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Wednesday, March 16 • 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Foreign Legion

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Truth is stranger than fiction. Prozack Turner and Marc Stretch are caught between a world of full of cynical underground hip hop heads constantly complaining of the genre's state, and the over saturated pop charts, full of sub par rappers with auto tuned vocals. There are only a handful of artists in either genre that are not simply cookie cut from the bland, left over dough of idiot pie. Foreign Legion aren't your typical Oakland California rappers from the street, they're actually both formally educated…sort of. Marc Stretch won a full ride to Barbizon for his natural gift of 'sideways hat modeling' and Prozack Turner graduated from a court appointed drunk driver awareness class in 1996. The two met at a Kid and Play film festival in the south of France in 1997 and began making music history within weeks. Foreign Legion dropped out of what seemed like nowhere (Oakland, Ca.) in 1999 on a now classic Abb Records(Dilated Peoples, Little Brother) single titled, 'Over Night Success' and went on to sell 20,000 copies of their initial '12 inch release. The full length 'Kidnapper Van' lp and world tour followed, as well as sharing the stage with everyone from Brother Ali, Gangstarr, Krs One, Zion I, Del The Funky Homosapien, The Beatnuts, DITC, Zion I and Tha Liks! Enough of the name-dropping let's talk about Foreign Legion. They have worked in the studio with the greatest minds in hip hop music, namely, Madlib, Jay Dilla, Pete Rock, Freeway, Jake One, Dj Design, G Koop, Organized Noize, (Outkast) and The Alchemist, not to mention that Foreign Legion emcee Marc Stretch once sat next to Judith Light('Who's The Boss') at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Their highly entertaining stage shows were complete with now famous costumes and the the giant of a man, Marc Stretch (6'10, 375 lbs) carrying the elvin boy wonder, Prozack Turner (4'10, 77 lbs.) in a backpack during their set! Their electrifying star power soon grabbed the attention of Mike D of The Beastie Boys, who courted them for possible signing with his then label, Grand Royal Records. The crew relocated to Los Angeles but the deal fell apart shortly after when Marc Stretch 'borrowed' Mike D's car without asking and was found sleeping in a Golf Land parking lot, passed out in the front seat with his head resting in an empty tray of what looked like 7-11 Nachos, a twenty sack of Grand Daddy Purple, a copy of Cat Fancy (the Christmas In Kitty Land issue) and an empty bottle of Royal Gate vodka. The group disbanded over the incident. The charges were dropped and Stretch returned to Oakland to continue looking for his real father. DreamWorks records signed Prozack Turner to a solo deal shortly after but they decided to shelf the album and quit the music business altogether, due to a combination of declining cd sales and Turner's declining hairline. Three years later, Turner returned to Oakland and randomly ran into Stretch and reconnected in an internet chat room for music business related suicide prevention. Fast forward to 2010. It's been 13 years, five record labels, five managers, three dj's, three lawyers (both entertainment and criminal), countless producers, court dates and versions of that CSI program later, and Foreign Legion are ready to release their third studio album, 'Night Moves'.
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Foreign Legion

Truth is stranger than fiction. Prozack Turner and Marc Stretch are caught between a world of full of cynical underground hip hop heads constantly complaining of the genre's state, and the over saturated pop charts, full of sub par rappers with auto tuned vocals. There are only a... Read More →



Wednesday March 16, 2011 10:00pm - 11:00pm
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