In collaboration with Uncle Howie Records – Get on Down presents the 360-degree story of Non Phixion’s 2002 debut The Future is Now. Extensive input from all group members is encapsulated in a premium, 80-page, hard-cover liner notes book, with dozens of photos and images.
‘The Future Is Now – Premium Edition’ was compiled and constructed in full collaboration with the group, and will be released in two different versions, totaling a run of 1,000 worldwide.
800 sets feature the following:
2 CDs, containing the original vocal and instrumental versions of the album
3 7-inch singles featuring original 12-inch artwork: “Black Helicopters,” “Drug Music,” and “Rock Stars”
An 80-page, hard-cover liner notes book featuring extensive liner notes, dozens of group-sourced photos and archival images, and brand new in-depth interviews with all group members by author Chris Faraone
Full reproduction of the group’s press-only sampler cassette from 2000 (with early singles, demos, freestyles and promos): “The Past, The Present and the Future Is Now”
Expanded artwork from Mear One’s original album visuals
All this housed in a 7 ¾ inches x 8 ½ inches x 2 ¾ inches box
In addition to the above, an ultra-limited version of the Premium Edition set features all colored vinyl (each 7-inch with a different color), in a print run of only 200. Beyond the three 7-inches listed above, it also includes a fourth colored-vinyl 7-inch, “I Shot Reagan,” which was first made available by Get On Down on Record Store Day 2013 (on black vinyl).
The other 800 sets feature 7-inches printed with black vinyl. [Note: the black vinyl sets do not include the “I Shot Reagan” 7-inch.]
By the time Non Phixion’s now-monumental debut album hit in 2002, the group had been on an intense and labyrinthine journey, considering that they had originally formed in 1995. At the same time, it was somewhat fitting for a group that was as explosive and unpredictable as they were talented. But no matter how The Future Is Now had come about and what path they had taken to get there, rap fans jumped on the album at the time, and still revere it to this day.
After the initial buzz in the wake of their early singles, they were signed to, and subsequently parted ways with, both the Geffen and Matador labels in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. After those experiences, Non Phixion decided – in true and appropriate indie fashion – to go for self. The Future Is Now finally hit in 2002 on the group’s Uncle Howie Records, to fanfare appropriate for one of the ‘90s underground hip-hop movement’s most impressive and hardworking crews.
In addition to new songs like the singles “Rock Stars” and “Drug Music,” the album also included previously-heard tracks from the group’s journey: “Black Helicopters” and “If You Got Love” (both from 2000, originally singles on Matador). Considering the mix of abrasiveness contained therein, the fact that the album went to #65 on Billboard’s “Top R&B / Hip-Hop Albums” chart that year was an impressive feat.
Production on the album matched the MC talent perfectly, with tracks by Bill’s brother and Uncle Howie label-mate Necro, with additional work by an array of legends, including DJ Premier (“Rock Stars”); Large Professor (“Drug Music,” “It’s Us,” and “We Are The Future”); Pete Rock (“If You Got Love”); and JuJu from the Beatnuts (“Suicide Bomb”).
With more of a decade in the rear-view mirror, the Premium Edition set on Get On Down is the perfect way for diehard fans to finally hear the stories about the forces that made – and eventually tore apart – Non Phixion, and how The Future Is Now came about. Those engaging tales are brought to life even more with the physical specimens provided on vinyl, CD, cassette and the printed page, bringing fans back to an age before iTunes and YouTube, when hip-hop devotees were won over gig by gig, single by single, and radio show by radio show.