The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania duo of Crumb and JustTraxx better known as Dope Means unveiled their debut LP Government Funded onto the world today Tuesday. The group is led by MC Crumb who joined the Army and was deployed to Iraq and recently returned to the States. Crumb used his paychecks from “Operation New Dawn 11-12” to fund this LP, which focuses on corruption, the politics of war and all aspects of life and their love of their home town Pittsburgh. Though not a political group, many of their songs focus on the current political climate and the effects they’ve had on their lives as both soldiers and civilians.
Government Funded features thirteen tracks and features guest appearances by Timbo King (Wu-Tang), Planet Asia, Reef the Lost Cauze and Ras Kass alongside production from C-Lance (JMT), Bronze Nazareth, Vherbal & Ziko. A&R’d by longtime Hip-Hop impresario M-Eighty (Wu-Tang / DPG / Undergods) fame, this LP represents the call of duty found within all mankind as delivered via raw lyricism and classic boom bap tales.
As Dope Means releases there debut LP, Government Funded, they deliver the video for “Voices,” which tells the tale of Crumb’s personal experience while away from home and deployed overseas. With the first verse Crumb blames himself and his poor attitude while deployed for the destruction of a long distance relationship; wrongly accusing and negatively portraying events that were in fact not taking place. The second verse focuses on his best friend who passed away in the midst of a bitter feud. The stories contain apologies, thoughts, and feelings that may never be heard–remaining stuck in a cluttered mind; #Voices.
Dope Means, They plead The 2nd!