The raps of this New York, USA hip-hop duo were conducted against the surprising and rather fetching backdrop of an off-the-wall, ecologist philosophy. Dion Blue (aka Woodbanga) and his partner Taylor Schofield (aka Big Rallo) used the physical and metaphysical qualities of trees and forests to inform their sound: ‘What we represent is the backwoods of the industry, the deep, dark section.’ They began their career with the single ‘Raise The Levels Of The Boom’, on which lyrical references to woodsmen and trees abounded, aided by a video clip filmed in the woods of Central Islip, Long Island, New York. On its b-side, ‘Wash His Back’, the theme was stretched to indicate a sense of community between young black men, somewhat akin to the relationship of ‘a copse of trees growing together’. It certainly made a change from the outrageous boasts normally associated with gangsta rap. The album from which the two songs were drawn, 1994’s If Trees Could Talk, continued to address a similar theme.
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