Seattle-bred emcee A.S.H.E.S the Chosen, along with his band April 12th, create a soulful, Hip hop meets folk revival music mosaic. His current lead single “Tears In Your Eyes”, which tackles the issue of domestic violence through a three-part narrative, has established A.S.H.E.S as a creative and innovative songwriter, while also gaining national and international radio play the #23 record on CMJ’s Hip Hop Charts. A.S.H.E.S the Chosen has been featured on iHeart Radio, KJR FM/AM, Northwest Cable News, Seahawks Fone Zone (with Chris Egan), Komo News, King 5 News, and Evening Magazine.
For his “Id, Ego, Superego” project , A.S.H.E.S has partnered with Stampede Music (Snoop Dogg, Macy Gray, YG, Far East Movement) and embarked on a promotional tour which has included performances at The Real Radio Show in New York alongside Billy Mira, at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, and at the Red Gorilla Music Festival at South by Southwest (SXSW). Since May 1st, he has had performances at University of Southern California, University of California Santa Cruz, Sacramento State University, and at the KMUD Radio Block Party in Redway, CA.
“ID, Ego, Superego” which has been picked up and played on over 100 radio stations nationwide and internationally so far, will amaze you with the production, the lyrical wisdom, wordplay, and the kind of intense atmosphere it creates. In today’s glossy, skin-deep hip hop scene, it is decidedly rare to find rappers with the lyrical dexterity, seamless flow, poetic charm and social consciousness of A.S.H.E.S the Chosen.
Mashed-up samples from legendary songs, intertwined with hypnotic beats, provide the rhythmic backbone for most of the tracks on this album. The beats are so thoroughly unique and of high quality, with samples extracted from diverse artists such as Paul Simon and James Taylor. All this combined with A.S.H.E.S’ intelligent lyricism makes for a singularly unique mix of truly poetic raps with perfectly-rendered beats.
Though serious hip hop fans will surely love all of this album, there are a few tracks that stand out for being so perfect, that many may ask the question why A.S.H.E.S the Chosen hasn’t yet achieved megastar status. I’m talking the lead single, “Tears In Your Eyes” featuring Chantal & April 12th, produced by Charlie Patierno, which addresses abusive relationships from all angles, or “50 Ways” produced by Theophilus The Scholar, which brings attention to the fight for love.
There’s “Dear Hip Hop” an eccentric 70’s-style soul-funk beat, that anyone with a respect for quality production values can appreciate. Similarly, “The Art Of Survival” and “No Apologies” are a testament to the abilities of A.S.H.E.S, to change his style and timbre several times throughout the album.
And though these all sound absolutely incredible, there is no doubt in my mind as to what the best track on the album is – “Tears In Your Eyes”, in both the original and remix versions, sampled from the incredible Chrissie Hind song, “I’ll Stand By You”, embodies the heart and soul of who A.S.H.E.S the Chosen is as a rapper and what he is capable of, artistically.
For any and all fans of true hip-hop, the truly poetical and lyrical rap that A.S.H.E.S the Chosen delivers will give listeners the chills. “Id, Ego, Superego ( the title is a titled in reference to Sigmund Freud’s theory), is a must-have album. A.S.H.E.S the Chosen is a hip hop and rap artist in the truest sense of the word. He looks not to towards the corporate mainstream establishment for false affirmation and throwaway kudos, but to feed the conscious minds of modern society.