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|Info:||Brainstorm Artists International (BAI) was owned by Gene
"Eugene" Andrusco and Joe "Ojo" Taylor in the nineteen
nineties. Their albums were first released through
Maranatha's label: Broken Records. Brainstorm gave many
great holy hip hop artists a voice by releasing their
- Dynamic twins
- Freedom Of Soul
- IDOL King
- Tunnel Rats
The label Brainstorm attempted to bring more authentic
sounding hiphop in the CCM scene, than the pop/hiphop
crossover style of the time. They also released albums from
rock, alternative and R&B artists.
J.C. and The Boyz made their debut with Never Give Up on
Broken Records in 1989. It's Brainstorm's first hip hop
release through the imprint Broken Records.
But BAI is more known for it's striving force behind the
christian alternative rock scene in the form of the Tooth &
Rest In Peace
Gene Eugene is born on April 6th 1961 and past away on March
Maranatha! Records grew out of the Jesus Movement in
Southern California during the early 1970s. It offered a
wide range of musical styles, including the alt-country
sounds of Daniel Amos, among others. There were two
spin-off companies in the early '80s, A&S and MRC, which
featured more edgy sounding artists. The two were blended
together around 1984, and Broken Records was born. Joe
"Ojo" Taylor worked all of the labels at some point.
Brainstorm started with the Broken Records label a sort of
lease-to-own partnership. This partnership with the Broken
label lasted from 1988-1990. The Broken Records label
finally reverted back to Maranatha! Music and albums would
be released under the BAI/Brainstorm banner.
The label name changed from "Broken" to "Brainstorm"
with the Freedom of Soul's Caught in a Land of Time album
(1991). After this the logo was also "BAI", and still
distributed by Word. Starting with The Lost Dogs' Little
Red Riding Hood, some releases had the WAL logo along with
Four "Brainstorm" releases were numbered under the WAL
label system, no hip hop releases though. Word would then
disband the WAL imprint and the Brainstorm label would have
to find another distributor.
When Word disbanded WAL and all the labels associated with
it, Brainstorm found a new distributor in Diamante. To
celebrate the change, a series of four compilations were
released. Each had a different theme of the style of music
Brainstorm had put out from 1988-1994, and included demos
and previously unreleased tracks. See for the hip hop
compilation: The Brainstorm Maximum Volume Rap (1994).
In 1996 Ojo Taylor left Brainstorm to start his own Innocent
Media label, with distribution also through Diamante. A few
Brainstorm artists signed with Innocent, including Peace
Sources & Link
The link mentioned in the profile is the Brainstorm Artists
International Tribute Site. This site has been a great
resource for this profile.
|Releases:||A few random releases on this label...|
| Various Artists - Brainstorm Biscuits|
| XL & DBD (Death Before Dishonor) - Sodom and America|
| Freedom of Soul - Caught in a land of time|
| Various Artists - Next Level of Hip Hop|
| Future Shock - Remember the Future|