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date: 02 April 2020

Visionaries, thelocked

  • Micah Hayes


A collective of hip-hop artists based in the Los Angeles area. Consisting of 2Mex, LMNO, zen r.el.z.m. aka “Lord Zen,” Dannu, Key Kool, and DJ Rhettmatic, the Visionaries have made their mark on the LA underground hip-hop scene by avoiding the West Coast “gangsta” rap style, focusing instead on more political and spiritually uplifting elements in their lyrics and music.

The group began when LMNO and Key Kool, then represented by Ice T’s management group Rhyme Syndicate, met DJ Rhettmatic, Dannu, zen r.el.s.m, and 2Mex in various hip- hop clubs in the Los Angeles area. Together they recorded their first song, “Visionaries (Stop Actin’ Scary)” (1995), and have remained committed to recording and touring as the Visionaries.

The Visionaries rose to prominence in 1997 with their album Galleries and have released three subsequent albums on Up Above Records: Sophomore Jinx (2001), Pangaea (2004), and ...

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