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If you’ve never seen The Big Lebowski, it’s time to change that. The 1998 Coen Brothers directed film is considered by many to be the their best work, and has since risen to cult-classic status. Twelve years later, interest in the movie still soars with frequent special screenings of the film in cities across the country and the film has even inspired Lebowski Fest, a yearly celebration of all things related to the movie. It was at one of these screenings on April 20th at the Red Vic Theatre on fabled Haight Street in San Francisco last year, while smoking some inspiration, that producer Unjust of Chosen Few and Opio of the mighty Souls Of Mischief (both big fans of the movie) got the idea to make a tribute album dedicated to The Dude and his movie. “Every scene and nuance of the movie began to speak to them creatively – especially the soundtrack.” says Unjust. “This is one of those cult classic movies, so the people that like it LOVE it.” Coming full circle a year later to the day, The Big Lebowski-inspired album from the duo, titled Mark It Zero, drops on 4/20 via Hieroglyphics Imperium. The album will consist of stories loosely based on their own “dude-like” adventures with all of the beats sampled directly from the score of the epic film. And so as not to be perceived as “goldbrickers” (to use the parlance of our times), the fellas have decided to give it away free, well, pay as you will. We really think it will tie your 4.20 together.

“Aggression,” the first single off the album opens with one of the many memorable lines from the movie by John Goodman’s character Walter Sobchak, “Life doesn’t start and stop at your convenience you miserable piece of sh*t.” True words. As that line fades out the song opens into a short and sweet smooth jam featuring slick production by Unjust who uses choice orchestral cuts and drum samples from the movie to paint a rich backdrop for Opio, who drops cunning lyrics about Mary Jane and the seemingly unwarranted aggression towards it. The vibe on the track practically pulls you into the movie. So, if you’re unfamiliar with the movie, go rent it, download “Aggression”, and get ready for April 20th.

And be on the lookout for Opio’s upcoming 2nd solo album, Vulture’s Wisdom Vol. 2, and Chosen Few’s highly anticipated Hieroglyphics Imperium debut album New World Symphony, in stores May 25, 2010.


Opio & Unjust – “Agression” (MP3)

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