Beatnam Vets

Beatnam Vets
BeatNam Vets
Jonah and Joshua Vincent, better-known to hip-hop heads nationwide as the production and rapping outfit Beatnam Vets, know a thing or two about beating the odds: the identical twins from Raleigh, North Carolina, were born doing it. Literally. But, if doubling-up on the genetic lottery was a stroke of pure luck for the Vincent brothers, what’s followed has been anything but. You think a semi-finalist appearance in the Independent Music World Series and a Rolling Stone mention for their full-length debut, The R Album, weren’t enough to establish the Vets as a sure-fire bet? Their follow-up, Kings Amongst Kings, will settle those odds.

Kings features the Vets’ trademark mix of old-school inspiration and new-school innovation. Call it the best of both worlds. While still in their terrible twos, the twins discovered their love for organically produced music, vibing to the sounds of Count Basie and Curtis Mayfield that filled their home every night. While the twins had one ear on vintage jazz, funk, and soul, they soon had another on hip-hop. During the twins’ teenage years, acts like A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Common, OutKast, and Goodie MoB amped up their love for bass and offered them a new, youthful voice. Add these influences to two decades of intense musical training and you’ve got a sound unlike any other out, equal parts street and soulful, gritty and sophisticated.