Real Name:
Russ Johnson, Tyler Knapp
Regarded as the most successful hip-hop group to hail from Indianapolis, Indiana, the Mudkids have received steady underground support nationwide and lots of hometown love since the late 1990s. The outfit has constantly had two members at its core: Russ Johnson, the MC (a.k.a. Rusty, Choc Soreel, Dangeruss, Rusty Redenbacher), and Tyler Knapp, the DJ (a.k.a. Elp-Mass). Their style is reminiscent of old-school pioneers like Pharcyde, Tribe Called Quest, Main Source, etc., where heavy wordplay is just as important as obscure sampling. Their first CD, "4-Track Mind", was released in late 1998, followed by "Upward" in 2000, what many consider to be their best CD - both released locally. "Upward" featured a minor college-radio hit, "The Ecosystem (Balance Of Nature)". They hooked up with Stray Records in L.A. after that to release "Higher", their third CD in 2001. After a five-year hiatus from recording, the Kids returned in late 2006 to release "Basementality", with some help from newest Mudkid Skittz (a.k.a. Brian Philps). Their live shows have been the stuff of local legends, nowadays joined by DJ Helicon. Rusty himself is an Indy legend, holding down numerous jobs: working at Northside News in Indy's Broad Ripple district, VJ for IMC (Indy's Music Channel - local TV), sometime DJ for Hot 96.3 FM, clerk at Rockin' Billy's Music, club DJ at various Indy clubs... When it comes to regional hip hop, the Mudkids have the Hoosier State locked.


Mudkids Discography Tracks


SURF 1101 Mudkids 4trackmind(CD, Album) Surf Records SURF 1101 US 1998 Sell This Version
SURF 1109 Mudkids Upward(CD, Album) Surf Records SURF 1109 US 2000 Sell This Version
Mudkids Higher (Album) Stray Records US 2001 Sell This Version
LUNA98 Mudkids Basementality(CD) Recordhead LUNA98 US 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

surf 1106 Mudkids Fool / Numbawonsoun' / Rap Can Do(12") Surf Records surf 1106 US 1998 Sell This Version
surf1105 Mudkids Freekya / Mash It Up / Water To Earth (H20)(12") Surf Records surf1105 US 1998 Sell This Version
surf 1107 Mudkids The Eco System / Another Journey / High Noon(12") Surf Records surf 1107 US 2000 Sell This Version
STY 1-40046 Mudkids 32/ Until / B+ / Ghost Before Ya Know It (Remix)(12") Stray Records STY 1-40046 US 2001 Sell This Version


1102 Mudkids Mash It Up(Cass) Surf Records 1102 US 1997 Sell This Version

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