all rave about being a part ofJamie Lidell’s live show, and more locally, they wouldn’t mind teamingup with Raleigh’s the Annuals (myspace.com/annuals). Recently, EndlessMic appeared in Performer magazine, and the gossip line is stillbuzzing on their recent free-digital release of All New Super ExclusiveAl Gore Bongwater Mixtape Volume One. Aside from their own album ofcourse, they’d like to vouch for the new Prodigy HNIC pt.2, andApplejuice Kid’s (myspace.com/theapplejuicekid) new project with GeechiSuede from Camp Lo called FreeBass808 (freebass808.com). The guys arelittle burnt out from this last semester with touring and school, sothey’ve decided to take it easy for the summer hoping for a little sunand relaxation to recuperate for what’s next – so keep your ears to theground, they’re working some pretty major back-to-school plans for thisfall. Where might you find them hanging out this summer? In Greensborothe "usual spot" is at College Hill; for food they hit up some Greekchow at Jack’s Corner and Deez is an avid attendee of the GreensboroFarmer’s Curb Market on Yanceyville Street "for all the localgoodness," he says. Download their recent album for free at:endlessmic.com/mixtape.htm. Myspace.com/endlessmic1

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