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"I don't wanna spend my time selling t-shirts to teenagers just to fill my gas tank," Yea Big raps on his new Illegal Art album, The Wind That Blows The Dandelion's Seeds.

Yea Big (a one man project helmed by hip-hop veteran Stefen Robinson) is best known for his collaborative work with friend Kid Static. But after the release of 2009's The Future's Looking Grim, the duo went on hiatus. Reflecting back on that decision, Robinson says it was all about trying to begin making a difference.

"I began to have what I can only describe as an existential awakening," said Robinson. "In light of a recent (inevitable) economic collapse, perpetual slaughter abroad, an increasing police state at home, struggles for equal rights and liberation, and my ever expanding consciousness, 2009 seemed like the right time for me to begin focusing on what I could do to participate. I realized what I thought I could do effectively to help engage these issues was become a social studies teacher."

With several years of immense personal growth illuminating the path Robinson is now walking, an artistic vision of his mission was inevitable. "I didn't so much decide I was going to create a new album as I was just inspired to do so," Robinson said. "When my body and mind were ready, no decision had to be made. It just happened. I was overflowing with ideas that I wanted to engage and express."

Yea Big's realization of these ideas, The Wind That Blows The Dandelion's Seeds (out in October through Illegal Art), is a focused departure from his previous releases. The lyrics are so socially conscious and aggressive that anger can be felt through every line, verse, and song. And while the album clocks in just shy of thirty minutes, it's a poignant and intense experience that grabs the conscience of the listener and refuses to let go until the message Robinson is conveying, summarized in the very last line of the album, is firmly cemented into the psyche: "You don't have to fuck people over to survive."

So strong is the moral compass that guides Robinson that his message goes beyond the content of the album itself. In a move that demonstrates his commitment to practice what he preaches, Robinson has decided to forgo printing any physical copies of his new record and instead opt for a digital-only approach. It’s his way of condemning the excess and self-absorption of America’s entertainment culture, and proving that unnecessary frivolity only serves as a distraction from the problems facing humanity. In addition to this, all proceeds from the album will go to Common Action Free School, a radical community education project located in Stefen's hometown.

"Music is a vital part of our culture, of expression, of love, of life. But the monetized part of the industry - the wasted resources, the exploitation, the few at the top who make millions off of everyone else, all the parasites who live off of the creativity of others - is a terrible waste of human energy," said Robinson. "The music industry is a part of a larger industry of culture and style that helps to perpetuate a popular culture of apathy and frivolousness, and it helps to satiate and distract people, preventing them from waking-the-fuck-up and acting to create a better world."

From the lyrics to the philosophy to the name of the album itself, The Wind That Blows The Dandelion's Seeds is a plea for action. Robinson believes that just as the dandelion resists the hegemony of an otherwise well- groomed lawn and spreads its seeds when the wind takes it, so too can one person stand out in a world of apathy and greed. "We must be the wind that blows the seeds - the ideas, the actions - around our neighborhoods, our communities, our countries. So that more dandelions - more people willing to resist - blossom, grow, and stand up to injustices."

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PITCHFORK
"Whether you're a fan of glitch-inspired sci-fi rap production or not, Yea Big's work here is a potent argument for continuing to work the niche: it's always chintzy and threatening, robotic and organic, teeth-gritting and head-bobbing all at once." - Jason Crock

MTV
"...laying down some retro-nuevo slap-happy geek-hop in the vein of the Cool Kids and Spank Rock."

DAYTROTTER
"...opinionated and out-spoken ... the kind of defiant and churlish hip-hop that comes from dissatisfied young men"

XLR8R
"[Yea Big's] productions jump out of the speakers with the perfect pulse."