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Bohemian Rhapsody's Hip-Hop Makeover
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who listens to music that isn’t familiar with the seminal rock band Queen. Everyone has a favorite Queen song, one of the most popular being “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which was given new life in the early 90’s thanks to the first Wayne’s World movie. Not a lot of people would associate the group with hip-hop, however... until now. Five of hip-hop’s finest underground talents - Jake Lefco, Ryan-O’Neil, Domer, Kats and iLLspoKinN (pictured clockwise from top right) - recently came together to create Bohemian Rap CD, a six song EP where every track features a different sample from the Queen classic. The goal was to make something that was dope lyrically, as well as production-wise, all while sticking to, in Domer’s words, “a real dedication to keeping hip-hop fun.” They also made it available for free.

Kats and Domer, in addition to being artists, are also the co-founders of freeicecream.net, a site where they, and other artists, release albums that have a sticker price of zero dollar and zero cents. They linked up with Jake Lefco, iLLspoKinN and Ryan-O’Neil for Bohemian Rap CD thanks to their established relationships with them through their work in NYC’s hip-hop scene. Ryan-O’Neil, who is one half of 100dbs & Ryan-O’Neil, has been featured on a number of freeicecream.net mixtapes. iLLspoKinN is a battle champion who is also the host of Freestyle Mondays in NYC. And Jake Lefco has made a name for himself throughout the East Coast as KRU Records’ top artist thanks to his two critically acclaimed albums, And You Are? and Missing Trooth.

This week I scored an exclusive interview with ALL FIVE of these talented artists to find out more about the Bohemian Rap CD project, including why they’re giving it away for free, and what they think Queen would think of it.

Read the full interview at RapReviews.com.

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