The Opening is The Planets critically acclaimed debut LP which features a plethora of the hottest underground artists including Planet Asia, Atmosphere, Binary Star, and Zion I with production from Evidence, Celph Titled and Vitamin D.
released June 20, 2002
In this vast ocean of MCs and artists you may ask the obvious question: “What seperates The Planets from the competition?”
Firstly, well over a decade ago Nomadic Poet and Ayman Raze birthed a style which was to become a blueprint for many. Both being born orthodox Muslims, The Planets were able to successfully fuse their unique rhyming abilities with their spirituality, in a way that had seldom been seen before.
By focusing on making good music and edutaining (educational entertainment), they were able to break through religious and racial barriers, gaining wide mainstream acceptence in the process. Don’t get it confused as the group say themselves, “We create art, we don’t make religious rap. We merely incorporate our experiences and beliefs and put it in rhyme form”.
Whereas most religious rappers often come off as preachy or focus on the message without paying attention to the music, The Planets create masterpieces that can be appreciated by all. The dynamic duo are products of their environment, both growing up in inner city London and witnessing the usual drama of what goes on there first hand. This coupled with their unique background, Nomadic of Pakistani descent and Ayman of Sudanese descent makes for a unusual but very interesting and potent mixture.
The mission has not changed but multiplied many times over, as they say in their own words: “We are a lot more experienced and are as hungry as ever to deliver our message to the masses”. Expect to hear thought provoking lyrical content, and off the wall wordplay done in a unimitable style that is unique to The Planets.
The pair have appeared on more than 20 officially released projects as their journey so far has seen them fuse with various musical legends as can be witnessed on their previous works such as 2003’s Epic Ep. Here, they joined forces with international reggae superstar Junior One Blood Reid, Prince Po (Organized Konfusion) and early Common collaborater Dug Infinite. In the past they have also worked with industry legends such as Evidence (Dialated Peoples) , DJ Spinna, Atmosphere, Planet Asia, Zion I and One Be Lo to name but a few.
Having gained the respect of Hip Hop heads worldwide, they have had their music spun on the legendary Sway and Tech Wake Up Show, the Big Ted and Shortee Blitz Kiss 100 show, DJ MKs Kiss 100 show, Tim Westwood Radio 1, 1Xtra as well as others.