80 EMPIRE Debut Sophomore LP “ANTHEMS AND ICONS” ft NEMS, KRS-ONE, DMC, GRAFH, Theo Rossi & More!
On December 10th, Italian/ Canadian Brothers, and Hip Hop Pioneers , Lucas and Adrian Rezza, known as 80 EMPIRE officially dropped their sophomore LP entitled: “ANTHEMS AND ICON”
Their new 17 Track album was executively produced by 80 EMPIRE and released via Gladiator Records Inc. The tracklist includes features by Cultural Icons in both music– and in film like: Sons of Anarchy Actor and Musician: THEO ROSSI on Track #1 “GIANTS INTERLUDE”, Apocalypto Actor RAOUL MAX TRUJILLO & rapper YUKMOUTH on Track #6 “ATHEMS AND ICONS”, Netflix Actress and Singer LAETITIA EIDO & DMC of RUN DMC on Track #16 “WANDER” and fan favorite “I AIN’T LOOKING BACK” ft their very own father- PAPA J and an All Star Lyrical line- up that includes: KRS-ONE, DJ, ECLIPSE, KRS-ONE & DJ ECLIPSE, SIZZLA & KASSIOPIA, SLAINE, NEMS, SWIFTY MCVAY & DJ SPICE, WC, GCASINO, LAYZIE BONE, GRAFH, PAPA J, KXNG CROOKED, JOMI, TONY HOOKS & JON CONNOR. 80 EMPIRE have already released Track #5 “SALUTE ME” ft. SLAINE to digital streaming platforms November 19th and will debut “WALK WITH THE GIANTS” ft & MC EIHT & KURUPT next. The Rezza Brothers are also expected to release a short film about “ANTHEMS AND ICONS” -that will be narrated by actors Theo Rossi, Laetitia Eido, Raoul Max Trujillo and will include music from some of Hip-Hop’s finest!
Just last month, the 3 x Multi -Platinum, Top 20 Billboard Charting, Juno Nominated brothers, who are the Co-Founders of the Indi Boutique Label Gladiator Records Inc. announced that they signed a distribution deal with independent distro platform- FAT BEATS, and credit A&R Matthew Markoff aka “M80” for helping to make happen.
Check “ANTHEM AND ICONS” by 80 EMPIRE and listen to the new album Below!
This isn’t the first time 80 EMPIRE has made headlines. Their Jan 2021 album entitled: “Legacy” currently has over 2.5 million streams on Spotify and their single “Take It Back” ft Kxng Crooked has already reached over 1 Million streams! Their music has been played on the airways by DJ Pioneers: Premiere, DJ Eclipse and Kid Capri on stations like Shade 45, Hip Hop Nation and Ruff Ryder Radio.
Lucas and Adrian Rezza, known professionally as 80 EMPIRE are formerly from Toronto Canada, and currently live in Niagara on the Lake. The Italian/Canadian brothers not only speak- but can also RAP – fluently in French, Spanish and Italian. When it comes to the creative aspect of things, Lucas handles all of the physical production- he plays piano as well as drums, and has an ear for beats, while Adrian leads in the singer-songwriter, rapper role. While creating “ANTHEMS and ICONS” in the Spring pf 2020 , Adrian became hospitalized while battling COVID -related pneumonia and a collapsed lung. After a month long hospital stay, Adrian was finally released but he wasted no time getting back into the studio with Lucas to complete the project that they both call “therapeutic” to their struggle while making.
The two brothers who are the CO- owners of the 80 EMPIRE BRAND are also multi -platinum, Top 20 Billboard charting, Juno nominated, singers, songwriters, producers, rappers. They have gone 3 times Multi- platinum, having written and producing DARREN ESPANTO ‘s 2015 track “I BELIEVE IN ME”, Charted #20 on Billboard for OBIE TRICE album “BOTTOMS UP”, where they Produced and wrote the single “BATTLE CRY” and Juno nominated for Best Hip Hop Album Category “BLACK TUXEDO”
80 EMPIRE also have an pretty impressive discography in TV & Film & have credits executively producing theme songs for “Bravo’s Real Housewives of Miami” and another song that will air during the new upcoming Miami Housewives’ season entitled: “BALANCA”. They created the anthem for Canadian Opera star Measha Brueggergosman’s “Hip-Hopera” and exclusively produced the theme song for the movie “3 ROADS”. They sang the National Anthem for the NBA : Raptors and Miami Heat game as well as the MLB: Blue Jay vs Seattle game. They’ve also collaborated with the Iconic Canadian Rock band “Our Lady Peace” and Pussy Riot called “SMSPF”.
80 EMPIRE worked with major names in Music during the course of their career like Obie Trice and even credit the record “Battle Cry” as the song that put them on the map. They have also collaborated on projects with artists like: Conway the Machine, Chino XL, Obie Trice, Cee-Lo Green, Kool G Rap, Jadakiss, Bishop Lamont, Fred The Godson (R.I.P.), Krayzie Bone, Ali Vegas, Divine Brown, K-os, Peter Jackson, Kool G Rap, Bone Crusher. Music Soul Child, and Benny the Butcher. It is said that they are the very first Canadians to have worked with the Black Soprano Family Founder and Buffalo Native- the 2020 Hit Track: “Welcome To 716” featuring Balistic Man and ELO. They have also produced for the founding member of The Commadores, Clyde Walter Orange and have graced the stages performing alongside artists like: Snoop Dog & Wiz Khalifa, and even at the San Gennaro Festival with host Jimmy Kimmel.
Lucas and Adrian Rezza’s boutique Indie label Gladiator Records Inc. are also the Sponsors of the Youth Niagara Soccer Team. Article by: Kim Coco
80 Empire’s New Album
“ANTHEMS AND ICONS”
out now on all Streaming Platforms!
Stay tuned for their next project: a short film based on the Album & The debut of their next single “WALK WITH THE GIANTS”
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