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Tropidelic formed along the banks of the Cuyahoga River in murky, Kent, Ohio. Fusing energetic funk, reggae and hip-hop, the group built a local following distributing over 10,000 free copies of their first EP, “Rebirth of The Dope” on campuses and street corners throughout the midwest. After relocating to nearby Cleveland, the group bolstered themselves as a staple in the region through constant touring as well as supporting acts like Slightly Stoopid, 311, Pepper, The Dirty Heads, Sublime with Rome, Soja, The Wailers, & many more. In addition to appearances at Warped Tour and Bamboozle Festival (50,000+ attendees), their EP, “Erie Vibes & Irie Tides” received regular radio airplay on area stations in 2011. Tropidelic continued to develop their sound and unflagging live show with the addition of a three piece horn section and percussion. In 2014, the group was shut down by police during a SXSW street performance and was published by national media outlets when their rehearsal space was haphazardly raided by police later that year while executing a warrant for a previous tenant. The group sold out the renown, Grog Shop, in Cleveland, OH on December 31, 2014 and toured the southeast with big-drawing, Badfish (Sublime Tribute) in Spring 2015. Their latest release, “Police State” features cameo appearances by East Coast Reggae friends, Sun-Dried Vibes and Bumpin’ Uglies. Tropidelic continues to bring their funky reggae circus across the US in their full size school bus conversion!
From the inception of the Birdmen of Alcatraz, to the pre-super stardom scribble jam battles against greats such as Eminem, to the decade long takeover of the Indianapolis Hip-Hop scene by The Mudkids, to the present day where the name Rusty Redenbacher can be heard on WTLC, seen on IMC TV, and deciphered in blog and viral posts felt around the world, the founding member of The Mudkids, Lazarus, and Tornado Alley #ATFU.
Whether it be the thousands of albums Rusty has sold as the head of The Mudkids, the fan admiration and communal support that constantly has voted him as Indy’s Top Artist, the large quantity of free music Rusty had given away to the masses while introducing his #ATFU movement or the vast experiences gained while performing alongside legends including the Wu-Tang Clan, The Roots, Dead Prez, Blackalicious, Atmosphere, and more, one thing that is for certain, legions of Hip-Hop, Rock, Funk, Reggae, and Dubstep fans alike are ready to embrace Rusty.
Mr. Kinetik is an experimental multi-genre songwriter, instrumentalist, producer, and audio engineer based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The name was chosen out of a love for physics, specifically Newtonian kinetic energy principles where kinetic energy is simply the energy of motion. The ending “k” was chosen, as Mr. Kinetik describes:
“I really just thought it looked better than the ‘c’ at the end when it was on paper. I figured that out while doodling in 7th grade. As far as choosing kinetic energy as the basis, I wanted to stay connected to what I loved about music: the movement. As long as I can remember, I’ve moved whenever I heard music. I make music to keep track of what I feel; I make the sounds a reflection of those feelings and how I am moved at the time. And I hope that it moves other people as well. I believe in all of the music I make. It stands as a point of reference for who I am as life changes and goes on.”
Born into a family filled with music lovers and musicians, music has long been a cornerstone in Mr. Kinetik’s life. The music created is an assemblage of many influences from all genres and styles with a heavy dose of thoughtful lyricism designed to improve the lives of people everywhere. The ultimate message in the music is a message of peace and positivity through self-awareness and dedication to improving the world around us through well-planned action and motion.
Mr. Kinetik has completed several solo projects including The Isolator EP (2010), Sounds of Soul (2011), and Clockwork (2011) along with collaborations with #ATFU crew emcee Eratic (The Green Hornet released in 2010 and the forthcoming album UV Lounge) and The Professor And The Hustler (2010) with fellow #ATFU crew emcee, Rusty Redenbacher. The core philosophy of #ATFU can be linked to “all the family united” and “altogether for us” as a rallying cry signifying a commitment to community development and progress not only in music, but through everyday life. #ATFU is comprised of Gentleman Alphonse, A. Sky, Dotta, Son of Thought, Feeray, Eratic, Rusty Redenbacher, and Mr. Kinetik. Mr. Kinetik is also the DJ for the Indianapolis hip-hop group Native Sun and a member of Indianapolis’ own s.a.i.n.t. RECON. He is a member of the Old S.O.U.L. Entertainment family with close working ties to Douglas “Sir Doug” Morris.
In addition to solo and group projects, Mr. Kinetik has collaborated with many artists as a DJ, producer, musician, or featured emcee. The Indianapolis-inspired composition “Our City” was released as a featured song in The 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee XLVI Indy Music Project. Mr. Kinetik, along with Rusty Redenbacher, was recognized as a 2013 featured artist of Art & Soul 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Art & Soul is a celebration of African-American art and artists in Indiana.
Mr. Kinetik’s latest musical work Expressions was released independently on October 22, 2013 and is available at Mr. Kinetik’s Bandcamp site. The 2012 release Black Hole Rap earned 4/5 stars from NUVO’s Rachel Hanley upon its release, October 22, 2012.