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Playground Legends, vol 1

by Athletic Mic League

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Kelly Frazier
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Kelly Frazier I didn't know if these guys could come back as a full unit as everyone went their own ways working on various types of projects, but this turned out to be much more than I could have ever expected. Definitely a diamond in the rough known as 2020. Favorite track: The Vanguard (produced by 3Steez, interlude produced by VaughanTego).
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On the dawn of a looming worldwide pandemic Athletic Mic League held an epic 4 day retreat at Wes’s creative compound. This was the first time in over 15 years the crew assembled to make music. Members traveled from California, Georgia, and Michigan (their place of origin) to reach the secret location right outside of Richmond, Virginia. No expectations were set for the retreat, therefore no one knew what the outcome would be especially after such a long hiatus. Almost immediately the Lab Techs set up several production stations throughout the compound to produce a continuous stream of non stop heaters, that set the tone for the whole thing.

The retreat represents a resurgence of one of the most innovative collectives of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. It also represents the bond of a brotherhood that has lasted for 25 years. Because of that bond and a commitment to innovation, the Mic League was able to reflect on years of impact, and influence, both as a collective and individually. This retreat has resulted in the completion of Playground Legends, Vol. 1, and this is just the beginning.


released October 28, 2020

All tracks produced and mixed by The Lab Techs.

"Finish Line", "Complications" and "Hold My Hand" were mastered by Mayer Hawthorne. "Winners Win", "Cosmos", "The Vanguard" and "Never Coming Home" were mastered by Magestik Legend.

Cover Art design by Wes Taylor.


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Athletic Mic League Ann Arbor, Michigan

Athletic Mic League (AML) connected on basketball courts and while attending Huron High School in Ann Arbor, MI. Buff1, 14KT, Grand Cee, 3Steez, VaughanTego, and Wes Taylor then brought in DJ Haircut AKA Mayer Hawthorne. Though AML creating as a unit came to a halt in 2005, it never halted the love and brotherhood they shared. And as a result, AML returns in 2020 with Playground Legends, Vol. 1. ... more

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