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Greatest Hits

by Foundation Movement

Greatest Hits is a storybook album that pushes the envelope of what hip-hop music is, is not, and can be. It is organic. It is not watered-down. It is street. It is not dumbed-down. It is real. It is not formulaic. It is conscious it is not wack
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Knowledge of Self (feat. Random Thought)
1:46 $0.99
2. Welcome/food for Thought (feat. Bambuu)
5:38 $0.99
3. Not Like All the Others
4:01 $0.99
4. Movement F. Ed.og
3:29 $0.99
5. Let's Ride
3:20 $0.99
6. Durak (Where You At?)
4:26 $0.99
7. Our Love Song (Freedom)
4:02 $0.99
8. End the Occupation!
4:55 $0.99
9. Truth (Amazing Grace)
3:52 $0.99
10. Prayer for Mami
3:50 $0.99
11. This Is Life (feat. Iyeoka Okoawo)
6:23 $0.99
12. Calvin's Story
2:45 $0.99
13. Plantation (feat. Dead Prez)
5:01 $0.99
14. In the Dreams
4:20 $0.99
15. Soul Speaks (feat. Kelley Nicole of Soulfege)
3:58 $0.99
16. What About Love? (feat. Lee Wilson)
4:14 $0.99
17. And We Continue/My God (feat. Shana Turner & Roger Miller of Mis
8:41 $0.99
18. Outro
0:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
"...A modern classic" -Weekly Dig

"In a culture that immortalizes bling rap and senseless violence, FM are a breath of fresh air" -Boston Phoenix

"the Foundation strives to create peaceful change through uplifting, informative music" -Boston Herald

"Certainly one of Boston's most cerebral Hip Hop acts." -Boston Globe

"The Foundation is exactly the kind of self-aware, enlightened music that is in short supply these days of war & terror. And it bumps." -What's Up Magazine


On February 27, 2003, the City of Boston declared the day Foundation Day. The City of Boston not only honored the group for their musical talent, but also recognized Foundation Movement for their commitment to the community and for making positive changes in a city with a history of violence, racism, segregation, and political corruption. The Foundation Movement has also honored by the Urban Music Awards with the award for Best Hip Hop Group, the M.I.C. Hip Hop Awards with the award for Performer of the Year, and the Survivors of Violence with a Community Star Award.

Foundation Movement members; Eroc and Optimus are a diverse group of artists with origins from Puerto Rico and Liberia who met in Boston and united to form the group. This cultural fusion, as well as their experiences growing up in Boston, has influenced The Foundation Movement's music. Not another rap group with watered down lyrics, and messages of misogyny and materialism. They're committed to addressing issues of injustice and oppression, while also entertaining crowds with hot beats and relevant lyrics.

Foundation Movement has performed at local clubs, open mics, college campuses, high schools, and rallies and protests, for crowds of 30 to 30,000. In the short time the group has been together, Foundation Movement has shared the same stage with KRS-One, Rakim, The Last Poets, X-Clan, Dead Prez, The Coup, C.L. Smooth, Pharoahe Monch, Greg Nice, Michael Franti/Spearhead, Saul Williams, Edo.g, Medusa, YZ, Wise Intelligent/Poor Righteous Teachers, Soulfege, Lee Wilson, Supernatural, Billy Bragg, Akrobatik, Mr. LIF and Amiri Baraka.

The Foundation Movement was the only international group invited to perform with the Cuban Hip-Hop All-stars at the closing of the 9th Annual Hip-Hop Festival and Conference in Cuba for a crowd of over 20,000. Internationally, Foundation Movement has also performed in Canada, Europe, Bahamas, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, Israel and Palestine. You can catch the Foundation Movement regularly performing across the North East United States in Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia and a city near you.

Recently chosen as Boston's Best Hip Hop Act in the Improper Bostonian's Best of Boston Issue, the Foundation Movement continues to be one of Bostons top Hip-Hop acts, with songs crafted with creativity and balance, and backed by the polished production of the experienced, Omen, Upryz, DJ Liphted and their live band MoFire. With The Foundation already laid in Boston, this group is ready to build nation-wide.



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Aileen Vance

Greatest Hits
This is, simply put, a great CD! Superb arrangements & musicality forged with powerful well-crafted and words from the hearts and souls of men speaking their truth. You could not ask for more in hip-hop. But it's more than hip-hop; it's jazz, poetry, theater, all inviting communities to participate. I've been looking for hip-hop that is not the typical commercial misogynistic, trashtalkin' stuff, something I could feel good about my sons listening to and I've FOUND it in Foundation Movement! As one cut says, they are "not like all the others." And I love the way they have brought in other artists, like the beautiful singing of Bambuu and the powerful performances of the women from "Reflect & Strengthen." wow! highly recommended.

Eric Esteves

Music With A Meaning

Wise men speak because they have something to say.
Fools because they have to say something.

It should come as no surprise that one of the hardest-working crews in the Boston hip-hop scene dropped a greatest hits album capable of leaving listeners speechless. The Foundation Movement is literally that; two emcees and a DJ with a worldwide fanbase, a firm understanding of local realities, and global sensibilities. Their music is a mixture of passion, purpose, justice, and empowerment. Their scope goes beyond Boston's borders and the confines of New England blizzards.

Eroc, Optimus, and DJ El are three young men who rhyme and make music with a determined frenzy in their lyrics and a pulsing beat in their boom-bap their is singularly unique. Over the last three years, they have amassed a budding grassroots following and street movement on the strength of their EP, The Foundation, and the street mixtape, UnReleased Classics. Yet, it is with the arrival of Greatest Hits, their debut full-length album, that we get to hear their full range of talent and taste the collection of varied cultural influences that have colored their life's perspectives.

Amazing Grace, How Sweet The Sound
Through The Storm, You Never Let Me Down
Because of My Faith, I Walk On Solid Ground
I Once Was Lost, But Now I'm Found

Far from a hodgepodge of irrelevant words that rhyme and beats that bang, Greatest Hits is a storybook album that pushes the envelope of what hip-hop music is, is not, and can be. It is organic. It is not watered-down. It is street. It is not dumbed-down. It is real. It is not formulaic. It is conscious. It is not wack.

With eighteen tracks, Greatest Hits is sure to leave listeners' appetites fully whetted with a variety of beats, instrumentals, and spoken word pieces that paint the world with many brushes, but result in a world-class musical mural that is beautiful, progressive, and dope. There are several tracks that stand out, included among them are Movement, which features legendary Boston veteran Edo G as he teams with The Foundation to drop gems. This Is Life is a soulful song with reknowned poetess/songtress Iyeoka Okoawo, while in A Prayer For Mami, we bear witness to Eroc dedicating a spoken word poem to his mother with heartfelt conviction. Other notable tracks that are sure to end up on your MP3 player's playlist are Truth (Amazing Grace), Not Like All The Others, and Durak (Whare You At?). Each has its own sound distinct from the others, yet with the same Foundation Movement stamp that brings it all together.

The Foundation Movement has toured and traveled the world, yet when they get in the studio, the results are exceptionally hard-hitting and thoroughly fly. For those who have yet to witness them perform live, playing this album loud in your vehicle or living room is the closest thing you can get to experiencing. And it does its job. Greatest Hits also features a host of talented producers and artists who collaborated on the project; Lee Wilson, Dead Prez, Kelley Nicole, Soulfege, Shana Turner, Lady Enchantress, Bambuu, Omen510, Upryz, Nelly ProTools, Neomatrix, DJ Liphted, Francis Phan, and Filthy Funk. Their contributions helped to cement this album in the annals of good music with a message that made its mark without sacrificing its integrity. And that, my friend, is what hip-hop is all about.