Thousands of miles from the bright lights of hip-hops origins, Northwest hip-hop is alive and well and quickly becoming a major force to be reckoned with on a national level in terms of originality, subject matter, and musical production largely due to the group's influence.
One Movement is an accurate description of the beautiful accident which came to be known as hip-hop. It is one cohesive grassroots social movement dedicated to inspiring awareness and change. Although over the last 30 years or so the genre has splintered off in nearly every conceivable direction, from club bangers to gangsterism of the highest order, there are a dedicated few that stay true to the movement's origins.
Julius Powell, Face, Stein MC, and LuciBe comprise the Ashland group One Movement. Thousands of miles from the bright lights of hip-hops origins, Northwest hip-hop is alive and well and quickly becoming a major force to be reckoned with on a national level in terms of originality, subject matter, and musical production largely due to the groups influence.
One Movement is a combination of three producers/emcees and one female vocalist. The group's members are as diverse in background and personal history as hip hop music itself.
LuciBe, the group's singer was born in the Applegate Valley and came to Ashland when she was eight years old, and has been here ever since.
As a young adult Luci suffered from a rare form of vocal paralysis which actually rendered her unable to sing or even speak for roughly 3 years.
"It was horrible," she said. "I felt like I lost a huge part of myself."
Luci's voice returned after much hard work and extensive vocal therapy.
"That's why I mostly just sing hooks with the guys," explains Luci who is still in the process of fully recovering her voice.
Stein MC, originally from South Carolina, made his way to the west coast in search of a better musical atmosphere.
"I moved out here to get away from the mindless hate I saw all around me, and to find myself," Stein said.
Born in Jamaica, but raised primarily in the birthplace of hip-hop, New York City, Julius and his brother Face moved to Ashland in the winter of 2006 from Portland where they lived off and on for several years since 1993.
"I've picked up a wide variety of cultural and musical influences," Julius said. "because I've basically been moving back and forth around the country my whole life."
Moving so often while growing up left an imprint on Julius and his brother and greatly expanded their musical tastes and styles.
The wide variety of life experiences brought to the table by all of the group's members is evident in all of One Movement's lyrics and eclectic beats which include samples from a staggering cross-section of genres including rock, funk, jazz, and even country.
Musical freedom and independence is a must for the artists of One Movement. From production to promotion and all the other painstaking labor that comes with building a musical following without signing to a major label — everything is done in-house.
Positivity is a major theme within the group's work.
"Our goal is to contribute to the evolution of the art form by implementing clever and thought provoking lyrics while enlightening and activating conscious elevation within listeners," Julius said. "It's feel good music."
Through ACE Productions, the group's label, One Movement has released several independently produced albums including the "Creative Juices" EP which dropped in the summer of 2007, "Organic Mechanics" in the winter of the same year, and "Momentum," their most recent full length offering, in March of 2008. Additionally Julius Powell recently finished his first solo project, "Vivid," which features members of One Movement as well as other local artists.
One Movement will be performing at the End of Summer Hip-Hop Explosion at Stillwater in Ashland on September 26. The show starts at 9 p.m. and is open to anyone 21 and older.
For more information on One Movement visit the group's Web site at www.myspace.com/onemovementhiphop.