Alternative hip hop, Musical Artist
Who is Abstrakt Intellekt?
Abstrakt Intellekt, was a hip hop group from Detroit, Michigan which was active between 1999-2010. It was composed of Ross Johnstone and Kevin Freeman, who first appeared together in 2000. Their first performance was at the Microphone Mystery tour at Saint Andrew's Hall which was headlined by Kid Capri. The group quickly caught the attention of Mike E. Clark, and released their debut album First Contact on B4 records in 2002. First Contact featured Kid Rock's DJ Paradime and Hush, with Clark as executive producer. Moderate sales and an extensive live campaign garnered Abstrakt Intellekt enough local acclaim for them to be nominated in 2003 for "Album of the Year" in the Detroit Hip Hop Awards, and "Best group or duo" in the 2004 Detroit Rap Awards. The group parted ways with Mike Clark in 2005 and signed to an independent record label called Protekted Records, but left shortly after due to creative differences. The group started their own label in 2006 called Shadow Creek Entertainment. which released The Downriver Dirtbag Mixtape in 2006, and The Hip Hop Experience in 2007.
In 2007, Shadow Creek Entertainment signed a deal with Universal Records to license a song for an upcoming compilation by The Source titled "Source Presents HITS Vol. 11", but the album never made it past the licensing approval stage and was ultimately cancelled in 2009.Abstrakt Intellekt was also firm supporters of suicide prevention, being honorary members of the board of directors for suicide.org.
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