El Da Sensei

El Da Sensei stepped onto the hip-hop scene as one half of the Newark, NJ, duo, the Artifacts. After El Da Sensei and his partner Tame-One sent a rough demo to Bobbito the Barber at WKCR in New York, the group was signed to Big Beat/Atlantic Records. They released their debut album, Between a Rock & a Hard Place, in 1994 with “Wrong Side of the Tracks” as the lead single and video. The Artifacts had developed a fan base of hardcore hip-hoppers and sparked a new sub-culture in hip-hop called “backpackers.” In 1996, the group followed up their debut with their sophomore album, That’s Them, spawning the underground hits “The Art of Facts” and “The Ultimate.”


Shortly after the release of the second album, El and Tame decided on an amicable break up. After the split, El Da Sensei went on his own traveling around the world and dropped the singles “Frontline” and “Got That”. In the fall of 2002, El dropped his debut solo album, Relax, Relate, Release, through Seven Heads Entertainment. The album featured guest appearances from Sadat X (of Brand Nubian), J-Live, Organized Konfusion (Pharoah Monch and Prince Po), Mike Zoot & F.T., Asheru, and others. In 2006, El released his second solo album, The Unusual to much acclaim through Fat Beats Records. The album included the Illmind produced single and video, “Crowd Pleasa” which was very well received.


In 2007, El teamed with the Polish production duo known as The Returners (Little & DJ Chwial) for the the release of Global Takeover: The Beginning, which was released through the Polish label Asfalt Records. The album however was digitally distributed through the Brooklyn-indie label Coalmine Records. Nearly one year later, El Da Sensei found a new home with Coalmine, where he went onto release The Money EP and Global Takeover 2: Nu World (GT2), respectively. The 2010 release of GT2 once again united El with the The Returners for a sequel that showcases the growth & fusion of artist, producer & DJ. The album enlists an impressive roster of features that include Treach (of Naughty By Nature), Sean Price, Rakaa Iriscience (of Dilated Peoples), Akrobatik, Bekay, John Robinson, Reks & Tiye Phoenix. At current, El is gearing up for the release of The Nu World Remix EP which will include an Illmind produced remix of “Everyday In The Street” that will feature both Rah Digga and Tame-One. This will be the first time that El will reunite with his former Artifact cohort for a retail release since the 1997 release of That’s Them.

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