Anger was destined to be an emcee. Part comedian, part storyteller, part metaphorical rhyme flipper, he has lyrics that hit you in the head and make you want to press rewind. He's been writing rhymes, freestyling and performing for over a decade, and in 2004, he has finally started to get the hard-earned respect that he deserves. Born in Portland, Maine in 1975, Anger (James Bryant) was deeply influenced by hip hop music and culture, ever since Run DMC dropped King of Rock in 1985. He was always the first kid on the block to have that new album that just came out. As a teenager in the early '90's, he began freestyling and writing rhymes, but it wasn't until 1994 that he started to get into the studio and lay down some tracks. That was when he first encountered Q-Tip's famous line, 'record company people are shady'. Part of the result from that experience was that he had to change his rap name-he had previously been known as Kid Dirt-and the rhymes that he had written were snatched away from him. Since then, he has been struggling to start up his own label rather than looking for a deal with an existing record label. After a lot of time, investment, setbacks and hard work, Dialectic Records was born. The label was co-founded by Anger and his business partner, Beat Architect (David Woshinsky), a hip hop producer and deejay. In the last two years, Anger has been steadily recording tracks, has been featured on several mixtapes, and he has opened up for many hip hop artists including Aesop Rock and Thirstin Howl III. Anger's debut album, Releasing Anger, is Dialectic Records first major release, and will be dropping January 11, 2005. The album follows up on the strength of the single 'Word Play' b/w 'You Don't Know Me', and the album has already been receiving rave reviews; Urban America newspaper called it a 'good buy for all lovers of the pure, untapped sounds of underground hip hop.' Many assume that, because of his name, Anger will be kicking some violent 'gansta' type of rhymes. In fact, this is far from the truth; Anger has had many frustrations in his life, and he uses his music as an outlet to express his creativity, without dwelling on negativity. The album portrays Anger's lyrical versatility, as he can deliver rapid-fire battle rhymes ('Anger vs. Kid Dirt', 'Word Play' and 'Watch Your Back'), personal introspective lyrics ('You Don't Know Me', 'Emotional Pain'), and fun, creative stories ('Ebeneezer', 'Crash the Party'). Underground vet Thirstin Howl III makes an appearance for the grimy track, 'Rhymes Like Bullets'. With the Releasing Anger album set to drop, Anger will be leading Dialectic Records' hardcore promotional drive for this release...you can expect to see him at a record store, radio station and club near you in the coming months! After paying dues in the rap game for years, the time has finally come for Anger's lyrical skills to be recognized!
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