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THE Goonies / Press

“ I’ve gotta talk about some specific tracks. I found the second half of the album to be the strongest, though it’s pretty consistent overall. Once you hit the fifth track, “Sting Tooth” you’ll experience the fury I’ve been describing. “Peacepipe” is an in-your-face weed song that skips the standard, chilled out vibe for a brutal, rock sound. “Ravenous” is another banger with one of my favorite punchlines of the albums 46 minute entirety (Illumination: Burn you to the ground like Amazon fields, ’cause I measure all my raps by the kiloton yield, bitch!). It’s also got one of the best beats on the entire album. The transitions between MCs are stunning and I love the chopped-and-screwed vocal elements and radio feedback. “Hard Days Rhyme” is interspersed with incredible guitar-work reminiscent of The Black Keys. It’s perhaps the most sophisticated sounding 3:31 on the album. For some reason the beat brings to mind some long lost RZA production. “Samplitis”

“The Goonies interview with Post- Standard. Langston Masingale and Peter Cappelli are the driving forces that make up this unique and innovative sound for the group called the Goonies.”

“The Goonies Too (12/2012) by Chris Baker The Goonies' latest release, 'Too,' was five years in the making, and the excruciatingly meticulous attention to detail shows on every second of the disc. MCs Langston Masingale (a.k.a. Illumination) and Peter Cappelli (a.k.a. Clam Weezy) blend blues guitar and funk drums with their own brand of upstate lyricism to create one of the area's most unique sounds. "What is hip-hop?" chimes the chorus of the second track, "Goonies Music." Masingale and Cappelli answer the rhetorical lyric over the course of 12 tracks: Hip hop is whatever we want it to be. "Black Snake" is a microcosm of the album as a whole, laying spitfire lyrics over a soulful gospel-esque refrain. Each song, though, embodies a hand-crafted album forged together by the relentless rhyming of Illumination and Weezy.”

“The live show was consuming, lively, musically interesting and physically fun. The band pulled energy out of the crowd and demanded attention. It was refreshing to see an audience expecting rap and getting so much more”

“Pure goodness from start to finish.Insanely talented musicians and lyrics that will melt your grey matter....”

RynoMarley - Itune Listener review

"Cappelli and Masingale form the sole creative force behind the sound of The Goonies and are quick to make sure everyone knows it."

“The song "Jackson Pollack" was played on "The Bhangra Mixtape with Sonny Ji" on the Asian Network of BBC Radio.”

“In the third episode of Independent Explosion JMD brings a new set of underground and instrumental hip hop tracks for your listening pleasure, featuring:The Goonies”

"The Goonies" are the Best Hip Hop Band in Syracuse, New York

"band have gotten back together, fresh as ever and ready to get back into carving a niche in the local scene."

“The end result represents a sound clearly all its own. Massingale and Cappelli perfectly complement each other. Cappelli’s quick, sharp spats paired with Massingale’s smooth flow makes this duo easy to hear. Add provocative and intelligent lyrics, and these boys are just begging to be heard. ”

“Big beats. A thick bottom line. Smart lyrics, hip deliveries and right-on trading of fiery raps.”

“Illumination spits knowledge! With his love of the craft, and his band members being top notch and ahead of the curve, anything is possible for this great Upstate band.”

“Brian Bourke Award for Best New Artist (2008)”