|Veteran MC Gilead7 has traveled from a rigid boom bap vocalist recording basement tapes to an eclectic, abstract hip-hop wordsmith, crafting refined albums for a worldwide audience of musical diversity through his two CD and two vinyl release through Chicago's ReSERVED Records and The Secret Life of Sound. You can find him on tracks with everyone from Maker of Glue to Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox.|
Gilead has teamed up with MC/producer I.B. Fokuz (hip-hop composer of several McDonalds commercials and founding member of Tomorrow Kings) to create ADVENT: A Modern Bible. ADVENT is the first installment of a sonic experiment rooted in an understanding of life as the quest to generate an ever evolving ''heaven on earth,'' as opposed to looking toward a blissful afterlife that the greatest theologians and philosophers have failed to prove even exists. Produced in full by I.B. Fokuz, both MCs use this backdrop of epic melodic textures and hard-hitting drums to redefine Christianity and all of religion as not an otherworldly water pill, but a philosophy of generating progressive positive evolution within the joy and pain of the world.
Gilead7 and I.B. Fokuz's ADVENT makes the case that the aim of holistic justice (racial, social, economic, ecological) in the world fulfills the goal of ''religion,'' regardless if the Hindu or the atheist work towards it.