The Gateway Drug / Blog

The intro

The Gateway Drug is proud to announce the release of its full-length, debut album "times new roman." This 14-track disc is a Hip-Hop extravaganza containing a fury of spaced-out instrumentation by producer DJ Poyo and accompanying poetic, tongue-twisting lyrics by emcees The Top Civilian and MC Brew. Members of the Sioux City, Iowa based trio have been toiling in the local music scene for over ten years. Already a veteran record spinner of the Midwest rave scene, DJ Poyo (Noel Bockholt) met collegiate rapper The Top Civilian (Eric Osterholm) in 2001, and the two began jamming out- Poyo on beat machines and The Top Civilian with freestyle lyrics. Another upcoming rapper, MC Brew (Corey Brubaker) would later come into the fold and share the microphone with The Top Civilian. With the group’s lineup cemented, they initially didn’t have the ambitions (or the means) to record an album. The passion was in jamming out at parties, on college radio, or at live shows. The Gateway Drug has shared stages with Kanser, The ReMINDers, Soulcrate Music, and Ernie Rhodes. But now, after numerous trials and even more errors, "time new roman." is here. Almost a decade in the making, The Gateway Drug’s music is finally available on something better than a homemade bootleg CD-R and is poised to help put Sioux City on the Hip-Hop map. For fans of: Sage Francis, De La Soul, CunninLynguists, Atmosphere, or Hieroglyphics. For more information or promotional requests, please contract: Chris DeRoin Thegatewaydrug1@gmail.com (712) 253-1652