Hailing from the south Bronx, New York, Randy Mason is a 22 year old MC with a positive message characteristic of the early days of hip hop. Drawing on influences such as Nas, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Tupac, Common, A Tribe Called Quest, Kaos, The Beatles, White Stripes, and many others, Randy has developed a unique lyrical style so rich in metaphor he is more easily comparable to great American novelists and poets such as Hemingway, Bradbury, Burroughs, etc. His style could be characterized in many different ways, but his unrelenting positivity shines brightly in today's cultural climate of greed, violence, and rampant snobbery. Randy met David Yawman of the garage/punk band On The Prowl back in 2005 while recording the mix tape 'Under the Influence' in David's studio in Harlem. They hit it off well, and the mix tape made an international buzz receiving airplay in New York, London, Seattle, and Paris. Soon they were working together on original material, David producing the punk/ blues/ pop infused instrumentals, and Randy writing lyrics inspired by the music. The two worked together for 2 years, along with On The Prowl bassist/vocalist Amy Farid, and other various artists. The material was then edited down to an 11 song album, 'Fresh Air.' The end result is a collection of songs very different in instrumentation and production, somewhat similar to recent releases from Mos Def and Kaos, and definitely owing to the diversity of Frank Zappa and the Beatles. The style ranges from the hard punk/industrial sledgehammer of 'Fastlane', to the over the top volkswagon commercial pop of 'Fresh Air.' In between you can find a whole spectrum of influences from trip hop, 80's synth-pop, 60's punk rock, house and soul all tied snugly together into a tight package unified by Randy's enthusiastic message. The new On The Prowl live band consists of Randy Mason on vocals, David Yawman on guitar, Amy Farid on Bass, Dro on drums, Kim Burgie on keyboards/ trumpet, Supa DJ King James on turntables, and Arabelis on backup vocals.
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