They had it all… almost. Collectively known as BLESTeNATION, the New York alternative hip-hop crew - comprised of emcees Werdplay, Various and producer/deejay FAFU –were sipping from the proverbial golden chalice of fame and fortune. From movie soundtrack contributions to making songs for porn stars to work on projects with some of music’s biggest talents – individually and as a unit these guys were making their mark in virtually every corner of the entertainment business.
BLESTeNATION started turning heads around 2003 after a series of underground mixtapes began circulating through the hip-hop scene. The group was quickly being courted by every major label in the industry and Fafu’s top-notch production skills were being heard on some of the biggest records in the business including releases by P-Diddy, Lil’ Kim, Moby, Method Man, and Tool's Maynard James Keenan. The sky was the limit in terms of opportunities, including a major label deal, major management with Goliath Artists (Eminem,50 Cent), plus landing a track on the Blue Crush motion picture soundtrack. But wherever BLESTeNATION went… ego and excess weren’t far behind.
Once described by Interscope honcho Jimmy Lovine as, “The most promising group I have signed since Nine Inch Nails,” The New York City based alternative hip-hop misfits were soon hung out to dry by the very same industry that once wooed them. Unraveling from within, BLESTeNATION had only themselves to blame.
The group rapidly descended into an abyss of self-destructing behavior that rivaled levels of drug use and hedonism once only attributed to the 80’s Sunset strip music scene. Various had overdosed on pills, and Werdplay was under investigation for allegedly making death threats to Eminem's manager. Some members were caught with the label head's niece in a compromising position - at the girl's own wedding. Their resume of disastrous extracurricular activities didn’t stop there. On top of all of this, the group was kicked off of the 2005 Warped Tour for bum-rushing the stage during an Atreyu performance and pissing on the crowd. Then they somehow gained access into the Teen Choice Awards, only to get kicked out following an altercation with American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest. They had single-handedly pissed off and alienated everyone they came into contact with.
Much has changed since the guys lost an opportunity to sign a major record deal in 2004. Blestenation is back to follow up their string of underground mixtapes, DVDs, and appearances online, in video games, and on movie soundtracks. The boys from MBugout City have found a new label home with California based Suburban Noize Records. Now the group is ready to make their presence felt in the underground, where it all began.