Down 2 Earth is a big three representing Oakland, California looking "to preserve Bay Area music, specifically alternative hip-hop that a handful of groups in the Bay Area started decades ago."
The trio consists of HBK Gang artist/producer Azure and Clyde Shankle and Dayvid Michael who are both collective members of CaliMade.
Their mixtape Wildfire, released via Complex, who acknowledged it as "a banger of a project... [that will] make you want to head over to the West Coast immediately."
Preparing for their next EP, Down 2 Earth comes back around with a new single entitled, "Loves Runs Deep" produced by fellow Bay Area artist 1-O.A.K. who provides a laid back West Coast feel. The crew lay smooth rhymes on top of the smooth, wavy music. The track was premiered via Mass Appeal who said:
"The 1-O.A.K.-produced loose single finds the crew talking about different variations of relationships, all while channeling the sounds of predecessors like The Pharcyde and Souls of Mischief."
When explained to Mass Appeal, Down 2 Earth stated, "It’s deeper than friendship, deeper than sex, deeper than success, Love is a powerful thing. Some say its a dimension all in it’s own. It’s something we as humans are affected by in the strongest and most unexplainable ways.”
Crew member Azure recently got off a 35-city tour while DJaying for Iamsu! and is gearing up to release a solo project called Leap Year in the very near future. His first video single, "Nine Nine", debuted via Okayplayer who offered positive reviews saying:
“Azure’s rhyme work here is strong, but with a definitively laid-back air…expect the track to feature prominently in your favorite DJ’s next big set.”
The three-man crew inherit influences from a diverse catalog of artist who provide a soulful and free-spirited sound such as De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Kendrick, Jill Scott and Digital Underground. They continue to show maturation in their artistry and the creation of their own unique style.
Down 2 Earth are planning to re-release their Wildfire mixtape on CD and Vinyl later this year. However, the mixtape is available for free at d2e3d.com. Check out the new track "Love Runs Deep" below and be on the lookout for more to come.