The Zone Column-Waste Management- 2,3,2010

The Zone
by Origix
(February 3, 2010)

Reppin’ the neighborhoods of Lincoln Park and keeping the streets clean, Waste Management is on the job cleaning up garbage rappers around the area. Group members JRN and Pig Pen go back to middle school where they first met. “We both were into making music a little bit on our own, nothing serious, until we started making tracks together in about 2005,” JRN explains. “Then, we got expelled from school for a track we did and it was on!” Now, both 20-years old and full-time college students, they’re working on overcoming album set backs. For the last two years, Waste Management has been working on their second and most solid album to date, First Things First. They did drop a debut album, My Town, when they where 17 in 2007, but now they are focusing on the best elements of hip-hop from the past and present.

On First Things First, Pig Pen handles production while JRN kills mics. Only a few collaborations appear, one being with C.Reid and the other with downriver natives Aztek the Barfly as well as Da Bash Brotherz. “It took two years, but both of us are on a much higher level, talent-wise. Besides getting better, nothing’s changed — same mindset, just hungrier,” JRN concludes. The album is available now on I-Tunes and at myspace.com/wastemanagement313.  | RDW

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