Pugs Atomz’s highly anticipated solo Art exhibition showing Sept 10th – October 22nd at Connect Gallery, 1520 E Harpers Court in Chicago.
The Test Drive album out today is the culmination of a year-long collaboration with LA-based multi-instrumentalist producer Tusk57 and includes features from monster MCees like Killah Priest, Rockie Fresh, and Chris Crack. The album’s stand out sound is rooted in Chicago’s formidable underground where Pugs Atomz and Tusk57 first connected, but it reflects their global travel and omnivorous music influences. The album is designed for end-to-end listening and the vinyl will become a sought after collectible. Don’t sleep on it.
Born in Pittsburgh and raised in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Pugs Atomz has grown into an internationally known MC, radio host, designer, painter and businessman. He led the renowned Chicago Hip Hop collective the Nacrobats that was the foundation for MC’s Open Mike Eagle, Psalm One, Thaione Davis and painters Hebru Brantley, and Statik RK to name a few… He has co-hosted the CTA Radio show on Chicago’s legendary WHPK station for 20 years, championing Chicago’s underground and next up. His live show has always been his strong suit so it was no surprise after touring with DJ Vadim on a 41 city tour, he moved to London to form the group The Electric with DJ Vadim, subsequently touring the world several times and collaborating with producers like Zeds Dead, Tall Black Guy, Moody MAn and Bassnectar. After moving back to Chicago he released a series of albums on BBE, Tokyo Dawn, and Sonar Kollectiv. He also became one of the designers behind the Fashion forward Iridium Clothing Co. and started his own brand USUWE 93. Returning home he saw how much his neighborhood had changed, and Co-founded the Englewood Arts Collective to help change the narrative. using public art, activations, and grants to benefit the community.
A musician turned producer, Tusk57 brings a live feel to recording sessions and is most at home leading a band in front of a live audience. He is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter who has released multiple records under many other stage names in various genres, garnering critical acclaim including a Billboard hit. He is now based in LA and is using this moniker to develop a signature textured sound for hip hop and soulful music.
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New in 2021, 600 Block Records is a platform for unique voices in hip hop and soulful music to connect with audiences that are in search of something different. Our team is spread across multiple cities throughout the United States. Our headquarters is in Los Angeles, California.