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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 back in 2009 when they met through a local publication in the group's hometown. Though the group's two core members have been instrumental to the synthesizers' sound, the group in the past has accompanied themselves with a family of musicians for their live shows. Barz multilayered rhyme schemes along with Bryant's hard-hitting production of guitars and synthesizers swings a double-dutch of Hip-Hop, and Rock is perfect timing to jump-off and explores other music genres to form their signature sound. 

​In the winter of 2020, 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  Josh and Maurice's music journey during the midst of COVID when the group was 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" 

Our campfire, amplifiers, guitars smashed

Kindle assembled, Hip-Hop the flint, rock, flash

A marksman's arson sparking Monument Ave

A writers' music with lighter fluid, that's " Author Ashe."

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