It’s been years now. Artist after artist, gimmick after gimmick, it seems as if mainstream fans never looked back when writing off the more artistically involved hiphop artists, for those simply looking to make a buck. For Estee Nack and Purpose, of the Tragic Allies, following popular trends in order to gain fans was never an option. The sound, and vision they have created for the allies is a living testament of what this culture used to be. As we continue to see the same, watered down, commercial acts, bearing different names, the Tragic Allies brand name assertively promotes the old “dust-off-the-12-inch” sound which brought hiphop to greatness.
Hailing from the crime-ridden streets of ghost-town, Lynn, Massachusetts, the Tragic Allies’ Estee Nack and Purpose have consistently brought back the grimy, lyrical street rap along with young protégé, Codenine, who became a large part of the movement after the release of the Grey Skies. Releasing 3 independent mixtapes from 2005-2008, with: “The Mixtape”(2005), “The Grey Skies”(2007), and Purpose’s “The Soul Purpose”(2008), the Allies developed a small cult following in the states and overseas, collaborating with the likes of ex Wu-tang producer 4th Disciple, and rapper Killah Priest.
Now, in 2009, Bearing fruits of their labor since opening their own, “Grey Skies” studio in summer of 2008, the Allies prepare debut studio album, “The Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil”, featuring Canibus, Killah Priest, Planet Asia, Bronze Nazareth & Darkim Be Allah. Purpose stamped the album with the trademark sound producing several tracks on the LP and overseeing post-production alongside Co-Executive Producer and Rapper, Estee Nack. The Allies intend on creating their stamp of integrity with this release, making for the start of one of the biggest names the underground has seen in years.