Provoked – The Listening Experience


Travelling Download
Stop Trying Download
from The Listening Experience (2007, ProvokedMusic)

Provoked is a name on the rise for west coast hiphop and one to definitely keep a close eye on. The San Jose native calls La Quinta, in the Southern California desert his home. The heat out there is causing a big hiphop following to come up in the area, with denizens of MC’s, DJ’s, producers, Graf Writers, BBoys/Bgirls. It’s a good time for Desert hiphop and everyone is hustling, with people slanging CD’s and their own custom clothing lines out the trunk, in true BBoy fashion. Provoked is no exception.

Earlier this year he unleashed “The Listening Experience” as a taste of whats to come on his Full Length LP “Building My Foundation” (releasing Early 2008). Raw hiphop in its purest form and very unique with on-point and heartfelt lyrics. Trust me, no fake jack stories from this MC. He bases alot of what he spits on the mic on life experiences, from being an MC on the rise to more delicate topics such as the loss of close friends and staying positive.

The production on the album is handled in-house by Provoked’s fam, Source 1st and DJ Smooth Grooves. Combine the incredible lyrical content and the classic production values reminiscent of Primo, Large Professor and Diamond D, The Listening Experience makes you feel like you have travelled to that lost era of hiphop. If The Nonce got ahold of Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s Main Ingredient masters back in 1996, This EP is the present. Just Ill hiphop all the way thru on this project. Get your copy @

I had the honor to back Provoked as his DJ at a performance this past summer at The Annual Inner Truth Festival, in the Southern California Desert. Here are a few video clips.


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