Original Link: Shutter16.com
Good friends of Maria Myraine, Shinobi Ninja, are releasing their latest album, “Bless Up,” on March 10th. To prepare us for the release, Maria Myraine organized a private listening session for the Ninjas in Brooklyn. Taking place at Reflection Dynamiks flagship store in Bushwick, this past Saturday was full of blessed vibes. Not only did a close friends, family and select media outlets get to meet the Ninjas (D.A., Baby G, Terminator Dave, Maniac Mike, DJ Axis Powers, Alien Lex), but they got a first listen of the entire project!
Here’s what Shutter 16 had to say – as well as their interview with Shinobi Ninja:
March comes in like a lion and so does Shinobi Ninja; a high energy indie band from Brooklyn. It’s cold and bitter during the last days of winter in Bushwick, Brooklyn but inside RDNMKS apparel store, Dj Axis Powers of Shinobi Ninja is spinning some laid back hip hop as we drink beer and eat chicken at a listening party for SN’s new album Bless Up. The entire evening there was someone playing a video game on the PlayStation, so we had some time to talk:
S16: “Where did you get the name Shinobi Ninja?”
SN: “It is a video game from the 80s. We found out that a Shinobi is another word for a ninja.”
Shinobi Ninja is an eclectic band, they meld different musical genres together and it was interesting to see that there is a melding of hip hop and Japanese anime culture here in Bushwick influencing the current generation. RDNK had a chalk mural with cartoons that were anime characters as well some tasteful abstract paintings amidst the variety caps and other good quality articles of clothing on sale.
Promptly at 8pm this record was played. Most of us agreed that Bless Up starts in one place and ends in another. It is so interesting that we gave it a second listen. The first tracks “Subcon” and “Bang Bang” are as heavy as Rage Against the Machine or Bad Brains but as the album plays into its finale the music is taken down to more subtle jams like “Bending Spoons”.
S16: “Do you guys listen to Korn?”
SN: “Yes!” Answers drummer Terminator Dave laughing.
I knew it. Shinobi Ninja blends hip hop and rock in some places similarly to how Korn had done in ‘90s. SN has two main vocalists: Baby G. and (D.A.) Duke Sims that complement one another’s styles. Baby G has a melodic raping style that is a bit like Erykah Badu with a hard edge that we can hear on SN’s “Programmable Animal”. Baby explained to me that the song is about the industry tries to change people.
They are a talented bunch. Sims plays several instruments with guitarist Kid Shreddi aka Maniak Mike and bassist Alien Lex which competes this sextet that has a full sound.