Atban Klann

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A.T.B.A.N Klann
Also known asA Tribe Beyond a Nation
Tribal Nation
The Atban Klann
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Alternative hip hop, jazz rap, experimental hip hop
Years active1991–1995
Labels Ruthless Records, Relativity Records
Associated acts Eazy-E
Blood of Abraham
The Black Eyed Peas
Past members Will 1X
Mookie Mook
DJ Motiv8
Dante Santiago

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The group was signed to Ruthless Records in 1992 and made their debut on Eazy-E's EP, 5150: Home 4 tha Sick on the track entitled "Merry Muthaphuckkin' Xmas". Soon after, the duo recorded their debut album, Grass Roots which was to be released on October 6, 1992; however, the album was shelved shortly before its release. The duo would stay with Ruthless until they were dropped from the label after Eazy-E's death in 1995. [2] Will 1X would change his name to and the Atban Klann would add Taboo and later Fergie and become the Grammy award winning band, The Black Eyed Peas. [2]

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Studio album

Grass Roots
Grass Roots Atban Klann album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Atban Klann
ReleasedOctober 6, 1994 (planned but never released)
Genre Hip hop
Label Ruthless, Relativity
Producer DJ Motiv8, Will 1X, Madness 4 Real
Singles from Grass Roots
  1. "Puddles of H2O"
    Released: 1994

Grass Roots was planned to be released on October 6, 1994 for Ruthless Records, distributed by Relativity Records and featured production from the mentor of Will 1X who is DJ Motiv8; however, the album was put on hold. Two years later, the group released the first single from the album, "Puddles of H2O", but the album was still not released.[ citation needed ] The songs from the album later leaked and a cover was made using a photo of and from the Bridging the Gap photo-shoot in 2000. This was the only album Atban Klann recorded under that name, as they were dropped from Ruthless in 1995. However, three years later the group, now known as Black Eyed Peas, would release Behind the Front .

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Relativity Records, often self-identified as Relativity, was an American record label founded by Barry Kobrin at the site of his company, Important Record Distributors (IRD) in metro New York. Relativity released music that covers a wide variety of musical genres. When it entered into a deal with Sony Music Entertainment, it became more known for its metal and hip-hop releases.

Track listing

  1. "Open Your Mind (Introduction)"
  2. "Goin for a Ride"
  3. "Lord of the Flies"
  4. "Adidas"
  5. "Mountain Top"
  6. "Quid Pro Quo"
  7. "No Sequel"
  8. "World's Gone Mad"
  9. "Rain on Me"
  10. "Dedicated"
  11. "Styles are Critical"
  12. "Puddles of H2O"
  13. "Focus on You"
  14. "Strolling"
  15. "La Borio Woman Beater"
  16. "Let Me Get Down"
  17. "Duet"
  18. "Juggling My Nuts"
  19. "Unknown"
  20. "Yougohdah"

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  1. Feely, Peter (September 23, 2013). " – exclusive interview". Time Out Dubai. Retrieved 18 October 2013. Eazy E signed us [me and] back when I was in high school. We were in a group called Atban Klann and Eazy E signed us to his record label Ruthless Records. Eazy was an inspiration and an instrumental part of the beginning of my career.
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