Q: What do you get when you mix 25+ Naptown rappers, 10 southern rock-inspired beats produced by J. Brookinz, one DIY recording booth pieced together in the basement of a Broad Ripple house, and plenty of, um... herbal inspiration?
A: Gateway 3.
Continuing a tradition that began three years ago, J Brookinz, Grey Granite and the rest of their Heavy Gun Crew have once again inspired the broadly diverse, artistic hip-hop community of Indianapolis to come together in the name of song craft. Fueled by an inexplicable synergy that kept the verses flowing for two days straight, Brookinz and company invited every local artist they know to a 48-hour studio lock-in at the beginning of April. Twenty days later (see what they did, there?) the completed project will drop on Heavy Gun.
While the Gateway project began in 2010 as a hysterically funny homage to pot smoking, it's quickly evolved to stand for so much more: Indianapolis culture, our city's vast talent, and the power of collaboration. And maybe still a little weed.
This Thursday, the Heavy Gun family and their friends will gather at Rock Lobster to celebrate the completion of the album and begin their countdown to every stoner's favorite holiday, 4/20 - not coincidentally, also the official release date for Gateway 3.
"I'll keep giving you guys good music for free...just share it with somebody," Brookinz recently commented on the status of the project.
Stream the first single from the album, "You're Mine":
The event will include performances of Gateway 3 by J.Brookinz and friends and DJ sets from CrookShanks and 3WeekPartyStreak (TxtBook and Chris Gnarly).