Looking at the photo first, I wasn’t sure what to expect, which is good. Is this a hip-hop band, are they punk, I wasn’t sure. Planet Ubiquity seem to be a band who are following the path of Bad Brains, Living Colour, 24/7 SPYZ, Mint Condition, and The Roots. Sadly, in 2012, if you are a black American and you play an instrument as an artist, you are considered “alternative”. Unless you have Alicia Keys’ financial backing, then you’re pop. Planet Ubiquity mix up elements of hard rock and hip-hop, but not like the influx of hip-hop metal hybrids of the late 90′s/early 00′s, this seems a bit more… I was going to say “real” but perhaps “knowledgeable” would be a better word. What I’m trying to say is that when I hear them, it sounds like they know what they’re doing and how to do it, rather than “ooh, I want to make my hip-hop sound like heavy metal” or “I’m going to punk up my dope rhymes”. There’s something into how they play and what they say that, at least in my mind, sounds like they’re aiming for something else, which may be to do better than the next man and not simply create something to fit in with everyone else.
If you’re in New York City next week Thursday (September 27th), Planet Ubiquity will be performing at Cornerstone in Brooklyn (271 Adelphi Street).