The Radical Era
The Radical Era has arrived and its epicenter is Anaheim. Underground street hip-hop group Sacred Blasphemy let you know where they're coming from throughout their recently released, full-length debut album. Getting their start in 2008, the crew now includes Skandalouz Riot, Zoot Suit Classic, Rinoe, Spanx and DJ Deplete. Though The Radical Era may sound and look like typical Chicano Rap at times, the offerings from its 14 tracks are diverse enough to transcend the label.
The album's strongest track “Kings Are Back” is a hard hitting updated West Coast banger, one that you'll want to bump in your system cruising the calles of the city. The group then turns to straight underground sounds with “On the Move,” while Rah Band gets an Anaheim funk remake into hip-hop on “Messages from Beyond.” These three stand out tracks alone hit upon three key soundscapes of the city that Sacred Blasphemy represents.
Decades later, the rhymes behind Sacred Blasphemy's The Radical Era carry the same kind of revolutionary spirit in their DNA, wrapped up inside a shell of West Coast swagger. The end result is an album that blows your mind as well as your subwoofers.
Gabriel San Roman is from Anacrime. He’s a journalist, subversive historian and tallest Mexican in OC.