ADAGIO! (pronounced "A-dee-gee-o") stands for A Definition of Ambition, Goals, Interest and Organization! The rap duo of Adagio! consists of Emcee Rayme Supreme or also spelled Reign Supreme (R. Fogle) and Producer Big Cuz’n/ Big Cousin, also known as the Obvious Wonder (Brian Pritchett). They first met in 1992 at Adelphi University in Long Island, NY. Both were avid fans of rap music and they both majored in Film and Television production, ultimately graduating from Adelphi University in 1996. Rayme Supreme hailing from Philadelphia, PA and Big Cuz’n hailing from Mount Vernon, NY caught their big musical break in 1995. A mutual friend who was also a student at their University (Breeze Brewin' of the Juggaknots) introduced them to Bobbito Garcia of NYC’s "Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Radio Show on WKCR 89.9 FM. Bobbito listened to a couple of demos from Adagio! and decided to pass the demos along to Columbia Records’ A&R Faith Newman. The demos contained several songs that were recorded while they were still students. The song that was scheduled to be highlighted on a NYC Underground demo complication album was “Boy and Girl Tale” but unfortunately that album was never released. However, through the connection with Bobbito and Stretch Armstrong they were able to appear on many of the thriving NYC underground radio shows in the mid to late 90s which played their music. Eventually more and more people began to catch their ears on Adagio! and it didn't take long until their first independent release took place, which was on EMO Recordings in 1996 and featured the single “The Obvious Joint”/ “Ass & Benefits”. In the same year they appeared together with Juggaknots and Wisdom on the track "All Star Jam". With Juggaknots they also recorded the track "Who Makes It Hot". Adagio! released 2 more 12" singles and a EP on EMO/SOM Recordings in 1997, "The Break" 12" single, "Everybody" 12" single and "New York To Philly The EP". The duo were also able to secure a press and distribute deal through Fat Beats Records in 1997 and release several other projects. A year later they released the 12" single "The Meaning" and in 2002 their last 12" single titled "Poetry To Infinity". In 2001 the Obvious Wonder released his solo 12" single titled "Neva Before / Flow". Reign Supreme appeared on the "Checkin Down The Menu" Remix from Ruggedness Madd Drama in '95 and on the Prophets Of The Ghetto track "Muffled Mics". Currently, both Rayme Supreme and Big Cuz’n work as educators in Philadelphia, PA and Mount Vernon, NY respectively. Now Adagio! opens up their vaults and Heavy Jewelz presents "The Obvious Archives Pt.1".
This record contains a intro and the 5 unreleased tracks: "Music", "Rap 101", "Droppin' Hits", "Ease Off" and "Tellin". The record comes with a sticker cover with artwork from the greek artist "Architek".
There will be 200 copies on black vinyl and 100 copies on blue black swirl vinyl. Also there will be 10 Test Pressing packages with alternate Stickercover design by Architek and custom made record mailers.