The hip-hop crew known as Hermetic Order has released their latest official single, “Gun for Gun” feat. Nas and Killah Priest. The track has been proudly dropped by Box Price Publishing outside the control and direction of the corporate music industry. Pulsing with bass and riddled with lines and rhymes of social awareness, “Gun for Gun” is an urban poem that proves 2016 is a year for great hip hop.
At the heart of Hermetic Order is Chicago’s John Lion. Funded, produced, engineered, recorded, mixed, mastered, organized and all-around orchestrated in every respect from Lion’s $500,000 recording studio, “Gun for Gun” feat. Nas and Killah Priest is something few artists were capable of before the technological revolution. The sound quality is far beyond what modern computers can synthesize even today.
“I’m pretty proud of myself for these accomplishments and have never met another artist on any level to do anything remotely close to what I’ve achieved completely alone. I made/produced every instrumental under my production company Valley of The Kings.”
Lion cites as main artistic influences the Wu Tang Clan, Nas, Jedi Mind Tricks, Gza, Rza, and Big Pun. He doesn’t need much inspiration from the legends of yesteryear, however, with the kind of talent Hermetic Order brings to the studio. Their principle album, “Lost Scrolls,” features Nas, Gza, Raekwon, and Killah Priest, two of whom appear in this flagship single, “Gun for Gun.”
“It’s something different and well thought out,” Lion writes of his “Lost Scrolls” record. “The album is linked together from start to finish with interludes. It is made to be listened to from start to finish. There is no filler – every song is quality and heartfelt.”
“Gun for Gun” also represents a triumph for John Lion in the face of adversity. While still trying to complete the Hermetic Order Project in January 2009, he was arrested coming from California to Chicago with 50lbs of marijuana, the illicit sales of which funded his studio and music project. He was sentenced to prison, and as he served his time, his new Lions Den Studio was robbed, all his equipment and hard drives stolen, including the Hermetic Order material. It seemed the entire project was lost.
In 2015 during a move John Lion found a stack of CDs from his recording studio, mixes he had burned to listen to. They contained about 75% of the Hermetic Order project but most importantly 100% of all the featured tracks. John Lion pieced together the saved tracks to compile the Hermetic Order album fittingly titled “The Lost Scrolls.”
He is also currently owner of Camp/us 2883 N Milwaukee Ave in Chicago’s trendy Logan Square. Camp/us is a haven for local Chicago art, music and fashion hosting monthly events and having the sole purpose of supporting and giving an outlet to independent Chicago creatives. Camp/us has no corporate sponsors. Camp/us is the biggest store for the Chicago graffiti scene, its backyard boasting a life-size replica of a CTA EL train that local artists take turns renting to decorate. The venue holds spray jams, rap battles, break-dancing showcases, and more. John Lion and Camp/us are trying to embody the entire hip hop lifestyle and create a real scene in the city of Chicago.
And “The Lost Scrolls?”
“The album will take you on a musical voyage through time and space using hypnotic instrumentals and the never-before-heard lyrical styles of John Lion,” writes a representative for the John Lion label. “All the music on the album is timeless and will be able to be enjoyed by generations.”
In addition to his work on Hermetic Order’s “Lost Scrolls” album and “Gun for Gun” single, John Lion has produced music with local Chicago heroes such as Twista, Ace Mac, Crucial Conflict, Snipers, Psycho Drama, C.O.G and many more. To date, “Lost Scrolls” and its “Gun for Gun” single are his crowning achievements.
There is one last thing, though, Lion insists.
“I have a deep dislike for Kanye [West] and everything he stands for,” says Lion. “He does not represent or care about the city of Chicago. I believe he is one of the most evil, non-Christian, inhuman pieces of filth on the planet. I have deep, personal, devastating facts about him straight from the streets of Chicago. This is my city and I love it. I won’t rest until the world knows Kanye is evil, a fraud who in no way represents my hometown of Chicago.”
“Gun for Gun” by Hermetic Order feat. Nas and Killah Priest is available online worldwide at over 700 digital music stores now. Get in early, hip hop fans.
The following is a public statement from Box Price Publishing about all three Hermetic Order singles to be released in coming weeks.
“Along with the release of the hard hitting ‘Gun for Gun’ single Hermetic Order is also releasing what could be considered the ‘B side’ of their single. Two additional pulse pounding tracks to introduce audiences to the rugged ‘Hermetic Order Sound’. First is ‘3rd Day’ ft GZA and Killah Priest. ‘3rd Day’ speaks of the resurrection of the dying art form of Hip Hop. This track truly displays John Lion’s lyrical prowess. Showing yet again that no matter how big the featured artist name might be John Lion’s ‘in your face’ delivery and unmatched mastery of the english language always shine through. ‘3rd Day’ is alao the first time since 1998 GZA & Killah Priest have been on a track together. Also it is one of the only tracks to feature GZA that is not part of a Wu-Tang or a Wu Tang member project. GZA doesnt do features, its amazing that a unkown 24yr old(10yrs ago) that never put a song out got him to do a track.
“Finally we have the 3rd and final single ‘Moloch’. This track is fast, short, intense and not for the faint of heart. This track sucks you in with its hypnotic tones and then explodes with heart stopping vocals. This song speaks on John Lion’s disgust at the blatant control the cult of ‘Moloch’ has over the music industry. John Lion wants to expose this nonsense and wake the public up. The imagery of the single is very strong. It depicts the 10,000yr old hieroglyphic of the letter M (which stands for Moloch) flipped over with X’s over its eyes. Yes the symbol is used by ‘Drake’. This symbol does not represent ‘Drake’ or ‘OVO’. It represents the ancient cult of ‘Moloch’. Also Drake can in NO way own a TM on this symbol. John Lion or any one else may use this symbol or any version of it because it is NON trademarkable (i know thats not a word). Nobody can TM a 10,000 yr old hieroglyphic representing the letter ‘M’. Drake is a puppet of this cult and destroying the minds of out youth. Through the ‘Moloch’ single and imagery John Lion wants to expose these devils and show the world what their ‘idols’ really believe in.”
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