It was American naturalist and cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson who invented the acronym OOPArt, which stands for Out of Place Artifact, which is defined as an object that exists outside of its conventionally accepted cultural and historical context. Kinship flips this concept and delivers a series of songs that bring the thesis to a hip-hop audience. They intelligently incorporate examples of unsolved mysteries while also using the analogy of “artifacts” to represent themselves personally, and their early experience as recording artists in the music industry. Considering themselves “out of place” in the large corporate-owned business of music, the double entendre is one example of what Kinship is, and how they creatively express themselves.
In 2007, the idea to record a series of songs around the idea of a hidden or forgotten history emerged for Kinship. They began by vigorously researching topics that were personally interesting and intriguing to them. The first song to emerge from this was Stoned Like a Dropa. That song, with its Asian inspired instruments and hard hitting drums, set the stage for what Kinship would do next. They ended up with 8 tracks that tell the story of the hidden history, expressed through the illumination of various artifacts that don’t “fit” in the historical record as taught by established academia. These “out of place artifacts” reflect Kinship’s out of place art of facts, i.e., their musical expression of truth and empowerment for people to think and do their own research to come up with their own conclusions about who we are and how we got to this place in time.
Kinship has since expanded the Out of Place Art of Facts idea into a full-fledged movement that includes film, comic, merchandise and other special gems under development. The music video to the title track, Out of Place Art of Facts brings it all together in a fun and insightful way that we hope you’ll enjoy. We encourage you to join our fan club and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to be a part of the Out of Place Art of Facts movement!
Stoned Like a Dropa
Out of Place Art of Facts
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