Local hip hop act Ruthless recently disbanded and its self-run St. Paul label, Loonatix Productions, has closed its doors. However, the group released a farewell album that is currently available, Serial MCs Volume 3, and two of its members - Professor Fresh and MC Rentz - will be competing in the Hip Hop Battle of the Bands at the Rock in Maplewood tonight.
Ruthless consisted of four Twin Cities rappers, Ill P.O.E., MC Rentz, Professor Fresh, and Phatty McGee, with an additional visual hype man, Just Smoke, and a female MC from Rhode Island named ill e. gal. The ensemble was in the process of recording its third album, with plans for solo efforts from Ill P.O.E. and ill e. gal in the works, when the decision was taken to disband the group and cease operation of the label.
As a final gesture for its fans, Ruthless released the material that had been recorded as a collection of the group member's individual cuts and titled it Serial MCs Volume 3. The album includes guest appearances by national performers Ill Bill and Mac Lethal.
Serial, which was given its official release September 19th, is available in three formats: the standard 17-track album is on iTunes, while a digital version on the label's website (http://www.loonatix.com) and the CD version include two bonus cuts, one each by Professor Fresh and MC Rentz.
Most of the group's members have new plans in the works. Ill P.O.E., who is now performing as Sydill Poetic, is finishing his previously-planned solo album, Bleeding Heart Liberation, and MC Rentz is working on assembling a live band and also recording a solo album. ill e. gal has returned to Rhode Island and will be joined there at year's end by Professor Fresh.
You can catch Rentz and Fresh at the Hip Hop Battle of the Bands tonight starting at 8 PM. The show is located at 2029 Woodlyn Ave. in Maplewood. Admission is $10 and is 18+.
Here are a couple videos to go with Serial MCs: