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Meet 10-19 & The Number Men

A music video for the track “July 10th” from the It’s Okay, I’m Crying debut EP, Spokes, was premiered at the end of April by new millennium trip-hop group 10-19 & The Number Men. 

A part of the city’s vibrant alternative hip-hop scene, 10-19 & The Number Men hails from San Diego. According to San Diego Citybeat, their music has an “underground rap sound that is strange and wonderful.” 

Flowing expressively with raspy spoken words, 10-19’s timbres deliver the rhymes in a wicked manner, conveying his emotional reaction to the pandemic. 

His father was a DJ when I was a kid. He was forbidden from touching his record collection. The prospect of holding his vinyl made him incredibly excited. One of his pops’s old turntables and a sampler were gifts to him in high school. His interest was piqued after that. The alphabetically positioned letters 10 and 19 are his initials. The band is called The Number Men. In other words, it’s a play on the numerical handle. Prince’s Little Red Corvette is a shower favorite that gets him busy. With respect to favorite artists, the situation is constantly changing. Recenty he has been listening a great deal to Brian Eno and Gil Scott Heron.   

This article was penned by Jonathan P. Wright. Jonathan is a freelance writer for multiple mainstream publications and CVO of RADIOPUSHERS. You can read more of his work by clicking here. 

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