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Passion Over Politics

by Bionic Jive

The Kings of Rap Metal are back with their hardest record yet.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Rapcore
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Skit 1
1:32 $0.99
2. Conspiracy Theory
4:39 $0.99
3. Get Your Bars Up
3:41 $0.99
4. Murder Music
5:57 $0.99
5. Skit 2
1:22 $0.99
6. Increase The Dosage
3:52 $0.99
7. Free My Soul
4:23 $0.99
8. Look At This House
5:12 $0.99
9. Skit 3
0:59 $0.99
10. We Go Hard
5:04 $0.99
11. Skit 4
1:16 $0.99
12. Ready To Ride
3:58 $0.99
13. Realestate
4:43 $0.99
14. Today Is The Day
5:06 $0.99
15. Die
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Album Notes
Bionic Jive

Hard-hitting seminal rapcore quintet Bionic Jive was founded in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1998. The group has recorded and toured extensively, weathering the usual music-biz pitfalls and personnel changes to emerge by spring 2008 with a harder sound and its strongest lineup to date—vocalists Asayanda “Ako” Mack and Mark “Emerg McVay” Moore, guitarist Michael McGregor, bassist Richard Gartner and drummer George Robbins.

McGregor and Elyea founded the band in early 1998 by recruiting Gartner and Robbins, vocalist Derrick Burrows and multi-instrumentalist Chris Elsnor “TG1”. This original “funk metal” incarnation of Bionic Jive gigged heavily on the Phoenix-area scene before disbanding shortly after the 1999 release of independent debut disc The Six-Billion Dollar Band.

A second Bionic Jive lineup soon coalesced in 2000 around Elyea, Gartner and Elsnor (who had moved to drums), with the addition of vocalists Mack and McVay. This lineup caught the attention of Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records (U2, Sheryl Crow, Eminem, Gwen Stefani) and famous record producer (U2, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Dire Straits, Patti Smith). Iovine signed Bionic Jive to Interscope; major-label debut Armageddon Through Your Speaker was released in October 2001.

The band subsequently hit the road, including short outing with Kottenmouth Kings and several weeks in 2001 supporting D12. Bionic Jive landed a prestigious spot in 2002 on Eminem’s nationwide Anger Management Tour, and the group organized self-financed national club tours in 2002 and 2003.

Single “Ricochet” from Armageddon Through Your Speaker appeared in commercials for hit 2002 film The Transporter, although the song did not appear in the film itself. Bionic Jive music was also heard in movie hits Resident Evil (2002) and The Italian Job (2003). Also during this period, the band achieved some airplay, shot music videos for ATYS songs “Pump” and “I Shot Lucifer,” and had music featured in video games Postal2 and ATV 2004.

Success notwithstanding, however, Bionic Jive was weakened by internal struggles and external pressures, and Elyea and Elsnor left the band in 2003. Little happened in the ensuing period, although Armageddon Unrealeased—a collection of early demos, remixes and material that didn’t make it onto ATYS—saw limited release in 2004.

While rumors of the group’s demise circulated, Bionic Jive struggled to replace Elyea and Elsnor. Gartner contacted original guitarist McGregor and original drummer Robbins in 2004 about material for a new Bionic Jive album, originally intending to write with them but to actually perform with a different lineup. The writing team’s renewed chemistry and strong material, however, resulted in McGregor and Robbins officially rejoining Gartner, Mack and McCay in yet another Bionic Jive lineup.

On its own website, Bionic Jive reassured fans in 2005 that the group was indeed alive and well and announced that work was under way on a new album. Recording at former guitarist Elyea’s Minds Eye Digital Recording Studio in Scottsdale, Ariz., the group achieved a much heavier/focused rapcore sound than any previous incarnation of the band. The resulting disc, Passion Over Politics, was released in 2008.



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My Mind is Blown!!!
When the rest of the world realized what an amazing talent you guys are, there will be no stopping you!!! You have changed the course of music forever!!! Stand and be proud! Mike and Richard I wish you all the best!! Dont forget about us when your touring the world!! We love you..Peace baby!

Mike Bell

You never know what to expect from a band that puts out a first album that's as awesome as Armageddon was. The second album is usually a let-down or it never even shows up. I bought this hoping for the best and the boys from AZ did not dissapoint! Now if they'd only get their asses out on tour!


Passion Over Politics
Bars Up! Beautiful blend of in your face realism. The same with Real Estate. Murder Music sounds like a filler to me. Leave it off the best of please. I miss TG1's Hip Hop flavor. Mike could use a poke with a cow tazzer at times. Ako and Merg are hard as ever. Don't stop making music fellas. Don't ever stop. Spend more time doing that and less making skits. Thanks, love ya's and listen to a little BJ everyday!

Andrew Wilson

It's the return of the...
Man, a major label, or a damn good indie, needs to snatch these cats up with the quickness! Finally got a new album after how many years, and they still got it. Hip-hop and metal, the way it should be done. Nothin' but skills and substance!


Passion Over Politics
This is best rapcore album in this year!
I'm so happy!!!


Linkin Park may have been the guys that introduced me to the style-blending of hip-hop and rock/ metal, but I'm giving credit to Bionic Jive for introducing me to the harder s#@t! It made me sad when these guys seemed to suddenly disappear from the public eye; but now they're back with an album that is more kick ass than their last one. If you're a Bionic Jive fan, a rapcore fanatic, somebody who's into hard music, or someone who's just discovered rapcore (hell, if you're human,) buy this CD! You won't be disappointed.


Boo ya
Everything I expected and more. Thanks for stickin' it out fellas.