Popular artists on TVT's roster include Sevendust (currently top 20 on the Billboard 200 albums chart), DJ Hurricane (currently at the top of rap singles chart), indie-rock heroes Guided By Voices (#1 at college radio for the last four weeks), pop- geniuses XTC and Speech (currently in rotation on VH-1), founder of the alternative rap
collective Arrested Development.
But the web took him deeper, as it tends to do: a Four Tet remix of an MF Doom song that he heard at age 13 sparked a fascination with alternative rap
and atmospheric production, a proclivity that still drives what he's doing now, as Lontalius, in a big way.
This is one of the first times in history that a musical artist, cutting edge alternative rap
group, has embodied the art of a photographer to create a parallel living breathing reality.
And not just because his ground-breaking alternative rap
group won Grammys for best rap album and best new artist and was named Rolling Stone's band of the year.
The mixed-bag genre known as alternative rap has been marshaling its forces recently, presenting tours like Word of Mouth (with Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, and the Beat Junkies) and Okayplayer (including the Roots, Tabib Kweli, and Dead Prez, called hip-hop's most political group).
In many ways, alternative rap, with messages closer to typical life and sounds that are both old-school and experimental, is following the path of alternative rock's rise in the late '80s.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Meeks has been a veteran of the Southern alternative rap
scene for more than 10 years, getting his start in the mid nineties with his first single, "Larger than Life.
The 15-year-old Long Island trio earned a reputation for alternative rap
with its friendly style and approach, according to Rolling Stone.
At first glance, the Fugees might appear to be just another alternative rap
group such as Digable Planets or Arrested Development, groups that caught on with a college crowd.