Super-groups are such a rarity in this current generation of hip-hop. Groups like Pro Era that seemingly looked to carry the torch, split up to go in their own directions. Nowadays when groups of artists come together it’s more to bounce off the hype of each other in a pursuit of solo success. Not in the case of Baltimore hip-hop group TheNASA8, who have been childhood friends for years. Their activity spans over six years of work and discography stretches over 50 projects. TheNASA8 deviates from what we usually see from a group in that they pride themselves on being able to create a myriad of sounds and never sticking to one lane. The group’s evolution over time shines in their new collective album Conviction Arc, which is out now.
TheNasa8 consists of Bito Sureiya, Tislam the Great, Jiro Sama, Opo Ra, Varth Dader & Ale (From Summerclub). A good portion of the production comes from in-house too, HippuHoppuOtaku, God Sense Beats, DK The Punisher, Tek.Lun all provide luscious, atmospheric thumpers on this album. Influences span the entire universe, underground, electronic, grime it’s all here. This may be your introduction to the internationally based super-group, however the minute you press play you’ll immediately hear the chemistry and showmanship the group has built up. They’re no longer young upstarts trying to break into the industry, TheNasa8 is now a group of veterans that have a body of work under them, performance chops and a number of hits. The Conviction Arc album is a testament and embodiment of the years of work this group of artists has put in.