“The Doppelgangaz are not horrorcore, but they’re making dark music, and… they even have that RZA-esque pained growl popping up a few times. – The Fader
“The Doppelgangaz mix innovative, off kilter production with irreverent, sometimes hilarious rhymes.” – HipHopDX
HARK named #2 New York Hip-Hop Album of 2013 – Village Voice
“The Doppelgangaz are New York rap in its purest form.” – XXL
“If these don’t sound like the kind of rhymes you’d be interested in, you can go kick rocks barefoot.” – Refined Hype
“The rappers use bucolic production as a backdrop to reel off rhymes that offer insight into an off-kilter world, one that delights in mixing references to gourmand foodstuffs with the sort of sexual perversions that would make Dr. Octagon smirk.” – SPIN
The Doppelgangaz, comprised of rapper/producers Matter Ov Fact and EP, are a standard bearer for the New York hip-hop scene. Through the duo’s own label, Groggy Pack Entertainment, The Doppelgangaz have dropped a string of EP releases as well as instrumental projects. It’s after these releases that the duo saw their biggest success -The Doppelgangaz have over one million YouTube channel views; they reached number one on HHV’s Top 100 list, Europe’s top vinyl retailer – and they’ve done it all independently. They wrapped up a European tour supporting their latest album, Hark, which was released in Spring 2013 and named the year’s #2 NY hip-hop album by the Village Voice. In February 2014, the Doppelgangaz released their new album, Peace Kehd, which includes their singles “Holla x2” and “KnowntchooTahLie.”
Over the past few years , The Doppelgangaz have gone from obscurity (Orange County, New York) to taking their unique sound all over the world. They have managed to do so while still having time to write, produce, dumpster dive and visit ungodly amounts of brothels.
Friends since childhood, Matter Ov Fact and EP discovered they were the last two descendants of the Rap Lords and were bestowed the gift of taking their incomparable and gritty production style to new heights. Since succumbing to the Rap Lords’ request, The Doppelgangaz have provided numerous examples of why they were beckoned in the first place. Their divine influence can be heard on notable projects like The Ghastly Duo EP (2008), 2012: The New Beginning (2009), Lone Sharks (2011) and Hark (2013). The Doppelgangaz have also given fans of their production a few instrumental-heavy projects including the ongoing Beats For Brothels series. As a result of releasing quality works through their Groggy Pack Entertainment imprint, the duo headlined multiple European tours, earned the number one spot on HHV.de’s Top 100 list and surpassed a million views on their YouTube channel. On U.S. soil, they performed alongside major acts such as Slaughterhouse, Action Bronson, Black Milk and Nipsey Hussle while gracing the pages of The Fader, Complex and other notable publications.
In February 2014, The Doppelgangaz will be releasing their fourth studio album entitled Peace Kehd. The project explores the duality of the black cloak lifestyle, blending smooth and “in your face” textures that continue the progression of their sound. Multiple formats (digital/ physical) will be released to accommodate enthusiasts and casual listeners alike. With foreign and domestic tour dates coinciding with the release, the Doppel Gospel will be spread to the masses.
Matter Ov Fact and EP have been known to don black cloaks to represent the Black Cloak lifestyle. This way of life entails making the most out of available resources, no matter how limited they may seem. What might be viewed as a disadvantage for some artists, has become a strong point for The Doppelgangaz. They take pride in handling their own production, designing their artwork and directing their own music videos. The ability to oversee every aspect of the creative process has allowed the gang to present cohesive projects that uphold their ghastly vision.
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