"Belfast brothers make hip hop a country thing"
"Haberers start own record label"
"Take two brothers, a mic, a music production program and a tight-knit local clique of hip hop addicts, but hold the bling for now, anyway."
"Scott and Mark Haberer believe they hold the key to their future, a destiny controlled by their love of the urban music genre and their new label, Addic Records."
"The Allegany County lifers say they started the label to support the sizable local scene and hopefully launch themselves into the national spotlight."
"The release of their first sampler "Addic Records Presents: It's Now Official" in local music shops and online April 12 marks the beginning of their music career and the culmination of years of writing, composing and networking for hip hop in "A-County," as they affectionately refer to their homeland."
"We ain't got much, man, but what we got, we work with it, you know?" Scott said. The duo has been laying down beats and polishing vocals for demos with a professional software program on a computer since 2002."
"Both say they latched onto the art form while they were growing up. "Everything, man, I just put it all into writing," Scott said. "There's so much you can do with (music)," Mark agrees. "Whatever's on your mind and chest, you just put it to lyrics."
"They said music really helped them cope when their father left the house when they were very young. But, both say they benefit now from the economical and emotional struggle he created."
"I just think that if my dad wouldn't have left, we wouldn't be where we are now," Scott reflected. Their mother, Nancy, remains their biggest fan."
"Though both men have had run-ins with the authorities, they say that just comes with the territory. "Hip Hop is like 'live it.' Basically it's a culture in the form of poetry," Scott explains.
"They hope to offer the outlet hip hop provides to other local talent."
"The label has made connection as far south as Georgia and east as Brooklyn, but plans to keep the label based in Allegany County with the possibility of expanding the roster to include local punk acts."
"We haven't been anywhere but here," Scott says. "We wouldn't want to make it big and then just forget where you come from."
"After the sampler hits the shelves, the brothers plan to release their own full-length debut and they hope to perform live more in the future. It's a grassroots operation for now, but success is the only option for the gritty, profanity-heavy stylings of the Haberers." "We're just too committed," said Scott. "We've worked so hard and come so far."