Last Tuesday, November 13th, hip hop duo A.Dd+, Erykah Badu-helmed production crew, The Cannabinoids and award-winning DJ, DJ Sober dominated the annual Dallas Observer Music Awards, taking home a total of four awards, including Best Rap/Hip Hop Act (A.Dd+), Best Group Act (A.Dd+), Best Funk/R&B Act (The Cannabinoids), and Best DJ (DJ Sober). Dallas’ biggest alternative weekly newspaper also made A.Dd+ (pronounced A-d-d) rappers Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy the cover story subjects of their current issue. To celebrate their recent wins and to thank their fans, A.Dd+ is releasing a new song called “Suitcases,” produced by Cannabinoids member Picnictyme from their upcoming mixtape, DiveHiFlyLo. We first told you about last summer, check out that article here.
The annual Dallas Oberserver Music Awards, now in its 24th year, was a humbling event for A.Dd+ and close affiliates, The Cannabinoids, and DJ Sober. Says DJ Sober, “It is a great feeling to know that we have supporters out there that took the time out to vote everyday and that have been rooting for us all along.” Paris Pershun adds, “We were up against crazy competition from different genres. It was just a blessing to see what we do and our creations don’t go unnoticed.” The Cannabinoids were the house band for the awards show, backing other performers, and providing music for the entire night. “It was an honor for us to be the house band and being recognized in my own city was an amazing feeling,” says Picnictyme.
Check out the their latest song “Suitcases” from their upcoming mixtape, DiveHiFlyLo, here:
“The best rap album that Dallas has ever seen, front to back.” – Dallas Observer
“Another total jam from Dallas’ own A.Dd+.” – Gorilla vs. Bear
“ADd+ admit that they’re not stars, but they probably should be. This is the sound of two dudes rapping for people to take notice. And you should.” – Jeff Weiss
Quirky yet streetwise, fun-loving yet dead serious, A.Dd+, the duo of Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy, may just be leading Dallas towards a rap renaissance. In 2009, A.Dd+ released their debut mixtape, Power of the Tongue, a project that earned them regional acclaim and a “Best Rap Act” nomination from local alternative weekly the Dallas Observer, but it was in 2011, with the release of their official debut When Pigs Fly that the duo broke through. The LP was hailed as “the best hip-hop album Dallas has ever released,” by the Dallas Observer, who also nominated the group for “Best Album” and “Best Rap Act” in their year-end Dallas Observer Music Awards. The project also earned A.Dd+ acclaim from national media outlets such as XXL Magazine and Pitchfork, with a coveted Chairman’s Choice feature and inclusion in the “Best Of: Underrated Rap Releases of 2011” list, respectively. Pitchfork described the group as, “the spawn of UGK and Outkast, combining street and cerebral.” 2012 already looks to be fruitful for the duo, who kicked off the year taking part in the Red Bull Skooled Tour, a seven-city run through the southwest alongside a collection of Texas legends and fellow up-and-comers. The duo recently finished their first North American tour, opening up for Black Milk‘s Claps And Slaps Tour, and are now focusing on their sophomore album, DiveHiFlyLo. They also were part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin earlier this month.
Update (1-18-13): With the release of their new album less than a week away, the guys just shot a video of them freestyling. You can watch it here, courtesy of Central Track.