THE CHOSE IN FEW
The Chose In Few first got together around 2004 around the time Crash Poet broke up. the origional intention was for Rasheed Thomas to make the beats for Phillip Hawley (mostly known as Mr. Demented) who at the time was more of an avantgarde style rhymer definately in need of some serious balance. As things progressed over the years they both developed into highly skilled producers, turntablists, finger drummers and rappers. They gigged out mostly in chicago but did so frequently over time developing an infectious charm as well as a ruthless mastery of their setups gear-wise. Their style has evolved into the perfect combination of old school and new school. For the past 2 years Rasheed’s playing in the big leagues with the band Nonpoint and will most likely be playing in a town near you sooner or later. Meanwhile Mr. Demented has been heating up the one man army to hold the fort down and is quickly evolving in to something inhuman.
EXPANSE OF MINDS
Expanse of Minds: Mr. Demented, Buddy Theodougherty, Craig Paul Nowak, S’Round: A concept based around 4 totally different emcees all with equally elaborate styles. They wanted to unplug themselves from trying to please anyone and focus on writing what they really fealt. The group was unfortunately unable to continue as one of the members had issues with performing. Mr. Demented says that he will always regard Expanse of Minds of his most gratifying processes and considers his lyrics on these recordings to be among his best. All four emcees involved will always consider working on Expanse of Minds as one of the most formative experiences for them lyrically. The production mix and recording were all done by Mr. Demented on zero budget!
Breadless Wednesdays is Mr. Demented on all instruments! Phillip J Hawley (mostly known as Mr. Demented the hip hop centered mad scientist type performance artist) came from a mostly rock/jazz/metal musical upbringing. He first learned guitar (which also brought along singing) then in the sixth grade he picked up trombone. By high-school he was already jamming in bands, mostly early 90s hardcore doing guitar then eventually mostly singing. After years of bogarting his drummers kits any second they weren’t playing he marched snare drum instead of trombone and started focusing more and more on drumming. Finally having recording skills, access to studio space, a functional setup for guitar and bass and the Popsicle sticks duck-tape and spit to capture passable drums, Phillip decided to start piecing together something totally on his own. This is the result!
THE LACKLUSTERD MIND
The Lacklustered Mind is Mr. Demented. The Lacklustered Mind is another alias of Phillip J Hawley (mostly known as Mr. Demented). In late 2005 The Lacklustered Mind’s aim was to be more avantgarde, more lyrical, more complex rhythmically, less aimed to please, more heartfelt, less “rappy”, and overall darker then the more comedic, less serious, more “white boy trying ebonics” styles of his first few endeavours. It is more of a lo-fi home creation because the focus was more on the words and content and was pretty hastily cobbled together. Since he has cleaned up his style significantly and has become a fearless performer however this album marked an important metamorphosis into a more serious artist for him. he plans to occasionally return to this moniker to get his avantgarde on.