All the Way Live (ATW)…in H-Town
"Say No to Wack Rappers" is a slogan that has become more of a doctrine for this undisputedly un-wack duo of Houston-bred emcees
When two southerners form a rap-group you know something great is bound to happen. Case in point, Big-Boi & Andre 3000. 8-Ball & MJG. Bun B & Pimp C (R.I.P Chad) and I guess you could count Big Pooh+Phonte minus 9th. They all managed to stay true to "The Dirty" and used their music to transcend the Mason-Dixon line...the Prime Meridian and any other line you can think of. They were nothing short of legendary if you ask any music connoisuer. Perhaps that is why the partnership between Houston,Texas' emcees Montana and Church , could only be called a match made in hip hop. No homo.
"We got back to the music and decided we needed to go all the way with it. That was it man. The name just fit."-Church
Let's trek down to Houston aka "H-town". Land of plenty. Gold-grills, promethazine sippin' and wood-grain grippin' opportunities at your fingertips. Atleast that's what Mike Jones told you. Right? Perhaps we were all mislead to believe that the only thing a Houston rapper could offer us was hospitality and candy-painted creativity. It's just cause we didn't know that ATW existed. If you listen to Montana's emceeing (and production) it would make sense to you why his style is the product of both San Andres,Columbia and Houston's southwest side. He has an exotic flow to say the least. Beyond that, they both just have an ecclectic, very quick-to-switch-it-up-on-you type of style and that's evident from the variety of instrumentals they chose to use. Some Lupe. Some Estelle. They have a laundry list of influences and it seemed to have nutured their limitless lyricism.
It aint just Southern, Houston rap music feel me? Like the crazy thing is is that when people approach us, nine times outta ten they're asking us where we from. So really, we just make good music for everybody, everywhere.
Church's cleverness on the tracks have you convinced that hook singin' should be considered the 6th element of hip hop. Perusing their myspace page and nodding my head to "This is It Love",ATW's rendention of Camp Lo's "Luchini" ,it occurred to me that I just might enjoy their R&B-ish version as much as the original.
When it comes to hooks for these songs, honestly man I probably got about 300 of em' stored away that I don't even use cause when I get in the booth I just go with it. Come up with some new shit right then and there.
" To be real with ya'll...we put down the pen and stopped writing for years. I feel now, our freestylin', off the head stuff is just as good as our written stuff. Either or doesn't make you a real emcee, but we just wanted to master both and take our creativity to another level"- Montana
After sleeping on the first three of their mixtape releases, the current project D.A.R.E: Don't Abuse the Rap Epidemic is one to wake the ears and mind.
"Bet U Didn't Know"
"Take It To The Room
Shout outs to ATW's righthand-woman Lauren Palodore.