PhotoSynthesizers, aka The Ropes-Of- Dope, is a Hip-Hop Rock Duo out of Richmond, Va. The group consists of its co-founding members, Maurice "Barzencode" Osion (lyricist) and Josh Bryant (producer). Barz and Bryant's art alliance, rhyme-rock hybrid, was formed when they met through a local publication in the group's hometown. Though Barz and Bryant are instrumental to the synthesizers' sound, the duo in the past have accompanied themselves with a family of musicians for their live shows. Barz multilayered rhyme schemes with Bryant's hard-hitting production of guitars and synthesizers, double dutches Hip-Hop and Rock with perfect timing while jumping off to explores other genres that have formed their signature sound.  ​


The group will follow up their first 2020 LP, Apollogy, by dropping a series of singles scaling up to their new LP, The World's Fair. The World's Fair is the embodiment of the groups' music journey during the midst of COVID when they were no longer able to meet in person and had to rely on writing music through file sharing. The album's title is also a tribute to the history of The Worlds International Expos, a wide variety of exhibitions showcasing the future's industrial, scientific, and cultural advances for society. And within two global pandemics(COVID and Racial Injustices) at our doorstep, we can only ask ourselves, what will be our advances to contribute towards a better future?

For The Ropes-Of-Dope Duo, it starts with "The Ants In The Antennas." 

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