Arch Rivals are a cutting edge hip-hop group based out of Albuquerque New Mexico featuring members: Nick Furious aka Mike Manhattan and ill–a-str8ed aka Sam Stone. They weave a complex narrative from the perspective of detectives, quasi superheroes, protecting the underprivileged and neglected citizens of Wicked City. Arch Rivals, the untouchables of hip-hop, offer a fresh twist to indie music by combining 1930’s detective crime-drama, graphic novel imagery and Radio Theater. Their unique sound is driven by clever word play and hard hitting original beats blending social commentary about the never-ending struggle of the proletariat and incorporating the ideology of the occupy movement in pure comic book fashion. The soundtrack offers a mysterious, dark and soulful blend that can only be defined as... Rap~Noir.
With a combined 27 years of experience in the music scene, the members of Arch Rivals have proven their worth both individually and as a group. For 15 years, Nick Furious has taken part in various group and solo endeavors spanning multiple genres and styles of music. He received the New Mexico Music Award for best Rap category in 2009. Fury is an accomplished emcee, singer/songwriter, lyricist, performer, event organizer, and radio personality. For 12 years, ill-a-str8ed has worked diligently with many hip-hop artists as an emcee, lyricist, ghostwriter and producer. As a producer he's developed a sound all his own and as an emcee he's established himself among the elite.
A.rch R.ivals E.ntertainment evokes imagery reminiscent of the 1930’s depression era, a time long ago when crime overran the streets. They have a unique presence that utilize the web for promotion as well as promotional give always that include free music and early access to new projects. They employ guerrilla marketing techniques with traditional and social media methods to reach their target audience. Arch Rivals are well equipped with the ability to rock any show at a variety of venues. Their unique subject matter and extreme versatility make them perfect for stadiums, festivals, night clubs, small playhouses and political rallies.