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‘Houston & 1st’ – OISD [EP]

We at O.I.S.D. (@OISD5Emcees) welcome you to “Houston & 1st“! The 9 track EP features production from group members J.Monopoly & J.O. and Brown Bag All Star producer/emcee J57. “Houston & 1st” is our second official body of work. With this new project we hope to capture and stimulate your imagination as we take you through the journey of a night in the life of O.I.S.D.

Below is our bio :

Hip Hop as a culture always tests the fabric of music. It has been known to break from the mold to create something new. Though it does posses many influences from other genres,it takes and creates a brand new sound,fee,and emotion. Operation Industry Shut Down embodies the principles of the culture to the point of creating something that represents the struggle of growing,learning and teaching through life experience. The name also represents the camaraderie and unity  expressed through the love of music. For not only are they emcees,but are a voice for the generation of artists and people looking to change the world through expression of self through this wonderful art.

O.I.S.D. was founded by J.Monopoly & E.Y.E.Q. while attending Long Island City high school. They met through mutual friends and sprouted a friendship through their appreciation and love of music. Being spontaneous and creative, Monopoly would do impromptu freestyles while E.Y.E.Q. made beats on the lunchroom tables. Through these impromptu freestyles Khid 2Che & Showtyme met up with the two and forged a friendship. Being that they’ve had rap experience, being a part of a group themselves, Q & Monopoly put the two on to their idea of creating the collective. The last member of the group to join was J.O., who didn’t start rapping until after graduating from L.I.C. in 2006. The group started recording collectively by the end of 2007 when J.O. officially joined the group.

The five man squad has built a solid reputation in less than a year on NYC’s underground hip hop scene, ripping up shows at venues/open mics/showcases during 2009-2010. They’ve performed at venues such as Public Assembly, Crash Mansion, Brown Bag Thursdays at the Voodoo Lounge, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, A Monthly Bondfire at The Bowery Poetry Club, amongst other places. They’ve hosted at NYC’s longest running weekly open mic, End Of The Weak, where they’ve also picked up the EOW Strongest Crew Award in 2009. Their high energy live performances and consistent work ethic has granted them the opportunity to perform alongside established acts such as Brown Bag All Stars, Poison Pen, Homeboy Sandman, Tanya Morgan, Mohammed Dangerfield, YC The Cynic, Rebel Diaz, Torae, Fresh Daily, amongst others. Their music, reminiscent of golden era hip hop mixed with their own personal experiences has won them much acclaim amongst their peers. “We want to revive the good feeling that you used to get from listening to hip hop and music in general” says group co-Founder/Brooklyn emcee E.Y.E.Q “We exhibit that with our live performance and our music.”
December 24th 2009 was the official introduction to O.I.S.D., marking the release of a 10 song debut LP entitled “Leaders of the True School“. Featuring production from group members J.Monopoly & J.O., C. Jonah & Mitch Hennessey. The singles include “Sidekicks & FlyKicks”, “Get Stupid” and “No Fabrication”. Reviews were posted by and The Quotable (
“J.O., E.Y.E.Q, Khid 2che, ShowTyme, and J.Monopoly provide an undoubtedly polished offering revolved around old school/Golden Era production, references and rhyme schemes, delivered with a modern twist.” – The Quotable

“This album is definitely one to bang out the end of 2009 and it won’t stop there. Even more confident for Hip Hop music in 2010. LET’S GO! ” -
Between 2010 and 2011 the O.I.S.D. crew have continued to bring a one of a kind energy to shows in the NYC area. While making appearances on Dollar Van Demos, Fat Boy Radio, Spittin’ In Da Whip and Thermal Soundwaves (WHCR 90.3 FM). They’ve released the mixtape “2-Official” with appearances from fellow peers Top $ Raz, Kalil Kash & affiliates Great Expectations and Jun Bugzy. The five man crew has been featured on blogs such as,,,, to name a few. With the sprinkling of free music from their Twitter and Facebook accounts, 2011 brings the release of their 9 track EP entitled “Houston & 1st”.
Posted in Blog, Downloads, Listen | March 15th, 2011 | No Comments »
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