29Jan/103

Touring The States: Omaha, NE

The Basement Society is a collective of emcees whose Hip Hop origin is a direct result of being in “the basement.” This crew was a predetermined idea of Omaha emcee, Superior DBX.
After presenting the idea to long time friend and fellow emcee, Jay Money. things started to come together. The crew consisted of DBX (RIP), N-tellect, Jay Money, Kee Lo Z and All Ayz (RIP).

The Basement took the streets by storm after running around challenging anybody who wanted to battle and smashing the competition. They became known for their live performances, which brought them household name status. The Basement’s first recording was a song called “Its Over” on 1993’s “Parental Advisory” (the first local project release), on which they dissed the Young Rebels, another prominant Omaha crew. After beefin’ with the Young Rebels (and a few other crews), Basement Society released their debut ep “Who Downstairs?” in April of 1994, which started out on a successful path. “Who Downstairs?” was probably the most popular project released under the watchful eye of DJ Suicide, at that time, selling all copies out of the store (no hand to hand sales), relying on heavy street promotions and the impact of the live shows to sell the units.

A recording contract was being discussed with Ichiban Records back in 1995, but interference from a long time associate of Jay Money and DJ Suicide killed all negotiations. Toward the end of 1995, Basement Society returned to the studio and recorded 3 new songs for a maxi-single called “Raw Power Move.” But, due to conflicts within the crew, it was never released. The Basement never broke up, but certain members went their seperate ways. In 2000, all 5 of the Basement members appeared on stage together, impromptu, of course, at the Black Sheep/Das Efx concert in Lincoln, NE. This appearance alone outshined the opening act.

Da Basement SocietyWho Downstairs? EP (1994)

Program One:
01. Straight Out Da Basement ’94
02. Dat’s Da Biscuit
03. Backstage Pass
04. Payin ‘Em

Program Two:
01. 24th Street
02. Pass Da Bat
03. This Is Just A Shout Out
04. Dat’s Da Biscuit (Remix)

Preview:

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— Markshot

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3 Responses to “Touring The States: Omaha, NE”

  1. aREAL says:

    Thank you a lot for the good write up. I've always liked this crew but I never knew the story behind them. Now I know, thanks Mark! And as mentioned before, I really enjoy your "Touring The States" posts.

    Keep 'em comin'!

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  2. verge says:

    I could swear I heard a few of these tracks before.
    Bangin shit, man.
    Good job.

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  3. T.R.O.Y. says:

    Thank you guys.
    Now i realised something, that i forgot to mention that this write up was taken off their myspace page.
    So it was easy for me to do c/p 🙂

    Glad you diggin this.

    -Markshot

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